Fourth grade finished their Egyptian king and queen portraits and then we moved on to the pyramids. We used Google Trek to explore the pyramids before we settled into our groups to make a plan for our diorama. They’ve been working so hard on these! Check out our progress:
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Oh man, I have been so excited to share these little boxes of fun with my students and with you all. I love hearing all about STEAM and how other regular classroom teachers are integrating art into their classes. I’m all like, “Welcome to my world. I told y’all it was fun over here!”
So anyway, I wanted to create some projects and lessons where the ultimate goal wasn’t to take a perfect little picture home to mom and dad to hang on the fridge. I wanted the goal to be one of social interaction and creative design. Teamwork and imagination. It’s all about the process, baby!
The thing that finally got me moving on my idea about this was our school’s family engagement coordinator brought me some empty sight word flash card boxes. They were pretty small but they were brightly colored and had a cute little yellow handle. There were only 10. What can a teacher of 650+\- do with 10 little boxes?
I started by finding that bag of random stuff that people give you… you know the one. It’s filled with bits and pieces of scrapbook stuff, toys from kids meals, lost puzzle pieces, marbles, dominoes, etc. Yeah, that one. I divided it up between 6 of the boxes (I have 6 tables in my room) and then set to making some prompts. I know I could throw caution to the wind and let the kids just have a go with no prompts but I want to keep a loose grip on the reins. I think it would be best to have a common goal at each table so we don’t bicker about step 1.
There are so many great places to find prompts, resources, and ideas for materials for this sort of thing. Here are a few of my sources:
They LOVED it. Of course they did. I say this not because of my amazing boxes of random crap, but because kids love to tinker and play with little things, and use their imaginations. After they completed the tasks, we cleaned up the boxes and then traded for a new box. We only traded once in the 45 minutes of class.
I shall not lie to you – there were arguments in some of the groups. Kids have strong opinions about stuff, especially what the propeller of an airplane should be made from. But it was opportunity to work on social skills and learning to talk through problems instead of yelling, whining, and fussing. But that’s what’s so great about STEAM and art class in general: it’s applicable to real life. Problem solving (with people and machines), designing, creating, sharing, giving, taking, directing, leading, choosing a good leader, being a great team player, and the list goes on.
This was a wordy, lengthy post and I apologize. Here’s some pictures:
A mini rocket and a big rocket
After years of bombarding my friends and family on Instagram with tons of photos of my students’ artwork , I finally decided to create an account just for the Tinyartroom. If you are also on Instagram, please follow me at @tinyartroom! (So thankful that name was available. : )
Third graders enjoyed learning about a different type of art – installation art! They loved looking at lots of examples online and had great discussions about it with every class. We talked about how it can make us feel (scared, tiny, overwhelmed, excited) or how it can be meta (trees made out of pages from books, a display of giant colored pencils in the middle of a forest.) They loved the idea of how big it could be and how some of them are things they can do themselves (solo cup or bottle art in fences.)
For our group installation project, we made a gum ball machine for each character trait they learn about throughout the school year – there are nine of them and they are hung on the big columns in the third grade hall. Then each table in each class (I have 6 3rd grades) were assigned a different character trait and they had to draw and write about that trait on their gum ball. At the end of the class, we took them downstairs and they hung their own gum ball in the correct machine. It’s made a really colorful display and they like that it’s so BIG!
My fifth graders started on their NC art project this week. We are creating in honor of the annual Statesville Hot Air Balloon Festival. We looked at tons of pictures of hot air balloons, paintings of hot air balloons, and even a video of a mass launch at the Statesville festival.
I wanted to give them more choice in their artwork and so I left up lots of the pictures we looked at and they are using those and their own ideas to create their own individual pictures.
Here’s a few from the first day of sketching…
Day one of choosing their own materials. They chose from crayons, markers, color pencils, color sticks, oil pastels, and paint.