Tuesday, January 27, 2015

100 days 100 ways

I don't know what every school does, but I do know that our elementary makes a very big deal out of the 100th day of school.  So I decided to have my Art 2 class also help with the 100th day celebration by having them create works of art using 100 pieces of inspiration.

I started this second semester with a very fun, very mysterious first lesson.  I took a large table in the back of my room and covered it with a cloth.  I then laid 26 different items on that table.  Some of my items were a rubber band, a CD, a balloon, a spoon, a fork, a small tile, a packing peanut, etc.  As the class came in I just stood in the back of the room and said nothing to them.  I then preceded to start drawing each student's name out of a hat and asked them to pick one item of inspiration off of the table.  As each student came up they kept trying to get me to give them a clue as to what they were going to do with that one strange item.  All I would say is "Pick your inspiration."  After everyone had drawn an item, I then told them to come back and grab the 99 friends to their one inpirational item.

Okay, I had fun, but their first looks probably could have killed me.  Of course the first question was "Do we have to use all 100?"    AHH, YES.  But as they started then the phrase became, "Can we use more than 100?"  UMM, NO.  That is the challenge with this project, you have to use 100 and can only use 100.

In the end I think they did really good with this challenge assignment.  They were given 10 days to complete the project.  Most only needed about 6 days, but there were a couple that had to push it to get it done in 10.   We then had a class critique and they all talked about their works of art and each others.  Mostly they were really impressed with what each other had created.

Brooke B - pop tabs

Emily H. - balloons

Kamber L. - feathers

Mikayla R. - popsicle sticks

Sierra A.  - packing peanuts

My display case showing off our best 100 day works.

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