These are some of my Unit 1 performance assessments. The assessment asked Kindergarten to create a piece of art showing a landscape, seascape, cityscape, creature or plant from their new planet. I then asked that they trace their drawing with permanent marker and then they could choose crayon, oil pastel, marker or tempera cakes to add color. I didn't have any teacher examples for the students to refer to and inevitably copy. I did put together a Prezi that defined each type of piece they could create that included scifi artworks in each of those categories. I felt like I had some great variety and nice ideas of what they might see on their planet but when they added the color a lot of that was lost. I'm still working on how to best to help my students to create nice pieces with more choice and variety.
I apologize for the long breaks between posts. This year I am implementing my districts new Kindergarten curriculum. The curriculum focuses on the National Fine Arts Standards. I have been spending most of my time focused on how to best implement this new teaching style. The following is our third piece for the year where we focused on telling a story through our artwork and I asked the students to focus on the first day of school.
We are working on the learning objective: we can identify the purpose of an artwork. We began by looking at the different reasons people create art; to show beauty, tell a story, tell history and to express yourself. We then looked at a page from the book "Journey" and discussed how the picture told a story. Students were then asked to create a drawing telling a story about their first day of school. Students were then asked to choose between tempera cakes, liquid tempera or oil pastels to color their work in. Below are some of my student's pieces.
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