We had an awesome day today at the Meijer Gardens! It is one of my favorite places to walk and enjoy art as it coexists with nature. Due to a travel grant from Michigan Youth Arts, I was able to take students to enjoy the bright sunny day outside and the butterfly exhibit on the inside! Students even got to touch a piece of glass that was left as an example from the Chihuly sculpture. We have been doing this field trip with BCMWS students for over five years and I am already excited to do it again next year! Check out some of the highlights in our video below.
Please vote for Raven870 for Artsonia Artist of the Week!
7th grade students uploaded their sculptures to Moodle today before putting them out for display in the library. 8th grade students will be doing the same as soon as we get them out of the kiln. It is always fun to see how these clay creatures transform from lumps of clay to shining sculptures. You can find more clay sculptures on our Artsonia gallery!
7th and 8th grade students are finishing up their portrait projects this week. The process has been a fun one to see. When we start this project, I always challenge students do make an expressive face - the more unexpected the better! Many students took that challenge up and created expressions of their faces with more than the yearbook picture they might normally use in a pose.
Students also got to choose the material and process for their values in both 7th and 8th grade. We learned about a variety of artists before students decided exactly how and what they were going to use. I look forward to posting all of them tomorrow on Artsonia and share the unique and interesting ways students chose to depict themselves in their portraits.
Students have been busy this week! We finished the Zentagle Animal project, taught by Ms. Scheele (our student assistant from Aquinas), experimented with some plaster casting, and then started a new portrait project inspired by contemporary artists. It has been a fun week filled with discovery!
Students spent today working on an Artsonia WebQuest that I prepared for them on Moodle.
In the Quest, students were challenged to join Fan Clubs of students in our school, comments to students from other schools, and found inspiring projects from around the world!
Here is one of the reflections from a student about Artsonia:
"I like artsonia. I think it is a good way for kids to get tips from other artwork. Parents who want to know what their kid is doing in school can look and see... Also its a great way for teachers to get ideas of new projects."
It was really fun to see the kids react to other students work from around the world and I am looking forward to seeing the feedback students get as they leave each other comments on our gallery.
There are multiple tutorials on Moodle that students have used to help them create Art. I would love to see some examples of students teaching their parents the skills we have learned in class. Any students who teach their parent or other important adult or family member in their life a lesson/project we have done in class and can supply pictures of the experience by the end of April will be put in a drawing to win Notecards with their Art on it from Artsonia. Special consideration will be given to students to make a video in iMovie of the process.
Also, remember to vote and help our students win the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival - once per video, per day.
Students have the opportunity to attend the Meijer Gardens on April 29th. If your child is interested in going, they will need to fill out and return the form below by April 15th. If you would like to volunteer as a chaperone, please contact me by April 20th.
Please vote for the following entries created by 7th and 8th grade students:
You can vote daily by either making an account or logging in through Facebook. Top prize for each category is $500 and their video will be viewed on the big screen at Celebration Cinemas during the awards ceremony. I will be sending reminders until voting closes later this month.
Thanks for your help in celebrating our students!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.