Some past students
I’m teaching students from first grade through 8th grade. I generally see every grade 1 time/week for about 30 minutes, each session. I see the Jr. His students for about 45 minutes a day with new student groups each quarter.
Everything I teach will in one way or another relate to the ODE Fine Arts Standards.
Below is an intended sequence of lessons and here is the school calender. I really don’t know all my students and classes that well yet, so it is really more of an approximation of what I’m intending to teach. It will be altered and amended as time goes on.
This year begins with teaching elements of design to all grades. In September I will be teaching about designs that incorporate the concepts of repetition, random, orderly, overlap, no overlap, abstract, and representational.
In the younger grades I will be teaching some of the above and in addition, teaching the concept of folding, creasing, top, bottom, middle, edge, halves, and fourths. We will be talking about various simple shapes(triangles, rectangles, circles, squares, etc.), drawing light and dark, cutting and pasting and doing some finger painting. Project wise, we will be working on mandalas, a symmetrical design that has some easy to accomplish math concepts, like how many and how many more. We will also be working on some other design projects in the early grades.
In the younger grades a lot of time is spent with simple activities intended to help improve motor skills.
The older grades will be using the design concepts learned previously to draw and design shoes and then eventually articles of clothing and other wearable items.
October:This is to be followed with finishing the above activities, more design projects and the construction of mandalas(another design project) in the older grades. The mandala project will help students to retain/review the design concepts learned above and introduce the concept of symmetry in art. It can also enhance/reinforce some knowledge of fractions and other math concepts. Mandalas are also very useful for discussing art from various cultures and this will be discussed also. I might do some Halloween projects and relate them to symmetry, we’ll fold and cut paper like snowflakes but instead use Halloween subject matter like, pumpkins, bats, and the like. I’ll have to gauge interest and permission for Halloween subject matter.
November is upon us and in the upper grades we are going to be working on some perspective drawing concepts. We will talk about straight, angle, and curved lines, we’ll talk about boxes, cubes, pyramids, prisms, ovals, ellipses, and a lot of other geometry words in addition to some art specific vocabulary. In the younger grades we will be taking about the seasons, how to depict the changing seasons and your house looks in the changing seasons.
The students will use the drawing concepts to make their own objects, I’m going to be suggesting buildings and robots. They both lend themselves to drawing boxes and cylinders.
In both of the classes we will discuss the addition of details to make drawings(and writing!)more realistic and more interesting.
I will probably do something for Thanksgiving, but I have not given it a lot of thought yet, so, stay tuned.