I am extremely fortunate to have a very committed, well connected, passionate community that supports the arts in a very big way. Each year they raise funds to bring in a visiting artist that works with students to make a communal artistic experience or project. Sometimes it's a poet, other years it's a visual artist. This past year, I was fortunate enough to have an incredible amount of freedom when planning the Artist in Residence with our PTA (parent teacher association).
I decided to make the most of our budget and go all in. Now, looking back on this - it was a bold decision to create such a large project, much of which rested on my shoulders knowing I would be 9 months pregnant when all this would come together. But, I wouldn't change a thing, The artists that we worked with were incredible and the experiences and outcomes that the students experienced were nothing short of spectacular. Below is the description of one of the three artist in residence experiences that I built for our elementary students.
I've changed my game plan many a time over the years for what I have available for kids to do after they've told me they're finished, I've told them they aren't, and then they've sat down, worked for 6 more minutes, and come back again to tell me they're done - That pattern sound familiar to anyone else?
I've always had books and magazines available for kids to look through. I've collected how to draw books over the years from the library reject piles and admit that I use the ol' "free draw" idea. But I'm always on the hunt for more. I like the idea of providing TAB influenced after activities. And my thoughts for this upcoming school year are to provide stations of different materials to encouraging reworking of the project that the student has just finished or pushing them to embellish or elaborate on their creations with different supplies that were originally offered.
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Thanks, and sorry for the runaround.
Still spending time enjoying time in parks with our new family of four. These two make the days pass quickly.
Before I left on maternity leave I had a really great time printmaking with fourth graders. We were wrapping up our art and culture discovery unit by exploring the process of gyotaku. (Click HERE for a pinterest board full of art and culture from Asia, including some great gyotaku resources). Kids loved learning about the process, and it lead to a great discussion on printmaking.
Our project that resulted from our discussion was a basic relief print using good ol' styrofoam. This group of fourth graders had not experienced printmaking in any form before so I wanted an easy to use, guarenteed success material but a more sophisticated result, so I pushed the engraving and etching examples and held high expectations for lots of fine detail.