Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Getting CLOSE in the Art Room!

(Well, actually the cafeteria...
                       wouldn't fit in the art room!)

The week of September 11-17 was National Arts in Education Week! This resolution was passed in July of 2010 and states: […] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.
To show our enthusiasm for the visual arts, EVERY art student at Lowes Island worked together to create this very large (and close to actual size) reproduction of a famous Chuck Close self-portrait.  

FIRST...we cut a poster-sized reproduction into small squares that were labeled very carefully. Each student was given a square (actually some of them made several squares) to copy exactly onto a sticky note carefully studying and blending crayon colors and matching shapes.  (Only one row was cut and distributed at a time to make it easier to keep track of.)

NEXT...we started reassembling the squares...

Then more squares...

Our picture became so large, we had to hang it in cafeteria!
The children were SO excited to search for their part in this amazing adventure!

3rd grade student looking for his square in our
Chuck Close reproduction! (Actual size, 9' x 7')

This is a picture of the back of our project

(and, coincidentally,  what was spinning around in my
head every time I laid down at night for two weeks!)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Keep it Clean!

I used to feel like I spent too much time wiping down tables, not to mention kids wanting to get out sponges (yikes!).  Here are a couple of time-saving tips for keeping your tables/work surfaces clean and ready for the next class.
TYVEK:: This awesome material (partial leftover roll) was donated to me by a parent associated with the building profession. It works so great for covering countertops and tabletops!  You can even wipe it with a lightly damp sponge.

WAX PAPER::I use wax paper in many ways, but my favorite way is to cover my clay storage boards with it after the students glaze their ceramic projects.  It's just the perfect width for my boards and the glaze beads up on it to avoid getting underneath the pots.

PLACEMATS:: I use dark-colored construction paper over and over when students are using markers or crayons so that we keep the tables clean.  I have larger placemats for painting and oil pastels. I have a flat file full of them, so the kids know right where to go if they need one.  The painted placemats are awesome, because they turn out to look like a work of art on their own or you can repurpose them by painting on top of them or cutting them into strips and using them for other projects such as weaving!