Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about assessment. Even though I give constant feedback and rubrics to my K-2nd grade students I always get a chorus of shocked voices (whenever I mention "grades") saying: "We get a grade in Art?!"
You can also download a copy of the visual rubric on SmArtTeacher here. Please do not email me for any copies of the rubric. Since I work very hard, for free, to make anything I upload here available to you, I no longer email out any extras unless it is part of a contest etc. etc.
So far, the response has been super-positive. My students really like the smiley system, and when they have something less than "Good," they want to discuss it. I like that a lot. It gives me another opportunity to talk with them about what I think they could do next time.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
This is my third year of including plush sculpture into my regular classroom curriculum. It has become, for my students, a rite of passage to be old enough to create the plush projects. The type of project and goals vary from year to year, but the classroom management basis remains the same: keep calm while children have needles.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Neuroscience is an incredibly interesting and exciting field of study to me. I know I've mentioned before that my graduate thesis-level presentation focuses on how neuroscience can help us to become more effective teachers because it enables us to understand the ideal conditions under which the brain learns.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
- Plain bar-based soap (ivory is my choice)
- Black Canson Paper (any non-bleed black paper will work)
- Prismacolor Art Stix (experiment with other materials!)
- Water with sink or other soaking tray
- Pencil for sketching
- Xacto blade or knife for cutting soap
1. Lightly sketch out design on black Canson paper in pencil. Some pencil lines may show if drawn too dark.
2. Cut soap into manageable pieces for drawing. May want to use the Xacto blade to carve a fine tip for drawing.
3. Draw with soap on top of pencil sketch lines. Gently rub the soap back and forth as you draw so the soap line is “waxy.” All soap lines will wash out totally black.
4. Color in your image with Prismacolor Art Stix. Layer the color to achieve desired effects.
5. Run water into sink or tray until there is enough to cover paper. Soak paper in water or tray and gently rub against the drawing with your bare hand. Some of the drawing will brush away.
6. Once all of the soap is removed from the paper allow to dry and your soap-resist drawing is complete!
Possible Project Applications:
- Georgia O’Keefe florals. Students of all ages can enjoy this project.
- Hands. Advanced drawing students can achieve profound effects with soap resist while drawing hands.
- Political Awareness. Advanced drawing students can use the bold lines of soap resist to outline political agendas.
- Portraits. Because of the heavy dark lines provided with the resist, advanced art students can work on shading for portraits while still maintaining a contour-line outline.
- Shading Abstraction. Students of all ages can work on shading while drawing an abstract artwork.
- Positive/Negative Space. Students of all ages can learn more about positive and negative space by turning what is initially positive space into negative space.
Pre-Written Lesson Plans
-2nd Grade: Georiga O'Keefe Flowers Using the Soap Resist Method. Click for downloadable version on a link
- 7th Grade: Soap Resist: Monochromatic Still Life. Click for downloadable version on link.
- High School Visual Arts: Emotional Hands Using the Soap Resist Method. Click for downloadable version on link
Click below for a more easily printed version of Soap Resist Directions
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Earlier this year, I submitted work from several (6-10) of my students to the national art contest for students in grades Kindergarten through twelfth grade entitled Celebrating Art. Six of my students' artworks were selected for the contest and publication. Yesterday I learn that from over 1500 entries, one of my fourth grader's artworks was selected as one of the top ten based on originality and creativity! My student is the only Georgia student to place in the top ten in this national contest. His/Her artwork -along with my other students accepted into the contest- will be published in the upcoming anthology, Celebrating Art – Fall 2010 and as a top ten winner, s/he received a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.
The above picture is the piece that placed in the top ten.