Friday, January 8, 2016

Value Still Life with a BONUS

I don't know how your students are, but when we get started on a still life project it takes awhile for my students to remember and know what a still life is.  I find it so beneficial for my students to draw from observation, especially as young developing artists.

For this project 7th graders were required to draw from observation.  If they wanted to incorporate something in their drawing it needed to physically be sitting on the table in front of them--no reference photos.  Many students chose to bring in their own objects, but for those that didn't they got to choose from some of the awesome props I keep in my classroom.

As an added bonus, students were to invent an area of their drawing where the color wheel would be incorporated.  So they did get to do a little inventing!

Here are some of the awesome results:

In other news, I started writing for the Art of Ed! Make sure to check out all of the awesomeness they have going on over there, but don't worry I'll still be sharing my classroom happenings here!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Alphabet Challenge

Yeah I know, my absence on here has been real--BUT good news everybody--I made it through my first semester of Middle School!

This 8th grade project was all about themes. The idea for this lesson came from a hashtag. That's right a good ole hashtag on Instagram: #kolboalphabetchallenge. This challenge was started by a high school teacher in Nebraska, but people were participating around the world.  I even dabbled in it a little bit.

S is for Sprinkles....duh!

My middle school students are OBSESSED with Instagram, so when I told them about this they were just excited that I was using Instagram as a learning resource.  I had everyone's attention.  We did our own challenge by drawing a letter of an alphabet from a bucket. Luckily my largest class size is 26 so no letters had to be repeated!

 Check them out--I love the variety, simplicity, and complexity of each!

O is for Office Supplies

N is for Nightmare

A is for Aerospace

Y is for Yarn

 T is for Teen Titans

M is for Moon Phases

V is for Volcano

E is for Earphones

W is for Waste

Q is for Queen

F is for Fish

W is for World

L is for Leopard 

 Z is for Zap