Saturday, May 3, 2014
When I was first introduced to the idea of cardboard construction I was hesitant because it seemed to be an impossible storage task. But with a bunch of boxes, each with a class name on it, I was able to keep each class's creations separate and organized, even in my very small room.
I set out pieces of cardboard that I had cut in a variety of sized, tape, glue, toilet paper rolls, and other things, and told the kids to build. I offered a few helpful suggestions here and there but didn't give a lot of instructions on what to make (or even how). I find that too much information leads to carbon copies of my ideas so I focus on technique and only what's necessary to get started. I keep my eye on the works in progress and offer help when I see it's needed.
I'm amazed at the results.
Well, I have some pictures of some of the things the kids have been doing and I'm in the sharing mood. So here goes.
My art room is set up with 6 different stations. In one of those stations I rotate different activities on a regular basis. Currently station 4 is a "Bean Art) station. I'm surprised at how popular this was with the kids. Someone gave me a whole lot of different colored beans and so I put them in a tub along with some glue and gave the kids a few examples. Here are a few of the results: