|Borrowed image from|
By July, I had this great, scaffolded, multi-faceted, conceptual project all figured out in my head (which is a later post... Bad Hair Day Self Portrait). But then, I thought... Oh Geez, Janet! Do you really want to dive in so heavy in the first week of school? So, I took a step back which turned out to be a really, REALLY good idea.
Stepping foot into the classroom this year, I do see some familiar faces, but I'm not sure what experiences and skills all of these students come with. They could be students who are taking/have taken AP Photo, or Studio Drawing, or just Art 1 or Photo 1. They come from all sorts of backgrounds and skill levels- truly these students were achieving an A or B, sometimes even a C in their previous art class, but even more so, these students had to WANT to create art. I really have a large range of abilities in this class. How will I be able to get a sense of the way these kids think and work, and how will I be able to develop projects that cater to all of these differences?
Each year, in both Photo 1 and Art 1, we have the students make a nameplate following some basic instructions/expectations that helps us begin the year, get to know the students, and teach some basic fundamentals to art/photo. Why not do this in Mixed Media?
So, I did. The challenge? Make a nameplate any way you want, using a minimum of 5 different types of media. I had students brainstorm and create a plan first in their sketchbooks. They were to show me for credit before moving forward to creating their actual piece. Mostly, I used this to make sure they were thinking about different types of media available to them as well as seeing if they understood how to apply contrast (which should be a review). Students had about a week to complete these. I would probably do this project again, but maybe give a quicker timed deadline. Another adaptation might be to group the students, and challenge them to create "something" using the materials given. Or maybe even have them recreate an image (work of art) using the materials given... basically a good beginning project using problem solving techniques while exploring different media. Hmm, I like that last one- check back for a post on it later!
Here are a few examples of what I received:
|Felt, Charcoal Stick, Newspaper, Acrylic Paint, Sharpie|
|Watercolor, Marker, Sharpie, Pencil, Newspaper, Glitter, Fabric, Color Pencil|
|Watercolor, Newspaper, Pencil, Sharpie, Color Pencil|
|Watercolor, Marker, Yarn, Sharpie|
|Sharpie, Color Pencil, Marker, Synthetic Flower, Mirror Pieces|
|Sharpie, Pencil, Watercolor, Yarn, Sharpie|
|Watercolor, Yarn, Sharpie, Pencil, Felt, Color Pencil|
|Marker, Sharpie, Pencil, Watercolor, Crayon|
|Color Pencil, Watercolor, Newspaper/magazine, Pen, Yarn|
|Newspaper, Watercolor, Pencil, Pen/Sharpie, Marker|
|Fabric Ribbon, Jewels, Pen, Sharpie, Pencil, Marker|
|Handout I made to help instruct |
the sketchbook Media Bank setup.
Later, Media Pages were created as a
BANK of media to be used in the
Bad Hair Day Self Portrait Project.