Today-ish is Dot Day (a day to celebrate making your mark) and also the day I wanted kindergarteners to explore the color wheel. So, we did both in a new way. I usually begin kindergarten art classes with a lesson on the primary colors, secondary colors, and how they fit on a color wheel. I give them a blank color wheel sheet and we use the three primary color crayons to fill in primaries and mix to make secondaries. This color theory lesson has become much more rewarding for my students now that we have a 1:1 iPad art room. After filling in our modified quiver dot day wheel we use the Quiver app to make our wheels come to life with augmented reality (AR). Download my color wheel sheet here. See my previous post for more images.
5th graders are going to do an all grade-level collaboration in celebration of International Dot Day. They will contribute an exquisite corpse drawing of either a HEAD, MIDDLE, or LEGS on a cardboard cube. This idea was inspired by the IAEA conference. They had the cubes set up on tables for us all to draw on in pencil. I took some back with me to inspire my students...and it worked. My students were very inspired by them and were begging to try it too. So, I used our amazon gift card from winning a NextVista.org contest to buy the boxes for this year.
See the slideshow video below for creative solutions from artists and illustrators. These examples come from this Kids @ Random lesson. I made them into handouts as well.
Exquisite Corpse Examples by Slidely Slideshow
I made these into a four-page handout to print and put at tables as resources.
When I was at the IAEA conference last year, I was very inspired by this lesson. Not everyone was taking the time to create, so I did three drawings on one side of a stack of boxes. Later, I took this picture and reflected. I like to be different and break the rules when I create art, but would that work during a collaboration?
Examples: Bold, big, patterned, painted
Students Working: (in progress)
Students are done designing their "head", "middle", or "legs" and began their first step of painting. They traced their design in black marker, erased the pencil lines, and painted a solid background color. They had to choose a color that was different than their neighbors. Each started painting from right to left so that the middle line of paint might be dry when the second artist paints next to it. The boxes are laid flat until we are finished painting. I pulled some off the drying rack (below) to get a glimpse of some future combinations. Aren't these fun?
Below is a peek at some of our finished painted heads, middles, and legs. View the whole gallery on Artsonia here.
Digital Exquisite Corpse Collages
Each student will make a digital collage of their piece and two classmates using Pic Collage for Kids. See the gallery here.
Math Problems based on Art
Our 24 boxes with various combinations created these math problems.
View the answers here.
Resource: Monster Mixer Online Game
Here is another online game called switcheroo by crayola that helps you think of creative heads, middles, and legs as well as arms, wings, and whatevers...
CREATING DIGITALLY: Years ago, before we were a 1:1 iPad art room, we used our limited number of iPads to make collaborative exquisite corpse drawings. Here is a link to that lesson and template.
DISPLAYING DIGITALLY: Each square created will be photographed for students' online digital art gallery. These can be added to folders on our dropbox where students can combine a head, middle, and legs of their choices (one being their own) to make a fun digital combination. I used the Superimpose app and its perspective tool to line up the squares on top of a real photo to create this effect.
USING PERSPECTIVE TOOL IN SUPERIMPOSE APP:
First import the template (above) as the background layer then follow these steps. I made the directions into this printable PDF here or view the pages below.
5th graders inspiring us all
During the last week of school we are going to use the fifth graders' art to inspire the rest of the school to try the Exquisite Corpse game using the game sheet below or here.
After installing QUIVER on all the art room iPads, I printed the Quivervision Dot Day coloring page. I modified it to help kindergarteners make a colorwheel on the Dot with the three primary color crayons: Red, Yellow, and Blue.
We've been celebrating International Dot Day in my art room for many years. I thought I put together some of our ideas and resources in one place.
Here is a link to the Dot Day Tumblebook or click on the image to the left.
Quiver partnered with Dot Day by creating an Augmented Reality experience with the Dot drawn in the center of the coloring page. Visit their site to download the standard page or check out my kindergarden dot page here.
We're going to celebrate International Dot Day in the art room with a coloring collaboration. Each of these three paintings by Vincent Van Gogh have been converted into coloring pages then enlarged into oversized posters (using blockposters.com). 4th graders are going to each get a piece of the puzzle to color as we watch the videos below about Dot Day and Van Gogh's life/work. We will see how our unique mark making combines with others as we fit all the pieces together on the mural wall. There is no right or wrong, just a chance to learn about Vincent van Gogh while we color and be apart of a collaboration. So, let's VAN GOGH AHEAD AND MAKE OUR MARKS!
Watch the students at work below. I captured many classes with time lapse, photos, and video while they painted and sang about making their mark.
We celebrated International Dot Day in the art room this week as third graders filled their Kandinsky styled concentric dots with coils in this quilling project. This will eventually become a collaborative abstract piece as they connect their dots in one mural. What a perfect way to demonstrate the message of creativity and collaboration valued on this Day-ish. While students worked on coils the heard Peter Reynold's story, The Dot as well. Learn more about Dot Day here.
I put together last year's Dot Day lesson into a powerpoint showing step by step how we collaboratively created a dot where everyone could make their mark.
Download the lesson from TpT here.
Use the "You Matter" manifesto from Angela Maiers to spark a conversation with students about the difference they can make in the world now and/or in the future.
Or celebrate International Dot Day by asking students how they will make their mark one day. Turn the table on tabloids by celebrating good character and good choices in life.
What can you do to make a difference?
I put together a folder of Newsweek cover images that inspire students to think about the positive impact they could have on the world. In this collection you will find:
doctors, scientists, astronauts, athletes, writers, storytellers, political leaders, business leaders, and people who are simply smart, brave, giving and/or heroic in whatever they do.
Click here to view the folder.
Put yourself on Newsweek with an iPad
Steps to create:
Click to download this worksheet to brainstorm article titles that explain how you can make a difference in this world.
Once the ideas are ready, download the template and import it into a layer in Sketchbook Express (free) on the iPad.
Take a photo of yourself with the camera app and layer behind the template.
Save this image and import into Pic Collage App (free) to add the text and export/save your work.
Extension: Write the article you referenced on the cover.
Take a photo with a solid background so that the text is less cluttered
Offset the image to make room for text
Make the background transparent so you can overlap the Newsweek logo (see below)
-add the image so that it overlaps the logo
-duplicate the image
-move one image layer above the template and one below
-erase the bottom edge of the image to make it fit the frame. You don't have to be neat because over erasing will only reveal the duplicate image below
If you can't erase the background ahead of time, try to carefully erase it with the eraser tool in the app. Hit "undo" (back arrow) if you over-erase.
(click the images below to view larger)
This lesson would be a great technology extension project for art students' self-portrait paintings.
See my students' gallery on artsonia.
I have this 3/4 pose self-portrait powerpoint lesson available for download from TpT here.
Also, if you want to try this lesson on laptops using Keynote or Powerpoint, download the lesson from TpT here.
Thank you to Terri Eichholz for expanding on this lesson idea in your blog post Visualizing Making a Difference. It was so exciting to have an interplay of thought via this medium where ideas can flow and grow. I loved the video by Mark Bezos and want to share it here too so I can remember to play it for my students. Thank you!
Students collaboratively made their mark! See the slideshow to find out how they used color diffusion paper, markers, and spray bottles to celebrate International Dot Day with my slideshow below. You can download this keynote lesson from the slideshare site.
Thank you to parent volunteers, Mrs. Jung & Mrs. Woodland, who put up the display.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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