April 28, 2013

i'm not going anywhere


There is something liberating about the end of April.
When this month started my stomach was in knots.
April is always hard because of Fine Arts Night.

But this is my third time doing Fine Arts Night.
So I've got it down to a rhythm now.

This April was different though.

I've been working on my graduate degree since 2011.
It wasn't that long ago that I elected to pursue another degree.
The beginning was easy.
In fact, the hardest part was just making my mind up that I was going to do this.

Somehow though when you get nearer to the end of something
 the waiting and patience and work required to reach the finish line is almost unbearable.

That has been what the last few months felt like to me.
Specifically April.

Taking a graduate examination.
Completing my final coursework.
Fine Arts Night.
Preparing to move.
And just being a teacher.

I've been a bit preoccupied.
So although the blog has been neglected in April,
I am still here.
I'm not going anywhere.
Get excited for inspiration coming in May.

April 19, 2013

nevelson relief sculptures

You'll have to excuse my absence from the blog as of recently.
I have been stuck writing my 28 page comprehensive examination for my graduate degree.
Planning and prepping for Fine Arts Arts night.
And working on my last course for my degree.
Oh and what's that...yah...being a teacher.

I saw // this pin // and immediately knew fourth grade was going to tackle it.
We talked about Louise Nevelson and her amazing sculptures.
We reviewed the idea of relief sculptures as we had already covered it in // this project //.

Afterwards I gave the following demonstration on the doc camera.
Choose from a plethora of colored strips.
Students will cut slits onto their strip of paper as seen on the yellow strip.
(Note: they don't need to be drawn on there)
It's okay to play with the distance between the slits and even how long the strip of paper is.
On one side fold every other section of paper up and crease.
Flip the whole strip over to the other side.
Do the exact same step on this side:
Fold each remaining section up and crease.
You'll end up with this amazing 3D-checkered line.
Put a small dot of glue on the back of each paper section.
Glue them down to a black piece of paper.
Have fun twisting, curving, and manipulating the paper.
Note the amazing changes when the distance between slits gets smaller or larger.
This project was so much fun and produced creative results.
It can take one to two class periods.

April 8, 2013

art room bulletin boards (pt.2)

Last August I showed you all what my Facebook bulletin board looked like in my classroom.
// pt. 1 //
Every month I changed the artist profile to add a little variety.
I tried to center lessons for that month around the artist, movement, or techniques.
I was amazed at how the students utilized the board for information.
Browse through and add a new friend.
Andy Warhol.
Georges Seurat.
Vincent van Gogh.
Grant Wood.
Claude Monet.
Wayne Thiebaud.
Wassily Kandinsky.
Such a fun way to introduce new artists to my students.