Meeting date: Wednesday, November 8
2:30 to 4pm
Ms. Green’s Introduction:
“My teaching style is upside down and backwards. I’m often teaching a project for the first time.”
Interactive art journal:
- Observational drawings
- Handouts about what it means to be an artist
- Art vocabulary
- Blind contour drawing of a string
- Helps to reveal how organized or disorganized a student is
- Compare and contrast the styles of two artists
- Journals include the principals of art and design
- 2 projects per marking period
- Projects are designed to be done by students in all grades and special ed. students
- Oakland Tech has a reputation for rigorous academics and sometimes attracts private school students, but has an enormous range of student backgrounds
- One hallmark of Green’s projects is that she wants all students to feel successful
Featured Project: Mandala with Geometric Shapes
Materials needed: 12″ x 18″ sheet of paper, pencil, ruler, oil pastels and watercolor.
Sequence: Day 1: Pencil, Day 2: Oil Pastel, Day 3: Watercolor
- Fold paper into a triangle and then rip off extra using a ruler. (You should end up with a square sheet of paper)
- Create diagonal “X” folds to create 4 divisions
- Fold into a rectangle
- Open up paper and up with 6 equal triangles
- In the center of your page, begin with geometric shapes
- On the “T” fold, draw a shape that repeats around the center to express radial symmetry
- Now, focus on repeating shapes around the “X” fold.
- Connect shapes with a line
- Tip: Narrate what you’re doing while demonstrating to students. For example: “Draw a line from circle to oval.”
- Once you’ve completed your design with contour lines, go over lines with oil pastels
- After oil pastels, fill in negative spaces with watercolors
- Wrap up project with a gallery walk share out.
- Go beyond: This project could be combined with a Zentangle-style design
Applications and Lessons Learned:
- Donna: Symmetrical design engraving in clay
- Jamie: Reminded me the importance of narrating my thought process during a demonstration
- Nathan: Interested in exploring ways to do a mandala in a digital format
- Shanti: I appreciated the variety of art styles and approaches in the mandalas. It reminds me that we can have some rules and guidelines, but also a lot of freedom.
- Audrey: I appreciated the idea of using one art medium each day as a way to create a sequence
- John: I teach ELD students, and this project incorporates some valuable geometric shape vocabulary.
- Jin: Narrating out loud has a calming effect for students
- Tom: I appreciated seeing the art journal practice. It reminds me of an assignment from college called “Dada Books.” Maybe as a way to do warm-ups with students who feel they can’t draw? I like the conjunction of physical and virtual methods
- Michelle: I did the mandala project with my K-5th graders as a way to learn radial symmetry from the center out.
- Ana: We were working with color theory and color samples, and we created a complimentary color design inspired by Native American art. The project generated a lot of excitement.
- Gabe: I enjoyed the folding stage, and I realized my students would enjoy the sensory stimulation and opportunity for positive interactions
- Deborah: Another way to do this is we could draw a shape and pass the paper to collaborate