Robot sculptures created by 2nd graders with our fabulous student teacher from Pratt!  This project focused on creating a connection between form & function. Students gave their robots jobs and they had to design it with parts that could help it to do its job.  The first robot pictured is a pizza making robot.  The last robot is also a food making robot. Notice the serving tray arms on the side. 

Quilling with 1st graders!  This is one of my favorite 1st grade art projects. this year I stretched it a bit more.  We reviewed the variety of lines we learned as kindergarteners (check out that project here). Then we looked at some examples of artists who use quilling in their work like Lisa Nilsson. Students then created their own quilling projects focusing on line. Students who needed an extra challenge are encouraged to create shapes.  This took 2 classes. During the last half of the second day, we did observational drawings of our quillings and discussed the difference between 2D and 3D work.  

Students in my animation senior academy (friday elective) created an original story for their final claymation.  We unfortunately ran out of time to complete it and to fine tune, but it’s still pretty amazing.  The students created everything from the backgrounds to the clay characters. 

Clay Pinch Pots created by 1st grade. This is air drying clay. Sadly no kiln, but perhaps one day!  I used gloss Mod Podge to coat these.  i tried to mix gloss Mod Podge with water and dip them in to speed up the process, but it didn’t make them glossy enough, so these were coated with a brush.  Perhaps I need more Mod Podge or just plain  Mod Podge for dipping. They almost look like something from the sea because we tried to create finger print textured pots. To help the 1st graders with the technique for pinching I showed them what I call the “Peace Sign Pinch”.  We make a peace sign and use those fingers for pinching on the outside. It worked pretty well!