Once upon a time I made a co-presentation at NAEA. During thispresentation (about teaching Digital Art) my co-pilot stated, “Just mirror in Digitalwhat you do in Studio Art.” And, the whole room had a “Eureka! Duh! Why didn’tI realize that?” moment (myself included).
Now, I find myself in the very enviable situation wherein I get to teach both Digital Art and Studio Art to the same students every week. At first it was a bit daunting. Heck, who am I kidding? It is STILL daunting. But, it is the good kind of daunting. The kind wherein you are constantly challenged and made the better for it. It is completely rocking my world.
Currently, I teach K-12th grade Digital and Studio Art. This means that Kindergartners also have Digital Art. Let me say that again: I teach Digital Art to Kindergartners. Also, I am not the first Art Teacher at this school to teach in this manner; I have very big shoes to fill. I’m sharing this because it means there are at least a few Art Teachers out there teaching Digital Art as a regular part of the elementary Art curriculum.
Y’all. It’s a brave new world.
This week my Kindergartners completed a re-vamped version of my collageladybugs project which is based on Eric Carle’s book, The Grouchy Ladybug. I mirrored what we did in Digital Art and the students made both a collage and digital ladybug. Here is how we threw this down.
#1. Last week, in Studio Art, we practiced painting with tempera paint. We learned how to hold paintbrushes, how to smooth paint, and how to rest our paintbrushes on our painting mats. We explored red painted paper and yellow painted paper. We mixed red and yellow paint to discover the color orange. I saved all of the painted papers. The reds were saved for the ladybug project, the oranges for an upcoming pumpkin project, and the yellow for whenever we next need yellow.
#2. First, in Digital Art, we read The Grouchy Ladybug. We identified the colors of ladybugs, the main shapes of ladybugs, how many legs ladybugs have, and the antennae.
#3. In Digital Art, I reviewed how to open KidPix. We also reviewed how to open my “special present” in KidPix. This is a pre-made file that has the student’s name at the top. This saves you a TON of time in lower grades wherein students will spend 90% of the class finding the letters in their on the keyboard. That’s a valuable skill, but the class is Digital Art, not Technology or Typing.
#4. In Digital Art, I demonstrated how to use the shape tools, the splat-color selector, the pencil tools, the “no-no” tool (undo), and how to print. I had the students repeat the directions chorally after each demonstration.
#5. In Digital Art, students login on their own (some with a little assistance) and they make their digital ladybugs. I circulated and helped as needed. Also, their classroom teacher stays with me during Digital Art and helps as s/he understands the directions.
#6. In Digital Art, the students print their artwork to the color printer (I know, I’m a lucky lady). I keep their artwork for the next class.
#7. Students come to Studio Art and we re-read The Grouchy Ladybug. I show them their digital ladybug print-outs and we re-identify ladybug colors, shapes, legs, and other parts.
#8. Students are given a blue sheet of paper and we practice making different types of lines with a marker. This makes for an interesting background.
#9. Students draw a leaf on green paper and use a marker to create lines to make it more “leaf-like.”
#10. Students trace a circle template on their red painted paper and cut it out.
#11. Students glue down their leaf and find a place for their ladybug to sit on the leaf. They glue down their red circle (now referred to as ladybug).
#12. Students draw a circle on black paper and cut it out. They glue this down for the head.
#13. Students glue down white soda caps for eyes.
#14. Students use the remaining black paper to cut out six legs and add spots.
#15. As we began to ran out of time, students were allowed to draw dots with their markers.
Voila! That is it for the Digital and Collage Ladybugs. I love this project!!