The results were both exciting and insightful. You can view some of the highlights below.
Last week, students spent their time working with objects. They used the theme "Objects, Artifacts, and Things You Leave Behind" to explore media and ways to use symbols to represent a whole host of ideas. It was fun to see students go outside of their comfort zone and try new ways of working (one of the criteria was that they were not allowed to use a material previously used).
The results were both exciting and insightful. You can view some of the highlights below.
My T.: For my art work I used water color with salt, regular paint, and made origami swans/birds. Some techniques i used was when I painted water color on my paper was that I put salt on it to add more detail to make it look more in the daylight time. Art can show the concept of the theme because the artist Mitchell Feinberg uses objects and and things you leave behind in the theme. This artist uses this because in one of their artwork they had cigarettes in it and that is an object you leave behind because once you are done with it you throw it away and don't use it again. In another artwork of theirs they had pills in it and that is an object you use that is also part of the theme.
Samantha K.: For this art piece I used the option of creating your own scratch paper. I drew the actual picture on the original paper with oil pastels and once I was done with that I added paint to the surface of my oil pastel picture. Then I used different designs like circles, crosshatching, and just different lines to make patterns as I scratched of the paint. This picture follows the theme because the two clocks are the times of birth that my brother and I were born at, the water running down off the clocks resemble the tears that were shed during that moment of birth for me and my brother. I was inspired by Mitchell Feinberg because my brothers name is mitchell and I was also inspired by the clocks that he used in two of his pictures. That is my artwork and how I made it.
Matt M.: For this project I chose to use paper golden venture origami to create this American flag. I chose to use this material because I thought it was a really cool thing to make stuff with and we also were not able to use materials that we used in prior projects which left me with little options. I chose to make an American flag out of this because our baseball chose to honor fallen soldiers\police officers so our country has a totally new meaning to me and means a lot. This artwork can show the artists that we studied as well because all the artists used simple objects to make their art and made things with meaning to them or to other people as well. This can show the artist Jim Dine because Jim also chose to use very simple objects to make his unique pieces of artwork like I did in my project.
Sydney C.: The Bubble Gum Movement piece that I have made really fits the project theme, Objects, Artifacts, and Things You Leave Behind because of the materials I have used. Using gum wrappers symbolizes how many just throw away gum wrappers and leave them behind when I decided to change that and make it into a really awesome piece. Then I realized that I had to use a different material and decided that print making was the way to go. Print making is a still life that I can create into my own using a block print. First I took a side shot of my face and then I put into photoshop and traced it on a piece of paper. Then, I rubbed the trace onto the block and then carved it out using the carving tools. I then got inspiration from Andy Warhol to use pop art colors and add the word pop onto the block print. I wanted this piece to be still life and not 3 dimensional. This piece was inspired by Andy Warhol and the idea of leaving bubble gum wrappers behind.
Ella P.: My donut hat that I made for this project show how you can take anting you want and make it into something extraordinary. What I did was take socks and turned them into a donut. I used felt and beads to create frosting and springs to decorate the donuts. Hopefully my artwork and inspire other people to make ordinary object into something cool.
One of the best things to have happened as a result of opening up my classroom through the pursuit of exploring themes, is how many times I say, "Why not."
Want to try printmaking with a tire? Why not.
Want to make a plaster hand pedestal? Why not.
Want to make a hat of cloth donuts? Why not.
Want to have an impromptu photoshoot with a tiny turtle? Why not.
My hope is that in embracing the "why not" aspect of my classroom, students will start to break down the barriers that prevent them from creating innovative pieces and just making "good" art. I want my classroom to act as a space to try new things, explore ideas, and learn from both success and failure.
I also want it to be a place that allows work to be shared with a wider audience. Thanks again to all who voted for Jewel as artist of the week on Artsonia! We are excited to celebrate the recognition and also use the Blick gift cards for new art supplies!
Michigan Student Film Festival
This is our second year participating in the Michigan Student Film Festival that is organized by DAFT. It is a great opportunity for students to receive feedback on their work from an outside audience as they compete with students from across the state.
This year, we had two student groups receive Best of Show and one receive an award of Excellence. The Best of Show videos were celebrated at The Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts and it gave students, teachers, and parents the chance to see the work on a bigger screen.
Here are some highlights below:
MAEA Top 15
It was with much glee that I learned two of my students would be celebrated at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit on the same day as the state film festival. It was a great day to view and celebrate art and I have to thank all of the teachers that organize this event for our students.
Both students' works will now go on a tour, including a stop at the Fall MAEA Conference in Traverse City!
It was a beautiful day to explore art and Detroit, and I am thankful my husband was able to get this picture of me with "The Thinker" before we left for home!
I know my students and I are excited to get started on videos and other works for both competitions again next year.
Monday was our annual Spring show at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center. It was fun to see the space packed with art and the community celebrating our students. I am so fortunate to work in a district that values the creativity explored in the arts and that helps students foster a passion for finding new solutions to a variety of design problems.
Students are well on their way to finished works as they select materials and enact plans charted at the end of last week. Because we are focusing on objects, artifacts, and things left behind, solutions for this challenge are more divergent than in past projects. It could also be due to the fact that one of the constraints of the assignment is using a material that they had not yet used.
It has been a lot of fun seeing the progress being made and I am excited to see what becomes of these works as they finish up next week.
This week marks the first week of the last marking period of the year. We just got back after a lovely Spring Break, and are jumping on our next theme: Objects, Artifacts, and Things you leave behind.
To get those groggy minds turning again, students are asked to work individually or in pairs on a note-taking activity. This is something used in our ELA classes to make connections among and between literature and students' lives, so repurposing it saves time and confusion.
