27 March 2013
After looking at our examples and sketching out some ideas, student had two class periods to work with clay slabs which they draped over Styrofoam face forms. We've found with past experience, the face forms as best used if they are inside a plastic bag. That way we can unwrap the bag and pop the mask out of the clay when it's getting to the leather-hard stage and it won't cause any (hopefully) damage to the clay mask.
While day one was for the basic face shapes and feature details, day two was all about textures! Carving into clay is much easier when it has a bit of time to set up. Even though our masks had been stored in plastic bags for a week until the students had art class again, the clay was at just the right stage to allow some very fine detail carvings.
Drying and firing until the students returned on day three and we began glazing.
A finishing step for our masks is often the favorite (especially when I pull out bottles of glitter). Decorative details are added with students choice of various crafting materials. Pom-poms, glitter, buttons, beads, feathers, yarn, and pipe cleaners just to name a few.
I haven't been posting detailed lesson plans along with our Wednesday Works series this year, I've been working through my binder and rewriting and revamping different parts of each lesson we use. Mainly to add working facts (for a substitute to follow along more easily, as a reminder to me for when I need to add info or materials, etc.), but also to put on paper my adaptations and enrichment steps for different case scenarios.
It's getting to the crazy days now. The 4th marking period always seems to be the most confusing (with schedule changes), the most inspiring, and definitely most messy part of the school year. I try to just hang on and worry about the clean up steps when it's all over!
26 March 2013
20 March 2013
We start our lesson talking about the seasons and the things we see during each of them that really exemplify those times during the calendar year. For example, winter and snowmen or summer and pool time.
Then we talked about butterflies a bit. Facts and fun parts from anyone who wanted to talk about something. I stressed "symmetrical" and the word of the day and we were off!
To begin making our butterflies, students folded a piece of white paper and traced one hand. Holding the paper together while cutting gave us two hands to work with.
Glued to a background color of their choice with the thumbs crossing for the body of the butterfly.
Elmer's glue was spread in a small section at a time to allow for the placement of several pieces before it dried out.
Final touches included adding a bit of "fuzzy" paper to the body sections and drawing a head if they were so inclined.
18 March 2013
Is there anything better than a brand new box of crayons?? I don't think so!
How about this MONDAY Motivations for us then? Herb Williams (the artists, not to be confused with the basketball player) creates sculptures out of crayons!
here and see the car from other angles.
15 March 2013
13 March 2013
This riddle lesson originally came from my elementary art teacher Mrs. Bonwitt. (Hope you're enjoying your retirement!!)
Have you solved the riddle for yourself?