My favorite classroom art was completed by last year's geometry students. I was "babysitting" them while most of the 8th grade was taking the course three SOL. Our art teacher even let us borrow her classroom, so we felt like real, live artists.
First, I found a couple of photographs of Mr. Cash on line that I liked. My real, live artist boyfriend made us the patterns you see below. We then planned out which colors would go where.
|The patterns for the collage. These were traced on poster board and cut out.|
Designated student pasters worked on different pieces of the collage. You can really see the beauty of the technique in the guitar below. We pieced it all together on a piece of red poster board.
|The finished collage before strings, frets, tuning pegs and lamination.|
Mr. Cash kept watch over the back left corner of my classroom behind my desk on the side of a file cabinet. He took on some water in my classroom when the tornado raised the roof. The seal of the lamination didn't protect him from mold. When I heard that the storm hit my school, I couldn't help but think of his song "Five Feet High and Rising."
Just yesterday, a parent of one of my current students sent me word of an end-of-year gift for my new classroom. She is also a sub, so she had seen my Johnny Cash art.
Here's what's on its way to me right now:
What's not to love?
Note: You certainly don't have to be an artist to facilitate such activities in your classroom. Leaf through some Scholastic Art magazines, see the lesson plans they've created and modify them to suit your curriculum, time constraints, needs and abilities. You won't believe the beauty that emerges.