Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coil Pot Mini Exhibits

Over the last few days, third and fourth graders have been presenting their artwork to one and other by creating exhibits showcasing their coil pots. Their creativity and teamwork in setting up these exhibits was amazing. Furthermore, the positive and descriptive feedback they were able to provide their peers was excellent!

Ever wondered what a super speedy art exhibit set up looks like.....?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tea with the Queen at Richmond Elementary

Kindergartners at Richmond Elementary had tea with The Queen today--our very own Mrs. Layton! Students sipped delicious tea from teacups that had created in art using the pinch pot technique. While enjoying their tea, the children illustrated on their "plate" what foods they wished we were enjoying along with our tea. 

 During this unit, the children learned all about clay: what it is, where it comes from, the process of creating with clay, AND what things we see in our day to day lives that are made from clay. Our tea party today carried a meaningful lesson for my students as well: your artwork work is real and useful too! 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Art Museum Walk: Pinch Pots

Today, Mrs. Riggs' class and Ms. Purvee's class had the chance to create their own art shows. As table groups, the children worked together cooperatively to arrange their pinch pots into an exhibit. Then, the tables rotated and viewed one and other's work leaving compliments for their peers. Presenting artwork is an important piece of the new National Core Arts Standards, so it was exciting to give the children an opportunity to take charge of the presentation of their works.

We had brainstormed at circle what a museum visit might look like and sound like (relatively quiet, calm bodies, no touching the artwork) and then applied this knowledge to make our "museum" realistic. It was fabulous to see the children so incredibly engaged in looking at and responding to the artwork of their peers. Furthermore, reflecting upon and looking at art is an important part of being an artist!