Grade 5 learns about the Colonial Period and I like to link my art lessons to classroom curriculum when I can. This lesson brings together several areas of learning into one lesson. It is a great STEAM lesson as well because of the motion and the math of a measuring a circle.
In years past, I have used donated cardboard and we had parent helpers cut the discs.
This year, I had some funds in my Artsonia account and used those to purchase round cardboard from Amazon.
Students decorated both sides of the disc. Then punched 2 holes 1-2 finger widths apart in the center of the discs. I had them measure the center and we talked about how we measure circles which tied in to their recent math lesson where they measured the tether ball courts on the playground and learned about pi.
The hammer and nail punching was not necessary with this year’s soft corrugated cardboard but last year, we used donated ram board and that stuff is hard so hammer and nails were a necessity. The kids love trying new tools so this was a way to teach them about and to use a hammer and nails.
I showed them how to string a piece of thread through the discs and tie them off. Then I show them how to make them spin. The students had to do something colorful on one side and the other side could be their choice.
If you make these, be sure to leave time to play at the end of class. My students really enjoyed playing after creating.
Our black placemats we use get pretty messy after hundreds of uses. A few days ago, I noticed that the edges of most of them were folded and frayed and that many were bumpy from being wet from paint and glue. I swapped them out for new ones and wanted to use the spattered papers for something. I came up with this for my 1/2 combo class. A week or so ago, a gigantic box of skinny strips showed up in the art room. KISMET!! Students used the black mats at the substrate and the paper strips to weave.
They took paper strips and glued them on one edge of the paper. To remind them to use a small amount of glue and to hold the paper a few seconds so it wouldn’t slide around, we chanted dot, dot, not a lot, lot , press and hold 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
It was a pretty fun way to get them to make sure the one side was stuck before we started weaving. While that dried a bit, they decorated their strips and then did their weaving.
Well, they actually trimmed the edges. Then did their weaving.
Pretty great way to use up a box of paper strips that showed up in the art room and the old placemats as well.
I created this after having a large quantity of leftover black watercolor paint. I pop the brown and black pans out of the paint palettes for two reasons. One, it forces my students to mix colors and two my youngest artists do not paint everything black and brown.
Students learned about the art of filigree. They looked at examples both ancient and modern. They then traced (or could draw their own) a large heart onto 9×12 paper.
Using white oil pastel, they filled their hearts with organic, curved lines. They painted the inside with water color of their choice then black watercolor around the hearts.
I like to give my elementary students a basic foundation in as many areas as I can.
The students looked at the color wheel and we discussed color.
The then used complimentary colors to fill in patterns of their own creation.
I try to bring in lessons that celebrate some of the many cultures we have here in our community.
For this lesson, we looked at Persian tiles and talked a bit about the history.
I told the students they could imitate the tiles we looked at or they could be the tile designer and do their own thing.
Students could make their images symmetrical or not. They used oil pastel and permanent marker.
Our first lesson back is always an easy one and I try to do something fun with lines for my students. These were from my fourth graders.
A few months ago, I saw an image on an advertising postcard for Blessed Wedding Photography. It was of a bride and groom’s feet. The man had brown shoes, blue pants and funky socks. The bride had blue shoes. It was a cool image and I put it up on my bulletin board.
Fast forward to last week and me looking around to put a new spin on the same old line lessons…
Kind of a fun way to look at lines, by creating pictures of feet and shoes. I love how they all put their own spin on it.
At the end of the year, I often have loads of scrap paper. All shapes and sizes. This project was a perfect way to use up the scrap and introduce my second graders to the Gees Bend Quilters.
We looked at several examples around the web of the Gees Bend quilts. Souls Grown Deep has some good information and images as does the the Smithsonian Museum.
There are a lot of books about quilts and great picture books. You can turn them into arty “mathterpieces” adding all those cool fractions like whole, half, and quarters, eights, etc.
Here we just talked about pattern, symmetry and color.
We of course talked about how these quilters used whatever fabrics were available to them just as we were using the paper available.
So fun to see what creativity can be had when resources are limited. I let the kids just take this where ever they wanted to.
I did this project with our TK and Preschool Classes. I had mistakenly cut some colored construction paper too small and needed a way to use it up.
I showed the students a book called The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco.
And we talked about quilts, patterns and how people look when they sleep.
I also showed them images of quilts.
I love all the different patterns and colors they came up with.
I saw an image done by a professional artist of birdhouses in the snow and it was such a fun colorful image, I wanted to do something like it with my kindergarten students.
We started with a guided drawing of one bird house. I showed them ways to add detail and encouraged them to use lots of color.
They then could add more houses if they wanted to. They also could add birds and nests. When complete, they added dots of paint to represent snow.
This lesson was done with Kindergarten and First Grade. I love printing with different objects and I love simple lessons that look good. I think this achieves both.
Students began by tracing around their hand to create a mitten shape. They cut out the mitten and then decorate with patterns and line. The mitten is then glued onto the bottom part of the paper. We used 4 1/2 x12 black paper.
We also read the book Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and talked about snowflakes and symmetry. There is a great website about Wilson Bentley that tells more about him and has images of the snowflakes he photographed.
After they finish the mitten and glue it down, they use white paint to print with. The printing tools were things I grabbed from my cupboard-pattern blocks, forks, bottle caps, applesauce squeeze pouch lids, whatever I saw that might make a good print.