STILL IN EDIT
I like to start with printmaking. I generally start with mono-printing. Students learn about using a brayer, the prefix, “mono” meaning one, printing something, as opposed to drawing or painting, sharing, process, and a bunch of other related concepts. The younger students just remember finger painting. It make for a really good introduction to art class as fun and something to look forward to.
Starts off like this, with the student rolling out the ink/paint onto something that can be washed easily, cafeteria tray, cookie sheet, or, in this case, a piece of Plexiglas,.
Then with a suitable tool….
…here a kindergartner finger, you push the paint around creating line and space, leaving a bit of paint behind on a finger.
Then you lay the paper down on the plexiglass…
…pat it down gently…
…and then peel it off the plexiglass
…where you can inspect the finished work
I am very fortunate t0 often have older students volunteer from study hall, which really helps with the very young classes. Above, Ms. Sara, is helping them get cleaned up.
..is not that bad…I’m very fortunate to get many letters and drawings from students who are happy to take the class.
I’m going to start posting them on this page.
This was from a first grader who had to dictate the letter! What a nice person to say such nice things about her 61 year old art teacher!
Who doesn’t like to get a “you are the best ever” page?
Wow, “best art teacher in the world”, I’m sure there are many other art teachers int he world, but I get to be the best!
Again, what can I say, I’m apparently “the Best” again. I love the colors and cutouts!
You can never get enough of this sort of thing, it’s always nice to get a compliment!
I’m thinking this is myself and the student who made the piece walking together. Unfortunately, no name and the piece was made with water soluble markers and it suffered badly in a spilled coffee incident of my own making.
Below is a collection of 6th, 7th and 8th grade paper mache. I have not edited the photos completely and I probably need to add some more text. But some students wanted to see the pictures, so here they are:
Great job on the Suessical imagery!
Good shot of 5 completed paper mache masks. A high degree of finish at this table.
Here’s an intelligent, motivated student He wanted to make a bank instead of a mask. I try to stay out of the way when a student comes up with their own idea.
This mask has to win the award for creepiest! I told him to put it on his bedroom door at home, if he does not want anyone to come in! The green yarn hair really makes it better.
Almost a see no evil, hear no evil set of monkeys!
Always the thoughtful one, here the Chandler contemplates how many ways he hates his art teacher.
I cannot remember why Ms. Pike felt the need to strike a pose here, I’m sure she has her reasons.
Mr. Christian eventually turned this into Squidward, a Spongebob character