This was a super tough lesson to complete in just one hour but my fourth graders did it with only a few bumps in the road.
There are over 100 4th graders so I had them adhere their positive pieces on one side of the pre-cut cereal box and negative on the other creating a 2 sided printing plate.
If the kids were good at puzzles and spacial relations assembling the plate was a snap.
If puzzles were a challenge, we decided that it made for a perfect growth mindset. (Embrace challenges, persist in the face of set-backs, mistakes help me learn, this may take some time, etc.)
We used sticky back foam sheets and cereal box cardboard for our printing plates.
I ran out of sticky back foam but had a few sheets of sticky back felt. It was not as successful but it was all we had. It did make for some great texture but they slurped up too much ink and they had to press really hard to get a print.
Since SBAC testing was in full swing and we got bumped from the art room and put into another classroom. Not our ideal location but they did move the art tables so that was good. I needed a “low mess” project for my second graders. Plus I had inadvertently cut up colored paper in 6×9 for another project that we ended up not needing. This was a great lesson that used up that paper and was low mess with glue stick, and scissors.
I show them examples of Japanese Notan then do a demo of cutting and flipping the paper so they see how it works.
I ask them to cut it all and place it and get my OK before gluing.
The kids that have great spatial relation concepts and who are good at puzzles seem to have the easiest time but even those who find the idea challenging had some great results.
This lesson is a great reminder for kids to keep trying and have that growth mind set.
I have a couple of favorite second grade teachers who often request me as their substitute. I am always happy to be in their classrooms as they have fantastic classroom management and the lesson plans with supplies are on the desk ready to go with everything I could need-a dream sub job to be sure.
My favorite thing about subbing for them is that when they have an open slot in the schedule, they let me do what I love: teach art!
This lesson was the result of seeing “guided drawing MLK” on the schedule. One of my least favorite guided drawing lessons. For some reason, the image the kids use as reference is not very flattering of MLK and the completed drawings never turn out very well.
I am pretty sure that the first time I saw this lesson was at the Teaching with Style blog.
I have found the most success doing this positive negative space lesson is to either make a template for the kids to trace or to print the image on white construction paper and have them cut it out.
It is also may be good to do this as step-by-step lesson particularly with the younger ones. A lot of little artists struggle with the idea of taking half the picture and gluing it one side with the other half being glued on the opposite side.
To cut out the eye and the eyebrow, you have to fold the paper at that spot so that is something else it is best to show kids how to do.