As it is my first year teaching, there have been several projects that I have facilitated with 2 different grade levels, to see which works best. I really want my students to enjoy what they are doing, and I am finding that students are most enthusiastic when I strike the perfect balance between challenge and success (I guess this might seem obvious, but again, its my first year guys!).
One of the assignments that I did this with was my Frank Stella inspired protractor project, based on (Ta-Da!) Stella's own Protractor Series. We discussed Stella's life and works, deliberating the notions of abstract vs. realistic art, as well as organic versus geometric composition.
I am so thrilled with how stunning were their results!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
As a proud and nerdy member of the School Safety Team, I decided to help my students promote some positive energy around our school community during our Week of Respect by introducing them to the You Are Beautiful project. If you have not checked this out yet, please hesitate no longer! It is a stunning example of how street art can enhance a community in a "beautiful" way.
For my first project of the year with Kindergarten and Second grade students, we read "Frederick", by Leo Lionni. With the Kindergarten students, we began by discussing the colors of their summers. Students then found their seats by identifying their names on the "thought bubbles" that I prepared. They then filled in their bubbles with the colors that they pictured in their minds.