This past Saturday I went to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens for the first time since Chihuly's exhibition has opened up and OH MY GOODNESS!!! The show is absolutely breath taking! This week for the first week of "Summer School" the students field trips are to the zoo- and the week is "Nature Week." For nature week I'm going to teach the students about Chihuly's artworks at Cheekwood and a little bit about man made versus nature made objects and how they interact with one another. I'm so excited! Then the last week in July I'm taking a group of students to Cheekwood one day and to the Frist the next couple of days following. The students are going to be so psyched as well!
Check out this lesson from Dick Blick on Dale Chihuly I haven't tried it yet but am looking forward to doing it later on in the summer with my Kiddos!
Recently I saw this lesson on Artsonia. I used the Scream by Edvard Munch to demonstrate a taste of perspective to some of my students- and others just had fun making the face and exploring expression in their versions of the painting. When working with students with special needs, the most basic level of perspective that you can teach them is the idea that when things are closer to you that they are larger then when they are farther way. This is illustrated by the fence that runs diagonally through Munch's painting. I will be posting most of these artworks by the students as it is Artsonia's rule to not post student artwork that depicts a photograph of the students themselves in it... for security purposes.
Inspired by Vincent VanGogh's Sunflowers, the students of KDS create their own versions of sunflowers for the classroom bulletin board. This lesson is an altered version of Nasco's Lesson that I got the plan for from their booth at the convention this year. My students colored using oil pastels and glued beans in the centers to mimic sunflowers' seeds. This lesson is particularly good for students with special needs because it helps them work on their fine motor skills when handling the beans! They turned out wicked cute!
As many of you may already know, last week Nashville and many other Tennessee counties found themselves underwater from the storms that passed through us. Some folks had minor damages and others lost everything. I myself wasn't affected directly but know many friends that were. This week I did what I could by cleaning out my closet and took about 4 garbage bags full of clothes to a community/ donation center.
Many of you may know of the Houses for Haiti project and how it has raised lots of money for those affected by the earthquake down in Haiti. Now those same teachers in Florida who started that project have renamed the project Volunteer Village Houses, as TN is the volunteer state- http://www.volunteervillages.org/
If you have the resources and the opportunity to do this project with your students please help Nashville! Send your contributions to the Red Cross's Nashville Chapter.
On a completely different topic- Dale Chihuly will still be showcasing his works in Nashville beginning today at the Frist Center, later on in the month at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, and on the 21st the show that was going to be set up at the Symphony is now going to go on over at TPAC- including his lecture! I hope those of you locally will try and make it out to see these amazing works of art! Check out