Our Legacy Installations

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As an art teacher,  I have found a lot of interesting blogs and art websites that can be very helpful in the lines of professional development.  One of my favorite sites is the AOE or Art Of Education.  While reading it the other day,  I ran across an article that talked about “Legacy Installations”.  I quickly realized that we are already doing this right here in Red Oak,  Iowa.  In fact,  we have made these for the last 3 years.  While creating these works of art, the children get to experience working together as a team on a piece that will be displayed for years to come, it will be their legacy.  Some of the legacy installations we have made in the past include our bottle cap project and our Chihuly chandelier.  This year our  legacy installation is once again being made partially from recycled materials.   It’s in the form of woven tapestries that go along with the Character Counts program.

I posted about these magnificent works of student artwork a few weeks ago,  but I just wanted to give you an update on the progress we are making.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and plan on coming to our art shows later this spring to see just how beautiful they are.

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Turning Trash to Treasures

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As we begin our Character Counts large group project this semester,  I have had a lot of fun teaching the younger children how to weave.  Every year this can be a bit of a challenge,  but this year we have taken a different approach and rather than having the students make their own individual weaving project,  it is a group effort.

I have been blessed with a husband that does a little bit of woodworking.  He made some nice big wooden frames for me.  I wanted to have a frame for each color represented in the Character Counts Pillars.  There are 6 of these.  I also wanted to have the frames look  nice with an existing bulletin board in our main hallway.  This entailed giving the frames a thinned acrylic paint stain and then using a wood burning tool to etch designs into them. This was a new skill I had to learn. I was fun but extremely time-consuming.  My husband and I both worked on this part of the project.

Now that the frames are nearly completed, the fun part begins.  This is where I get make a woven tapestry with my K-3 students.  I’m very happy with how our project is starting to look.  The kids are delighted too.

We are attempting to make our weaving project symbolic of the students it represents.    By doing this we have added some old denim since most of the children like to wear blue jeans.  We also have included ribbon,  yarn,  and an old paint shirt that represents their love for making art.

I am looking forward to seeing what else our students bring to weave into our project.  Their have had some very creative ideas so far.

If you would like to help your child make a frame loom at home,  you might find this website helpful.  You can  use an old frame you might have in the back of the closet,  some nails,  and odds and ends from around the house to weave into the piece.  I hope you have fun turning your trash into treasure with your child!

http://www.ordinarylifemagic.com/2009/05/loom-and-weave.html

Character Counts

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As we move into the second semester here at IPS,  we will be implementing various Character Counts activities with our students.  If  you are not familiar with Character Counts,  it is a program in which everyone is involved.  It is based on 6 ethical values that we all agree on.  These are referred to as the Six Pillars of Character.    They include:

1. Trustworthiness

2. Respect

3. Responsibility

4. Fairness

5. Caring

6. Citizenship

As you may recall,  the last couple of years I have done an all-building art project with our students.  This year the project for IPS will be based around Character Counts.  I am in need of a few items to help with the construction of this project as we  “Weave our way to Good Character”.

Each pillar has a specific color that it is linked to.  The 6 pillars we construct will be made of these 6 colors: Red, Orange,  Yellow/Gold, Green ,Blue,  Purple. A few samples of items we could use might include but are not limited to:

*old pieces of your child’s clothing,  maybe an old T-shirt or pair of pants no longer being worn

*small toys no longer being used (hot wheels,  a tiny doll such as Barbie or smaller,  maybe some hot wheel track?

*ribbon from a child’s Christmas/birthday gift

* hair ribbon

Please keep in mind,  the items sent,  will not be returned.  I am hoping to weave as many items as possible into our group project however I can’t promise they will all be used.  I want to thank you once again for helping us to make the art program in the Red Oak Schools A Shade Better!