Saturday, September 15, 2012
I may not have mentioned it previously, but I am not considered a "full time" art teacher...I am 84%! That means I go into school 5 out 6 six days in the 6 day cycle. All of the other teachers are jealous of my illustrious "day 6" that I get to stay home (unless I tell the district that I can substitute teach that day, make copies, etc.). So, this last Thursday I was able to stay home and get some work done around the house. Guess what next week will be for me??? A 3-day weekend already! In all honesty, I do enjoy having day 6 off, but I would really enjoy to become full time too! Either way, I'm just happy to have a job teaching art in NYS!
As for what we've been doing in class, the Elementary counselor has been team teaching with me to present and kick off the anti-bullying campaign our school does every year with OLWEUS. We are doing a little variety of projects.
First, with K-2, we are talking about differences. First she had them pick a single crayon out of my massive crayon box bin and they talked about how the crayons were similar and different. Then they compared that to people. Bless his little heart, one little boy said, "Well, um, you can use people like a pencil maybe and we can turn them upside down and use their hair to erase on their paper? That could be how people can be like crayons!" He said it with the utmost sincerity...those are the moments that keep me teaching elementary art!
Anyways, after the crayon talk, we read the poem "The Crayon Box That Talked" and then let the kids watch the video. For the art project portion, each student received one crayon from a crayon box to draw a self-portrait with. Let me just tell you, I was very impressed with some of the self-portraits one of my kinder classes drew! I gave them a mirror to observe their facial features and I was SHOCKED at the number of students who drew their eye lashes, freckles, eye brows, etc. WITHOUT any prompting! Not what I expected! Definitely have some advanced little artists this year in kindergarten, I can't wait to see this group grow up and progress through art!
After all of the students create their portraits, we will display them in the order of the rainbow on our anti-bullying bulletin board in school!
So the other project we are working on currently is with 5th and 6th grade. They are pretty similar. The 5th graders broke into groups and brainstormed anti-bullying slogans. After choosing their best one, they are creating photo alphabets to piece their slogans together to hang in the hall. This is the FIRST time I am doing this with younger kids, so we will see how this turns out! This weekend it's my homework to make sure all the pictures they took will work and to get them printed out in black and white so they can trim them and mount them neatly. This particular group decided to all use art supplies to create their letters, which was a little disappointing. My other group of 5th graders, however, is going to be a little more creative. About half of them want to go outside to find letters and the others will be using their bodies/hands to create their letters. Once completed, these slogans will line the hallways at school...we will have 12 different slogans to display!
As for the 6th graders, they also brainstormed slogans that incorperated our school name/mascot into them. One group decided on, "Bullies beware...the cougars are everywhere!" Then, I had all the letters of the slogan cut out in large letters using a Cricut. Then, each student gets 2 letters to decorate with an anti-bullying theme. Some of them are doing a really nice job being creative with the theme, but others are sticking to the same old peace signs, hearts, etc. Once finished, the two slogans will be displayed for the school year at the prominent school entrances. More pictures to come after the slogans are complete!