Friday, November 17, 2017
“Our first project this year has been a very progressive, multi-step, multimedia project that has evolved as we created! Our first project, when we got back from hurricane Harvey, was to release some stress with scribbling to music. Students spread out on the floor and scribbled to the sound of fast and slow music by “The Piano Guys.” They love these songs because they recognize them from the radio but it’s all instrumental. The students were instructed to use large arm motions that cross over the body. Any motion that crosses from the right side of the body to the left or vise versa, uses both hemispheres of the brain since each side controls one side of the body. It is very relaxing and the kids LOVED it! The next class, the kids painted over their scribbles with watercolors, tempera paint, and India ink. They explored the ways different paints resist or do not resist the crayon. They were allowed to use their hands at the end. We tried to use all five senses for our brain experience. We talked about abstract art, kinetic art, and the experience of art. It is a process and not just a product that we create in art. After each experience, we gathered on the floor and talked about how they felt in one word. Students said, “Free, alive, happy, exhilarating, dancing, creative, like a real artist, quiet, excited, open, angry, peaceful, etc.” When the paintings were finished the students tore them up into strips, they were highly upset at first, but when they saw the next step, their minds changed. The students glued the strips on a laid paper for the collage. This took three 50 minute classes. Then, students traced the eyes and nose of the animal they wanted and outlined the eyes, nose, and beaks with India ink. Next, they glued the eyes and nose on the collage.” This story was shared by an elementary school that was later posted on a website called “smART Class.” (Natalie. “SmART Class.” SmART Class, 1 Jan. 1970, elementaryartfun.blogspot.com)
What is art? There is no one universal definition of art, but there is a general agreement that it is a creation of something beautiful or meaningful. According to ThoughtCo., “art” is related to the Latin word “ars” meaning, art, skill, or craft. The first known use of the word art comes from 13th century manuscripts. However, the word art and its many variants (artem, eart, etc) have probably existed since the founding of Rome. (Marder, Lisa. “What Is “Art” Anyway?” ThoughtCo)
What is art to you? Usually you begin to think about paint, pencils, easels, sketching or at least I do; although, there are different forms of art: literature, music, dance, theatre, film, photography, design and so on. Everyone has a perfected art, an artistic side. They just show it in their own way. Today, we’re going to bring out that artistic side by re-creating a modified version of “The smART Class
First, supplies. You will begin with a lengthy piece of paper. Moving on to, an assortment of coloring utensils, a pair of scissors, four bottles of glue, one piece of black paper, 6 pieces of white copy paper, and stencils of your choice (optional). My modified version of this project does not require the following, India ink, watercolors, or tempera paint. Feel free to use them if desirable.
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