Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 2015 Comment Contest...



The winner of the January comment contest is :
Armin Mersmann
You can view his awesome art at...






January's  topic was:

Where do you get your lesson plan inspiration from...? If you are not a teacher, tell us where you get your inspiration for creating your own works of art.

54 comments:

  1. I like to get inspiration for famous and popular art works. I also just sometimes see cool things out there in the world and then bring it to my studio and find a way to wrap a lesson plan around that image or object.

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  2. Mostly from pinterest and social media like facebook and instagram.

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  3. April....I can not remember life without Pinterest!

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  4. I agree with doodle all day! Teachers in my area used to get together 4 times a year to share ideas, but with Pinterest, we don't meet anymore!

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    1. Vicky....we all should get together and do some art!

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  5. Pinterest!!! Hands down the best resource I've found. It certainly re-energized my artroom after 15+ years.

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    1. totally agree Dana! thanks for the comment

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  6. I learned so much in college... So I like to use some of those ideas in my middle and high school classes. Kids learn techniques so fast! ...and of course I love Pinterest! Thanks for the contest opportunity!

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    1. Lilla...I missed bus duty and shoe lace tying in college, but I sure have to do it now! Thanks for the comment and good luck!

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  7. As an art educator I look back at the moment or moments that opened my eyes to the possibility of what art can truly mean. What was the spark, who or what was the driving force behind this epiphany? I base my teaching on this, although I realize all students have a different set of circumstances it’s my job is to find the possibilities within them as individuals not just as a “whole class”

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    1. Awesome! there are so many wonderful art teachers out there like you Armin...I wish I could meet everyone and just have a huge sharefest!
      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  8. Pinterest! as an inner city teacher we are heavily pressured to incorporate all areas of academics in our lessons which can be tiring and challenging, because to most art educators we don't see the divide between academics and art as art is creativity/ everything! My students have also never been told its okay to like art or to use creativity in math/ any classroom so being able to broaden my own ideas on lessons from english teachers, math, science all the above has been a huge help when trying to show those obvious connections! I also post all my inspirations from pinterest in the classroom for the students to explore so they too have begun to use pinterest as a resource.

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    1. I love the way you think Ashley!
      Thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  9. My most successful lessons are directed by student interests, questions, and current curiosities. Listening to their ideas about their work and leading them to the next step is the most interesting and challenging part of being an art teacher!

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    1. Wow...I would love to be a student in your class Julia!
      thanks for the comment '

      Lee

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  10. I get lesson plan inspiration from a variety of sources: pintrest, other art teachers blogs, art standards, social studies standards for a particular grade, and whatever materials i have in my closet.:)

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  11. Whatever I have is my motto too!
    thanks for the comment!
    Lee

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  12. While I certainly love scouring my favorite art education blogs and pintrest accounts I think my best ideas have mostly come from literature. Children's books are a wealth of inspiration with the multitude of creative processes used to create the imagery - everything from mixed media, digital, cartooning, collage - and such inventive ways to present and deliver text. I've started a collection of my favorite authors and illustrators and develop project around them. One of my students all time favorites is based on Mo Willem's Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus. They create a pigeon puppet - soft sculpture with paper, stuffed with tissues and stapled shut - and play act another dilemma the pigeon must face. It's drama, toy design, problem solving, literacy building and FUN!

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    1. I taught summer school this past summer and we did several of Mo's books including Don" let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Loved it.
      Do you have a link to the books you like to use or would you mind sharing the list?
      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  13. While I certainly love scouring my favorite art education blogs and pintrest accounts I think my best ideas have mostly come from literature. Children's books are a wealth of inspiration with the multitude of creative processes used to create the imagery - everything from mixed media, digital, cartooning, collage - and such inventive ways to present and deliver text. I've started a collection of my favorite authors and illustrators and develop project around them. One of my students all time favorites is based on Mo Willem's Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus. They create a pigeon puppet - soft sculpture with paper, stuffed with tissues and stapled shut - and play act another dilemma the pigeon must face. It's drama, toy design, problem solving, literacy building and FUN!

    Thanks for the great discussion point!
    Ms. T.
    Lee10hoeve@gmail.com

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    1. great name by the way! and great glasses as well!!!

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  14. Ha ha! Thank you.
    Here is my list of favorites.

