This group agreed to work with me on developing a new way of doing art club. Instead of having specific assignments, the art room became an open studio. Students were allowed to choose what they wanted to work on and what materials they wanted to use. There were two rules. You have to work--no goofing off, and you have to clean up your mess. Here are my findings. While some chose to develop their skills, others experimented with different mediums and explored new techniques. The students encouraged and inspired each other. They were consistently engaged and involved. When I asked for feedback, everyone agreed they loved it. I appreciate their willingness to participate and look forward to implementing this plan with art club next year.
Kindergarten artists started a study on self-portraits today. After discussing how we are each uniquely made by God and looking at self-portraits by Vincent Van Gogh, students used mirrors to carefully observe their own facial features. These two artists enjoyed comparing their eyes, skin, hair, and smiles. For more on this lesson click here.
A while back I came across a website called #tapepoetry. I liked how the website combined creative writing with art so I put together a lesson for the afternoon art elective classes. They incorporated poems they wrote during Language Arts with acrylic painting. Here are a few of their finished projects:
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