We're back! During our last project one of the 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Sink said that many of the 5th grade students were having trouble with food chains. Because I am trained in all things Science (not) I took to Pinterest to see what great ideas art teachers around the world have done with this area. You're probably laughing because everyone knows what a bear eats, right? So about half way through students drawing bears eating foxes eating rabbits we sort of came to the Google conclusion (www.whatdobearseat.info) that bears really don't eat foxes... they eat berries and stuff. The hilarity and plain out cluelessness of me- the know-it-all fearless leader teacher was ironic and laughable. Anyhow the projects turned out beautiful so it really doesn't matter how ignorant I am. Remember what my former high school art teacher told me... "You're like one of those kids that aren't good at anything- but you are a GENIUS at art." It's a statement I hold true to my heart with pride. As Dr. Parker would say, "I can draw really good."
Standards for 5th:
TENN FINE ART 1.4: Implement various ways of sequentially developing art from concept to outcome.
TENN. Science 0507.2.1: Investigate nutritional relationships among organisms in an ecosystem.
6th graders are working on Mexican Nichos for Hispanic month, Day of the Dead AND Halloween. It all ties together perfectly as we discuss the cultural celebration, the history of Halloween, and figures of influence. I learned to do this project in college from professor Lida Waugh. She was and still is amazing and most of my best lessons have come from her resource notebook. Students complete their planning sheets in their sketchbooks and bring in a tissue or shoe box. Once we cut out a frame for the box they can paint but then they become responsible for bringing in the remaining 4 media that is required.
Standards for 6th Grade:
Tenn. FINE ARTS 1.1.1: Explore different types of media, techniques, and processes.
Tenn. FINE ARTS 2.5.3: Apply structures and functions to communicate ideas in works of art in an effective manner.
Creative Community Outreach is BOOMING! We just finished the paracord dog collars that we are delivering this weekend together and last Tuesday we started making relief tie dye pillow cases for Children's Hospital! We watch a YouTube video that instructed us how to use the glue to make a relief pattern: (youtu.be/gydh3a_5oGM) I bought some hankeirchiefs they could dye and take home with them the next class because the glue on the pillows had to dry for at least 24 hours before dying. We had so much fun!
In other news....
Teacher shields are coming right along!
Another perfect month! Keep checking the Student Gallery and I hope you keep coming back to see what these incredibly talented kids come up with next!