Don’t Forget the Art Minnesota District Teacher’s Convention Brainerd, MN October 2010 Karen Grunwald St. Paul’s Lutheran, New Ulm, MN
Why Have Art? • Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship. • Psalm 145:10 All that you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you.
Art-What and Why? • What? The conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects. (Merriam Webster Dictionary-1995) • Why? Art adds interest to academic classes and beauty to your room and the school. It gives moms things to save-Memories!
Kid’s Artistic comments • Kindness is extra art • As way of thanking me • One drew me lots of cartoon characters • One drew pictures with memories • Cards • “I really enjoy art class with you.” • “It’s fun to draw when you read to us.” • Booklet filled with their art and thanks
Art Adds • Practice in planning an outcome • Attention to detail • Opportunities for constructive criticism • Student interaction • Fine motor skill development • Responsibilty practice
Why do we “forget the art”? • No desire for the mess • No materials • No time • No ideas or plan • No ability • Other
No Desire for the Mess • Have a plan • Use your students • Use space suited for art • Plan art to suit your space
No ability • Excuses • Solutions • Use your members • Pastor-caricatures • Lady artist-perspective • Potter • Other resources
No Materials • Let people know you are looking • Electrician-wire • Lumber Yard-wood • Scrap art materials • Save things
No Time • Fit it into other classes
Religion • Cards for sharing • Blessing Bags • Hallway art • Bulletin board pictures • Christmas decorations • Lent-Stained glass windows • Newspaper stories and cartoon drawings
Cards for Sharing Torn Paper
Hallway or Bulletin Board Group Projects • Enlarge a design with an overhead, trace • Have the students paint it
Stained Glass Windows • Have the students draw a simple design. • Cut out two layers of the design. • Use colored celophane to fill in the design. We taped the edges on the inside so they did not show.
Use words to outline shapes • Use a hymn or Bible verse with religious symbols • Leaf shapes-Use fall watercolors, then fill in the veins with all related words or adjectives
Math • Tesselations • Symmetry • Grids • Graphs
Science • Drawings of nature • Sketches of animals • Science fair board displays • Posters • Fish
Grid Enlargements • Find a picture to enlarge • Give them a transparency grid to put on top of the picture • Trace onto a larger grid
History • Canoe • Coloring book of Native American activities • Posters, murals • Turkeys • Passport Booklet
Canoe to teach about the Voyaguers. Enlarged from a picture in my MN History textbook. The students helped color it.
MN History Art Activities Parfleche Coloring Book Pages Poster drawn from coloring book ideas
MN History • Design your own town • Advertise it • Choose one-square mile of land on the state map • Layout your town based on the land features • Follow the guidelines in the book to decide if your town has a railroad or not • Follow the guidelines in the book to determine who might live in your town
Reading • Decorated Versals (A Door in the Wall) • Pottery (A Single Shard) • Potter • Design the pottery-drawing, painting, water wash • Pottery • Paint the pottery
More Reading • Decorate Journals-The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Brian’s Winter • Art like the book-Call it Courage • Watercolor Dolphins-Island of the Blue Dolphins • Trumpeter swans- The Trumpet of the Swan
Call it Courage Scratch Art
Cardboard Bird for The Trumpet of the Swan Students traced the wings, then added the feather designs.
Modeling Clay Sculptures