SchoolArts Magazine

February 2018

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M A N A G I N G T H E A R T R O O M CONTINUED ON PAGE 42. Sixth-grade students used canvas board, acr lic paint, and colored sand during the Abstract Painting round. I am always searching for creative and meaningful rewards for my students. One idea that was on my list was an art challenge inspired by Chopped, a television show where chefs compete to prepare three dishes using mystery ingredients. When the new semester began, I mentioned the idea to my sixth-grade students. They were very excited and couldn't wait to participate. My only problem was that I didn't know how I was going to organize it. Fortunately, time was on my side because this was an incen - tive that students would have to earn through positive artroom behavior. First Things First I have done competitions in the past, and I was concerned that individual students being "chopped" would not go over well. In addition, I only wanted to spend one forty-five-min - ute class on the reward. That's why I decided that this was going to be a team competition. This would help ease the blow of being chopped, and students would get more done work - ing together as a team. Mystery Media I grabbed several empty copy paper boxes to hold the "mystery media" items and searched my storeroom for supplies that students wouldn't expect to use. I had to keep in mind that these challenges were going to be short— anywhere from seven to nine minutes. This helped determine what media would be best to choose. Similar to the show, students would have use of a "supply pantry," which held all of the basic art supplies they might need. Next, I needed to decide on what students would create for each round. Instead of an appetizer, entrée, and des - sert, like on the television show, the art version assignments would be land - scape, portrait, and sculpture. Some of the mystery media I chose included colored paper, crazy scissors, and glue sticks; rubbing plates, crayons, and fun wire; and black foam core, pipe clean - ers, and beads. All that was left to do was to wait for students to earn this incentive; it didn't take long—they were excited and wanted to get started. Set the Timer As students entered the artroom, they joined their prearranged groups at the workstations and we began. The timer was set, the category and mystery media was revealed, and, just like that, everyone was in a creative frenzy. Stu - dents worked to brainstorm and bring their group vision to life, running to the supply pantry when needed. When time was called, all hands went up in the air and everyone breathed a sigh of relief and accomplishment. Chopped Art Christine Sacco This fun little idea became a grade-level assembl ith a custom logo, T-shirts, a troph , guest judges, and the local media. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 11

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