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I've been working on mapping out my year and expanding my curriculum for awhile but I'm really excited to tackle art history in particular with a more complete, organized, and fun angle this year.
I liked the idea of covering the span of art history (or at least the highlights) over the entire kinder-fifth grade experience, rather than trying to tackle the entire thing each year. I thought this would lead to a more thorough and complete picture for kids as well as a good way for me to stay organized. What do you all do to touch upon art history in the elementary school? What is missing from my map?
I'm sure you've seen this gem of a lesson (pictured below) floating around pinterest and artsonia alike. It's a great two point perspective lesson that leaves loads of freedom for students to be creative, innovative, and confident about pulling together the principles of art and design. Kids loved drawing them and showing them off to friends and family. But the most valuable thing that my fifth grade students took away from this lesson was learning to take a step back from their drawing and viewing it from a far. They learned to silently contemplate their drawing as they looked for their focal point, range of values, use of color, and overall craftsmanship.
I was proud to see my students get up periodically to stick their picture to the board, take a few steps back and stare with squinty eyes for a couple moments before sitting back down and silently getting to work. They were artists working on their craft in a creative studio environment and I was there available for trouble shooting and critique. It felt great to have students take such control of their artwork and see artists bursting with pride at the end.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to establish the practice of large group, community projects but it has. Last year I have made a vow to provide more opportunities for students to work together on community projects. I think this is positive in a number of ways; it provides a good problem solving experience for kids, it is fantastic PR for the art program, and it's great fun.
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.
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.