I really did not notice the time go by.
As of my last post, I was heading into Winter break from YorkU and enjoying the Tuesdays and Thursdays off.
Now, I'm back for a Tuesday night only session, which we'll call Mental Olympics for the time being.
Art-wise, I'm having some dedicated students recreate a master work for the classroom. It's amazng what ownership will do for students and staff. Taking time from lunches and recesses to be part of an event bigger than the sum parts is inspiring. Hopefully, I can post a pic in the near future. The work is 85% complete - all that's left are the faces, hands and body tones. Absolutely the hardest part.
So, as mentioned before, murals are important and community minded ideas, but so can smaller, in this case 4X4 feet, art works.
For the general classroom, always make colour part of the framework. I do not like colourful borders, though. Keep those neutral tones or just plain black. It makes for more emphasis on the work; regardless of the work being presented. If you are fortunate to have high ceilings, make use of that portion by creating a lasting work that can be added to over years.
In my particular class, with 13 foot ceilings, I have created a construction paper tree that each years class can add to. It works, just make sure you use a ladder.