How does one start a new semester when you want all the students to know to retrieve, use and store work created in any media? Well maybe not all but a good foundation.... The Media Bootcamp!
We kicked off day one of the second semester with our first day of the Media Bootcamp. For day one we entertained charcoal, color pencil and pen and ink. We set up the Chromebooks so students could run through some simple tutorials. We created water drops in charcoal and bubbles in color pencil. Just simple stuff, not to make great art but rather to get a feel for the material.
This is one of the students working on a bubble tutorial. I should mention that we broke the class into sections. For day one, we rotated through a different material every 25 minutes or so. This gave everyone a chance to use each of the three media.
The second day we tried a few different media. In particular, we did oil and chalk pastel. These tutorials took a little longer so I think we only did those two that day.
See the tutorial? Bubbles again.
The chalk pastel tutorial in progress.
Day three we did a watercolor tutorials. We also did an acrylic tutorial but we didn't use a tutorial for that. I hand taught that lesson, teaching some basic tippy tappy trees, Bob Ross style.
Another tutorial included a simple block printing demo but that one didn't go over so well cause we only had the hard linoleum and students don't much like using it.
After the Media Bootcamp I felt students had a decent enough amount of info to work in those materials. Next, we went right into the first three subjects of The Nine. You can read more about The Nine in this month's SchoolArts Magazine!
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Art Teacher : Ian Sands