We’ve finished tacking up all our silly creatures & features around our kindness tree. Love the freedom and imagination!
Archive for the ‘4th Grade’ Category
While on recess duty today, I spied a big huddle of kids at the edge of the blacktop. Suspicious, I did my fastest teacher hustle over there and was relieved and delighted in what I saw: the boys & girls were working together to build a nest/ jacuzzi/ house/ ring of asphalt chunks complete with sticks, leaves and acorns. SWEET! Creativity, cooperation, & problem-solving at work! I felt like a proud mama bear.
I’m hoping this happy discovery becomes an everyday thing around CTK. I mean, I know these kids’ imaginations are out of this world- I just love catching them in action OUTSIDE the art room! So, I’m hoping this post is just the first in a series of Random Acts of Creativity!
PS- who says braids aren’t creative too?!
Hot, molten glass, bright colors, unusual forms and monumental scale impressed art students in September! We learned about the master glass blower Dale Chihuly and his work. Inspired, we worked as a community, just as Dale does, to create two large “chandeliers” for the art room this year! Each student made a spiral or “macchia” (one of Chihuly’s forms that somewhat resembles a fluorescent taco salad shell) and used heat or simple cutting to turn their 2D shapes into 3D forms. The 8th graders assembled and hung (well, really the hanginig part was done by Mrs. Conway up on top of a table with a hammer…) the pieces in two of the art room skylights. We love coming into the art room every day greeted by beautiful colors dancing through the light!
In the art room, Students sometimes finish their work a little early. I usually let them use how-to-draw books, origami instructions, free drawing, etc. But sometimes, I let them get out something from the Creative Corner! This is a curtained bookshelf containing lots of fun creative games, like Pictionary, an old Etch-a-Sketch, and Kinex. I let these 4th graders use the Kinex today and these boys were extremely proud of their “18-wheeler.” I promised I’d post, so here you go, guys!
Also, here’s the video I promised. Sorry it’s sideways! I’m not *the best* techie person…
Fourth graders learned about Pueblo storyteller dolls. These characters are telling stories to children, who crawl all over them. Their eyes are closed as they remember the story, and their mouths are open as they talk or sing. Each student chose an adult who they could look to for advice or care and created them with clay.
Remember the sneak peek of our weaving project? The storytellers here are seated on those traditional Zapotec rugs, which are woven by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Fourth graders are focusing on Native American artwork right now. We borrowed an awesome trunk from Joslyn Art Museum to help us learn about Southwest and Plains Native Americans and their artwork. They just finished weaving these beautiful circles that will be made into a rug for the art room. Here are a few closeups: