My 3rd grade students are highly motivated, thoughtful, and want to make a difference in the world. They are looking for ways to express themselves and work hard to learn new techniques in the art studio. Everyday they come into the studio ready to learn and wanting to do their best work.
Creativity abounds at our school and each child in the 3rd grade loves learning and creating art.
In the art studio, students are free to express themselves while learning new techniques. My students do a good job of balancing free expression with mastering techniques in all sort of media. I am truly thankful everyday to come to this school and share my love of art with these students.
Our school is located in Western North Carolina in the Appalachian Mountain region. As a free, public charter school, students come from all over just to be here. Students are selected by lottery because the demand for our arts integrated learning environment is so high. We are a Title 1 school with many students living in poverty and families struggling to get by.
The Dinner Party project is a longstanding tradition at our arts integrated school. History comes to life as 3rd Graders explore the characteristics of leaders, and present their knowledge with The Dinner Party. This inspiring production is our interpretation of the original installation created by artist Judy Chicago. Students will select an artist, inventor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, or innovator to study. This project combines their research on their person with visual imagery and symbols of their person. In the art studio, students create a place setting out of clay, creating 3 dimensional symbols representing their inspiring person. Students will also create a monologue based on their research, as well as create a costume, and a portrait representing that person. The project culminates every spring with an evening of performances and an art installation.
These supplies will make our students successful and able to fully express their creative vision.
The place setting includes a sculpted plate and appropriate goblet and silverware. The students create the sculpted plates out of clay that is fired and glazed. The many colored glazes are essential in creating a professional, finished look that echoes the work of Judy Chicago. In order for our students to be successful this year, we need additional glazes in many colors, for them to carefully create their masterpieces.
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