We are finally producing student artwork! Not in time for the Tennessee Valley Fair deadline, but that is OK because we're working hard for other exhibitions coming up!
5th grade: Georgia O'Keeffe Observation Line Study: Before we start, I give a brief demonstration on how to not be overwhelmed with detail. Turn the objects into simple shapes- detail comes later! You will not believe how easy this becomes for them!
6th graders are excited about the option to either draw a flower image OR their own shoe. This is teaching observation through line, while reflecting on how color and other elements convey emotion:
Creative Community Outreach
Started this week! Basically it is what is sounds like: we make functional works of art to give to people in our community. I have the afterschool club on Tuesdays for one hour twice a month. This week we had 20 boys and girls ready to a difference! First the kids came in, we had our snacks, and we talked about ideas that we wanted to accomplish. We listed groups in our community such as police officers, firemen, animal shelters, convalescent homes, and then we talk about what kind of art we can make for those groups. We jotted ideas down for the next couple of classes and went straight into the fun stuff- CLAY!
The kids rolled the clay so that it was an even thickness and cut their hands out. Then they can add all sorts of texture at the texture table and that's when we created our clay bowl for our fundraiser. It is a super fun project that turns out looking great, doesn't take a lot of time, and it snags kids right into telling their friends to join the fun.
Stay tuned to see what more this fantastic group of kids accomplish. If you want to read more about CCO, the Daily Times published a wonderful article in January 2016: http://www.thedailytimes.com/community/beauty-abounds-youth-art-club-takes-creativity-to-new-level/article_684b3dfd-d2d2-5996-a867-edae3eab43c7.html
In other news:
The week ended with a field trip to a MAGIC SHOW, which pretty sums up this MAGICAL week with my kiddos<3