Congrats to Julia, Jason, Calvin, and Matt whose work was chosen in the Celebrating Art Contest for Spring 2011.These students will be published in a book and will be up for the next round of competition where they could win $100! We will find out the winners next Tuesday - Good Luck!
8th grade students worked collaboratively today on their Google Docs to complete the Elements and Principles of Design packets.
The last day to work on the packets will be tomorrow. After finishing the research, groups will choose the Element or Principle they would like to make a video about and create a visual collage first.
Using the collage as a springboard, along with their packets, students will then write scripts, shoot video, use editing software to put it together and finish with music and sound.
This project was funded through a grant awarded this year from the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning!
8th grade students are using Google Docs through the cloud today to work in groups with their partners. The above video shows what can be done when you collaborate with others. I include this video, not because it shows what 8th graders are using their docs for - because it doesn't, but because it shows yet another way to animate (which is what 7th graders are working on this week)!
8th grade students are beginning their infomercials today by working in groups to discover information about the various terms in the sheet below. Gathering information using Scholastic magazines and PBS Art 21 site will lead students to artists who employ the various elements and principles of design.
As we get closer to the end of this school year, we also get closer to making serious decisions on next school year. During this sometimes difficult time I am happy that I spent the first Friday in May with my students at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
Due to a grant awarded from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as the Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters, 40 students from the middle and high school were able to attend a day long trip and learn about art and nature. Luckily, the weather was perfect!
As you can see, the students got up close and personal with the large public sculptures on display and also enjoyed the exhibit of work by the Pop Art Icon, Jim Dine.
Arts in our schools is an important component to an education and having opportunities like this grant gave allows students to see that art is everywhere.
In a recent 2011 study by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the focus on that importance is demonstrated in the analysis of student improvement in schools when the arts were a central or integral part of the child's school day. When I take students to places like the Meijer Gardens, it makes me certain of it.
8th grade students are still painting their figures today.
Thanks to our Applied Arts teacher, Lary Shoemaker, we were able to get bases to help these figures stand upright.
Students are trying to match colors with their poses and the personalities and interests being exposed in the sculptures.
We should be done with these by tomorrow!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.