I'm always on the lookout for fun and engaging activities to offer students as a reward for all the effort and good behavior they demonstrate week after week, and also as an incentive to keep up the great work. I'm not a big fan of rewarding kids with "things", because it's just not in my budget...but special activities are another story. I use the Whole Brain approach to classroom management, and my classes can earn one point in the "art bank" each day they successfully complete the scoreboard. After they have four points we take time for a reward activity.
Koo Koo Kangaroo is our current reward. The dance is easy, lively and a whole lot of fun. Kids really enjoy learning the steps and stomping it out. This is a keeper.
What incentives do you use in your art room, classrooms? Please share.
The long winter must be getting to me, because I find myself fascinated with all things tropical lately. So, aloha friends.
Today I'm sharing a little bit of the aloha spirit and also my Hawaiian Sunset lesson. Aloha is more than a word, isn't it? It means hello, goodbye, but also carries a deeper meaning. The aloha spirit signifies giving without expecting anything in return. I means accepting each as a valuable part of the whole, living peacefully in the present, and being one with the natural world.
Students made these beautiful tropical sunsets for our PTG fund raiser this year. They'll send them away to be printed on various items. To make them we first made a watercolor wash to make an ocean sunset. We used liquid watercolors, but you can use what you have. Then we used our backgrounds to create a beach silhouette. Students really loved this lesson. We used this video to practice drawing our palm trees (not a native species in Vermont). How to draw palm trees And we used this video to practice our hula. Aloha Music.
Aren't they fun? Don't they make you want to create a little aloha spirit of your own?
There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to stage a show. Mounting the work, labeling, sorting, and finally hanging the show. Here's the 2013 student art show going up at the Southern Vermont Art Center. I was so appreciative to get a little extra time at school this year to get student work ready. Usually I do a lot of this work on my own time at home. This year I was able to get a lot done at school, and although I still ended up putting time in at home to pull last minute things together, it was much better this year. I hung the show on Thursday. Enjoy.
I made up this set of story stones this weekend. They were a lot of fun to make. I envisioned a small set, but ended up with all of these. I got a little carried away, because they were so much fun to make. I made them with Sharpie Marker.
The stones are supposed to be used as a story prompt, but I think I'll use them as a drawing prompt.
My plan is to tie up a few stones in a piece of colorful cloth. Kids can choose a bundle, untie it, and make up a picture based on their stones. I think there are enough for a whole class if the children partner-up. Could be a fun sub-plan, too.
What do you think? How would you use them?
Sharing a piece of the third grade architecture mural this week. Students really had fun designing buildings, bridges, cars, people, and other features for their imaginary city. Each student designed on a 12 X 18 sheet of paper, outlined with sharpie, and colored with colored pencils practicing really careful and complete coloring. They cut out their pictures and arranged them on a long piece of craft paper. Everything was quickly tacked down with a couple of dots of glue and then the whole thing was run through the laminating machine. Fun and easy.
We're expecting snow this weekend and if you're in the northeast encourage you to get out and explore the possibilities of the season. Snowmen, snow forts, build, sculpt, or paint on it, or how 'bout a little snow graffiti? Don't forget to snap a photo of all your wonderful creations before they melt away. Share your photos at Free Art Friday Vermont.
Check out this link to a gallery of really adorable snowmen. Really. What's cuter than a snow bunny?