It’s been a while since I posted work coming out of the self-directed classes with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Only one of these pieces was based on a demonstration I presented as an option (Found object face, 7th from the top). Sometimes I worry that the quality of work or themes explored might suffer in a self-directed setting, that students won’t challenge themselves or think as creatively without more teacher direction. After searching through work for this post I feel reassured that this is not the case. Cause check out this awesome stuff! More to come soon around how I assess a self directed art class.
fter created 2dimensional collages Kindergarteners moved on to 3dimensional paper sculptures. We started by comparing a collage to an already completed paper sculpture. Students noticed that collages are flat and that our hand can slide across it, while paper sculptures pop up and our hand runs into things when we try to slide our hand across. Then they learned a variety of paper sculpture techniques: folding, cylinders, tabs, bending, fringe, curls, etc.
Quilling is art where strips of paper are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs. 1st graders created these amazing paper sculptures over the course of two class periods. I mounted them to poster board using hot glue. I think this might be one of my favorite projects all year! It was so fun watching the kids experiment and try and create the variety of shapes and lines they know.