Today was a fun-filled day full of Art! It was awesome to spend the day in downtown Grand Rapids and view works created for ArtPrize, the world's largest Art competition. Students met artists, viewed works, and interacted with their surroundings as we traveled to various venues around town. One of my favorite works in at the GRAM and can be seen below. As you can see in the video below, it was an awesome day!
One of the best things about giving students choice, is the amount of variety I get to see in terms of material choice and execution. I am also amazed at the evolution of ideas over time. Whether it is through conferencing with me or their peers, students are adapting ideas and making changes where needed in order to achieve their best possible solution to the design problems they are addressing. You can check out evidence of that in the images below.
Another Successful Week
Students are still working hard on their "Identity" themed projects this week and it has been really exciting to the see the variety of ideas, medias, and interpretations of the concept in individual attempts. I was really nervous about what might happen when I unleashed my students from tight restrictions of specific projects and visual outcomes. I now can see the results as being overwhelmingly positive in both student achievement and engagement in their learning. You can see some of the finished works here. Here are some more works in progress as we continue to explore media and application of ideas.
Building a Base
I have been posting a lot about the TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) model that I use with my 8th grade students. For 7th grade this year, I have kept the curriculum pretty traditional and allow for some choice and variation as we learn how to use tools and methods for making art during the semester. 7th grade students got their first real dose of Photoshop skill building this week as we worked on and finished our Profile Collages, seen below. This assignment is a great way to get to know students and learn basic tool functions while working with Photoshop.
Here is a sample of a Graffiti Name project we did earlier in the week as well as an abstract portrait project that stemmed from the portrait party that occurred last week.
Don't forget to help 7th grade student, Arminda, and vote for her work as Artist of the Week!
Making Progress through Process
Before we get into what we worked on today, I have a plea - Please vote for Arminda as Artsonia Artist of the Week. You can vote once per day per device.
8th grade students are continuing to work through the process of art making as they begin applying their designs to their finished works. It has been interesting to see what materials and methods they select to best share their vision with others.
8th grade students are working through their ideas as they try to portray what the concept of "Identity" means to them. We spent a short part of class going over color theory and watercolor techniques they could use for their works. Some students decided to apply the concepts, while others are waiting for a future piece to apply it.
Since transitioning my classroom into a TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) or choice based model, I have seen a variety of media being selected to illustrate the concept of Identity. Check out the progress below:
Working through Ideas
8th grade students are working through their ideas today as they started to begin their final projects. It was awesome to see how some students evolved their sketches over time and improved as a result of demos and practice. I am also excited to see the level of experimentation with media as we delve into portraying the concept of "Identity" in the works. Check out some of the progress below:
Time is Flying!
This week is flying by as students start working on their various projects and sharing their thoughts on Artists throughout history via Schoology. Here is an overview of some of the things we have been working on for the past few days:
Pre-Tests and Portfolio Names
Design Thinking in Action
Finishing up the First Week
The images from above are a result of an assembly we had today for the Science classes. Our local PBS station, WGVU, offered this "Ballooning for Education" Assembly for our students because I was selected as a2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. I was one of 100 teachers across the country to receive this recognition. As a part of this honor, I get some great opportunities to work with WGVU to bring fun and engaging educational programming to students. I am also going to be highlighting PBS LearningMedia in upcoming conference presentations I am doing for Student Teachers and Art Teachers in the coming months.
Students uploaded their artwork on Artsonia today. Students were asked to take a picture of a portion of the canvas they painted and upload it using Classroom Mode. I love using Classroom Mode and giving students the control to upload at their own pace. You can view the process above. We also used our new digital cameras in the classroom today that was purchased due to a grant from MACUL. I am so excited to use them in the class (especially for the video project planned that helped us win the funding).
It was also awesome to read students' artist statements. I am trying something new this year with Standards Based Grading. The Standards that students needed to discuss in their artist statement included their personal connection to the art we made, how their art is connected to our community, and how art is connected to a global society. There are so many thoughtful statements to choose from, but here are two I will share:
Nolan's Artist Statement: I feel that the story of the dot is really awesome. Day after day I hear kids say that they "can't" draw. I think the dot shows that no matter who you are you can make some sort of art. I also found it super cool that the teacher made the child feel special by displaying her art. Next, the painting that we made in class will be hung in the school for years to come. If this doesn't make someone feel good about art, then I don't know what will. I can't wait for the my siblings to move into this school and see this art. Finally, we posted our project on the internet and Peter H. Reynolds (the author of the dot) commented on our work. I could not believe this when I first heard this. The fact that our work was recognized by someone famous is really inspiring. To conclude, this project was super cool and I would recommend it to anyone that doubts their art ability.
Bre's Artist Statement: What "The Dot" story means to me is very personal. Many times in my life I've made a drawing or a sketch and it got laughed at, and I don't like that feeling. I also think that it tells a story that everyone can create art. In my painting I incorporated many different colors and designs. I think that the many different colors show difference between the colors, and the difference between people in this school. The colors also come together to make one painting, and so should the people in this school. I think that these paintings show connection between the students and the staff in this school, and they show that our school is very welcoming to different people. I feel that the paintings also make our school feel more at home. Finally, my work helps the canvass have more color and creativity. I think that "The Dot" story and project was a great way to start off the year!
I cannot believe it is only the first week of school. Based on the work my students have done and the things I have planned, I feel like a step was not lost during our three months of Summer. I am so excited for Monday and what the next week might bring!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.