What is childhood without magical snowfriends that come to life and take you sailing across wintry night skies? I love The Snowman Story and share it with my k-5 students as often as I can. I created many connected lessons that have brought so much joy to my students including the following which I have packaged up for you to explore in honor of Raymond Briggs' passing.
Finished Clay Sculptures: view on Artsonia
Digital Extension: March of the Penguins
Students are going to use stop motion animation to make it look like their penguins can waddle around. (fingers crossed!)
The WRAP-UP movie:
This movie features all four groups of stop motion animations and some behind the scenes peeks at how these adorable penguins were created.
Donor's Choose Grant:
Each clay pendant began with a long length of cord from the top hole. We added beads with large openings to the string on what we called "top beads".
The "down beads" had small holes so we strung them using wire.
Finished Student Pendants:
View each of the fourth grade pendant on the Artsonia exhibit here.
Packaged Lesson Available! Click to view
Did you know that two of our winning Fugleflicks were in the running for Video of the Year through NextVista.org? Take a moment to enjoy these fun collaboration videos that each teach us something useful about art.
Wes' Clay Bear project was randomly chosen by Artsonia to complete in their Artist of the Week contest. We need to rally everyone to vote everyday for WES195 until Saturday. It's super easy...just a click-no logging in and you can vote on every computer, smartphone or tablet each day.
-->View our past Winners HERE<--
If Wes wins he will receive a plaque featuring his artwork along with a gift certificate for art supplies. The art room will also receive a gift certificate to benefit all the Dryden artists.
Students gave a voice to their clay bears as they explain (using bear puns) how they were created. These were made with Funny Movie Maker and iMovie on the iPads while students worked on their artists statements on Artsonia.
See my previous post to learn why these are my Grandbaby bears.
Download my lesson here.
See the gallery of finished clay bears on Artsonia. Don't forget to write encouraging comments for the artists.
The movie above was made with iPads. We REALLY want to create on iPads and are half way to our goal of 1:1 iPads in the art room. You can help. Donate to one of our two iPad campaigns found on our Fuglefunding page or click on a link below.
Dryden students and I thank you!
Donor's Choose iPad project
Edbacker iPad Campaign
Listen to my students' thank you message.
Let's see if I can explain this truly amazing thing that has been happening in the art room over the past few weeks. My student teacher, Ms. Nicole Koob, was once my student. When she was a 5th grader I taught her and her classmates how to create a clay bear. She and I went through my archived photos when she began her placement in August and we discovered a photo that she recognized as her clay bear. She brought it (see picture on left) to school and used it as an example as she taught the fifth graders how to make clay bears. This means that the bears she made with this generation of Dryden 5th graders are like my Grandbaby bears, right? The firstbatch is complete and uploaded to Artsonia.
My media rich lesson is available for download here. It includes examples, links to videos, a step-by-step animated powerpoint, and other hints for students to create these clay bears.
Would your student's clay bears be my step-baby bears?
Click here to download the step-by-step animated powerpoint that teaches your students exactly how to create the double pinch pots, score, slip, and join to attach the clay and divide up a lump of clay into all the pieces they need to create the arms, legs, ears and snout to complete the bear design.
Download the Clay Bear Lesson via TPT
Much earlier in the school year 5th graders created an additive and subtractive clay masks.
One silly day, I took out all my art room props, stuffed animal, and wings and had them pose before our green screen to become the monster body that matched their clay mask. Well, I thought we could work on putting this together on iPads during their rotation, but the animation idea took our entire time. But luckily our art room now has iPads!
Here is how we layer the pieces together:
1. Choose a background (save to photos)
2. Find your monster pose (save to photos)
3. Find your mask (save to photos)
4. Open up the Brushes app.
5. Click the photo button to bring in the background layer
6. Click the photo button to bring in the pose layer, resize and reposition
7. Click the photo button to bring in the mask layer, resize and reposition
8. Save to the gallery and email it to me (subject line=your name and class)
View the finished artwork on Artsonia at this link or few a few examples below.
Do you see that shelf of binders? (I know, I love binders but that's a different story). It FELL yesterday. It completely collapsed and spilled out binders all over the counter.
This happened yesterday and not today with all our clay mask projects lined up to dry.(WHEW!!!)
We are a lucky bunch of artists here at Dryden. Thank you Mr. Bob for putting our shelf back up this morning so everything could find a place again.
We poured so much artistry into our clay masks. They are irreplaceable. Take a look at some of the 5th graders at work below.
When we were all cleaned up we tried making a collaborative clay mask on the ipad.
I quickly popped it under our iPevo camera and started up the free app, 123D Sculpt.
I just learned about it over the weekend and had made a demo video to show students some of the things it can do.
View my tutorial video here or below.
To the left is a student sculpting digitally as the class watches on the big screen. After she makes her mark, she will call up another student to make theirs.
I caught some of this on camera. Watch it below.
UPDATE! All of the 5th grade finished clay sculptures are now on our Online Art Gallery on Artsonia. View them in this exhibit.
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