Wednesday, October 12, 2016

4th Grade Artist Statements

Here is another post on teacher evaluation for you!

As my previous post mentioned, a standardized/concrete measure is required of all teachers. This falls under Indicator of Academic Growth and Development (IAGD) #1.

Now I will touch upon what is required of IAGD #2, the non-standardized assessment. The success of this goal is measured based upon a rubric. In the past, my focus area has ranged from critical analysis of an artwork to self portraiture. This year I am focusing on artist statements with my fourth graders!

The slightly confusing part of it all is that these two IAGDs should work together to support one larger, broader Student Learning Objecting (SLO) that works to support our school wide goals. Our school wide goals happen to be the 4C's:
Critical Thinking
(oh and a new one this year) Character

Pretty easy to connect anything I do in my art room to AT LEAST one of those!

My SLO this year: ​Students in 4th grade will develop excellence in communication by conveying meaning through the presentation of artistic work. (VA:Pr6)

In order to further support our content area I threw in which specific National Standard I am using. (Presenting, Anchor Standard 6)

On to the freebies!

I have been working on some documents to guide my 4th graders along through the process of writing an artist statement. Included in the PDF is also the rubric I created to grade them.

Hope this was at least a bit helpful to you as we all try to figure out and manage data collection in the art room!

These are only previews. Download the full version (for free!) at my TpT Store.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Color Theory Pre and Post Test

As part of teacher evaluation I am expected to collect data within my art classroom. My standardized (concrete, measurable) goal has dealt with color theory over the past three years. Here are some of the tests I have created for my students in grades 2-4. I hope this helps you on your journey through data collection in the art room!


These are only previews. Download the full versions (for free!) at my TpT store.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bulletin Board Dump

Here are a few of the bulletin boards I have created so far this year!

I hope that these help to inspire you in your own creations :) 

What I did this summer!

Hello all, I hope you had a restful and exhilarating summer! I myself traveled to Europe for the first time ever. Needless to say it was exciting. When I got back from my vacation I painted a staircase to the entrance of a local middle school as well as some old, unused lockers. This middle school is an Arts Magnet Middle School, so on the lockers I painted in the style of a few famous artists. I did not finish my task, and will be sure to post the final installments upon completion! Here is what I did complete:

The remaining artists include: Piet Mondrian, Romero Britto, Vincent van Gogh, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Artist Map Bulletin Board

In my art room I have the following bulletin board to use as a reference when I introduce a new artist to my students.

My students absolutely love it! They are often shouting out 'I can see him on the map, wow he's close/far!' It helps them make connections to the artists by seeing where they are from, when they lived, and what they look like.

The map is always growing as I add new lessons with new artists. Currently I have 15 different artist cards created (only 14 are hung up this year). If you would like to implement this map into your own classroom I have put the download file on my TpT.

My cards are also color coded by grade level learning about them. The colors are the same as the 'I Can' statements for each grade level. K-Yellow, 1-Orange, 2-Blue, 3-Green.

Some artists are discussed in more than one grade level, but I haven't figured out a great way to change the border color so it still appears cohesive. I'll figure it out eventually!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Corduroy Lesson

I finished this project back in March and finally have gotten around to getting a lesson plan pdf ready for you all if you'd like to bring a little Corduroy into your own Kindergarten classrooms.
The download includes everything you will need to run this lesson with your students, including: tracer templates, materials list, and an extension activity.

Head on over to my TpT to purchase this 11 page booklet for yourself!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cellphone Wallpapers

On this lazy Sunday I felt like designing some new wallpapers for my cellphone. As I have an iPhone 6, the dimensions work best on that phone, but can of course be modified when you set up on your own device. Hope you enjoy them and they help you to keep art in your heart!

Drag to your desktop or right click and save!