Archives for October 2016

Music with Sean

Students in Sean’s Music class understand rhythm and tempo visually as well as through listening. Sean does a great job of offering a visual aid to understand how music works with a sequencer. They also do listening activities and games in which a student has to locate an object with the aid of the rest of the class.  As the students get closer to the object the rest of the class begins to hum louder and softer depending on how close the student gets. A great activity in understanding crescendos.  Music concepts taught this way are fun and engaging.

3-5th Grade Art with Mr. Chris: Line Element of Art with Yarn

In 3-5th grade art we created colorful string dot designs. In this lesson we talked about the element of line. Students discussed how line is directly connected to several other elements of art, like shape and space. We created a fairly large circle on the back of a piece of thick paper board. We then used texture combs to paint a background to add depth to the front of our pieces. After this we used thumbtacks to place sixteen equidistant holes around the circumference of the circle to thread colorful yarn through. We used big thick tapestry needles for the threading. It took some wiggling with the tapestry needles to get the holes big enough to thread the yarn throughout the circle. I showed the students the different types of lines you could create. This info came from another art teachers blog called Cassie Stephens: A String Stitched Dot for Dot Day.  The types of designs she shares are radiating lines which start at one point and go to and from that start point to all the other holes in the circle. Then there is a spectrum line which is similar to the radiating line but goes to a limited number of holes in the circle as opposed to every hole like in radiating line. Finally there was rotating square which is a repeating square that rotates around the circle in every fourth whole.  They are beautiful. I am grateful for other great art teachers who share creations and inspire others.  I am also very proud of our Francine Delany artists who do everything I ask even when they’d rather do something else sometimes.

K-2 Movement with Giles

In K-2 Movement with Giles the students did the Bumpy Bus Ride game. In this game the students follow the movements of Giles to simulate how your body leans as the bus goes around curves and over bumps. The students love this game and it requires  them to pay close attention to what the “driver” is doing. They also created statues with their bodies that needed to show low, medium, and high levels.  They are so expressive with their frozen body shapes.