SchoolArts Magazine

JAN 2014

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An na, grade on e. getting dressed found on children's outerwear. In the artroom, children welcome After demonstrating by drawing winter by creating snowy selfa picture of myself wrapped up for portraits wearing winter, children each their full winter gear. In the artroom, children create a full-length To begin the projself-portrait, adding welcome winter by ect, we create a long details, patterns, and creating snowy selflist of the items one textures using a large portraits wearing their black crayon. To comneeds to wear to stay full winter gear. warm: hats, mittens, plete the portraits, scarves, coats, legthey add bright colgings, boots, earmuffs, snow pants, ors with crayons. They cut out their gloves, and warm socks. We talk drawings and we save them for the about the colors, designs, and patterns next class. Making it snow When we meet again it's time for snow. Together we read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2008) and look at some of the photographs artist Wilson Bentley took of individual snowflakes. Then it's time for children to make their own snowflakes. Just like Bentley's snowflakes, no two are alike. Using squares of white paper, children practice their folding and cutting skills as they make it "snow" in the artroom. There is great delight as they open the papers and reveal their creations. This is a great time for peer teaching, as those who already know how to make snowflakes are eager to teach those who don't. While children are working, I give them each a large piece of blue construction paper and ask them to glue their self-portrait into the center. Once that is accomplished, they add their paper snowflakes and some dots of white paint to complete the wintery scene. reflections Children always enjoy this project and love telling stories about their snow adventures while they are working. The drawing activity is a fun way to review and assess children's line quality, their ability to draw from memory, and their attention to detail. Making the snowflakes provides practice for cutting through multiple layers of paper, as well as learning how to cut various shapes from the folds. Arranging their portraits and snowflakes helps children develop their aesthetic sensibility as they make decisions about size, placement, and balance in the compositions. Grace Hulse is an art teacher at Orems Elementary School in Middle River, Maryland. nationaL standard Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories. Web Link 31

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