Our first introductory creative task for grades 6,7, and 8, this year, was to create a flag. On the front of the flag the students could sketch, collage, or paint anything they wanted.
While on the back the grade 6 and 7 students wrote: what they were looking forward to the most in art this year or what they were hoping to learn this year.
While grade 8 thought about why art was important to them— why do they create? Inspired from this video:
Normally during the first class I cover the rules and expectations, but this year I decided to do it a little differently, by allowing the students to get up and move with a 4 corners activity, then they got straight into the task.
The flags were for two purposes:
- to find all the materials
- to see what their interests and abilities were.
I have decided to address the rules and expectations as we go along, which, is SO much more interesting for my students and for me!
Once the flag was complete and hung, it was now time to create a sketchbook cover. I showed some simple ideas from collage, quotes to sponging.
This year I am giving sketchbooks to grade 7 and 8 students, and grade 6 have to make art folders for their work.
Again, I wanted to allow total freedom, but they had to have their name and class clearly written on the front and back. The sponging was definitely the most popular technique. It was interesting to see the creative ideas be pushed further in grade 8.
Since nothing new was taught, neither of these two activities were assessed. This is just an organization and welcome to the art room.