Today was the special areas teachers last day of school, so we had to get AMPEd! Art, Music, and PE once again joined forces for all day team building activities by grade level. In 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades we played mash-up drawing game where one group drew a head (animal, person, or creature), then folded paper back so it couldn’t be seen and swapped paper with another group. Next, everyone draws a torso, fold paper back so it can’t be seen and swap with another group who draws the legs/feet (fins, wheels, whatever!) When I was in college these were called Beautiful Corpse drawings which is a bit morbid. We just called them Art Mash-Ups at school.😁 They were hilarious and fun!
Had the best afternoon on Monday because the Arbor Hill art students came over with their art teacher Mrs. Ardner to present some of my 1st and 2nd grade students with 3D versions of drawings they had made!! At the beginning of the school year, I read The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. My 1st and 2nd graders then had to create their own imaginary friends. I sent those drawings off to Arbor Hills where junior high students selected the drawing they would “magically” turn into a 3D sculpture. The results were AMAZING!! I am so happy with the results and seeing the students’ faces was priceless!! Some of the junior high students even wrote letters to their elementary buddies!!
Students have been working throughout the year on their Official Art Passports since we were art tourists this year. Inside the passports are color sheets (great fine motor practice!) representing the different countries we have traveled to and drawing challenges as well. It is fun to look back and remember where we have traveled and to check out our drawing and coloring skills. Students also loved making stickers (our version of having our passports stamped) to show off some highlights of each country!
I have been wanting to develop a lesson based around the children’s book The Snurtch since I first stumbled upon it. I did some project experiments with kindergarten classes recently. A couple months ago, students made symmetrical yarn paintings (to go along with another children’s book Extra Yarn). We used those for the Snurtch face base, then one class did shaving cream/marbling to add color to their Snurtch. The other classes used crayons and scribbling (they were so excited to be told to scribble with three crayons at once) to add color. Then, googly eyes, oil pastel nose/mouth, and working on making symmetrical cuts by folding paper in half. They’re so cute so far!