I have been teaching elementary school art for the past seven years and I LOVE what I do! I am a teacher who creates more messes than I can clean, thinks that glitter makes everything look better, and believes that art can bring people of all cultures together.
I found this great project on Pinterest (where else? Haha). I figured I'd give it a go with my 6th graders today. To start, I introduced them to the idea of paper quilling by showing them examples from google. This amazed them. They had never seen or heard of paper quilling before. This project is obviously much easier than quilling, but it still have us the main idea of bending strips of paper into new and unique shapes. And for the sake of everyone's sanity, I had staplers on their tables so we didn't have to literally sit around and watch the glue dry. Lol. Here are some of our creations:
Let me begin by saying, I LOVE my student teacher! She's just the breath of fresh air that I needed. This is a project that she decided to teach to my 3rd graders. First, students drew a portrait of themselves and colored it. Next, they used watered-down tempera paint to put along their hairline so they could blow the paint in different directions using a straw. We had small cups of the tempera on each table and a brush for each color. We instructed the students to take one 'scoop' of paint and blow it then select another color of paint and blow it again. How fun! You should definately try this project!
This project was a lot of fun! I decided to go out on a limb and try something new for our St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Picture the Music Art Competition. First, we all listened to a musical composition and brainstormed some colors, shapes, and lines that would go well with the music. The students used oil pastels to create an abstract work of art that best represented the music. Next, for some added interest to their drawings, we made our own paintbrushes/stamps using pipe cleaners. Each student got 5 pipe cleaners, twisted them together, and spread out the bottom ends to create a 'star' shape. Students then used their new 'paintbrush' to stamp colorful shapes on top of their drawings. This was a lot of fun and gave the students the chance to think 'outside of the box' or 'outside of the painting' for once!
Remember using kaleidoscopes as a kid? I LOVED them! This project was referred to me by a teacher here at school, and I love it. The kids were really interested and engaged throughout the entire class period. I had them trace circles with a sharpie because I wanted this to be a 1-day lesson. If you wanted to extend it, have them stamp circles using black paint and then when the paint dries, you can have them use watercolors to fill-in the areas. Another idea is to have the students experiment in color mixing where they paint the entire circle a solid color and then when it overlaps with another circle, they can see what new color is made by overlapping the colors. Of course I thought of this technique AFTER I finished the lesson, but good to know for next time! Good luck!
This was a very fun experiment I did with my 6th graders yesterday. I call it Squish Painting. Basically, this is an experiment in color mixing. They take a scoop of paint and put it on their paper, place the wax paper on top, and squish the colors together until the whole background is filled up. And you may be thinking this is a bit too young for 6th grade. Yes, it probably is, but I was looking for a fun way to add color to the background of their paper so we can do more surface work next time. We are currently participating in the Picture The Music art competition for the St. Louis Symphony. For the contest, students are asked to create a work of art that represents a certain piece of music the Symphony has selected. Before we began, we discussed the different moods and feelings you can get by listening to music and the moods that certain colors can portray. Students were to choose colors that they think best represented the music and squish them under the wax paper to mix them together and make new colors. I'll post pictures of our finished art next week...