Every student artist looks forward to the opening of the clay center and the 3rd graders are the first ones to be introduced to the center. This is the first center where the student's have the oppurtunity to create 3-dimentional artwork. Having worked mostly in 2-D, some students have a difficult time adjusting to creating forms and start by making flat objects. But soon the clay starts smooshing between hands and there is no turning back.
Students learn many different ways of building with clay: hand, slab, and coil are our starters. We learn about what clay is, where it comes from, the process of firing, and the very important method of attaching clay. I can't wait to see what these all turn into!
In general I try to stear clear of "crafty" projects, especially ones with holiday themes. Don't get me wrong, I am a big crafter myself - but the students often are able to explore these options in their generalist classrooms. Therefor it is important that when they come into Art they are able to create just that: works of art. Every once in a while there seems to be a bit of extra time to put our craft skills to good use and Valentines day was just that.
In the Adaptive class we have worked quite a bit with printing different materials like sponges, cups, cars, and foam. To continue our exploration we worked with toilet paper rolls cut down to 1" thick and shaped into a heart. Each student picked his/her choice of color to create a Valentines themed painting.
In Kindergarten we started by talking about what Valentines day means. "What is Valentines Day?" I asked the students. Here are some of their responses:
"We get candy"
"We love our friends"
"Cards, I made cards"
From there we dove into a conversation about the general idea of Valentines day: to look into our hearts and celebrate who we love. We each got a chance to share one thing or person that was in our hearts. The Kindergarten hearts were filled with friends, parents, and pets.
We then got the chance to learn how to make hearts out of paper! Excited exclimations filled the room as the hearts were revealed after careful folding, tracing, and cutting. Lastly our paper hearts were filled with drawings of things we hold in our real hearts.
After a little detour I am excited to be back to blogging and letting readers know
What's Going On In The Art Room!
Take a look around the site to get an idea of what happens in our CHOICE based art room.
Learn about C.H.O.I.C.E. Based Art
Visit the different centers
Read the 6th grade blog written by Rowe's 6th grade artists
Learn about Ms. Blundon
Keep checking back for new information and student work!
The adventures in the classroom of a first year art teacher, read more HERE