Visual literacy requires clear communication through images; both creating and interpreting
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.
I use the first day of art class to go over expectations for behavior, emergencies, how to stay safe, how to get along, and my call & response for becoming Mona-ificent. After the business is complete I show the Year in Review Video so students can get a full picture of the art program from K-5, then we play a game. This year we are playing both physical and digital matching games.
Table Matching Games (K-3rd)
I set up small game boards at each of the six art room tables so students can play a quick game with their table-mates of Modern Art Match. It was a great way to make the class period more interactive as students were instructed to take turns finding a match. Each piece represents a piece of modern art. I had them reset the game after a few minutes and rotate to the next table to play the next game board (each was different).
As I was organizing my classroom I found some games I had designed over 10 years ago that were collecting dust. They were simple matching games. One card had a concept and the matching card had the definition. We used these cards for ROUND ONE.
I then went through my art postcards and found a painting that matched the concepts and used those to set up a ROUND TWO. I set up my bulletin board with blank color matching areas and a sign to give us space to pin our matches.
Digital Matching Game
I made this game full of student artwork and student making artwork from last year using the Match the Memory website. It's fun to play on our touch sensitive interactive board. View and play the game here.
2016-17 Year in Review Video
I made this year in review video in Animoto using stills and video clips of students working, animating, creating, exploring, learning, and sharing their artwork.
Here is a Fugleflick collaborative idiom movie made during summer school. Their illustrations are AMAZING. They use voice over to reveal the meaning of their work.
I'm not sure if my coffee images are technically idioms. They may be more of a literal translation of speech.
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.
View it here.
I'm taking my fourth graders on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago tomorrow and playing art games with them to prepare. Today we will try a new game I designed modeled after a dinner party theater game called, Connect-a-Concept.
See my post on theater games in art class here.
See a post about the Spect-art-acles game or download our bingo game.
Below is a video describing how we play:
Below you can hear Grace share a thought about the game.
Many art rooms have document cameras and interactive boards. But not many art rooms can use them both at the same time. Most fancy expensive document cameras connect to your projector on a separate stream from the interactive board which is mirroring your computer. So you have to switch sources from one to the other. However, when you use a usb document camera, like iPEVO's, your can use them both together. This has been extremely helpful in my art room. I was using it all day today with a collage project. Below you can see that I wanted to teach the students to draw half of a vase on the folded side of their paper. I was able to freeze the image and draw over it, label it with digital ink, and draw without really drawing so I could demonstrate what to do and what not to do as well as any other helpful information alongside (see the second image below).
MimioConnect is an online community of teachers generating and sharing interactive resources created in Mimio. This software is available for free for both Mac and PC.
When my Art Education PLN began discussing spinner games for the classroom, I immediately thought of Mimio software. Instead of spending lots of money, you can make it for free, change it with a few clicks, add music, and store it all digitally.
I really love the iPhone/iPad game, Draw Something for how it trains the players to communicate words visually. This social media enhanced one-to-one game doesn't work very well in my classroom yet as it is designed. So, I made an offline version to play on the interactive board featuring a collection of my saved drawings from games I was playing over the past month. I had enough that each of my students can take one turn trying to guess the word and spell it correctly. This worked great with my first graders who are just learning to read, write, and grow their vocabulary.
You can download my game in PDF form here.
The next round for this game would be to let the students do the drawing after picking a random word from a hat. This will make a perfect end-of-the-year-we-can't-make-a-mess-in-my-clean-art-room-but-still-learn-and-have-fun Game.
By the way, did you notice that I'm sharing a file from my dropbox? Want to learn how to do this too. Watch my screencast video here.
My Kindergarteners are getting ready to create their self-portraits. One of the hardest things about this process is finding the right place to put the features of the face. We played my homemade game, Pin the Feature on the Face to challenge them in a completely new way to find the right place for the features of the face:)
Take a look below at how the self-portraits turned out last year (or view the gallery on artsonia)
I packaged up this lesson as a printable poster and/or letter size images that you can download and print out for you and your students to use. This is a great way to introduce the features of the face or Picasso's cubistic portraits.
This lesson is available here.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
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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