    Anything by Mo Willems - puppets, storytelling, create a new pigeon problem double spread page
    Where the Wild Things Are - Design a Monster (texture lesson)
    Rosie Revere Engineer and Iggy Peck Architect - design a building
    Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau - hat design lesson, 3d paper sculpture
    The Day the Crayons Quit (My favorite of all time!) - Dream up and design a new color and then write his letter of complaint to Duncan. Writing and art lesson combo.
    This is just a few of the many books that have inspired some of my best lessons.


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    1. I just went to Amazon and bought The day the Crayons quit. thanks for that suggestion!
      Lee

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  15. Right now I am inspired by the Chinese New Year coming up. A lot of painting with bamboo brushes and ink. Super messy but the kids think writing Chinese symbols, drawing dragons, using my Chinese stamp, and making wind socks are the COOLEST THINGS EVER :)

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    1. SV...My students would agree! They love the Bamboo brushes and the dragons are a huge hit.
      thanks for the comment.
      Lee

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  16. I get inspiration for my classroom by my student's interests. Their comments, likes and current children's trends (like Minecraft) drive my instruction

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    1. Tell us more about what you do with Minecraft? How do you use that in your instructions?
      thanks,
      Lee

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  17. For my personal artwork, I draw inspiration from places I've been, ordinary, everyday objects and emotions.

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  18. This is my first year teaching so I get inspired by other art teacher's blogs and of course Pinterest.

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    1. My first year went be so fast I don't even remember what I taught! Thanks for the comment ,
      Lee

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  19. My go to place is Pinterest. I always find inspiration from others there

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    1. Don't know what we did before Pinterest!

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  20. I have a couple of artsy crafty friends who I can always bounce ideas with. They are my sidekicks! I can't live without them!

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    1. It's great to have a BFF! Mine is a reading/1st grade teacher, who I am not really sure gets what I do !

      thanks for the comments
      Lee

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  21. I get a ton of inspiration fom my nieces &nephew (2,6&7) Also, I always find exciting new ideas and inspiration right here online, from all of YOU!
    jennross76@gmail.com

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  22. I like to use local, current artists (NYC) and urban art as inspiration for my lessons. I also use Pinterest and numerous art ed blogs. I find going to galleries and museums gives me a number of new ideas and approaches to lesson planning.
    k8woods@gmail.com

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    1. K8woods...I love the idea of using current artists. As an elementary art teacher I seem to get stuck year after year using the same old tried and true "masters". I love the thought of throwing in the current artists as well!
      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  23. My favorite place for inspiration is RAFT (resource area for teachers) in Nor Cal. Most of their stuff is donated from companies. Things are at a very reasonable price. You never know what treasures you will find. They also have a room with TONS of ellison die cuts. I have been doing crafts for a kids camp for the past 15 years for 150 kids with about a $100 budget for the week. A lot of creative brains needed tho because you have to make sense of whatever you find at RAFT. I can't live without this store!!!!

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    1. Sandy thank you for sharing RAFT with us! I love, love, love places like that. There is a great place in Houston, where I am from (kind of) called The Texas Art Asylum. When ever I go home to visit I must make a trip there. I am considering opening a place like it here in Northern Virginia next year. It would be such fun. check out http://texasartasylum.com/

      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  24. East Bay Depot for CreatIve Reuse in Berkeley CA (where blick arts is!!!) is another awesome store that inspires my projects for the kids. Creative reuse is one of the best ways to keep projects under a budget. Check them out on yelp and their pics.

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    1. Please keep up posted on all the great reuse centers you find!

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  25. I get inspired by my students work. My hope is to inspire them to take risks and create without worrying about the grade

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  26. Tracy...I am always amazed by my students work. I give them a few instructions and some of them just take it to the outer limits! There have been several times I have added new instructions to a lesson based on something a students came up with.


    And grading elementary at work makes me crazy!

    Thanks for your comment,
    Lee

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  27. From vacation photos and my back yard. I've also gotten inspiration from coloring books.

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    1. Vacation photos would be fun to share, but I would really like to see how you use coloring books.
      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  28. Pinterest is my number one stop for inspiration!!

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    1. I am with you there Shelly!
      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  29. I came up with a few projects and discussed them with the students, then we voted on the one we wanted to do. I only did this with 3rd-6th grade. At the end of every lesson or project the students get to discuss what they liked/didn't like, what we could do better. It's always really good feed back and they like telling sharing their feelings!

    Lezlie
    lbaltierra@waysideschools.org

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    1. I love that you are getting the class involved with more choices,
      thanks for the comment
      Lee

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  30. Love my pinterest Boards! Use them regularly for specific project media!

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    1. Cant remember life before Pinterest!
      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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