Okay, so it wasn't a piece of cake. Teaching is a challenge. Truth. It was time to present a lesson plan to a group of 6th grade students. It was like I was being put to the test on applying everything I learned from my art ed. classes. How do I mange the classroom? How do I get the student's attention, to follow directions, how do I guide the students with the lesson, how do I manage my time...wow...It was definitely a learning experience.
I presented a lesson on one of the elements of art, Shape. There are seven elements of art if you are not familiar. Value, form, shape, line, texture, color, and space. So for my lesson I choose shape and I talked about what shape is. What are the two types of shapes, (organic and geometric) and then I introduced and artist, Jayme McGowan. She is an amazing paper art artist. She does some pretty great paper cut out art.
So my project was for the students to create a paper cut out illustration of their own. You can find the whole lesson here. The students were required to have at least three of each geometric and organic shapes and create an animal in an environment using only paper. You can see their work on the elementary lesson page here. Some of the students didn't understand how to create an animal only using shapes. So I had to stop and explain. Some struggled but majority of the students followed directions and understood. All of them did their best and were excellent in putting effort into their artwork. And some students thought outside the box by making it 3-dimensional! pretty great.
Since i mentioned cake earlier I want some now...so bye for now!
I am an artist who enjoys the outdoors and living in Michigan where I can live in all four seasons in one day. I love cake or anything that is sweet!