Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Drawing field trips begin

Carthage Junior high students have practices lots of drawing skills.  They have learned about contour line drawing, positive and negative space, and bow to use a pencil for sighting.  We walked the 3 blocks to our wonderful Carthage square and started drawing the Jasper County Courthouse.  Built in 1894, this Route 66 landmark is a popular destination for tourists.  A light mist and 60 degrees won't hold us back!

Calavera masks and papel picado

With the new movie "Book of Life" coming out, we are creating 2 paper projects based on Dia De Los Muertos: a paper mask and papel picado.

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. 

            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.

Grading Rubric:
4 main components:  30 points
Name and Motto:      10 points
Coloring:                   30points
Craftsmanship:          30 points

Total                         100 points