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After the craziness of the holidays and the looong winter break I was really looking forward to coming back to the classroom ready to tackle the second start of the school year with some fresh school supplies and ideas. Sometimes it seems like we are starting all over after that long break and our routine had been thrown so far out of whack that I wanted a project that was really going to tie us all together and get us back up and working as a group. I was picking up some necessary teacher supplies at Staples over the break and saw that they had all their Sharpie products on sale. This sparked an idea. I haven’t played with the sketch feature on my Silhouette very much yet, but I know that the fine point Sharpies are a perfect fit, so I snagged a few packages of them. There were on sale after all!! And while supplies last, the whole week of January 24th ALL Sharpie products will once again be on sale for 35% off!!!
Once I had all the Sharpies, I realized that I needed a plan. A way to get all my students working together and having fun. I decided to have them do a collaborative art project. I am a wannabe art teacher after all! I picked out a simple line drawing of Van Gogh’s Starry Night (my personal favorite) and blew it up really big. Then I set about dividing the painting into 12 equal boxes. My boxes were each 7 inches by 7 inches so they fit pretty perfectly on a piece of poster board when you are all done.
Then I set up my silhouette to draw each of those boxes, one at a time onto a heavy art paper. This part took a while, so I suggest grabbing something to watch while you wait!
Once they were done, I made several copies of each (I have a lot of students) and cut them into the final square shapes. Then came the fun part. I gave each student a square and projected a huge original of the painting on my screen. I had one half of my class work on creating a realistic replica of the painting using oil pastels and the other half got to use their imagination and create a wildly colorful version.
Some of the final pieces were absolutely breathtaking. And although it definitely doesn’t look like you took the original and cut it apart, each square is filled with each students personality and really shows how even though we are all different we all fit together in some way. It was a great lesson on collaboration and teamwork and it started our back to school off just right!!