In ELA, they use the chart "Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World" for students to connect content in a variety of ways. In my class, we are switching the word "Text" to "Art." Students then look at work by artists Wayne Thiebaud, Audrey Flack, Jim Dine, Janet Fish, and Mitchell Feinberg as they complete the chart. Afterwards, students start brainstorming ideas for their own work by creating at least five thumbnails for planning.
It is a nice activity that takes most of the class period for students to do and eases them back into thinking critically about Art. This theme has yielded the most awards for my students over the years and I am pretty sure this activity has something to do with it.
Thank you to all who voted - Jewel won Artsonia Artist of the Week!
We are very excited for this accomplishment and cannot wait to use the Blick gift card for new supplies in the classroom!
Please take a moment and vote for this drawing by Jewel. If she wins, she will receive a $50 gift card and our classroom will receive a $100 gift card from Blick Art. I can think of several neat products we could purchase if she wins...
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This year, the STEM teacher and I made a big effort to collaborate more. We set aside at least one week per marking period to create works that delve into the intersection of our subjects through STEAM collaborations.
First semester, we worked on PSAs (three of which finished in the top three for the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival and two won recognition at the State Film Festival). Second semester, we ended 2016 with a collaborative origami mural to remind others to "be nice."
This semester, we decided to get a little more blended in our approach through an Architectural unit that asked students to design and create a structure in a group setting.
We were nervous about how it might work out because students were asked to do a lot in only a little over a week. They had to come up with a purpose statement for their structure, make a blueprint, make a sketch-up, and make a model.
Although time was tight, students really pushed themselves and created some great works that combined both hands-on and digital building.
Check out the process below:
And some finished presentations:
Overall, this was one of the more successful collaborative projects we have done so far this year. We do not plan to do the exact same work next year, but will definitely work in the use of sketch-up for future 3D rendering as well as having both digital and physical components for students to create.
Students finished up working on their Theme 2: Environment, Space, and Place art works this week. It was fun to see students work through ideas, media, and methods as they creating their individual pieces to demonstrate their understanding of the theme.
Here is a sampling of some of those results from their projects.
Nicole O. : These piece is showing how our cities are polluting the earth so the hand ripped it out of the earth to make the earth a better place. I choose to use sketching pencils and easers for my materials, I choose theses because I love to sketch and I thought I try it out for one of my projects. I used the different shades of the pencils to show different values in my drawing. I made the city have a little color in it with color pencils, to make the viewer really look at the city and how it was torn out of the earth. Also I made the hole in the earth a really dark value to exaggerate the hole. This was fun for me to make this sketch, and I'm really happy with the result.
Allie M. : This piece of artwork I created has a lot of meaning once you think and look deeper into the picture. My concept for this piece was to have the Earth falling a part in the distance, as the world had come to an end. I did this because if we keep treating the earth the way we do, then it may actually occur, except the world would actually be gone. If you look closer at the picture, you can see many new forms of trash and items floating around that have come from the polluted earth. Some of the things floating around are what we use on a daily basis and throw out instead of recycling or taking care of it, such as news papers, bottles, trash, and more. Some of the things in the picture are what we don't think about, such as plastic trash bags and plastic water bottles. And finally, some of the components in this picture are not and what are what we use on a daily basis that continue to pollute our world, such as chemicals and cars. Others in the photo are household items, such as a dumpster, a bed, a house, and part of a backyard or field/forest, showing how humans will be affected. I used the cow in the picture to show how badly pollution and the Earths treatment is actually affecting the creatures, agriculture, and even people of the world. Pollution of our earth is an on going problem, I hoped to bring even more attention to it by creating this piece.
Matt M. : I chose to use clay in this project for many reasons. When we were given the project of environment I thought that clay made the easiest way to show an environment. I also chose to use clay because I thought that it would be the most unique since most of the other examples we looked at were either paintings or drawings of some sort so I wanted to be different. Clay really showed what I was trying to accomplish pretty well. I wanted to have a piece of art that had something to do with trash since there is a lot of pollution now a days and making a clay trash can was pretty simple. I also chose to have a raccoon in the trash holding another piece of trash because I thought that that showed an environment pretty well. I want this piece of artwork to send a message to others. I hope that people take in to consideration that the world right now has too much pollution and this is not only affecting us, but animals and other organisms as well. I also hope that people make an effort to change this and take away some of the pollution in the world.
Ethan B. : I selected the smudge tool to create this piece of artwork. I chose that because it made the work seem strange, blurred and confusing. I also used the filter tool to make the work appear different and colorful and catch peoples' eyes' as they pass by. During my work I accidentally used the blur tool and thought that I wrecked my project. Then I used that to my advantage and make it look surreal and different. This shows environment because it is a dream-like physiological landscape.
Ella P. : My artwork that I have created is the view of the inside of my house to the outside of my backyard and to do that I used one point perspective to make it look like your looking into a house. Every day in the spring my sister and I would fill up the birdfeeder that hangs on a metal rail in our backyard by the trees, we would wait on the couch inside for the birds to come and eat. After a couple of days the birdfeeder would become empty and we would have to refill it again. When I was drawing I had to use lots of shading and texture to my piece, one thing that I gave a lot of detail to was the couch by doing cross hatching, well as the trees in the background with lots of shading. On the outside of my work you can see a bird and tree branches coming out if the corner and also grass along the edges of the paper, I did this because it brought the piece to life more and it also helped tie the whole artwork together making it feel outdoors. This artwork I call Backyard Birdy because it tells story about the birds and me on a nice spring day.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.