It’s that time again. SOL testing in my art room so I will be pushing the art cart. Ready for paper weaving with first grade and kindergarten on Monday!
Tested out the Osmo over spring break. My son, my husband, and I all tested out the osmo over Spring Break. My son’s favorite were the Tangrams. My husband worked hard on his Masterpiece, but he said it was really challenging. I wondered if I thought it was easier because of the years of blind contour drawing practice I have done.
Each week I work with two small groups of students that come to me from our schools autism center. I have two different groups-one includes students from kindergarten to second grade aged, and the other is third through sixth grade aged. These students have a wide variety of abilities, and I have to design lessons that can be adapted to any skill level, from completely hand over hand to completely independent. Since we were already working with cut paper masks this week, we did some mask-making with each of these classes. My student teacher created a bunch of simple paper mask bases in a variety of colors. We supplied construction paper strips of varied sizes and colors, and we demonstrated some simple paper sculpture techniques such as loop, roll, pleat, and fringe. Students then used these techniques to create wacky paper faces. Here are some of the masks from the younger group. Younger students are focusing more on just watching and following step-by-step instructions, but choosing their own materials and colors. Students in the older class break out more and are working more independently. We are still focusing on following directions and motor skills, but these students come up with their own ways of doing things and are able to create more individual artworks. Here is the mask created by the IA and student who were working entirely hand-over-hand. I think we are seeing the IAs creativity more than the student, since this student has limited verbal and fine motor skills, but it is still a very wacky face. And just for good measure, here is April’s teacher example. For some reason it reminds me of the Hamburglar
This week was a Ceramic-stravaganza! Check out my favorite ceramics lessons and management tips posts in the links below:
Ceramics Management Tips
IN our county many elementary art teachers use paint stations at each table to manage tempera paint. I thought the idea of a station where students have access to multiple colors of glaze would be useful, so I created these small glaze trays for each of the tables in my classroom. We use Mayco Stroke & Coat glazes which can be mixed to create a wide variety of tints and shades. Each table receives one glaze tray that contains the twelve most requested colors and a water dish for rinsing their brushes. The tray has a lid that students can use as a palette for mixing. I purchased the trays/storage boxes at the dollar store. The cups inside that hold each color of glaze were also purchased at the dollar store and were originally designed for salad dressing.
On the center table in my room where I usually distribute materials I have a variety of paintbrush sizes available as well as a box that contains one bottle of each color of glaze, in case I need to do refills during class. If I were teaching from a cart I would set these materials up not he top shelf with the empty water dishes, and the bottom shelf would contain the bisqueware that is ready to be glazed in one large tray or copy box lid.All of these small glaze trays fit inside one of my art room cabinets. We just snap the lids on and stack them inside the cabinet for the next use. Over the summer they get dried out a little, but we just refresh them with more glaze and a little water if necessary. Occasionally someone will forget to rinse their brush before switching to a new color. If it isn’t a big glob the kids just stir it into the rest of the glaze. If it is a big difference in color (like a blob of black mixed into the white glaze) then I rinse out that cup and refill it, but that only happens once or twice a year. Overall we waste much less glaze using this method instead of paper plates or palettes, and I am able to afford to buy the stroke & coat glaze instead of the budget glaze that is stocked in our county’s supply warehouse.
I hope these ceramics tips were useful. If you missed any of the other ceramics posts you can check out the links below:
Ceramics Management Tips:
Imaginative Model Houses & Architectural Facades