reading & writing with art

April 23, 2014

Sixth Sewing Softie Sculptures

6th graders are at it again...it's SOFTIE time!  They have been begging all year.  This is always a class favorite.  The crazy amounts of snow days and testing have delayed our pieces, but we are now nearing the end.  All that is left is writing our stories to go along with our creations!  My old power point that I adapted is still on Author Stream and you can use it here if you would like to give it a try:  http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/huskeyj72501-1395712-softies/

April 18, 2014

Sesame Street - ish & Thomas Pastrano

I first became acquainted with the clever art work from Pastrano at Shine Bright Zamorano site and fell in love.  I decided to give it a try with my students and loved the results!

First I introduced my students to Jim Henson and we learned about his amazing art style of designing and bringing muppets to life.

                                                        We watched this clip of rapper Will.i.am. singing with the Sesame Street muppets and  used the closed caption so the students can read along with it as always.

I had students make observations of the different characteristics of each muppet.  (Colors, shapes, lines going horizontal or vertical, etc.)  Then we looked at Pastrano's work.  VERY COOL.

My kinders and 1st graders did paper collages with cookie monster, ernie, elmo & kermit


Two of my classes did the Minon's from Despicable Me 2 for our skit in the Benchmark Pep Rally to go along with our song Because I'm Happy!

You can order Pastrano's prints here:  

April 16, 2014

Flamin' Flamingo Sculptures & John James Audobon

Well...they weren't supposed to be "flaming flamingos" but since I do not have kiln at my school I have to bake my clay in the ovens.  For some reason...one of the ovens was not working properly and my flamingos began burning...smoking...and yes at 2:59 pm just as students are getting on buses, lining up, going in 75 directions...yes, you guessed it.  I set off the school fire alarm.  :)  Happy Days!  (see part of the burned flamingo below).  Needless to say the next day, yours truly won the Flaming Flamingo Award at school.  

On a serious note...my students have LOVED these.  We began learning about 2 artist and their works.  Audubon & Calder.  I showed my students this you tube clip that gave them more information on John James Audubon.  http://youtu.be/7gozLgMAq38
We looked at some of his art work and I asked them to be listening for answers to guided questions about the clip to give them a purpose for watching the piece.  For example, Why does the lady have white gloves on in the video?  How often do they turn the pages in the book?  How many pieces did Audubon create?  
  Next we compared Calder's Flamingo Sculpture to Audubon's work.  Before they created their sculptures we need to know more about flamingos...so we read the book For Pete's Sake (see below) and did a labeling writing art piece to go along with our sculptures.  Finally we were ready for the clay.  You can see the steps below.  Next week we are adding final touches, possibly a feather coming out the back...I just cant decide if I like it or not and glazing. 
 Roll out a 6-12" snake to coil around like a snail.
Fold the head backwards and press to make the beak.
Pinch the tush to make the flamingo's pointed body.  Use 2 long skinny sticks for the legs and create a solid base for the flamingo to stand on.