Above is a Dropbox video link I took of my 5th grade students working in my room last November. It gives you a little taste of what goes on during a typical 50 minute class with about 28 kiddos. I apologize for some of the angles in the video as I think I was flipping my iPad in directions I did not realize... but you will still get the idea of the various differentiated projects happening all at once.
I am also long overdue in posting a PowerPoint for the folks who visited my session at the state AAE conference in November 2014 (remember all the computer issues... umm... yeah!). So I had my presentation at NAEA in NOLA about choice-based art - and it was pretty full and lots of Qs and lots of support from great folks. I heard wonderful comments from people about how they found their ah-ha moment. Wow! That's powerful... and not only are my students important, but sharing at conferences with fellow art teachers is just as important - comments like that remind me why it's so important for art teachers to share and connect. Thanks to all that made me feel like I gave you some inspiration - and thanks for inspiring me! So... below is the PDF I used at my session today (the PPT was way TOO BIG).
P.S. This PDF shows the layout of my art room the past few years... but I am switching art rooms and will hopefully have a new layout for the school year! Stay tuned!!!
Sorry, folks! I fell of the blogging wagon after NAEA... Our art room was busy with an artist-in-residence, Socratic Circles, (testing that seemed like it never ended and messed up the schedule) and... Then... It was crunch time for National Board entries I was redoing and submitting. My hubby and I were also getting a house next door ready for my parents to move in... While I also worked on decorations for end-of-the-school-year things and packed up my room to move to a new art room. So... The school year ended; got the parents moved and settled; and now I can enjoy summer?! Right?!
How do I enjoy summer? Gardening, swimming, and art-making... Yes, I'm making time to make art! I've started with the Journal Fodder Junkies challenge to work on drawings for 15 minutes/day for 30 days. If you don't know about this challenge, check it out here. Be sure to post and tag #jfj15for30 and @jrnlfddrjunkies. My 4 yr old daughter and I have been drawing and painting in my studio together - it's been great. We work on each other's papers here and there or sometimes it's a complete collaboration. I also need to finish a piece for an art teacher art show coming up in August... And plan to replenish my upcycled jewelry stock.
I'm also enjoying summer by planning for next school year. ...I know, it's summer... But I love teaching and love the choice-based work the kids create in my classes. I'm going to have a new art teacher in our building working with me, and she's awesomesauce! We are going to have the best time working together to build an awesome art program for our school community! So... I've already been pinning ideas and downloading files to plan. I've also been brainstorming the best way to set up my new art room. It's not brand new, but a new space for me and our choice-based centers - so some unpacking and rearranging will need to happen. Good problem to have, eh?!
So... What are your plans for the summer??? How do you recharge for the coming school year?