It's that time of the year when I show my kinders how much they have grown as artists. In September they created a portrait of themselves. Now that it's May, students create another portrait and are able to compare and contrast their two pieces of work. I love their reactions when they see their old pieces of work.
It's getting close to the end of the year which means we do more one day projects. Here's a project found on Pinterest. We used a game called Roll A Wildflower. Students used dice to roll certain patterns for the centers of their flowers, petals and other details. Students were also given the choice to invent their own patterns if they choose. Everyone was so proud of their creations!
This will be the third year that fifth graders have an independent project for their last big assignment of the year. Students are given full choice on subject and medium they use. Students are an active participant through out the creative process by planning and designing their project, conferencing with me their proposal and sketch, executing their concept with their chosen materials and finally reflecting with a self-grade sheet while also sharing with the class. Students are allowed to work as a team and collaborate or be independent. It's probably my favorite project of the year as I watch them use skills that they have acquired through all their years of art.