We are on week 2 of our artist in residence. Last week 3-5th grade worked with a professional photographer on a project inspired by Minimiam and this week K-2nd grade is working with an animator to create a stop motion animation inspired by Calder's Circus. Below you can see a quick trailer that I put together to showcase our work in progress. It's been a ton of fun and I can't wait to see the end product with all the acts and sounds added.
We are in the midst of our visiting artist week and it's going awesome! It's exhausting and my feet are very swollen (which may be due to being 9 months pregnant) but the kids are pumped and we are having some amazing products come out from the student's learning and working with professional photographers. Below are a few examples of their photos in progress and a very brief description of the project at hand. I'll do a longer post later with more details.
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).
In third and fourth grade we are looking at art from Asia, with an emphasis in third grade on India and Pakistan. We started our third grade unit looking at architecture of the region.
We are preparing for our Artist in Residence program at one of my schools. It's an exciting time with a TON of work left to do.
We plan on using cut paper with k-2nd graders to create a stop motion animation film. After studying Calder's circus we are using the free imotion hd to film each scene that students are working collaboratively on design, creation, and filming. I'm still problem solving on what mount to put our iPads in to hold them steady, safely and securely to get a quality shot that shoots straight down so we can just set up our images table top.
Above is a the in progress test run from second graders. They were in charge of the Strong Man act.
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