|Mondrian-inspired art on a portfolio|
So, now let's talk about the end of the year. Wait, WHAT?! No, seriously. There are a couple of things I need to keep in mind when doing my planning for the year and the biggest one occurs at the end of the year...
In the Spring, the homeschool cooperative holds a Grande Finale. It's a time when all of the big kids are honored for their achievements and there are plays and demonstrations and displays to check out. This is also the time when I have my students display their artwork from the year. One thing I learned VERY quickly (and for some of you, you may say "duh!" when you hear this): If you send artwork home you will never see it again. As a teacher this makes for a lame show at the end of the year. So this year, I thought I'd have the children create portfolios (folders) in which to keep their artwork during the semester. I already send out weekly emails letting parents know what we did in class, so they know we are doing something. This way I can hold onto the artwork for a bit and get a chance to photograph it.
Why photograph the artwork? Well...more on that later! I have a plan, my friends! But first, the portfolios! I decided to take one of the easy lessons I wanted to do and combine it with making the portfolios. This way, we can decorate the portfolios and learn about an artist! Mondrian was an easy choice for me, but feel free to substitute whichever artist you would like!
A Mondrian-inspired lesson is a good first lesson of the semester since it allows us to talk about basic art concepts such as:
- line (vertical and horizontal)
- shape (geometric, squares and rectangles)
- color (primaries: red, yellow and blue)
Mondrian Art Portfolios
- 1 Sheet of white poster board, 22" x 28" (i bought mine at the dollar store for 50 cents)
- 1 Sheet of graph paper, 8 1/2" x 11"
- Glue Stick
- Masking tape
- Electrical tape, black
- Markers in Red, Blue and Yellow
- Black Sharpie Marker
|An example of student work photographed on the reverse side|
of the folder. I included the student's name in the photo
and I can crop it out later if I need to.