I've been doing this art teacher thing for a while now and honestly, it should be easy. I should have a stockpile of lessons so fabulous that I never have to find another lesson plan or project again. Whether I am teaching classes that are one quarter or one semester long, I ought to be able to pull out a file that says something like "Year 3 Rotation" and have my whole year planned. I'm just not that kind of teacher. I get bored easily. Every year, my classes are different, even the grade levels that I have taught before. My access to supplies changes from year to year and my motivation for doing certain projects ebbs and flows. Some kids are really into painting, some are into 3D, some would rather draw in pencil all day. Some of my classes like those big crafty projects like paper making or print making or papier mache'. This year, I bought some of these Straws and Connectors for the kids to use when they are done with their projects. I have been thinking of doing a STEAM oriented type project in the spring and thought that they might be a good exploration activity before doing one of those newspaper tower projects. I may have some engineers on my hands. They can't wait to use them and some of the conversations that they have had when building towers that touch the art room ceiling (14') have been intriguing. I am looking forward to spring when I can put them in groups, have them work together in teams and take them outside where the sky is the limit. Literally.
|Lee and Adam hit the ceiling.|
|Zachary and Sa'Vion and their tower. I apologize for the picture quality but apparently there was a filter on my iPhone camera and I didn't realize it until it was too late.|
So far this semester, I did the same two projects that I did last semester but I am thinking that I am done with the rest of the stuff that I did the first half of the year. It's not that the projects weren't good or successful, I am itching to do something different. I tend to feel more "arty" (painting, drawing, teaching technique and methods) in the fall and more "crafty" in the spring (bookmaking, papier mache', experimenting with materials). We have tomorrow off for a teacher workday...President's Day. I'm still not sure what we will be doing on Tuesday. Something will come to me, it always does.
But I'm kind of hoping for a snow day.
In the meantime, here is a short iMovie of the last project my first semester students did. We talked about line and movement and planning. It was a quick art project that took just a couple of days but I think that the results were nice. The project itself is all over Pinterest, but I found it here.