Students looked at and discussed Egyptian Jewelry before we started this unit. They worked in groups to come up with colors and what they meant to them. Egyptian culture is one of the first to use adornment to say something about themselves, something we do all the time now (support bracelets, charm bracelets, etc). Students designed 3+ beads, at least 1 3-D pendant, and 1 texture pendant out of air dry clay. While they were drying, students learned how to use primary colors plus black and white to create new colors. Once the clay was dry, students painted them with their new found color mixing skills.
After all the beads and pendants were painted and dried, students learned how to do a basic Macrame knot. This was difficult for some students and a breeze for others. Students did a macrame bracelet or necklace to showcase their beads. We also decided as a class to try and raise some funds for the art room at this years Frost Craft Show. Students created additional bracelets using store bought beads that were then sold as a fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and a special thanks to students who gave extra time to make this successful!
The advertisements are finally up and in the hallways! I forgot to take pictures of the food related posters in their new homes, but I will very soon! Ms. Irvine was very impressed with the student's work, as was I.
For this next project, we looked at different advertisements and talked about the different techniques that are used to capture the audience: emotion, exaggeration, benefit, problem/solution, and testimonial. Students were then grouped and assigned an object from either the school store or the cafeteria. The challenge is for the groups to come up with 4-5 good advertisements for the product using the techniques we looked at. Once everyone is finished with their posters, we will be having an in-class competition to decide which group did the best advertising work. The winners will receive Phantom dollars to spend at the school store as well as a free BYOD day. So far, the results are very eye catching!
To start off the new year, students will be creating their own graffiti tags! This will help me and them learn names of students. We have talked about what public art is this day and age. Students discussed what makes public art legal or illegal. We will be creating our own graffiti wall outside of the classroom soon!