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.
I wrote up my ideas for how to interact digitally with the Crown Fountain in Chicago. The article was published in School Arts Magazine, April 2016. Click here to read it online. I have many different ideas for how to interact from a simple photobooth technique to using the green screen animation app. Explore all my resources here.
We won & raised over $10,ooo in resources for Dryden's Art Program this school year alone!
I began the 2013-14 school year with 2:1 access to iPads for my art students (see this post which explains how this happened) and ended with enough for 1:1. I NEVER dreamed it would really happen so quickly. By April 2014 all my students had iPads loaded with our favorite art apps so that we could animate, digitally paint, and easily curate our online art portfolios. So many doors are open now for my students for exploration, innovation, and art creation because of our many supporters, donors, and voters that actively promoted our fundraisers, voted for our contest entries, and donated generously to our crowdfunding campaigns.
We have a long tradition of entering contests for art, videos, and classroom projects to win resources for the art program and give students a chance for authentic audiences for their work. This year was no exception:
When my student teacher was in full takeover last fall, I decided to use my time to write as many grants as I could for more resources for the art program. I wrote way more than I received but we are so happy for these:
I began aggressively seeking donations by leveraging crowdfunding sites. I did lots of begging & promoting while many kind people donated to help us get the rest of our iPads.
Our translational tessellation project using the Amaziograph app on iPads from the early winter was published in School Arts Magazine's April 2014 issue. You can view our original post here with links to student art, handouts, tutorial, and more.
See this blog post from Schoolarts Magazine about this lesson: http://www.schoolartsroom.com/2014/03/terrific-tessellations.html
Thanks to our ABC/25 grant and supplemental funding from Edbacker.com we have a reusable collaborative lego wall. Last year's rotational symmetry challenge was so engaging and fun that we wrote it up for School Arts Magazine. See it here.
This year's challenge will be both fun and informative. Students will be recreating the faces of four important figures from our history while learning more about the important role African Americans have played in shaping the arts, civics, sports, and politics for everyone in the United States. We hope to use this PBSkids interactive game to match faces to events. See how you do at this game.
Unfortunately, it requires Flash and doesn't work on mobile devices.
I used an app called PhotoBricks to create a custom LEGO mosaic that matches the size, number of plates, and color schemes we have available in the art room. Then, I uploaded the images I made to Blockposters.com so I can print them out as guides (see example).
BrainPop: Underground Railroad (requires password)
BrainPop: Martin Luther King Jr. (free)
BrainPop: Jackie Robinson (requires password)
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (video by ArtGirlJan)
BrainPop: Fredrick Douglass (requires password)
BrainPop: Black History Spotlight (many choices-need password)
PBS video about LEGO ART (free-5:45 minutes)
Download the MLKjr Lego Mural Lesson
See us at work here:
Update May 12th: Added Oprah!
USING CLOSE READING STRATEGIES
I've been planning this day for a long time. Today's third grade art class included a reading and math lesson surrounding our collaborative art walls. I had written an article for School Arts Magazine about our LEGO wall and wanted the kids to read it. When I mentioned this, my Assist. Principal suggested we use close reading strategies. So we tried a few. Before we began I had students predict who my audience was for the article by thumbing through the magazine. Then, students read the first part of the text silently. Afterwards we wrote the words on the board that they didn't know. We went back and read the word in context and tried to guess the meaning together. This exercise allowed me to reinforce our art concepts and our collaborative project while helping students practice reading skills (...and bonus, it made me feel good that I had written above a 3rd grade level.)
The next activity was math and art related. We wrote a random coordinate on a slip of paper with a few parameters. The first number was between 1-32 separated by a ":" followed by a second number between 1-16. Then we took our mat and sat outside our Artsonia Tile Wall. I had numbered all the rows so that each tile became a coordinate. They took turns finding the tile that matched their coordinate and tried to label the art they found as a landscape, still life, portrait, figure drawing, collage, etc. They were very good at finding coordinates because, as they all exclaimed happily, "We did this in math!"
Since I know they understand coordinates, I think I can expand this activity into something more engaging like an I Spy game where students use art vocabulary and coordinates to get each other to look closely at the art.
Take a look at our Art History Tile Wall and some of the artists that contributed.
I don't know if you noticed, but we're really into getting iPads for our art room. It's been 18 months since we won $5000 in the McGraw-Hill STEMie awards which bought our first 8 iPads. Since then we've written grants, fundraised through Artsonia, Donor's Choose, Edbacker, and entered lots of contests and it's paying off!
I wrote a article about our avenues for revenue for the March issue of School Arts Magazine. View it online here or in your mailbox soon.
My students finished making their construction paper translational tessellations you can view them in our online art gallery on Artsonia here.
Unfortunately we have to make our digital tessellations collaboratively since we only have half the iPads needed for our classroom. Help solve this problem with a donation to our iPad campaign through Donors Choose or Edbacker.com. My students and I thank you very much! We love creating on iPads!
Download both example sheets as a printable pdf here.
Below are images from students using the Amaziograph App in Art Class
Our Lego Wall was made possible because of so many people working together. It was a collaborative project in every way. Thank you!
Taking a Turn
This video explains how to make a rotationally symmetrical with legos collaboratively using a method that is a simple as taking a turn.
I wrote up this lesson for School Arts Magazine published Nov. 2013. View it here.
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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