Perhaps this was one of my favorite activities that was done throughout the entire semester. Every teacher can understand the joy of recycled materials and cheap, simple crafts. This project challenged me to think outside of the box and make the most of the resources that I could find. In the Found Art Project, we were encouraged to design and make a piece of art with materials that were found in nature, in our houses, in the trash, or any kind of natural environment. Art pieces ranged from simple to complex. We were challenged to think in new and creative ways, allowing us to make art out of something we would typically view as ordinary.
Towards the beginning of the semester, we had the opportunity to explore 2D portraits. During this activity, we were encouraged to use oil pastels in order to draw a self-portrait.
Part of the course is dedicated to teaching arts integration. In these lessons, art activities are directly connected with another content area, such as reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. The lesson is taught through art as opposed to explicit academic instruction.
As educators, Pinterest can be a life saver. The website is filled with thousands of lesson plans, class activities, and arts and crafts for students. Our class was challenged to find various activities on Pinterest that we would one day love to use in our own classroom.