Monday, November 18, 2013

Art + Math = Design

Teaching art in an elementary setting is an exciting and busy thing. Every now and then it is important to take a breather, and reflect on what we've made.  Today, my second graders and I had our first art critique. We took a step back from our projects to evaluate ourselves.
For this project, we read "The Dot" and the students hand painted paper, working to create texture and blend color.

It is so interesting to see how students tackle an open-ended painting session.
I then punched out dots using a 3" hole punch. The students were very excited to come in the next class to see their paintings "magically" turned into dots!~!

 *Next year, I am going to have the students trace a cup for the circle and hand cut their dots*

Below are a few examples of the student's symmetrical work. I showed them how to divide their dots into halves, quarters and eighths (fold it like a taco, fold it like a pie, fold it like a pizza!) They looked at examples of symmetry and worked to create their own (because Art + Math = Design!)
I really wanted the students to think like designers--to choose colors that worked together, and to create a clear design that showed symmetry. I found through experience that it worked best for the students to fold their paper for guidelines...and the following classes were even more successful!

 One of the second grade teachers emailed me a picture of her student during our Halloween party.

 "During our party Lily used her treat to make a symmetrical figure. She learned it from your class."

Back to the evaluations...
The students filled out a simple rubric about how they feel they've met the goals of this project, and how they worked during the process. The following answers were from a reflective question I thought I'd include to get to know them a little better... 

Smart, indeed.

I had to add this one in---  this kid I've got to work on!  "Art isn't important, we only draw."  
Good thing I've got 3 more years to change his mind:)

This student knows what's up.  Such a sophisticated answer!

Art is good exercise for your arms!  Love.