I wrote an ABC/25 grant this year to purchase Today is Art Day artist figurines for the art room. At first I thought they would be useful when I teach students about caricatures (like this project) since each figurine is created with an exaggerated head and smaller body. As I had them out waiting to be unboxed, my students were taking so much interest in them, that I decided to unveil each figurine one week at a time and give the entire school population a little art history lesson with some video, image, or discussion at the end of class.
Fourth graders have been preparing for their field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago for week now through interactive games that got them looking, thinking, and talking about the collection at our world class museum a short drive away. Watch our slideshow video and view our LIVE tweets from the event below.
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Do you want to know about the games we used to prep for this trip?
I wrote a post about our resources here. And, I wrote up one game for School Arts Magazine. You can learn more about it here.
I wrote up an article describing our Spect-ART-acles game that we play in 4th grade to prepare for out trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. It is in the May 2018 School Arts Magazine Issue. View it online here.
Here are the images they used of our students wearing their image on their glasses similar to the game Headbanz.
See my original post with resources
I wrote up the whole 45 minute lesson as a post with all the resources I use to play the game with my students HERE.
Don't have to go to Paris to see it!
I just learned by watching a news story on our local PBS station that Whistler's Mother will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago at the same time that I will be taking my 4th graders there for a field trip. This painting is iconic. I have put this in the category of "famous and important" ever since I was introduced to it as an art student in school. Since I've never been to Paris I had never had the opportunity to view it in person until now. I'm so excited about having the chance to see this piece in person finally! The only draw back is that the Art Institute loaned out the American Gothic in its place. Luckily, it will return by the start of summer but that is when Whistler's Mother will head back to France.
Fun fact: Buried beneath a layer of paint and behind our lego mural wall in Dryden's hallways is a very old replica of Whistler's Mother made by young artists long ago. Perhaps one day it will be uncovered.
Parodies of Whistler's Mother
This artwork is so iconic that it has shown up in many pop culture parodies or spoofs:
Interacting with the painting
As a fun way to introduce and familiarize my 4th grade students with the painting, I thought I would mask out the mother and allow them to become the primary subject. I used the Procreate App on the iPad to paint over her while trying to match the colors and textures of the original painting. Using this masked image, students will be able to enter the artwork with the Green Screen App by Do Ink to make a still image or video. It would be interesting to reflect on how they change the mood and story as they compare it to the original.
Fourth grade had a wonderful trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. We had a docent guided tour, lunch with a beautiful view, a chance to see Van Gogh's three Bedroom paintings on special exhibit, go on a scavenger hunt, and see President Obama's motorcade on the way back to school! Many of the teachers tweeted images and messages from the trip using the hashtag #drydenartic. I'll share them below.
3 resources that made this trip better:
The highlight of all highlights was this:
We received an email from our head docent on our trip. See her lovely feedback below:
All of the docents who led your students on tour commented on how much they enjoyed interacting with your students. Your students were described as bright, enthusiastic, and very well prepared to discuss works of art. We thank you for inspiring your students to appreciate art. Working with students like yours is why we love the job we do at The Art Institute of Chicago.
I will be taking my fourth graders on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago in early April. To make the trip more meaningful and engaging, I play three different games to help them become more familiar with the art collection.
One of the games is called SPECT-ART-ACLES. It was inspired by a NAEA presentation I saw a number of years ago about playing games in the art room. My student teacher, Matthew Etherington, helped me put this idea together and customize it for our trip to the Art Institute by making it all about the permanent collection at their museum.
We started by purchasing plastic glasses and hot gluing a popsicle stick to the top with a piece of velcro. I already had a collection of postcards of art from the Art Institute and used those as our game pieces by adding velcro to the back. These could be designed and printed out on card stock and laminated so they last from year to year.
In this introduction video you can play against Matthew and learn how the game works.
This Fugleflick video will help students brush up on their art vocabulary so they can ask good questions like, Am I a landscape? Sculpture? Still Life? Figure drawing? Abstract?
For the last bit of class we have the ULTIMATE CHALLENGE ROUND. We spin the digital wheel to see which student from each table will come up and play the game before the whole class. It's an elimination game that reveals our guessing strategies to all.
Published in School Arts Magazine
The May 2018 edition of School Arts Magazine published my article about our game.
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