February 23-February 26
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 color blending, which could be used to make any type of color inspired art. Each grade then has a second option for how they could make art this month if interested (3rd grade: Chris Uphues inspired art, 4th grade: Pop Art/Andy Warhol inspired art, 5th grade: Doodle 4 Google).
We then looked at the February assignment now posted for them to turn in their project and their Monthly review if they finish before the due date (March 5th). Their assignment is posted under the Classwork tab in their Google Classroom. 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. Students were given the chance to share their work if they would like to.
Next week in our next live meeting, students will have one last class time to finish up their February 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!
February 17-February 19
We started this week with a remote learning day on Tuesday (2/16), and videos were posted in Google Classroom for students who had art class that day.
This week we started class with reviewing our schedule for February and the theme of the month (color). Students learned about the technique of blending colors and how it can be done with different media. 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.
We then looked at some examples of artwork that are inspired by a color wheel and that use specific color schemes (primary colors, secondary colors, warm colors, cool colors, neutral colors, analogous colors, complementary colors). I then showed students their second option for making art.
3rd Grade students learned about contemporary artist Chris Uphues.
4th Grade students learned about artist Andy Warhol and the style of Pop Art.
5th grade students learned about the annual Doodle 4 Google logo design contest and the role of Doodlers at Google.
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.
February 9-February 12
In our live meetings this week, we had a little information to review before we covered new material:
1. January art projects should be turned in. If they are not yet, it is not too late. Information can still be found in the stream of their Google Classroom, but it will be transferred into the Virtual Art Room next week.
2. The January virtual art gallery is viewable in the Virtual Art Room. This is a private and safe space for virtual students to share their work with their classmates.
We then started class by looking at the schedule for the month:
Then, I introduced the monthly theme. This month all grades are focusing on the element of color. Next week, when I introduce a technique (our Tips and Technique week), and I will 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 a second option. More information about those specifics will come in class next week. If any art supplies are needed, they can be requested and arrangements can be made to get them to students.
I then read Sky Color, by Peter H. Reynolds, to each class. This is one of the trilogy about creativity. We read The Dot back in September, and the book Ish rounds out the collection. We then had a great discussion about things they noticed in the book.
We ended class by talking about color schemes to get the creative juices flowing on how they could use color in a project.
That is it for our theme for art making this month. Next week will include some more inspiration and ideas before it is time to officially start. Have a great long weekend!
February 2-February 5
This week in Virtual Art Class we started by reviewing important information from Week 3:
Turning in an art project:
What: to turn in a completed art project, two things must be complete in the Google Doc assignment: take a picture of the finished art project, answer 6 questions for the monthly review (talking about how students used their heart, hands, and mind to work like an artist).
Where: the Google Doc assignment is posted under the Classwork tab, under the January topic.
How: reminders for where the Turn In Assignment video is located.
We devoted the majority of class this week to finishing January art projects and turning the assignment in. Students who had their assignment already turned in had the opportunity to play WhatchamaDRAWit, which is a fast-action, fun-filled drawing game. All you need is an imagination, a pencil and a piece of paper to play. This month prompts are recorded in a video which is posted in each Google Classroom. Find the prompts for this month here.
So that is a wrap for our work for the month of January. January projects are due by the end of the school day on Friday, February 5th. As a reminder, turning in an assignment late is better than never. As always, I have been impressed with what I have seen so far and I look forward to seeing more as assignments continue to be turned in. Next week we will start a new month of instruction for February.