5 Projects to Combat Spring Fever

When the sunshine of spring comes out, behavior tends to disintegrate like the gray piles of snow left in the parking lot.

If you’re like me, then you are looking for something – anything! – to keep your students focused and engaged.

Use any of these five projects to get your kids making art in a way that’s sure to combat the worst cases of spring fever.

1. Interactive Chalk Murals

chalk mural

Forced perspective is fun, but adding chalk makes it even better! I gave my kids chalk and a few examples for inspiration and let them loose on a beautiful day. They loved the assignment, and the results were stunning.

2. Stop-Motion Animation

creating a stop-motion film

Making a stop-motion film is a great group assignment. All your students need is a smartphone. I recommend the free app Stop Motion Studio. (It’s available on iTunes and Google Play.) Next, show them a selection of examples from www.thisiscollosal.com, like the work of Pes or Aug(de)mented Reality. Finally, gather up a selection of materials and start filming.

3. Tape Art Murals

Tape works wonders to create fun and dynamic images anywhere in your school. The best part? It’s cheap and removable, so you can leave the work up for a few weeks and use the space again!

4. Screen Printing

screen printing

The screen filler method of screen printing is quick, easy, and engaging. Students love being able to wear their own designs. Once your students try it, they’ll be hooked!

5. Meme Day!

meme

Memes are humorous images combined with text. Your students love them and will delight in knowing how to make their own. This lesson can be done very easily with a photo-editing app, but it’s also fun to go low-tech. I talked to my students about how memes use juxtaposition, then had them match images cut from newspapers with cut out text. If you try this, make sure to stock up on political images – Trump and Hillary were extremely popular!

You don’t have to sit by and let your students fall victim to spring fever. Instead, be proactive and plan for fun and engaging group activities and have a spring everyone can enjoy.

What projects work for you when the weather is nice?

How do you combat spring fever yourself? Tell us in the comments section!

Melissa Purtee

Melissa teaches at Apex High School in North Carolina and is the author of The Open Art Room. She’s passionate about supporting diversity, student choice, and facilitating authentic expression.

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  • Ms. P

    My school is on a courtyard system (several ‘pods’ each with their own open air courtyard), so on super nice days before it gets terribly hot (HELLO TEXAS!) we do bubble painting outside!

    I just lay out different colors of construction paper out in the courtyard with a matching bowl of bubble paint. I have a cart with different sizes of paper as well as envelopes in the center that students can come get. Each student gets a straw for the day and they spend the hour going around to different colors to create their bubble printing creations!

  • Cacey Narez

    Love the interactive chalk murals. If you haven’t already, you’ve gotta check out South African artist, Robin Rhode, for inspiration for this project.

  • Danise Egan

    We’ll be eye bombing the campus next week. The kids (HS) have to send me 3 photos thru our school email but they also have to post their best one on our art room Instagram @artroomf4

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  • BossySnowAngel

    My student teacher and I brainstormed a three dimensional meme assignment. Some are so-so because many students really don’t care, but some are outstanding and witty.

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