Everybody likes to hear feedback about their hard work.
I decided to create a board outside our art room that, rather than being a display, instead becomes a working wall. Students and staff are given the opportunity to interact with the art on display by offering feedback on the work displayed. Depending on the time you have, you can just write some notes on a postit, or you can look at the criteria and make comments against that. Students have loved this interaction and the feedback is then used to help student s successfully identify strengths and weaknesses to help them progress.
25 Minutes to build the Dubai opera house............... each house to work together........................Not bad!
Today I was introduced to Sphero. Sphero is a mini robot that you can control, programme and create with.
One of Sphero’s design strengths is its flexibility. You can be anything from a novice coder to a high-school computer student and still get something out of programming it. The orb’s app has a dual interface. Our students could use simple drag-and-drop balloon commands to make their Spheros move, but by swiping on a button they can also see some of the raw computer syntax that lay behind the commands—in Oval, a subset of the canonical programming language C. The balloon command “Set heading 178 degrees” reveals itself to be “controlSystemTargetYaw = 178” in Oval.
Through connected play and discovery, these mini robots can be used to challenge and inspire brilliant young minds. From math and science to programming and the arts, you can plan hands-on activities with this robot.
Connect to the Lightning Lab app to learn programming, complete activities, and get inspired through connected play and coding.
Year 8's have been creating textured papers using water colour techniques. We used the best ones to create an Islamic inspired lino print. Please see http://www.lyannemarsh.com/year-8/creating-our-lino-cut-design-for-our-backgrounds we then used the left over paper to create a collaborative sculpture. We decided on a simple cube shape and added legs to raise it off the floor and give it a more professional look. I was really happy with the outcome of this and it was great fun creating the textures.
Creating our textures
For the literacy festival this year we are entering a competition based on artworks following the theme 'journey'.
Pupils are having a personal journey within this ASA, Learning new skilss and techniques and creating a bank of work throughout this journey. We are then going to develop these artworks into two Kimonos. One will be the paper mock ups and will include instructions, working outs and annotations and will be the sketchbook part to our learning 'journey' theme. We will then have a fabric kimono alongside it and this will be a selection of our most successful pieces throughout this journey. Students have loved being introduced to these techniques and the work has been fantastic. I am excited to see it all come together for the festival.
Working into our paper
Dying paper for our Kimono
Beginning to construct our Kimono
Work displayed at the Literacy Art Festival
With all the change that teachers are implementing in their classrooms, isn’t now the time to increase collaboration opportunities, be they formal or informal? - Check out some of the collaboration we have been involved with this year.