Check out this global art project: Awesome Squiggles
Looking for a global art project? I found one that's simple and super fun! I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.
Julie Szaj posted information on her Twitter account about a really cool global art project idea called Awesome Squiggles. The idea is simple. Students are given a sheet of paper with four different squiggle lines on it. Every student participating in the project gets the exact same set of squiggles. Students then create their own individual art based around the pre-existing squiggles. The project is free to participate in. You can sign up here. The registration deadline for the 2016 Awesome Squiggles project is March 25th. If that date has already passed, then you'll have to keep checking until next year's registration is released.
There are two different levels of participation for the project. Level 1 participation is that you keep the project inside your own class. All the project organizers ask is that you post the results on social media. Level 2 is a bit more involved. Instead of only looking at what your own students did, you are matched up with up to 11 other classrooms and exchange images of the various designs students created. The project is open worldwide, so there's no telling what exciting places your fellow classes might come from.
What do you think of this project? What kind of picture would you draw based on the above squiggles? Do you know any similar art projects? What value do you think students might get out of this project?
Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.