Tie dye created by Kindergarteners and 4th graders. This project is so easy and so much fun. I first tried this lesson using news print paper. The results were still great, but that slight grey color of the paper really muddied the colors. I happened to have 500 industrial size coffee filters. They are cheap, bright white and absorbent so the colors are really saturated and mixed nicely. I showed the students how to fold to get a sunburst design. We folded them in half. Then we put our finger in the middle of the straight side and folded the paper like pizza slices. Our finger helped the point of our slices to be in the same place each fold. One we folded small enough to only have one pizza slice we folded them any way we wanted. Rubber banded them and then dipped them in different colors. We unfolded ours while they were still wet. With 4th grade I encouraged them to fold in any way they wanted to get different results. Like you see in the bottom left project. So beautiful!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would be showing how I organize choice centers around the art room.
From top to bottom:clay,painting, drawing, fiber, sculpture (both smaller pics), and last is collage.
Third and 4th graders art studio time is looking different these days. We are moving towards a choice based curriculum (following the Teaching for Artist Behavior TAB philosophy for all of you teachery people). Students are now developing their own subject matter and deciding what materials they want to work with. This much independence means that students need to be able to get materials all on their own (and clean up). All of the art materials in the room have been organized into centers. So far we have a clay, fiber, drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Each center has a menu. Students use the menus to remember procedures for gathering and cleaning up supplies. They also use them for help with techniques and subject matter. In upcoming weeks I’ll post about how each center is organized. There has been a lot of trial and error with the setup, but now the room is working pretty smoothly.