Tuesday, May 21, 2013
We are in the midst of a camouflage project, do you see the hidden lightning bug above? We started by creating clay creatures. Next we isolated 5 shapes we found in our creature (both/either organic and geometric) and 4 colors we could use to camouflage it and to create our own original "camo" patterns. It was a little bit of a rough start but hopefully we will have some good results soon!
Monday, May 20, 2013
The 7th grade pinch pots are turning out nicely. They are not all finished and ready to post yet but here are some photos with a step by step showing how we arrived at our final product.
First we watched 2 youtube videos: one on how to make a pinch pot and the other on how to add features to the pot. Then we began rolling our clay into round shapes.
Next we squeezed (pinched!) the sides of the pot to make them thinner and more even.
We smoothed out any rough edges using sponges or fingers dipped in water.
We added funny facial features.
And used a toothpick to carve in extra details.
Once they were formed we compared them to our original sketches, and were generally impressed.
After drying overnight, we painted them using acrylic paint.
And added small details.
Lastly we celebrated our lovely creations!!
Next week, we will be using potting soil and marigold seeds to plant the "hair." More photos as we finish.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
For the reflection, I printed one picture by each student, labelled them on the back with the name of the student, and hung them up on the board using numbers to identify them. We then discussed what a macro photo is and chose which photo best showed the qualities of a macro photo. We chose the best example by placing post-it notes on the board next to the number of the photo. While I asked the students to not be influenced by peer pressure, my 7th graders almost unanimously chose the same photo. Interestingly, it turned out to be a photo by a quieter student who does not have many close friends in the classroom. It was really cool to see all the students rally around him when they realized it was his photo. 5th grade all chose different photos which lead to the conclusion that it was difficult to choose just one examples because we had demonstrated mastery of macro photography.
After the discussion, we gave positive peer feedback. Without revealing the artist behind the photo, the students had to write on a notecard "I like photo # __ because ______" and give a well thought out reason. Interestingly, while 7th graders mostly complimented the one they chose as being the best example of macro photography, the 5th graders each ended up choosing a different photo so that each photo received some positive feedback. It was great to see the smiles on their faces when they read their compliments!
Monday, May 13, 2013
My 5th and 6th graders are working on creating camouflaged clay creatures. The first step is to sketch a creature that can camouflage, step 2 is to sculpt it, and step 3 is photographing it in a camouflaging environment! If the rest of the projects are as good as the sketches, I think these will be awesome!