Monday, October 20, 2014

rotational printing design

Another winning project gathered from my Professional Development with Missouri Art Educators Association.  Leesha Dunkeson from Knobnoster Middle presented this project at the 2014 fall conference.  
Students use small printing plates from foam to repeat a design in a rotation.  Markers are the ink.  This gets results fast!

Here are the directions:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Personal Coat of Arms Project

This was a sub lesson, and suprisingly, turned out fantastic!  I left lots of image examples, and written directions for the sub and for each student.  here is the lesson, including student handout and sample images, and some examples of student work finished and in progress.

            1.  Take your sheet of paper and on the back in the upper left corner, write your first and last name, class hour and date.
            2.  Choose a shield shape from the shield packet, and trace it neatly on the paper. 
            3.  The Shield should be divided into 4 equal sections, to add these 4 components; some could come from the coat of arms packet:
                        a. A symbol/ picture to represent an important place to you.
                        b. A symbol/ picture to represent a hobby or activity important to you.
                        c. An animal that represents you.
                        d. Any other symbol or picture that represents you.
            4.  Above the shield, add a personal motto (word or phrase that represents you).  Put this in a banner.
            5.  You need to add your name on a banner below.  
            6. Color the design with bright colors. 

Sub Directions
Sub Lesson: Mintert October 14, 2014
Personal Coat of Arms.
            We have printed a family crest/coat of arms for a future project.  That is not to be used.  Instead, students are creating an original design.  They can use the packet for inspiration.
Give each student a copy of the “Student directions” packet.  It includes a template of a coat of arms. 
Give each a blank paper from off my desk (9x12).
Make sure they put their names and info on the back.
They are to trace a shield, and follow the directions to complete a design.
You should show them the partially completed example clipped to this sheet.
They are to color the designs they create with colored pencils and markers from their desks. Ask them to take  a set, use a set, return them as a set.
Try to keep them seated as much as possible, this helps with classroom discipline.
Let them know they are being graded on quality, and getting all requirements.  Poor quality drawings, poor coloring, will result in poor grade.  Take your time, do a good job, get a better grade.

In the last 5 minutes, have students put colored pencils and markers back where they came from, stack their artwork by table, you pick them up and stack on my desk by class.  When there is 1 minute till the bell, you can release them early, since they have a long walk across the street.


Art students enjoy newly-renovated building

Art students enjoy newly-renovated building

Another article in the Carthage Press about moving into our new classroom.  Fall 2014.

Buzz Ball: Amazing youths

This is an article in the Carthage Press about my students working on a Rube Goldberg machine.  Several years old...

Buzz Ball: Amazing youths

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maple leaf parade time!

So this year for the maple leaf parade I am planning on letting my students paint my bus! each student will make a design, I will choose to 1 for the driver and 1 for the passenger side. I have painted my bus with a special material called plastic dip. students paint temperature on the plastic dip, after the parade it should peel off!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Positive negative space lesson

Sub Lesson October 4, 2014                                            Mintert
Positive Negative Space Project 2

Materials:  12x18 paper
4x4 square of paper for tracing shape.
Colored Pencil Sets
        Start by distributing a 12x18 sheet of drawing paper and tell them “in the upper left hand corner put your first and last name, todays date, and class hour of what will be the back”- we start all drawing projects this way.
The students are asked to choose a simple shape and create a pattern of that shape to trace onto the small paper.  This shape could be almost anything.  Some example possibilities are music notes, maple leaf, hearts, peace signs, stars, numbers, letters, flowers, geometric shapes, etc.   They draw it on the small square, and cut it out. It could have open space inside if they want, like in the peace sign.
The students then are to trace the shape over and over across the paper overlapping the shapes to create interesting negative shapes. Students have learned about negative shapes, ask them if they know what that means.  Then they erase the lines where the shapes overlap.
 After they complete their composition, they add color to the background with colored pencils.  They get to choose the colors and patterns to enhance their design. The coloring should be solid and complete, no wimpy coloring.  They must use at least 3 colors. They can use stripes, geometric patterns, waves, curls, zig zags, etc.  Remind the students to “Take a set, use a set, return a set.”  There are enough sets for every student to have their own set.  They are brand new so make sure they are being respectful with them.
Here is how they will be graded:

Overlapping shapes-      30 points
Do your shapes overlap or are there a lot of gaps?
Completed coloring-      30 points
are all the background areas filled in with solid color?
Craftsmanship-                40 points
How well did you draw and color?  Is it neat or sloppy?
Total                                 100 points