This is my first year to do a food plate in Art Education class and I am loving the results. Be Prepared for all the photos because so many of them turned out great. I began talking to my class about PopArt and showing the class pictures of food in artwork such as Andy Warhol’s 100 Soup Cans or Claes Olderburg’s Spoonbridge Cherry sculpture. We had previously discussed 2D elements that are flat and 3D elements that are sculptures, so a project where they had to combine both 2D and 3D was appealing.
The second objective in this lesson was the student had to use multiple media to create their projects. They have a tendency to stay in their comfort zone, and this objective got them moving around the room to use paint, clay, yarn, beads, cotton balls, etc.
Having my Art Ed students begin to think about how art can be incorporated into the Core subjects, such as, a social studies unit with foods from other countries or a science lesson on nutrition and making good food choices based on the food pyramid, is a good place for them to be when we return from fall break and begin constructing a lesson plan.
The students did draw out of a basket the category (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, Dessert) and then brainstormed three ideas on paper before they were given the supplies. Most students took home Model Magic air-dry clay to make their 3D element and let it dry overnight before bringing it back to class to paint.
I just can't stop posting photos! This project turned out so great, and the students loved it!
I put a new Bulletin Board is up outside of my classroom. I think it is the perfect spot for the class when they are leaving my classroom, and can just grab one of the post-it notes that they might need.
The post-it notes say anything from, “a hug” to “courage” to “coffee.” Whatever a person might be needing on a particular day.
Along with this bulletin board effort I have placed Blessing Boxes around the Art department in different locations the last two years. The first year it was outside my classroom and I don’t think it was well used. Last year I placed one by the main entry doors and filled it with portable ready to eat or easily microwaved food. I like this for two reasons, one the students know it is there, many of our art students are working in the building long hours, and they know this box is an option for them. The second reason I like this is there is a way, a place for them to give back as well. I have found in my experience, when you give students an opportunity to “pay it forward” they will.
I am providing these Bulletin Boards and Blessing Boxes and I am happy to fill them up and contribute because it adds to the whole experience and can be a help for students in college, but I love that other students are contributing to them as well. This meme stated that, “You can’t teach Blooms until you take care of the Maslow stuff.” In reference to Bloom’s Taxonomy with moving our students to higher order thinking and learning skills, and Maslow Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs states that you can’t learn if you are hungry in class and your basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, etc. are not met.
Something for us as educators to think about…
I teach Art Education at Pittsburg State University. Here is what is going on in my classes.