Many of you are just starting back to school, and probably want to make a big splashy impact for your art programs. Your school will probably be hosting an Open House or something similar in near future, and maybe you are panicked about how to fill your bulletin boards to make an impact when you have barely seen your students yet. On top of all this, National Arts in Education Week is looming, September 10-16. For more information on this week, check out the National Arts in Education website here at this link. From the website, here's a terrific quote about the value of the arts in an education program:
"The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities."
- Share the work of Roy Lichtenstein and discuss his use of Ben-Day Dots. Use the eraser on the end of a pencil for a stamper to make your own dots! For a quickie projects, have students outline simple shapes on 8" paper squares with black Sharpies and fill in with dots of primary colors, one color inside the shape, another color outside. Hang them all side by side like a patchwork quilt. Or you can outline letters on small sheets of paper that put together will spell words like CREATE, or the Elements of Art, or whatever you want! Hand out the papers, and have each student paint their letter filled with primary dots. Simple and effective when displayed together, and if it says something meaningful when assembled, that's a bonus for you!
- Look at the work of pointillist painters and create mini-pointillist paintings of a simple subject: a flower, a bug, a heart, a star, your initials, etc.
- Look at Kandinsky's painting Squares with Concentric Rings, and create one day concentric circle paintings using analogous colors (color families), that can be quickly stapled up side-by-side again like a big quilt, to fill bulletin boards like a giant mural.
- Use discarded CD's as your dots, and hot glue them to small square pieces of tag board. Have kids draw or paint petals on them to make flowers. The CD can be decorated with Sharpie markers.
Stop back in a day or two for another post about your back-to-school bulletin boards!