Tuesday, May 19, 2015

STEAM Enviromental Trailer and Infographic Project

As a cumulative project for both science and art class this quarter, 7th grade students made infographics using the online site and app, Canva. Each student was asked to choose a environmental science topic to research and use that information and data to show graphs, facts and illustrations within their infographic.

Canva allows students to create a free account and access a number of free templates to plan their work. We spent some time looking at what makes a strong infographic (such as contrasting font color on the background, organizing layout of information, etc) before actually sitting down with our iPads. We also used some guiding questions/statements to help organize our work. 

Our three essential questions/statements: 
Why should we CARE? 
What can we do to HELP? 
We need to know MORE!

The infographics will tie in to a larger, overall STEAM project of creating an environmental issues trailer iMovie. See more about that here:
Becker Middle School 7th Grade Science Trailer Project

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's been a while- Periodic Table Sculpture is complete!

The Periodic Table Sculpture is complete and ready to be installed. We are moving forward with an artist-in-residence next fall to create an painted environment around the sculpture in the media center. To see more about this collaborative STEAM project, please watch the video below.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tin Foil Relief- Lesson Plan Update

If you are interested in seeing the lesson plan for this project here (originally published back in March of 2014) please check out this link to the Art of Ed's Lesson Plans.


Original post-

7th graders have been working on a low relief sculptural project using tin foil, yarn and cardboard. We stressed the idea of varied line and spent a day discovering color schemes such as monochromatic, analogous, complementary and triadic and how limited color can affect our artwork. Colored Sharpies were used to fill in the foil areas between the yarn sections, while sandpaper and Rub n' Buff were used to slightly age our projects. 

The results are something between stain glass and closinae. Art on a budget!