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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ire line sculptures by kindergarten.
ther projects in the works. Some wire line sculptures by Kinder, abstract alphabet drawings by 1st grade, and giant quilling projects all piled up by 1st grade. 1st grade has been prolific recently!
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.
lay islands created by 3rd grade
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.
lay 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!
oil pots finally are finished! The only guidelines I gave the 4th graders was to emphasize one aspect of their coil pots. To finish them off we “glazed” them with glossy mod podge.
*Remember all you 4th graders this is air drying clay so no liquids or food in theses babies. They do make great catch-alls though.*
Half way done with 4th grade coil pots. And man oh man are they looking amazing. Great job 4th graders!
Claymation from my animation senior academy
These paper sculptures were created by a 1st and 2nd grade art club after school. They had to use 3d paper techniques and repetition.
2nd graders just finished up their robot assemblages. The metallic paint was lots of fun and so were the found object machine parts.