Monday, April 18, 2016

Oops! Art: All grades

Read Across America Week is one I usually celebrate by focusing on a different Dr. Seuss book per grade and creating something Seuss-ish and unique.  It does take a lot of book hauling and work, and this year I was without a student teacher, so I decided to simplify in a big way.  There have been a number of students lately that are unsure of how to handle what they consider mistakes, and I wanted them to learn how to deal with them in a healthy way-not by putting a huge X on what they don't like or trashing something because one line is in the wrong spot.  So, in honor of mistakes, we had OOPS! Week, and focused on the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg.  One book,  one project, lots of possibilites=happy and rested art teacher.

The classes that were a little ahead were my Oops participants, and we ran it like an episode of Chopped on the Food Network. Each table had a pan full of oopsies: torn paper, paper that was written on, bits of ribbon...anything that was left over or broken in some way.  Like in Chopped, they were stuck with what was in their basket, and no taking from other tables (can we say DISQUALIFIED?).  They were not to alter their Oops paper, other than cut off anything that hangs off the paper or add to it with other Oops papers, markers, or crayons.

The end results were full of variety, to say the least.  Some made their Oops interactive, with moving parts to reveal hidden pictures, while others made them 3D instead of two-dimensional.

These four are by KINDERGARTEN, and they impressed me enough that I was showing them off to everybody.

Had a few head to the beach and dig for treasure.

 One slipping and sliding lumberjack...

 Phineas' long lost brother...

 A laptop computer with all the "crazy wires" handing out the back

 And, of course, a beautiful princess!