My students are amazing! They are such generous and kind hearted individuals. They see the world in such a positive manner and always bring this uplifting attitude to the art room.
In the art room we explore, experiment, create, and investigate why artists and creativity are important.
Part of being a great teacher is giving students opportunities to incorporate varying medias into their learning. I like to try new and weird materials to challenge students not only to think outside the box but to look at their world around them and see what they can make art with. I actually use markers for printmaking!
I love the energy my students bring to my classroom. No matter what their lives are like, they love coming to art because they get to have new experiences. Life is only a series of experiences, it is my goal for students to leave my classroom loving art.
Have you ever heard of doodle pens that turn drawings into 3-D drawings? I hadn't until last night and I got very excited when I saw them! I saw fellow art teachers post some amazing self-portraits their students 'drew' with these pens and the pens use something that makes the 'drawing' turn into something three-dimensional. It's almost like a hot glue gun. They looked amazing! These pens have won a toy of the year award and I may even have to get one for my kids!
How much do you think elementary students would love to work with new technology to create art?
I know I would! These doodle pens give them an opportunity to really understand that art can be created using just about anything! Art is creative self-expression and the materials you use do not matter. Can you imagine the looks of wonder on their faces when they learn they will use these to create art?
I have 4 ideas for projects I would like to do with them. I will need to practice with the doodle pen in order to know first hand which one students will be most successful with. But here are the ideas I have. First, students will learn about Mandalas and how they are used to focus and quiet the mind. We will discuss radial symmetry, shape, line, and the role of art within culture. The second idea is for a self-portrait. Not any old self-portrait but one that uses continuous line. We will look at Picasso's portraits and talk about abstract art. The third idea is for us to study architecture, possible careers in art, and create our own dream home. My last idea is for students to create a bubble wand and discuss radial symmetry and functional art.
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