First graders are making a Wild Thing painting inspired by the book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. We've done this project in the past and it has been very popular. Below are two first graders I caught wearing their wild things in the art room. Their families purchased it from Artsonia's giftshop. How fun is that?!
Click here to see a gallery of student Wild Things on Artsonia.
Watch the Wild Things March across your screen in the movie below.
Visual Texture Fugleflick
To learn about visual texture (drawing something the way it would feel if you could touch it) is explained in this musical Fugleflick video created by first graders below.
Digital Warm Up:
Students used the Create A Monster App to invent their own digital monsters. See this gallery on Artsonia.
Or, students can pose as if they are with their wild thing using the Green Screen app by DoInk. The movie below was from many years ago using photoshop. This is soooo much easier to do with the app (whew!).
Wild Thing Bookmark
Click HERE to view students' bookmarks
Last year I was out of the swing of things since I had to take time off tohelp my husband in his recovery from a serious injury. He and I both went back to school this year and with that came my desire to present at the National Art Education Conference in Chicago. Fortunately, my district supported the entire art team when we expressed our interest in this amazing professional development opportunity.
iPad Animation iDeas
The last time I did an elementary carousel I had a cozy little group around my table for each rotation. This time it was a ridiculously large group. My 50 handouts ran out after my first two rotations so I posted them below.Use this link to my ever increasing collection of digital art lessons online to find each iPad animation idea numbered below.
I hope this doesn't look like bragging, but I wanted to create a visual that shows the awards I've won in my career. If you knew my story of how I struggled all my life with painful shyness and was almost fired my first year due very much to my inability to step into the role as leader in the classroom then you too would see this image as an encouragement. I started to bloom as a teacher as soon as I took a step outside of my classroom. The sunlight of community and water of encouragement helped me grow in the soil composed of students who keep me firmly grounded.
Presentations I attended
On Friday morning I woke up at 5am to commute again into the city hoping to arrive in time to catch Janine and Cassie present on Leaving a Legacy. Their presentation was so inspiring. I was particularly touched when I saw that Janine included two slides that gave me and my students a shout out. So honored! But, I must say the whole experience was sweetened by sitting next to Cathy Hunt from Australia. I've been following her for years online and was thrilled beyond belief to finally meet her face to face.
P.S. Did you notice that Alexis' art is the Peanut (as in Charlie Brown and friends) version of herself?
Want to Peanutize Yourself too? Use this link.
View all the other Peanutized Dryden Students here.
Update: Alexis received 1161 votes! Normally that would be enough to win, but the winner had almost 4x's as many (wow!). So it was a really tough competition. Thank you to everyone who showed your Dolphin Spirit and supported Alexis! See results here.
Students were encouraged to do a random act of kindness by writing a compliment to another Dryden Artist on Artsonia. We found an older or younger student's art and wrote them a kind message about their artwork. Not only were students showing bacon behavior by doing this, they were also practicing digital citizenship.
Being kind online is a great way to practice Bacon Behavior. See ourFugleflick about how to use the internet for good.
What is Art?
This is a great place to start with kindergarten. Our first project this year was an exploration of the color wheel, the primary colors, and abstract art created by mixing them together. The piece they created was then titled and imagined in a large frame as they posed before green screen pretending to gaze at it...pondering, "what is art?" I made a tutorial of how to put this lesson together in keynote. View it here.
I created an interactive color wheel game and coloring sheet so students could explore color mixing before we used paint. View this resource here.
View this exhibit on Artsonia of all the kindergarten framed masterpieces here. (Come back soon if all 4 classes don't appear yet.)
One of the books I like to use to introduce kindergarteners to the variety of forms that art can be is ART IS... by Bob Raczka. I made a movie of my reading of the book with images and text to help the students see the book easily in art class. View it below or at this link.
One of our FAVORITE Fugleflicks was created by 5th graders for kindergartners to help them understand some forms of art. It is called, "I AM ART". It introduces Sculpture, Landscape, Portrait, Figure Drawing, Still Life, Graphic Design, Abstract Art, and Film.
Compare-a-Twist allows the teacher to set up a compare and/or contrast review game on any topic. Students drag the text or image to the correct side of the screen. Animations give immediate feedback to learners. Teachers can save their games and share them via google docs. Ideas: Sort primary/secondary colors Sort warm/cool colors. Sort images by genre.
Make a Monster App
Create a Monster App
Ideas: as students are individually sketching ideas for an upcoming art design, pass the ipad around the room and have each contribute to a class design. Watch it build on the screen through the projector.
Art Puzzles: Sliding Slices
Find an art puzzle that relates to the art subject or artist that your art project is based on. Let each student make one move until it's solved. Keep track of how many moves it takes to solve and see if they can beat other classes' scores.
You can make your own quizzes in Educreations or use a pre-made interactive quiz from the art section of BrainPop App.
Idea: pass the ipad from one group to the next giving them the first chance at getting the correct answer.
Find an ebook that ties in nicely with what you're learning in art class. We made monsters from shapes . When finished I had student's take turns turning the page in There is a Monster at the End of this Book
starring Groover. We used a Finding Nemo interactive puzzle book to accompany our monochromatic fish lesson too.
Don't forget that an ipad is a video camera and still camera too.
Photograph and upload art with the
Use Evernote to collect images
Use Dropbox app to collect images
Let your ipad roam!
Mirror your ipad through your projector wirelessly with
Reflector 2 App
Or use Quicktime (see this post)
Then pass the ipad around the room.
No wifi? You can create a closed network and still mirror your ipad with a laptop hooked up to a projector.
I'm so excited to share that my art room had some technology additions and changes:
Mr. Fuglestad's journey back to teaching was very long but all the while he was surrounded by the love and support of his students, colleagues, family, neighbors, and friends. They gave him a very warm welcome at the first day assembly at BGHS high school where he teaches science. Take a peek at this video below.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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