I am completely overjoyed with the progress students are making in art class! In just the three days we have worked with clay, painted, made portfolios, and implemented our sketchbooks as a part of the creative process! This is the first year I have used sketchbooks as a tool in my classroom. In the past, I had students use newsprint or other scrap paper. This year I worked with our STEM teacher, Mr. Dennett to implement the use of sketchbooks as a part of the design process in both of our classes (since we share students throughout the year). Using design thinking to develop a process, we were inspired by this chart (which I can no longer find the link to):
7th and 8th grade students are using this process to come up with solutions for their portfolio names. It is interesting to see what they come up with and how they work it out in their sketchbooks before applying it to their portfolio.
Sketchbooks are an exciting tool to use in the classroom and I am excited to see how my students utilize the space to generate and work through their ideas. Here is a great video on using sketchbooks to help with learning how to draw:
8th grade students continued to work on our canvas panels today for the STEM and MUSIC hallway. I am really excited about the energetic movement seen in the works as a result of the improvisational and collaborative effort this type of painting involves. Tomorrow, my after school art students will finish up the works and I will post the results before they are displayed.
As I wrote yesterday, this project is partially inspired by the Peter H. Reynolds book, "The Dot." I had the opportunity to share the following video illustration of the story with my students today before we went back to the canvases to make our marks.
I love the message of the story and hope my students take it to heart as they work towards a great school year.
7th grade students continued to work on their clay bowls for Empty Bowls. We will be finishing these up by the end of the week and glazing them once they are bisque-fired.
Today marks the beginning of a new and exciting year in the BCWMS Art Classroom! If we have half of the fun we did last year, it will be an amazing time creating, competing, sharing, and learning new ways of expressing ourselves. I had so much fun today working with students as we painted and sculpted community-related projects to improve our school and community.
8th grade students spent the day painting canvases that will be displayed on the other side of the building by the STEM and Music classrooms. We learned about circle painting and talked about the book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. It was awesome to hear students encourage each other to make their mark as they rotated around the room and painted each of the canvases. We will finish up the work tomorrow and they will be on display soon.
Here is what students made last year doing this same process:
7th grade students worked with clay as they created slab formed bowls for the Empty Bowls event, scheduled March 19th. This is the 8th year we have put on this event and it is something that showcases our entire Fine Arts program as well as the generous spirit of the community in Byron Center. Tomorrow we will work on the bowls before getting them ready for a first firing.
If today indicates anything about the upcoming school year, then I know it is going to be great!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.