7th and 8th grade students are showing their patriotic spirit today for the Memorial Day celebration!
1st hour 8th grade students Liz, Ashely, and Cheyene even came to school early to help decorate our class hallway for the most patriotic competition (we recieved an Honorable Mention for the effort)!
Students also have been making cards for the Million Thanks campaign and will be sending over 200 cards to troops over seas this Holiday weekend!
7th grade students are working with color and symmetry in this project.
Students also get to choose which materials they will use to express their understanding of the various color concepts.
Paint seems to be the most popular, but students are also trying oil pastels, crayons, colored pencils, and markers to show what they know.
Students are working on their mandala's today.
We started with the discussion of organic and geometric shapes, then created designs to be transfered over the lines of symmetry and finally, we are adding color.
Each pie in the design will represent a differnt color concept: warm, cool, primary, secondary, gray scale, tint, and shade.
7th grade students watched their animations today in class and had a chance to comment on each other's work in the form of critique sheets. Each group had to give one plus and one minus to each film, allowing all students to critically examine the work they are seeing and how it was both working and how it could possible have been even better.
Next week we will be doing the same type of process with the 8th grade infomercials.
I found out yesterday that I was selected as a 2011 PBS Innovative Teacher 2nd place winner!
To be considered, teachers had to apply to the awards program and explain how they innovate in the classroom and submit a video as evidence of a project they have taught. I used the elements and principles infomercials that last semester students made (which we are also working on with current students) as the example of how I am innovative in my teaching.
I am very excited and proud to have been selected among the hundreds of entries nationwide.
If you would like more information on the contest, check out PBS Teacherline and see my entry here.
7th and 8th grade students are both using Adobe Premiere Elements today to create their videos.
7th grade students are making their Photoshop Animations into movies with this software and 8th grade students are making their infomercials on the elements and principles of design.
Using this collaborative project to get students creating and communicating with others is not only fun, but very applicable to the real world.
Since when has anyone tried to do something truly great all on their own? Using video production in the classroom as a way to teach content also allows students to see how to work with others, solve problems, and create products to communicate with a larger audience.
This is the second year I have taught video editing as a part of the Middle School Visual Arts curriculum and I am always amazed at the creativity and technical skills these students demonstrate as a result!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.