Friday, November 1, 2013

6th grade Newsweek Hero Project

6th grade Newsweek Hero Project
I adapted this lesson from a workshop I attended. Tricia Fugelstad led the workshop. Her website offers a wealth of information and great ideas. Please check out her blog to get great ideas for using iPads/ technology in your classroom.
Fegely Heroes
We began with brainstorming a list of characteristics that super heroes and real- life heroes posses. We used the worksheet below; however, just writing on the board will also work.
We then used the template to plan our design. Students submitted their plan/ rough draft to me before beginning, this way I could check for grammatical errors, spelling and complete sentences.
To create this project we used our classroom set of iPads and the apps: Dropbox, ArtStudio, and PicCollage. This was a lot of work for my 6th grade students, especially for our first iPad projectof the school year. The excitement of the 6th grade got us through the project relatively fast. We were able to complete this project in 5 days.
To make it easier down the road I took all of my students pictures in front of our class made green screen (a picked a really bright green shower curtain) this way it was not so expensive and a color most students wouldn't wear. The students selected some super hero costumes, clothing, masks, capes, ect. to wear for their photograph.
To begin I uploaded the student photo and the template below into our classdropbox. This allowed all students access to materials.
The students began by importing their photo into the app ArtStudio. Using the lasso tool the students deleated all of the green screen from their background. They needed to do this without cutting off any of their body parts.
The students then exported their projects from ArtStudio and saved them to the camera roll.
The next app we worked in was PicCollage. PicCollage allows the student to layer the Newsweek template, their picture, and their words onto the page.
Upon completion the students submitted and saved their finished project to DropBox.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Texture Discovery

7th Grade Texture Discovery

The Fegely 7th graders explored the elementsof art texture. The students were introduced to texture through the use of a PowerPoint presentation with guided notes.

To hook the students into the lesson we conducted a texture discovery.

Before the students arrived, I placed 20 paper bags around the classroom with different textured objects in each bag.

The students were paired up into groups of two and were given a teacher made worksheet. The worksheet asks the students to describe the way the object feels and also to guess what they believe the object is inside of the bag without looking at the object.



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

8th grade Graffiti Art

8th Grade Graffiti Art

8th grade artists used their knowledge of balance (symmetrical/ asymmetrical/ and radial) and objective vs. nonobjective art to create their artwork.

I usually do this lesson at the beginning of the semester or school year. It helps me to learn my students names and helps me access their current ability level.

The students artwork is graded with a rubric and the students complete a self-assessment.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

IMotion 7th grade mod 10

7th grade Stop Motion/ Time Lapse Experiment

What we did with our extra time today!

Our 7th grade mod 10 class was experimenting with the iMotion app. We had so much fun learning with the app and we can't wait to use the app again in class!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

6th grade Time Lapse Experiment

6th grade Time Lapse Experiment

Using the app iMotion we experimented with the time lapse option. This is our 6th grade class from start to finish. It gets a little crazy to watch! We are excited to use the time lapse app in class this year to make videos demonstrating our classroom knowledge of the arts!

7th grade Name Tangle

7th grade Name Tangle

Objective: Students understand the characteristics of a line.

Students will create their name using different characteristics of a line.

Students will understand and apply patterns to their artwork.

Vocabulary: line, line quality, line characteristics, patter, media, and medium.

Directions: Students stretched their names across the paper (6x12), using pencil first to create the sketch. In all of the negative space, the areas outside of the name the students filled with patterns.

The name was then colored in dark and completely with sharpie and all patterns were outlined with a thin point sharpie.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spaghetti Tower

With ISTEP week among us, we have had crazy schedules and extremely long classes. To eliminated grade levels passing in the halls while others are testing, we had class today for 2:45 minutes (yikes)! Surprisingly the kids were awesome. We silently read Hunger Games, completed an ISTEP practice exersise and then completed the Marshmellow, Spaghetti Tower Challenge.

Here is the activity:

  • The students divided into groups.
  • Each group received equall parts Marshmellows and uncooked spaghetti.
  • The students were then instructed to create the tallest tower possible.

Below are the tower attempts! Many collapsed in the last few minutes but overall it was a great activity.



Art Club's Sidewalk Chalk Art

Today was such a gorgeous day to not take advantage of the weather! The 6th, 7th and 8th grade art club members finished their wire sculpture figures early so with the remainder of our time, Art Club created sidewalk chalk art.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

American Gothic Parodies

8th grade I.U. team artists studied the art work of Grant Wood. To kick off the lesson, students are introduced to the life and work of Grant Wood with a powerpoint that I created. The students then created parodies based on the artwork American Gothic. The students were given free reign with themes and subject matter.
I tell all students that when I am grading, I am looking for two figures in the foreground dressed similar to the figures in the original American Gothic. One figure must be holding something; however, it does not have to be a pitch fork. I am looking that both of the figures eyes are looking in the correct direction and that most importantly I can see the gothic window in the background.

I do this lesson every year and I am always impressed by the creativity of my 8th graders!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Arts-a-Budding Ceremony 2013

Arts-a-Budding 2013
Porter County k-8 Art Show
Arts-a-Budding takes place at Valparaiso University Chapel. This years show had over 1,000 people in attendance. Thank you to all of the teachers, parents, and student artists that participated!
Special thanks to my husband, Mr. Derek Hart!