Whenever I can, I like to make a connection to art and another subject. I use writing, math, science and social studies often, but for this lesson art was connected to not only math and social studies, but to health. Healthy and not so healthy foods was our subject as students learned about mandalas. Students also learned about cultures that use mandalas and the mathematical understanding that one needs when creating a mandala. Student teacher, Mrs. Pruitt taught this lesson and this is a lesson I will re-teach in future years. We were also able to hang the final masterpieces in the school cafeteria - thanks Ms. Chavannes and Ms. Soucy!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
WOW!! Can you say sugar??? Breakfast casseroles rounded out the SUGAR! Thanks to all the students who brought in food to share (donuts galore!!) great food great fun and a super way to start our day - love those art kiddos!!!
Our wonderful PTA sponsors a school wide silent auction to raise funds. Teachers, staff, etc donate their time in the form of an activity, movie, lunch, etc. Families bid on these posted activities for their children and the highest bidders win. In art, we sponsored one of my favorite holiday rituals.........making gingerbread houses!!! This year I kept it simple, and the students made gingerbread houses using graham crackers and recycled milk cartons. This was not only a holiday activity but a recycle art project as well. I had FUN and I hope the 11 little sweet girls had fun, too!!!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
VVG that's what we call Vincent van Gogh - our inspiration for the lovely sunflower prints. Van Gogh painted sunflowers - DC 3rd graders printed sunflowers. Many stories circulate regarding VVG's life - ask your child if he/she can remember one fact about van Gogh - you may learn a thing or two about such a great post-impressionist artist!!
Kids love working with clay! 4th graders created "leaf bowls" using stoneware clay and leaves! They added decorative elements to the edges of their bowls, not disturbing the beautiful leaf imprint on their bowl. I let the students use some great glazes (from my personal stash) that created splots of color within color. Students got a chance to learn about the firing process which makes the clay "cook" and harden and students also used glaze in finishing their artwork and experienced the heating process and change that happens to the glaze during the second firing.
.....participated in The Bert Show's BIG THANK YOU sending in 40+ cards for our troops. The hope of this adio show was to send out 400,000+ cards to each active military service person, stationed near or far, a card for the holidays thanking them for their service protecting our country. Students watched a looping powerpoint to prompt them with images of yellow ribbons, flags, eagles, branches of the military icons, etc. Our DC kids did a super job of creating these magnificent, thankful letters and hopefully the military service men/women will appreciate the artwork and heartfelt thanks in the card coming their way. Check out the images below of a few cards that were sent....and by the way....the Bert Show DID reach their goal of 400,000+ cards!