Last year I started integrating the popular kids website and app, BrainPOP. The students, especially our youngest ones, go completely bananas for it. Since the lesson is all about Van Gogh and his still life work, I wrapped the lesson with a Van Gogh BrainPOP as the students put all the components of their collage together.
BrainPOP has a knack for explaining even the most complicated or morose subject manner and transforming it into "kid friendly" dialogue. It even touched on the whole Van Gogh ear thing... But in a very comical way. What I like about it most is the simplicity and the way in which it drills down our art words.
As we finished the collage, I had them make stems, leaves, and draw smaller flowers on their background. We talked about making their artworks three-dimensional and what that means for our collage.
The students were pleased to see everything come together and had fun arranging, cutting, and adding more details. It felt very satisfying to see these artworks wrap up and has me excited for spring!