My second graders had two very different portrait experiences this year. First they learned all the rules for creating a REALISTIC self-portrait with features drawn in the correct places with correct proportions. We carefully measured and studied the face to make these beautiful winter self portraits. View the gallery of finished work here.
Then, these same students were given cardboard, foam board, puzzle pieces, and odds and ends. They were shown examples from this School Arts article by Donna Staten and images of Picasso's cubist portraits. They were then told to go ahead and break all the rules to make ABSTRACT portraits. See the growing gallery here.
UPDATE: I tried adding the concept of paper circuits to a canvas painting. In this light up interactive painting there is no "button" to close the circuit. Instead there is a spring behind the painting over the cell battery. When you find and press the "sweet spot" the circuit is complete and the LED lights up the engagement ring.
You can view my other posts on paper circuits here:
Paper Circuits add STEAM to Learning
Light Up Robots with Paper Circuits
How to Make a Light up Robot
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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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