This was an intense project I did the (and am still working on with some) 4th graders. I got the project idea from another teacher, her blog posts are here and they go into detail on the entire process. We didn’t do all the steps she did because she sees her students more frequently, so they were able to work on it faster, and I didn’t want to give everyone real needles to sew on the buttons. I do have larger needles but the needles are TOO large for the buttons. Maybe next year I’ll find some buttons that have bigger holes. That would be a fun extension onto the project. Right now, as-is, it’s about a 5 week project which is LONG.
This is another one of those projects that I feel like is so awesome because everyone is successful. I loved these! And the kids did too! But guess what, they haven’t seen them yet!!! So you’re getting a sneak peak at the finished product. They saw them last week before they went in the kiln, but they haven’t seen them since they came out. Coming in this morning I practically ran to the kiln to see what they looked like! So exciting!!
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this picture last Friday as I was closing up shop. Here it is zoomed out:
Here is a a student spotlight. I need to get a little caught up on this too – a few awesome students have bought this from the Eagle’s Nest Store! 🙂 Whoop Whoop! It’s a 4th grade printmaking project showing the four seasons. #nailedit
I was searching hard for a good 4th grade project for the Kids Kreations fundraiser, and I really like a lot of what Patty does at Deep Space Sparkle. She said she’s done a lot of different variations/takes on Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and this was her favorite. I had to adapt her lesson a little bit because our paper size requirements for the fundraiser is a lot smaller than hers. But overall, I’m so happy with it. Also, an awesome teaching moment happened during this lesson. I had a 4th grade class come in, they were looking at the Van Gogh original and I had one student immediately say “I don’t like this.” Excuse me while I pick up my jaw from on the ground. But I said, “That’s like walking in to a restaurant and saying you don’t like it without looking at the menu! Give me some time to explain what we’re doing, please.” After I showed them examples, talked about the process, and gave them our daily agenda, about 10 minutes had gone by and I heard the same student very quietly say, “That’s so cool” My jaw was on the floor again! I sais, “Wait. Wait. WHAT?! Can you please repeat that, only louder – like scream it, please?!” Ha! He TOTALLY made my day. I looooove that he came in with a sour attitude (well, I don’t love that…) and completely changed his mind after seeing and hearing the end result. He seriously made.my.day. And I told him that. 🙂 And gave him a big hug on his way out! Ha! 🙂
You ever work on something for awhile, scratch your head and wonder… “I’m not so sure about this…”? Honestly, that’s what I was thinking during the 3rd day of this project. HOWEVER, on the fourth day, the students used oil pastels and seriously pulled it altogether. I wish I had taken a “before” and “after” picture so you could really see what I’m saying. The students were given examples of Andy Warhol’s series on Endangered Species. They are BRIGHT. And very… unexpected colors. I asked my fourth graders – WHY? Why would Mr. Warhol choose to paint pictures of endangered species in crazy colors? This brought on a very good conversation! So many good responses. Perhaps it was a dream? Maybe he thought the colors were how the animals felt? Maybe it was a fundraiser to preserve the habitat of the endangered species? I teach some smart students, you guys! Here are some of the examples they looked at: