Sunday, April 28, 2013

BOE Art Display

April is our month for the art display at the Board of Education office. Click the link to see some of the K thru 2 art works.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Yay for Clay!

I don't know why I leave my big clay projects for the end of the year but here I go again. Our curriculum progresses the students through the hand-building methods of pinch, coil and slab. On the clay days, I wish that I had hour long classes or saw the students more often than once a week. My fellow team members (PE and music) are very flexible and accommodating but have projects to complete too. So, the students and I make the best of it and the kiln fires daily for about 3 weeks. Needless to say, I sleep well at night and they have a special keepsake or gift to share.

I will post some completed pieces soon. I have a glaze firing cooling now. Opening the kiln is like a birthday  gift. I can't wait to see what is inside.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Remember when PowerPoints were so cool and then we got interactive white boards that made us ooh and ah? Well, I'm jumping on the Prezi bandwagon with an on-line course taught by one of very own school system technology gurus.
A big shout-out to Brian Felker.

I love using instructional technology in the classroom and realize that it is certainly the future for the students that I teach. Also, they live in a "coming-at-you" world and we really have to do what we can to grab and keep their attention.

             Check out what I've learned by clicking the link
 and viewing full screen. If your my age, the zooming
might take a little getting used to :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Oh, What a Relief It Is

I always show my age when I title my posts, but this is one of those oldie-but-goodie projects that is always a crowd pleaser in the art room. I loved this project as a child.

We started with a presentation on relief sculpture. Many students were surprised to learn that the largest relief sculpture in the world is actually right here in Georgia, the Confederate Memorial carved on Stone Mountain.

The carving has an interesting history that also connects to the carving on Mt. Rushmore. Several of the students have seen both and were able to share their experiences and observations.

I shared a 2009 photograph of 2 of my boys with Nick Clifford, the only living Mt. Rushmore worker. (The "boys," now 17, were horrified that I posted this)
Mr. Clifford was only 17 when he started working on the carving.
He made 50 cents an hour working 8 hours, 6 days a week.

Here are a few of our relief designs that we made using mat board, glue, foil, and black tempera. The students were encouraged to "carve" additional designs, texture and pattern into the foil using a dull pencil. Can you guess our Language Arts related theme?

You're right! Alliteration.
All the subjects were from nature and start with the letter F.
flower, fish, fish bones, fowl and firefly