As you may already know, we have the privilege of Henry Cole, author/illustrator of Nest for Celeste and The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine, visiting us in November. To gear up for this exciting day we've started working on a few different projects inspired by his two books! 3rd-5th grade artists have three different choices: weaving on a loom (Celeste was excellent at weaving in the book!), making a paper basket weaving and origami mouse to represent Celeste in her basket, or making a collage of Celeste in a different adventure imagined by the artist. 1st and 2nd grade artists are working on either a collage of Sammy Shine (similar idea as just mentioned) or an airplane design and drawing inspired by "The Spirit of Sammy Shine" (the name of the plane in the story). So far we've been having a lot of fun exploring options and materials and I love seeing all the different ideas come about! Below are a few photos of our artists at work. More photos to come!
During last week's grand opening of the painting center, we discussed the importance of planning and sketching BEFORE rushing to grab paint supplies. Since the painting center is self-serve like the other centers, we took some time to go over proper care of materials at the painting center including paintbrushes, palettes, water buckets, and the drying rack. Students showed creativity AND responsibility while using the painting center in addition to drawing and collage.
Okay, it has been a while since the year has begun, but things have been busy around here! I think it's time to catch you up, don't you? If you had the chance to look around, you might've noticed a big change. This year in art class we are shifting to a choice-based studio teaching philosophy also known as Teaching for Artistic Behavior. I am REALLY excited for this new shift because it regards students as artists. You've heard the proverb that goes, "Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime"? Well, it's sort of like that. Instead of teaching students to imitate projects, students are taught to THINK like artists and practice ownership over the creative process just like a real artist!
So what's been happening in art so far?
So far this year students have been introduced to the drawing and collage centers. We've discussed several drawing and collage techniques to help improve our projects and guide our exploration of materials. We've also been learning routines that will help us be independent throughout the year. Learning how to properly take care of materials is so important as students will have more freedom in choosing their own materials for projects.
Stay tuned for more!
About mrs. lim
Hi! My name is Irene and I believe that teaching how to think like an artist is what art class is all about! I want to encourage all my students to be curious, explore and experiment without the fear of failure, make discoveries, and find joy and confidence as artists.