Tuesday, February 21, 2017

In the Art Room: Introducing the Principles of Art

My first grade students are currently learning about the folk artist Kerri Ambrosino. Here's a sneak peak at their works in progress. As they moved on to the next phase of this project today, I thought it would be a great time to introduce the Principles of Art. We already know the Elements. Here's a video of the simple hand jive I taught the students as well as a sneak peak inside this first grade lesson:
As I've mentioned, I do a lot of call and response, almost too much. But it really helps my ELL students, reinforces vocabulary and, frankly, it's just plain fun. I love hearing my students voices in that video, you can hear each of their fun little personalities. 
Here's a little more on the Elements of Art hand jive. 
My first graders used a similar method to painting and preparing their papers for this collage. You can see more of that process here
Love to hear what fun songs and dances y'all use to reinforce vocabulary in your art room! 
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  1. Oh my goodness, I want to come & hang out in your art room for a day!! So much fun! I'm going to start incorporating both of these lovely hand jive/call & response! What a great way to introduce the elements & principles!!

    1. It's a hot mess express, that's no doubt! Have fun with these :)

  2. Hello! I am assuming the last one contrast...how do you explain that one?

  3. Hello, Cassie! You're a great teacher! This is a very good idea to improves acurate vocabulary. So much fun and hard work no doubt! I'm an art teacher from Buenos Aires,Argentina. I work at high schools with pupils from twelve to fifteen. Love the way you show the principles of art. I can't explain them this theme like you do with your little children but love the idea of showing them so acurate, simple and clear!
    Martha Sabella.


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