On Wednesday's LA 7 class I showed them the Black Book of Colours to try to get them thinking of other ways of describing things, such as colours. Then I red a few of the Haiku from "If Not For Cat" and had them guess which animals the Haiku were about before showing them the illustration. They really enjoyed that! One of the students who had been sick returned so I filled him in on what he needed to do.
The Grade 1/2 class continued working on their collage comics. A few of the students managed to finish but enough students needed more time that I decided they can take one more block to finish up before I move on. I also decided that teaching them about one-point perspective may not be the best idea after seeing how the Gr.3/4's struggled. My new intended project is a Spring tree painting in which they have to blow at black paint/ink to make their trees grow, and then add spring coloured flowers using Q-tips.
The first junior high class went fantastically well! They were so quiet and focused that my TA and UC were both surprised. I taught them how to paint a basic Koi fish and then asked them to practice and create a composition for marks. The criteria for the marks include brush strokes, variation of value, and the composition of the painting, as well as addition of other subjects such as plants, different sized fish, etc. My UC pointed out that I mentioned these important words but didn't explain them very much. I realize I should probably spend some time talking about composition but I overlooked it as I tried to fit as much as I could into a 45 minute lesson. In reality, I think the students only get to paint for approximately 25 minutes after they set up and listen to me talk for a bit, and then having to stop early for clean-up. This is a little frustrating, but I'm still impressed with the work they've produced so far. The second junior high class was more challenging in terms of classroom management because it is a Gr.7/8/9 split and the only student my TA has identified as a behaviour issue is also in this class. This particular student was absent the day I introduced Chinese painting but he caught up by the end of the class. He managed to catch up by the end of class. My UC suggested breaking up the class more while I'm doing demos because although the little group has my attention, the whole class still needs my attention. I think this depends on the group of students and whether you trust them to be able to work on their own quietly or not. I would trust the first class of Gr.8/9's to work quietly but this second class would need more reminders for sure. My TA overheard one student say he was proud of his work and commented that he is normally not one who is proud of his artwork so that was positive! At the end of class, the students became chaotic, wanting to go home. My UC suggested having them stand at their places even though they have to put chairs away. I told them my clean-up expectations in the intro class earlier in the week and tell them they need to clean-up before they leave but I suppose I should try writing down the clean-up procedure on the board this week! I also decided to give them another class to work on their Koi fish paintings and I'll take some of the time to talk a bit about composition. Instead of opening the can of worms that is landscape painting, I'll ask them to create a scroll painting that combines what they've learned in anime drawings, and Chinese painting to create a composition. They'll keep in mind that the 3 main subjects of Chinese paintings are figure, landscape, and bird-flower paintings. I'm starting to re-think the last 3 lessons in which I wanted to divide each class into 3 groups and take 1 group a day to do a book-binding workshop. I think it would be wiser to focus on circulating and helping the students out more now that I know how crazy the Gr.7/8/9 split class can be. I'll make a final decision after tomorrow's lessons!
Thursday started off with a work period for the LA 7 class. I've asked them to at least finish the rough drafts of their 7 Haiku so that in Monday's block they just have to transfer these poems into their mini-books and add illustrations. I had wanted them to be done earlier but I'm learning that things tend to take longer in reality than they do in my mind.
The Gr.5/6's had their last in-class time to work on their comic assignment. A few handed theirs in, and the rest took theirs home to complete over the weekend. I kept reminding them to make sure they bring their folders back and hand-in on Tuesday. One girl in particular has lost her folder twice already but I had a talk with her and reminded her that this is worth 15 marks! I'm excited to see everyone's complete work!
The Kindergarteners were as cute as ever. We added umbrellas and Spring themed things to their pictures. This week we will add rain as a last step. I'm sad it will be my last lesson with them! Since we had a bit of time near the end of the block, I read them one of my favourite picture books called "Xander's Panda Party." They quite enjoyed it! We unfortunately didn't have time to finish the whole story, however.
The Gr.3/4 class continued working on their one-point perspective street scenes. I reviewed the concept and clarified to make sure they understood what parallel lines were. Then I did a quick demo again of what they've already drawn. I had to cut my class short because the Gr.9's had a presenter coming in the last block and he needed to set up. I had originally hoped for the completion of this drawing during the class, but since they didn't have much time, they'll need to finish it on Monday. It was still early to dismiss the 3/4's so we went up to the library where I read them my favourite picture book. I managed to finish the whole story with them and asked them a few questions before the bell went. It was an abnormal day but I really like reading outloud to groups of kids!
After practicum on Thursday I ended up at the Galt Museum. I learned about Pysanka and helped out a lady who couldn't use her hands very well. I drew her requested design on the egg and used Kiskas with wax to trace over the design before sending it off with her to dye. It was beautiful! Unfortunately, while another volunteer was helping her melt off the wax to reveal the design, she dropped the egg and cracked it. I managed to do my own egg quickly but didn't get to melt all the wax off until I got home.