Each year, the Youth Art Month celebration at the Indiana Statehouse is one of the most exciting art shows my students participate in. I am only allowed to submit 5 pieces, which is hard, since I teach 7 different grade levels! The art show reception was yesterday, and the students' art will be on display at the Statehouse until March 25. The Statehouse is open 8-5 on weekdays, if anyone is in Indianapolis, and wants to pop in and see the art! These are the pieces from CES in the exhibit.
Every year, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation invites schools from Tippecanoe and surrounding counties to participate in their annual Youth Art Month student art exhibit! It's a very fun show; I worked alongside many other area art teachers in grades K-8 last night to hang the show. TAF has a great gallery space and accepts 2D and 3D art for the show. Tonight is the opening reception! Below are 12 submissions from CES. If you are in Lafayette between now and March 24, I encourage you to check out the exhibit. TAF's gallery hours are M-F 9-5.
My school has a Junior Primary class, for remediation for students who completed Kindergarten, but aren't ready for 1st Grade yet. It's a small class (8 students!), so I can accomplish a lot with them. This week, they completed heart boxes. The bottom and the lid are a slab cut out with a cookie cutter. For the sides, we rolled a long slab, and traced the edges of a 12-inch ruler to make a long skinny slab the size and shape of the rectangular ruler. The diameter of the heart cutter turned out to be exactly 12 inches!
With this class, the lesson went smoothly with 8 6-year-olds. But, if you were to try it with a larger class of 20 or 30 students, I would recommend teaching it to older students; perhaps 3rd or 4th grade.
I am excited to have some beautiful art on my bulletin board for this month! I was worried I would be short a few pieces, after making selections for a few art shows and contests whose deadlines are this month....but I still had plenty of stellar pieces for school awards, after picking the best ones for art shows! Stay tuned for some incredible art heading to Indianapolis and Lafayette for Youth Art Month exhibits soon!
At the AEAI fall convention this year, I went to a workshop about making monoprints with Gelli Arts. It was so fun, I ordered a set of Gelli plates for my classroom. The students loved it. I already had ink brayers, but I did purchase some decorating ribs, which look like combs, and some patterned stencils to make designs. A friend donated a roll of bubble wrap to my class, and that made nice designs as well! At the workshop I attended, we used little bottles of Folk Art acrylic paint, so I purchased a variety of small bottles of cheap acrylics, so each table could use several colors.
In class, I first shared some information on printmaking in general, with a slideshow of art by Gustave Baumann. I saw an exhibit of his work at the IMA recently, so I had interesting information and pictures. Afterwards, I mentioned other forms of printmaking, such as screenprinting, and described it. Then, I asked the class if they could guess what a "monoprint" was. To my delight, a student figured it out, because they had recently painted in a monochromatic color scheme, and knew that the prefix "mono-" means "only one"!
Then, I brought out a gelli plate, and demonstrated, and let a few students try it. They thought it was really cool! That was all we had time for in one 40 minute class session.
The next week, I had a gelli plate, ink brayer, square of bubble wrap, stencil, and a variety of decorating ribs on each table. Then, I let the each table go pick 4 colors of paint. My students sit 4 to a table, so they each grabbed one, and made sure they didn't have duplicates. I put the dots of paint on for them; when allowed to do it themselves, 5th graders put on waaaaaaay too much, and it doesn't work! Then, they students used the brayer to coat the gelli plate evenly, and then any variety of the tools I had available to make designs. After pressing their paper to the gelli plate, the students got another dot of paint for their next print. They took turns until class was over. Each student got about 3 prints done. We had some good color theory review as well; the students realized quickly that the complement of whatever color was used previously would mix with it to make brown!
Gelli printmaking can easily be adapted to different ages. I think middle school students would definitely love it. High school students probably would too; all the teachers I did it with at the AEAI convention had lots of fun! Younger students would just need more assistance.
If anyone else has used Gelli plates, please comment to let me know what you did, and how you liked it!
Here are a few student prints from my 5th graders.