Monday, July 3, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Just finished choosing all of the projects for this coming year. Our theme is: Famous Artists! We will also be getting a new art room which I intend to decorate as an art museum, check back for more details on that soon! For those who were curious, I am sharing a link to my Thematic Unit Template.
Why Use Thematic Units?
I like to use units because it helps me organize my ideas and gives me direction when choosing artworks. It also makes it more comprehensible for the students throughout the year if all of our projects have something in common so that the projects have relevance.
I've heard some art teachers argue against thematic units, saying that it can be limiting and restricting. I do run in to roadblocks from time to time, but when that happens I find that I come up with more unique ideas for my lessons rather than just pulling from what others have done. While I do use many lessons from other art teachers, I think it's also important to create something on my own as well to help add to the art education community.
If you're interesting in using my template for your own planning, feel free to follow this link to the GoogleDocs form, download, and edit! When I drag and drop images I find online they automatically snap to the right size. If you have a current version of Microsoft word, it should do that for you as well.
Happy planning, have a great summer break, get ready for an amazing 2017-18 school year!
|Click Image to go to Downloadable Version|
Sunday, April 23, 2017
So you may have noticed the lack of posts lately, here is the story. A day before spring break, I was told that my portable was being demolished and I had to get everything moved out. Great timing, except I was teaching camps all Spring Break and would have no time to do anything! So I packed up everything except the necessities to go into storage. For this last month of school we are in a temporary classroom and we are only using dry materials like markers, crayons, and colored pencils.
It's been a struggle to keep them engaged without our usual paint and clay etc., but here is one of my favorite projects we've done; Typography.
We created designs by tracing stencils with either markers or colored pencils. That's about all of the instruction required! Love how unique each design is and the kids are loving stencils. ^_^
|Love this black and white typography design!|
|A scribbled take on the project! :)|
|Outlines were a great idea!|
During our study of countries in Africa, 5th grade viewed the savanna habitat and the animals that live in it. We created collages of animals and plants on a piece of painted paper. We had a few days that were missed due to snow and other things, so some classes got to cut their animals from paper. For those classes that had to finish theirs extra fast, we used Art For Kids Hub to learn to draw a lion and a giraffe to add to our paintings. Very satisfied with both ways. ^_^
|Love the border on this one! This was an extension for early finishers, but I will definitely include it when we do this project again. :)|
|This student chose to draw in Sharpie instead. Beautiful contrast!|
|Paint and oil pastels.|
Thursday, March 9, 2017
I love giving "easy" projects to the older grades sometimes because it really lets them be creative. Instead of learning new skills, we can really push the limits of what we already know. 4th grade create these amazing Chinese dragon collages in January. I showed them how to draw the basic heard shape (a bean) then I showed them some examples and we discussed the parts of a Chinese dragon. After that, it was up to them. They had fun and created amazing and unique dragons! Love the 3D aspects on some of these! ^_^
|What has he SEEN? I love this!|
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Hello all! Last year for our YAM challenge, students created 10 themed artworks for a show. I was astonished at how many kids participated and I was very proud of my Guild artists! This year, our challenge is to choose 1 project from our YouTube channel to create. They are projects that we have done throughout the year and students are challenged to choose something they have not done from another grade. Can't wait to see what they come up with! Go find us on YouTube at youtube.com/artfromchaos!