Over Christmas break, an awesome fourth grade teacher in my building asked me if I would be willing to design a Valentine's project that would be ready in time for parent-teacher conferences that her students could combine with a writing project using an app called Aurasma.
As soon as I looked into Aurasma, an augmented technology app, I knew that I had to get on board with the project. Also, this project allowed me to meet one of my other goals for the year: collaboration! It allowed me to collaborate with a classroom teacher on an art project.
Basically, students can record themselves reading (something they wrote) and when the app is opened on top of the their artwork, the recording plays. Sort of like how a QR code will take you to a link or recording, this app allows you to use any image in that way. Her blog (link above) explains it a little better.
For the art project, I decided to incorporate many layers of materials.
Students brushed watered down glue on to a piece of paper and covered it with squares of tissue paper. I encouraged them to smooth down the tissue paper.
At an art center, students painted black on top of the tissue paper. They could make a heart-shaped-frame, paint lots of repeating hearts, it was up to them. The tempera paint a really cool texture and allows the color to show through, especially if it cracks on the surface.
Some kids RUINED their beautiful tissue paper with the black paint so I gave everyone an opportunity to add oil pastels on top. This also added a cool texture and layer to the project.
None of these activities took an entire art time, so it was easy to squeeze them in...even though we were working around snow days!