Creating art with my students is the best part of my day. I am an Itinerant Art Teacher that teaches every grade (K-12) and travels to six schools, including three alternative school settings. These three schools offer specialized support for students that have experienced emotional, physical, and financial trauma. My students are from a low income urban town and the district provides free breakfast and lunch to every student. Each child receives a high quality education as well as the tools to control emotional distress and negative behavior. The students at these schools take life skills courses, use calming techniques learned through yoga, and visit with a therapy dog to prepare for a healthy adult life, despite the difficulties they have experienced. Although, I believe every child benefits from having art in their lives, these students use art and creativity to channel their emotions in a positive way.
This lesson is jam packed with student learning from art, literacy, fine motor development, and technology.
First my students will use pinch pot techniques to create ceramic monsters.
Pinch pots help develop fine motor skills and are a great introduction into manipulating clay. My students will add details and textures to their monsters using clay tools and paint.
Once our characters are created, we will give the monsters names and personality traits that will inspire a story line. My students will learn about the flow of story telling using introductions, character development, problems, climax, and resolutions to create short scripts. To help inspire my students, I will give them ideas to retell their favorite story, explain school safety and rules through prose, provide information about our school, or write their own short story.
Finally, we will use the tabletop photo studio to bring our story and characters to life. The students will learn about stop motion, how it works, and watch a few examples for inspiration. Then we will begin production of our digital stories, using stop motion and voice over techniques.
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