This post is a bit overdue considering the last week of school was actually June 6th. But I’m sure I’ve been forgiven as the reason for the delay has a lot to do with this, this and this. And I’m sure this will keep me busy the rest of the summer along with the possibility of this. Those of you reading this who are not in Wisconsin, I implore you to become educated on what just happened here because it’s coming for your state next.
This is what I was doing last week:
It was a bittersweet ending to school this year. The last week was full of ups and downs.
June is a great time to relax with my students and really get to know them better. All of our projects are finished, classroom cleaned and they don’t want to concentrate anymore anyway. I think I did something different in almost every single last art class.
We played the drawing game where one person starts with a line or shape and you pass it among your friends. This was a favorite because I let them draw whatever they wanted as long as it didn’t contain weapons, violence or anything inappropriate for school. I allowed the bodily functions comedy and a lot of the boys really ran with it to the girls’ disgust.
They got really silly! Perfect for the last week of school!
The artist told me this is a love and peace machine. Sorely needed right now!
I was going to bring some classes outside for sidewalk chalk but the day of was way too hot to go outside so we did chalk reproductions on the floor instead. They got to pick their favorite print to study and draw with a partner.
But tie dye was the favorite project by far. Three classes earned a tie dye party for earning every single sticker for the entire school year. This means they were respectful with positive attitudes and great clean up at the end of class. Three out of twenty-two classes! If you, or you have a child, that was in one of those classes- you should feel VERY proud. If you are a third or fourth grader, you know what to work towards next year!
But now summer has begun. It’s time for professional development classes, teaching summer school (I’m teaching Recycle It! with K-6. Posts to come!).
I will continue to post about what my summer school students are doing in Recycle It as well as family art opportunities to experience around Madison. And don’t forget to do some art on your own this summer! I’ll help you out with that in a few posts as well.
Bring on summer!!