I was able to meet with a lot of amazing families this week as we had parent teacher conferences. Each student got to take home their work from first term, though I did ask a few students to leave work with me for the spring art show. I also gave each of my 6th-7th grade students a small reflection paper with a compliment and a suggestion. The compliment points out an area where the student excelled in class first term, while the suggestion is just something small they could work on next term to make either their artwork or their experience better.
The ceramics students finished up their mugs and set them out to dry for firing. While we wait, we finished up the wind chimes project! I was once again amazed by the sheer variety and creativity of the designs, no two were even remotely similar. We had everything from a Charlie Brown chime to a crazy cat lady theme. I love this assignment because it teaches the students the importance of planning ahead with ceramic work. They not only had to have a complete design before starting with clay, but also a plan for how the chime would hang. This was important because after we bisque fire, no changes can be made to the clay. That means each hole had to be planned for in advance to allow for hanging. Make sure to click through each image in the gallery to view these pieces full size!
The 6th grade classes have been entering a paper unit. They will be doing some origami and paper cutting projects during this week.
The 7th grade class has been working on designs for paper mache masks. I gave the students two ways to approach their designs, both catering to different interests. For one route, the students split their design in half and devoted one half of the design to showing their outer self, the other for their inner self. I was aware that not every student would be comfortable doing art about the sides of themselves that no ones sees, so I also gave the class the option to design a mask for their own alter-ego superhero. Only a few students decided to do superheros so it will be interesting to view the final products!
The 4th-5th grades are still finishing up their crazy hair portraits and the third grade is starting a new project dealing with the contrast between warm and cool colors.