steAm, Art Cafe, Ms. Slom. 6th - 8th grade

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So, what is STEAM?

STEM education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.

In 6th grade steAm, we started off by using a 5 minute timed drawing and the prompt was to illustrate an animal or object that represents themselves.  Once complete the students had the choice to present and explain their 5 minute drawing to the rest of the class. All the students participated and enjoyed this ice breaker. We moved on to look at the idea of Space in Art- the questions that arose were- What is negative space, What is positive space? Is the space around an object positive or negative space? I then showed the students an art piece and their challenge in teams was to work out how it was made, once the students had worked this out they will be producing an art project with the same idea of space in their own individual art pieces.

In 7th  and 8th grade steAm, doing a collaborative drawings in teams of 3 and 4 students, with a prompt of summer vacation or special interests. All the students enjoyed this ice breaker. Our first unit of this year is One Point Perspective. One Point Perspective is a drawing method that shows how things appear to get smaller as they get further away, converging towards a single ‘vanishing point’ on the horizon line. It is a way of drawing objects upon a flat piece of paper so that they look three-dimensional and realistic.