In preparation for our upcoming fifth grade Tree of LIfe gallery opening I am asking that students write an artist statement. I have grand visions of guests at the art show scanning student artwork and having a video of the student pop up of them talking about their artwork. I plan on using augmented reality to have this happen, but it's still very much in the early stages.
To help students organize their thoughts and set them up for success in writing a paragraph I'm having them complete the graphic organizer below.
How have you encouraged well written artist statements? What questions do you find essential to lead to success? Any suggestions?
Artist Statement Download on google drive
When I took over this art room I was bequeathed the greatest clay tool ever.
Behold... the clay drying rack
… also known as those racks that they unload bread loaves from. I'm not sure where they came from or from who, or how, but they are amazing. Light weight and stackable these babies let air flow freely and I can move them with ease back and forth between class and kiln. I highly suggest you go out and bug someone at your local grocer to get your hands on some of these puppies!
What do you you all use in your classroom?
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In the fourth grade we are starting a printmaking unit. I wanted to show students where the printmaking process would take them so I made a super short video to help explain why the time and effort would be worth it in the end.
Short video demo on printmaking on styrofoam
My fifth grade students have been working hard on their Tree of Life interpretations and family tree digital projects. They are coming alone great and the kids are proud. They are so proud that they want an opportunity to show them off. They initiated a conversation about having a "fancy art evening" just for the fifth grade.
Towers, Turrets, and domes
Over time I have developed different unit studies for each grade level based on art, culture, and celebrations from around the world. In fifth grade we looked at Latin America and art forms such as; amate painting, huichol string art, etc. (you can see the previous post here). I find it's around this time of year, I'm over doing anything that has to do with snow and kids are antsy from not getting outside and these intense projects work well as a distraction.
In third and fourth grade we are looking at art from Asia, with an emphasis in third grade on India and Pakistan. Third graders began their Cultural Asia unit by looking at examples of Mughal architecture. Mughal architecture is the architectural style developed by the Mughals in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries throughout the extent of their empire in the Indian subcontinent. It is an amalgam of Islamic, Persian, and Indian architecture. Examples of this style can be found in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
The Taj Mahal is considered "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage," which should be reason enough to visit its vaulted walls and beautiful gardens; but what's more, it was built from 1632-1653 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Viewing images, students were taught to identify towers, turrets, and domes as well as the intricate and elaborate architectural details that are commonly found in Muslim artwork, such as geometric elements, plants, and flowers. Third grade students were asked to design a building that included at least 2 towers and 1 dome. It also had to remain symmetrical in design and include elaborate and intricate architectural details that were commonly found in Mughal architecture as well as many other areas of both Hindi and Islamic art and culture.
Click below to view resources that I commonly call upon for this entire unit
As I wrote earlier, fifth grade has been working extensively on their Tree of Life interpretations. Their paintings are coming out beautifully and students have really taken ownership over their images.
Inspired by all my research on 21st century learning I created a portal to have students access more information independently. I love the idea of the flipped classroom and this is a VERY small step in that direction. So far, it seems that students are interested and are accessing it to gain more information in and out of school, which is really exciting.