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April 30, 2022
April 27, 2022
Finished Weavings & Background
April 22, 2022
April 20, 2022
Circle Weavings in Progress...
My 3rd graders are a class or two from finishing their circle weavings. Over all, this has been a pretty good year for circle weaving. A majority of my students did a great job on their work, and made few errors. I was a bit concerned. This year has been a struggle with basic direction following and focus on work (I think connected to the pandemic & online learning prior to this school year.).
April 16, 2022
Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: What is Your Story?
Narrative art tells a story. I love challenging students to create interesting original narratives. They have to truly think through what their story is, and how to best share it with the viewer. A narrative is at its best when it considers the setting (environment), main/minor characters (people that it involves), and plot (what's happening). I ask students to periodically stop and share their work with their neighbor. If their neighbor is unable to convey what is going on in the story, then the artist knows they must reconsider/rethink what they are doing so that they can have their work tell the story more effectively.
April 09, 2022
Stained Glass Window Cling
I have always wanted to do this. My window looks out to an unkept courtyard & a brick wall. I like the light…but not the view. I had seen them at Home Depot/Lows, but the selection was small and nothing that I was really excited about. I'm a little late on the Amazon bandwagon (just this past year ordered my first item), but they had a TON of options. You have to be careful though because of size vs price...they can get ya if you aren't paying attention! This was not my favorite design(that would be a roll that cost $50 and would not have covered the whole window!), but I really liked this one and felt it would work well in my room. OH MY GOODNESS!! I was not thinking about the light it cast into my room. IT IS SO PRETTY!!!!! We need happy spots in our day...and seeing my floors glowing with beautiful color....LOVE!!!!!
April 08, 2022
Testing Peeps Crayons
April 07, 2022
Testing Jolly Rancher Scented Crayons
April 06, 2022
Yarn Storage & Distribution
April 05, 2022
4th Grade Weavings: IN PROGRESS
Before we started with our weft string, we talked about "themes" using color that students could use in their weavings. They needed to select five "normal" yarn colors. Once they had woven the first five, they were allowed to select a specialty yarn to add to their weaving(they also could chose not to use a specialty yarn). We talked about how different yarns can cause "challenges" while weaving(pompom yarn, eyelash yarn, blanket yarn..etc). I collect specialty yarn in odd places...and only when it is on sale!!
This is our second class time working on our weavings. They hate when I say time is up!! Weaving is something that really reaches students in a way other mediums do not. We will work two or three more class times to finish these. If students don't finish...I open my classroom to them in the morning after the first bell & before the second (about 15 min). There have been days in years past where I've had 40 students in my room weaving.
Here are a few examples from my students.
April 03, 2022
Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Perspective
People have strong opinions about art. They will often draw a line in the sand concerning what they feel is art or what they may consider to be good art. Though I do enjoy a good debate every once and awhile, I do not believe it is my place to "defend" my perspective on art/good art. I do feel it is my place to "educate" others when the opportunity arises (in a non-condescending manner). I come from a place of exposure, in depth study, and diverse training from a multitude of instructors from multiple perspectives. This is not to say that my thoughts on art are "better", but it is informed differently than most. When others express their opinions, they are sharing out of their experience, understanding, and perspective. There is great value in this. As an "art person", I should listen, ask questions, and encourage others to think about/process/unpack their opinions/beliefs about art. If I remain open to what others are saying...they may remain open to learning, growing, and experiencing art. If I am closed off or try to shut them down, they will be less likely to open themselves up again. Plus..I can learn something new along the way!!