Monday, January 2, 2012

Feel Good Art

This is sideways because I can't figure out how to rotate the image in my Blog.
The photo is saved right side up!
 As a prelude to this art project, you will need to teach the difference between denotation and connotation.   It's also wise to have students scour a piece of writing for positive and negative connotations.    This is a good opportunity to split your white board into two areas and allow students to write their found words down on the positive or negative side before leading a whole class discussion.   There are some words that may fit on either side, depending on personal opionion.  

For independent practice, you can have your students focus on the positive.   Here's another way to use your mountain of magazines.   Hand out blank 3 x 5 notecards, glue sticks and scissors.   Students will cut out words from their magazines that they feel have personal positive connotations.   The goal is to completely cover one side of the notecard without any bits stretching over the borders.  

When your grade their work, set aside the best examples and mark them with a symbol on the other side of the notecard.   These are pieces that you would like donated back to you for classroom art.   (No pressure.)   Arrange the returned notecards to your satisfaction.   Glue them to another piece of paper that can be laminated.   Hang the community creation in a place where students are able to get close enough to view their work. 

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