To go along with the NCAA March Madness Tourney, we had a little tournament of our own in art class. I selected 10 Pop Artists (a few who my 3rd graders had already learned about) and placed them into a bracket. Each class did their own voting to determine who they thought the King of Pop was. I was nervous about doing it at first because we wouldn't be doing any art-making during the two days it took us to do the tourney. To my surprise, the kids didn't see to mind that we were taking a couple days off from making art. For each round, I showed a selection of the artists' work up on the screen. Students voted for which artist they liked better and then we read off votes. There were some super close match-ups that really got the kids excited. After each round, I asked the kids why they chose the artist that they did over the opposing artist. I was blown away when I had nearly every kid wanting to talk about their choice. It was awesome hearing the kids explain their rationale! All in all, Jeff Koons won in 2 of the classes and Claes Oldenburg (who was beat out by Koons in the finals in the other two classes) won in 1 class.
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President-Elect. Apple Teacher.