I have been thoroughly enjoying the students at St. Johns and we have been doing some very fun projects. For my younger students (K-2) we are creating what is called process art. In process art, it isn’t about the final product, but in the joy of the process. We have experimented with many different painting techniques from using salt with our watercolors, wax resist painting, and painting with Q-tips and leaves (and sometimes even paintbrushes).
Currently my third through sixth graders are creating a 3D illusion artwork. When the piece is completed the viewer will be pulled right into the picture. To add more interest to the work, I took pictures of students as they appear to be falling. Students will cut out their picture and paste it right into it to make it look like they themselves are being pulled into their own artwork. How fun!
If parents wish to donate to the art program, there are a few things we use a lot of: Clorox (non-bleach) wipes, tissues, paper towel. In addition, I am always collecting cottage cheese, sour cream, and yogurt containers with lids. We also use empty squirt bottles like ketchup and mustard containers. Empty toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls are also useful. Also on my wish list would be glitter glue and all kinds of “shinies” like sequins, and littles stars, snowflakes, etc.
Many students reach middle school deciding they’re “not good at it.” My goal as an educator is to boost students’ confidence in their creative abilities and help them have the courage to take chances in the art they produce. The arts, as a whole, are very important to a child’s development and it is my one goal that they have a safe environment to create without worrying about whether they are “good at it” or not.