This is a great lesson on Picasso and making mistakes/ from Beautiful Oops. The third grade students are encouraged to explore and attempt different eye, nose, mouth and ear shapes before selecting the one(s) that they choose to use on their artwork.
I'm a huge fan of craypas, except when they end up on the floor.
Thanks to mesmrswhitesclass.blogspot.com who gave me the idea for this bulletin board. When our district kicked off the new school year, teachers spent time "Tweeting" each other as part of our break out session. While I lOVE lots of technology I am still a bit old school and like paper and pencil in hand. My oldest son is a SUPER senior in architecture and I remember him telling me how some students struggled with perspective drawing because they had learned only in a computer program unlike Jeff who learned the way I did over 25 years ago. Just today I had a teacher ask me advice about her son's college direction and I always say, "Tons of kids want to be game designers or graphic designers, do them a favor and make them take a ceramics or sculpture class, they need to experience 3D, hands on." Okay, off my soapbox. This was just a fun idea and by 2:00 the board was FULL of ideas on how "Awesome" a teacher is or how a grade level "Rocks!" …
I can't find where I got this idea, checked my Pinterest boards and it wasn't there plus I saw it a long time ago so if you have a reference I'd like to give credit . I needed a clay project and this one just seemed perfect... Well, perfect NO. The 3rd graders did this and I think when I count over 150 students and less than 10 fell apart those aren't really bad odds. We practiced with modeling clay rolling into coils and placing in bowl molds. Then we went into the terra cotta. Looking back I don't think it was the grade level but if you do this remember to tell them to roll each coil the size of a quarter AND the thickness of an Oreo. The blending of the inside of the bowl is really important to so that the seams are sealed. They came out beautiful but REALLY, REALLY fragile. Now I'm crossing my fingers they make it home.
In past years I have usually done a two day lesson on Mondrian. We paint large black lines across our body and then paint in primary colors the next lesson. This year I have a young (er) group of students and since it's only week 3 they are still learning procedures in the art room. I decided instead to discuss line in a different way. On top of that some wonderful staff member put a HUGE stack of precut strips of colored paper on my desk. I HAVE AN IDEA! We discussed how lines can bend and fold and go over and under. The students were so excited. I also tried out plastic containers with sponges soaked in glue.
Much less messy but make sure the sponges are just barely moist as water and glue make an adhesive that may not stick as well.
An update on the master's research...10 more weeks and I won't know what to do with the 20+ hours I will have to, oh I don't know, create ART!