By Kerry Dvornicky
Visual Arts Teacher and Arts Integration Coach, John Ruhrah Elementary Middle School
I have noticed that my students are very interested in “Minecraft” books. I asked students what “Minecraft” is and they gave me incredibly detailed descriptions of a game where everything is made of blocks. I immediately saw a possible connection between student interests and an art project.
When I introduced the lesson and informed students that they would be creating a self-portrait inspired by “Minecraft” they actually cheered. Students in 3rd and 4th grades created their self-portrait by measuring and cutting squares in different colors. This has helped students become more capable manipulating rulers and giving them the opportunity to practice measuring skills.
I am very proud of my students for completing such a challenging project and I am thrilled to have discovered such an engaging lesson. It is always rewarding when students are motivated to see projects to their completion.
My favorite part is that each self-portrait is so different and really reflects the personality of the student artist.