December 15-December 18
It is hard to believe, but the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year is complete! It was a busy week here in the art room wrapping up all the loose ends that comes with teaching art. Although teaching virtually presented some big challenges, it also provided an opportunity to learn and grow (322 Google Meetings later!). I am so grateful for all the hard work I saw on the other side of the computer this semester!
This week students applied the basic information taught last week through our building a tangram lesson (using Google Drawings). Students could either choose to work on a tangram challenge or free draw in Google Drawings during class this week. It was awesome to see students complete and customize their puzzles and see all the cool original pieces they created.
Instructions were the same for all grades. Video instructions can be found here:
All first semester Google Classrooms have been archived which means if class was missed this past week and needs to be made up, a student could create an original Google Drawings drawing and share it with me.
Our Encore schedule changes when we return in January. which means all classes will have new Google Classrooms with each of their Encore teachers. Those will be set up the first 3 days of school before our first official rotation begins. Since all in person students will be together all day in the second half of the year, I am trading in my computer (for the most part) for a cart and will travel from classroom to classroom to teach. Remote students will still meet virtually in the afternoons, but each classroom teacher will have their own Encore time slot (yay!). I am sure new challenges will come with this new schedule, but it will be so nice to see more faces in person. Enjoy your winter break!
December 8-December 11
This week in virtual art class, we started with a final reminder to make sure November art assignments are turned in. Students with missing work have also been contacted through email. The goal is for students to have all 3 art assignments (September, October and November) turned in before winter break.
We then dove right in to new material for the remaining classes we do have before break. Students learned a little bit about Google Drawings, what a tangram is, and how tangrams have inspired a contemporary artist in her work.
WHAT: Students then had class time to complete a Google Drawings assignment in which they learned how to make the following inventory:
HOW: Video instructions for how to draw, resize, rotate and change a shapes color can be found here:
WHERE: Under the Classwork Tab in their Google Classroom, the Google Drawings assignment can be found under the December topic for them to draw in. This assignment is intended to teach them some basics that we will then apply next week during class. Student work on this assignment should reflect their best effort.
December 1-December 4
This week in Virtual Art Class we started by reviewing important information from Week 3:
1. What: to turn in a completed assignment, two things must be done in the Google Doc assignment: take a picture of finished art project, answer 6 questions for the monthly review (talking about how they used their heart, hands, and mind to work like an artist).
2. Where: the Google Doc assignment is posted under the Classwork tab, under the November topic.
3. How: reminder for where the Turn In Assignment video is located.
Instructions for class this week were the same for all classes. Video instructions can be found here:
We did devote class this week to working on finishing November projects and turning the assignment in. Students who had their assignment already turned in had the opportunity to play WhatchamaDRAWit again, 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 their Google Classroom. Students had the following drawing prompts to draw:
1. Draw a gummy bear being chased by a gummy worm.
2. Draw a flower that looks as cute as a kitten, but is as mean as a shark.
3. Draw an animal with an elephant body, monkey face and bird feet.
4. Draw a lollipop having a conversation with a chocolate bar.
5. Draw a person with silly eyes, a gigantic nose and a crazy smile.
So that is a wrap for our work for the month of November. November projects are due by the end of the school day on Friday, December 4th. As a reminder, turning in an assignment late is better than never. Assignments for the first semester will be accepted through Friday, December 18th. Finish up those projects because I cannot wait to see all the cool art that was made this month. I look forward to seeing you again soon as we have two more virtual art classes before winter break!