I had the honor and pleasure of working with the Villa Park District 45 art team during their inservice day to explore STEAM and Active Learning lessons during a full day hands on workshop. Explore the lessons and resources from my smore flyer.
One hands on experience was to make a piece of art that incorporated a light up LED and a "button" housing the battery where the circuit would close. The idea was to seamlessly incorporate the science of circuits into an artistic design. Take a look at some of the clever solutions these teachers created.
Active Learning Art Games
We spent the afternoon thinking through and playing some active learning art games that I designed to help my students using their questioning skills, practice collaboration, use their manners and imaginations.
Teachers played our Spect-Art-acles game. You can learn more from my School Arts Article online here. Or view this post with all my resources.
I pulled out my rose gold karaoke microphone (with a super cool echo feature) and introduced our Fugleflicks Karaoke page to the art teachers. These pages have the embedded Fugleflick movie, soundtrack without words, and the lyrics printed. We tried out the REPEAT song (which is very easy to sing along with and let participants have some fun while singing about line, color, and shape patterns. What an enjoyable way to reinforce art concepts with students!
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.
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:
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.
Our 4th graders are preparing for their field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago next week. Take a look at one of the fun games we played to help students look, ask questions, and become familiar with the pieces they will see on this trip. We call it Spect-ART-acles and the best part is you get to wear some stylish glasses!
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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