January 26-January 29
This week in Virtual Art Class we started by reviewing important information from last week: Tips and Techniques for the month and their choice board. The technique this month is gradient, which could be used to make monochromatic art. Each grade then has a second option for how they could make art this month if interested (3rd grade: landscape, 4th grade: graffiti, 5th grade: black and white drawing).
We then talked about how the January assignment is posted for them to turn in their project and their Monthly review if they finish before the due date (February 5th). Their assignment is posted under the Classwork tab in their Google Classroom for art and a video with step by step instructions for how to turn it in can be found in the Stream of their Google Classroom and in the Virtual Art Room.
Students then had the majority of the class time to work on their project. Some students even shared what they were working on and a few even had a finished project already. Seeing all the cool art that students make has been one of my favorite aspects of virtual art class.
Next week in our next live meeting, students will have one last class time to finish up their January project and get it turned in. If they have already turned in a completed assignment, WhatchamaDRAWit prompts will be posted as a fun way to be creative during class. Finish up those projects and I look forward to seeing you soon!
January 19-January 22
This week in Virtual Art Class we started by reviewing important information from last week (our schedule and theme for the month).
Students started by learning about the technique of gradient (making value scales). This technique is something that they can use in their own work this month, but it is not a requirement. No matter what, learning about techniques is a way to learn and grow as an artist.
Students then learned more about how value is used in art by looking at some examples of monochromatic art. Monochromatic art is a great way for artists to connect to showing mood and emotion in their work.
I then showed students their other option for making a project. The choice board for the month will now be presented during Week 2 of the month and give students two choices, working with the theme of the month or a more guided project. The second option is a project that I teach students in a normal school year.
3rd Grade Choice Board:
3rd grade students used the rest of our class time to practice showing depth, value and texture through a guided landscape drawing.
4th Grade Choice Board:
4th grade students also learned about 4 different street and/or graffiti artists during a 5 minute museum (around 5 minutes of art history).
5th Grade Choice Board:
5th grade students also learned about 4 different artists who make art in black and white during a 5 minute museum (around 5 minutes of art history).
Next week, class time will be considered a work day. I will be checking in to make sure students have at least started their project. They will have an opportunity to continue working, ask questions and get feedback. I will also assign their monthly assignment during class so that they can turn it in when it is ready. Gather up those supplies, start making your art project, and I will see you again soon.
Welcome back Lincoln Trail! I hope everyone had a great winter break. Virtual classes have a new schedule for the second half of the year and I could not be more excited to be able to see each class individually!
In our live meetings this week, we had a little information to review before we covered new instruction.
I started by reviewing some of my virtual class procedures with all classes. I designate the first two minutes of class as a welcome and display my welcome and reminder image. This is how students know that class hasn't officially started yet, but soon will.
Next, we reviewed the class expectations for Virtual Art Class. They can be reviewed here:
The arrangement of our instruction will change a little for the second half of the year. In week one, I will be introducing the theme only. This month all grades are focusing on the element of value. During week two, when I introduce a technique (our Tips and Technique week), and I will also introduce their choice board. Each grade level will have two choices in ways that they can be engaged in art class: work with the theme, which is more independently with materials they have at home, or work on the project that students at school are working on. More information about those specifics will come in next weeks class. If any art supplies are needed, they can be requested and arrangements can be made to get them to students.
Each month I also share a children's book as an additional way to connect to art making. I read Color Monster to each class. This book talks about out our emotions (and how sometimes they can be messy), but also has excellent examples of monochromatic art. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful! To listen to a read aloud and see the book, click here.
At the end of class, we reviewed our closing procedure. I try to allow at least the last 5 minutes of class for questions and sharing. During this time, I display my reminders/goodbye image. This is how students know that it is an acceptable time to leave our meeting (if they don't have any questions).
That is it for Week 1 of January. I look forward to seeing everyone again next week!