Welcome to my classroom! In our school all 8th graders have an art class. This year I am lucky enough to have almost 90% of the 8th grade.
My students are a melting pot of diversity and come from a variety of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds.
Many of my students have parents that have limited command of the English language or are one parent households or households run by grandparents or other adults. Most receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs. Their exposure to the arts can be limited and therefore they do not generally have the chance to go museums, or see other types of art.
That’s where my classroom comes in! It’s my job to help these young minds become culturally knowledgeable.
By showing them different artists and styles as well researching patterns from a variety of cultures, I can increase the aesthetic literacy of my students.
We all use art every day, making design decisions as we decide what to wear or what product to buy. I hope my art room helps to create artistic experiences!
This letter project is one of my favorites as it is three dimensional which is something my students enjoy. After showing students the art of Robert Indiana and his famous LOVE sculpture I ask my students to decide on what letter of the alphabet best represents them. Most choose their first initial! Next they decide if they are a “hard/angular” person or a “soft/flowy” person. We sketch out our letters, bubble style in our sketchbooks and then research, plan and design and how we will paint the front, back and the sides. Because I have a choice based type classroom, this year I am going to have my students pick a cultural pattern or a style of a chosen artist. They will be enlarging their letter onto railroad board, cutting them out and then assembling with masking tape to become three dimensional. After pencil sketching the design on the letter the students paint them. Finally at the end of the assignment my students all submit an exit book which gives them the opportunity to explain and evaluate their letter. I have had former students (the photo shown were from a 9th grade class based on an artist or art style), tell me they still have their letter!
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