Every year I have 6th grade create clay containers. The instructions are simple. The container must be large enough to hold something, it must have a lid, and they must use slab construction for the majority of the construction. I love the different ideas that the students came up with this year, so creative!
This was a fun assignment for the kids. The goal was to create a new species that combined a human made object with a living thing. The sky was the limit and they could do whatever they wanted. Some kids researched online, others students did a list of all the things they could think of before beginning their project. The kids had to be creative when combing these things, and I loved that some went the extra mile and even described their new species!
I usually save the clay projects for the end of the year because the kids are always so engaged when doing clay. There are many frustrations with ceramics, things falling apart or things breaking, so the kids have to be really resilient! Organization is key to getting almost 600 pieces fired and back to the kids without losing anything! I love when we get to the glazing stage because opening the kiln to all the beautiful, shiny colors is so fun. It is also amazing to see the kids express their delight when they see how beautiful their projects turned out!
The annual DCSD art show is always a wonderful way to celebrate our amazing artists. The kids made me proud, and we even had two students win Wow! awards this year. The judges pick 3 students per grade level district wide for this award, so it is a great honor to have two of our students chosen! One of the student’s was also chosen for the district purchase award. Her work is on display at the district building for three years on a lease. Her work was chosen to represent all Highland Ranch schools for the intermediate level.
The quest for the 2014 Move-A-Thon logo winner is on! Students are creating some fantastic designs. We discuss what a logo is, the purpose being to identify or brand a product or event. This year’s theme is The Mustand 500: Engage to finish strong. The hard part will definitely be narrowing down all these designs into just ONE winner for our logo design.
My students learn how to problem solve and be resilient on a daily basis in art. Sometimes the solutions are simple, other times we have to brainstorm some different ideas. These kitties were created by my first graders. Our goal was to learn about value and complimentary colors. As such the students were able to choose which compliments they used, but could not have color choices beyond that. Both of these students faced a similar problem: the wrong color in their background. One child chose to color over her mistake, the other chose to erase the mistake. Both were acceptable ways to fix the error!
These masks were so cool! We did this as an after school art enrichment. We studied artist Kimmy Cantrell’s work, and then the students designed their masks on paper prior to working with the clay. We added texture, cut outs (negative space), and color of course!
Our sixth graders loved a second grade Original Works project so much they begged me to do it too, so I modified the assignment so it was more appropriate for a sixth grade lesson. We discussed how art communicates to an audience, so the cupcakes should be a reflection of who they are. It was surprising when I showed examples to other classes after the first group was complete as to how many students were able to guess who created the piece. We discussed Food Network and how culinary arts are a type of art in our society.