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Starry Night Glow-in-the-dark Shirts

Submitted by: Kirsten Schierman
Role in Education: Kindergarten and K-7 Art Teacher

Description
Our whole school unit of study this year is the Solar System. For the culminating nighttime "Star Party" with our local astronomy club, I want to make shirts in the style of Van Gogh's Starry Night. The silhouette will be of our school and surrounding town. We will use glow-in-the-dark paint for the stars and swirls, and spray dye for the rest. On the back of the shirts it will read, "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." ~Vincent Van Gogh

Education Level(s)
Pre-K/Kindergarten, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Subject(s)
Arts & Music, Math & Science

Learning Objectives
Students will summarize their learning in the representation of celestial bodies on their shirts and use of impressionistic style. Much sharing of knowledge will come as they design their shirts in small groups, discussing artistic and celestial choices. In art class, we will study Van Gogh and impressionism with emphasis on brushstroke and use of perspective. We will be visiting our local art museum to see some of Van Gogh's works. What better way to get "wrapped up" in art and science?!

Materials
We will need: 70 white t-shirts, glow-in-the-dark fabric paint, black and navy fabric paint, fabric dyes, spray bottles, paint brushes, and fabric pens to put the quote on the back of the shirt. Resources will include depictions of Van Gogh's works, and art lessons leading up to the final project practicing impressionism. Outside resources will include a visit to the Impressionist Exhibit touring our local art museum at that time.

Other Information
Orchard Prairie is Washington State's smallest and oldest continually running school district. We have 70 students K-7, & many are 5th generation. Our original school house from 1894 is still in use with the old bell rung on the 1st & last days of school. We love to use "family groups" for large projects such as this--one student from each grade level, the oldest being the group leader. This multi-age model fosters authentic, experience-based learning as well as leadership for our students.





Using Art to Identify Literary Technique

Submitted by: Ann-Marie Krenik
Role in Education: Teacher

Description Project Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Discuss 1st impressions and use the following questions to discuss the painting. How does the color choice affect the mood? Why might Munch have used wavy brush strokes? What do the central figure’s gestures tell us about his feelings? Explain that just like Munch used specific techniques to create a mood and tell a story, authors use literary devices to create a mood and tell a story. Next, read a short story and identify literary devices used in the story.

Education Level(s)
5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12

Subject(s)
Arts & Music, Reading & Literacy

Learning Objectives
Students will get to experience a discussion on art as well as learn that artists use specific tools and techniques to create a mood or communicate a message. They will also learn that authors are "artists" but their tools are words and literary devices.

Materials
Copy of Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" List of literary devices Various short stories Other Information I plan on regulary incorporating art discussions into the curriculum to enhance students understanding of specific literary devices such as similes, metaphors, hyperbole, etc.





Metamorphosis Claymation

Submitted by: Kendall Gamelin
Role in Education: Art Teacher
School: Hendersonville Middle School

Description
Students will create a "stop action" or "frame by frame" animation of a metamorphosis that happens in nature. Students will research their chosen subject and how it changes during its life cycle, for example: the life cycle of a frog. After researching they will create a storyboard, emphasizing sequencing. Then create their subject out of clay and also a background. They will then use the steps of "frame by frame" animation and a computer program to create their final product, a short claymation

Education Level(s)
7-8

Subject(s)
Arts & Music, Math & Science, Reading & Literacy, Technology & Innovation

Learning Objectives
Students will experience working in a group and research using media center resources. Students will learn about a specific metamorphosis in nature and create a storyboard from that information. Students will learn the purpose and method of story boards, focusing on sequencing and storytelling. Students will experience working with non-hardening clay to create the subject of their animation. They will experience working with a computer program to create an animation from their still photographs.

Materials
storyboard work sheets, non-hardening clay, wire (for armatures), cardboard, construction paper, fishing line, digital cameras, tripods, lamps, Microsoft Movie Maker, CDs

Other Information
Students will experience a project that crosses several curriculum: art, science and language arts. The technology in this project makes it relevant and developmentally appropriate for 8th grade students.





Great Artists

Submitted by: Addison Zeringer
Role in Education: Teacher
School: Harhan Elementary

Description
Each week, I pick a different famous artist. I show different works by the artist on the Promethean board during morning meeting and share books about the artist during Reading centers. On Friday, we create a piece of art in the same style as our weekly artist. The artwork is collected, put into a portfolio, and sent home at the end of the unit. The students also create their own title for their work of art which is added to a label put on the back identifying the famous artist for that week.

Education Level(s)
1-2

Subject(s)
Arts & Music, Early Learning, Reading & Literacy

Learning Objectives
The students will learn to identify works of famous artists, different types of art, and use different mediums to create original artwork. To incorporate language arts, they write about their favorite artists. To incorporate S.S. we find and discuss where each artist lived on a map. The students love to learn about the artists, different styles of art, and get excited when they can recognize a piece of art that is the same or similar in style. They love to come back and tell me all about it!

Materials
I use books and the internet to introduce each artist. Paint and paper are used for most projects, but I also try to include different mediums as well as recycled items for each artist. For example, when studying Picasso's cubism movement we will use old magazines and wall paper scraps to make collages. Old magazines will also be used when studying Dali's surrealist "hand-painted dream photographs."

Other Information
This is my first year to include a full unit on artists. The students already enjoy learning about new artists and sharing their excitement with others. For some of my students this will be a continuation of a unit done in their first grade class. I am excited to expand and enrich their minds in the arts as well as create a passion for the arts. The flip camera would be an amazing tool for me to use the students art to create videos to share.




Musical Art

Submitted by: Marianne Griffith
Role in Education: K-7 ART
School: Butler Elementary School

Description
Musical Art will be a fun art class. The students will learn how to make several different musical instruments from recycled materials. We will specialize in percussion instruments, including drums, bongos and maracas. We will also make guitars from rubber bands and a lightweight wood. Students will be encouraged to create their own instrument using unusual recycled instruments.

Education Level(s)
5-6

Subject(s)
Arts & Music

Learning Objectives
Students will learn about how music was discovered by cavemen. Then they will experiment with different types of sounds created by recycled boxes, cans and jars.

Materials
We will use recycled matierials, such as boxes, cans, drums, garbage can lids, metal boxes and tubes, bottles, corrugated cardboard and anything else we can find.

Other Information
We would like to invite local creative musicians to our school to show us how they made their unique instruments.