Posted in FCPS Lessons, tagged 1st grade, collage, elementary art, fairfax county public schools, families, family, family portrait, fcps, first lesson, glue, glue sticks, grade 1, keith haring, self portrait, simple shapes on October 2, 2011|
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One of the new FCPS lessons involves 1st graders making a collage of their family members with sticky foam shapes for one of the first classes of the school year. Since I didn’t have any sticky foam shapes, I improvised and cut out thousands of shapes using my school’s Ellison press (using the tangram, 2″ and 3″ circle, 1/8 pie / circle, and 1/8 rectangle punches) and ROYGBV paper. I gave each student a sheet of 12″ x 18″ black construction paper and, after discussing the lesson’s powerpoint (with some additional Keith Haring images that I liked added in) with the students, I instructed them to create a collage of 2 or 3 of their family members (most of the time, they were unable to fit more than this.) Here are some of the results from one class:
As you can see there was quite a bit of variation between what each student came up with. If you decide to use this method, I would recommend cutting quite a few more of the circles and 1/8 rectangles than you think you’ll need, because each student uses a lot of them.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged art, art lesson, art lesson plans, art lessons, art sub lesson, art teacher, elementary, elementary art, elementary art teacher, elementary school, fairfax county public schools, fcps, lessons, sub lesson, substitute art lesson on October 13, 2009|
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I’m Rachel, a second year elementary art teacher at a school in Alexandria, Virginia, which is within the Fairfax County Public School system. I am the only full-time art teacher at my school, and the other art teacher is here only one day per week, on a cart, to teach the kindergarteners. While it’s a decent set-up for us both (I am limited to only 5 preps, and she doesn’t have to do any grading) I have gotten pretty lonely in terms of bouncing ideas off other art teachers. The art-on-a-cart teacher and I have very different lunch breaks and planning times, so even when she’s here we don’t get to discuss much. As such, I thought I might reach out to others in a similar situation to see if we could make an online elementary art teacher’s community. This is my attempt at doing so.
I have uploaded a few sub lessons I recently mined from the internet for use during some inservices I had to attend, and hope to add more as I have time to write them up, or find/ create more. I also plan to post new lessons I’ve created on this blog to get feedback from others and for your use!
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