Year End Review
This was an awesome year, filled with a lot of great accomplishments for my students. We made a lot of art, shared and collaborated with classrooms from around the globe, and had a ton of fun in the process. I am overwhelmed with pride as I try to pick one major event from each month to highlight the year.
Student work was selected for publication in this global collaboration between students expressing themselves using surrealism. Two BCWMS students were included in the book.
8th grade students are working on their final video project for class. Students are working in groups to showcase an artist and technique we studied while making Art for the last semester of time.
Here is a video below that explains the process students are using to obtain the information and organize their scripts before filming.
Congrats to the following students who received a 2013 Scholastic Art Award:
7th grade students are working with color this week as they make their Mandalas to express 8 different color combinations. We watched this great music video before talking our way through the possible color combinations that include primary, secondary, complementary, tint, shade, warm, cool, and grey scale. We also studied radial symmetry for this assignment and it is always fun to see the different designs that are made from the organic and geometric shapes we start out with.
Out of this World
8th grade students finished up their Space Foundation Competition entries for the Artsonia competition.
Students could choose which 2D material they wanted to use for this project and there was an array of choices (as you can see from this post).
I also want to give a special thanks to Ian Sands, an Art teacher from North Carolina, who helped my students who chose the Photoshop option by teaching them through the tutorial below.
Photoshop CS4 : Space Tutorial from iansands on Vimeo.
Paper Sculptures in the Library
8th grade students finished their paper sculptures earlier this week and I uploaded the group to Artsonia earlier today.
You can see that students really had full control of the subject matter they chose in this work and many decided to range from realistic to abstract.
It was fun to teach this assignment (it was the first time I had done something like this in a Middle School class) and see all of the results. I especially like the creative ways students folded, bent, and reconstructed the usually flat surfaces of paper to get varying effects for their sculptures.
Students worked on digital mandalas using www.sumopaint.com and either the symmetry tool or the kaliadeoscope filter. These would look awesome in the snapable jewelry from www.artsonia.com/schools/byron1 - and it would also help our school! Check them out on our online gallery!
Every now and again you come across a student or project that seems to really take off with an idea. Luckily, it seems that this project sparked an interest in one 8th grade student to a point they had to work on it ALL weekend! The result definitely was worth it and I am happy to announce that it will be one of our top 20 art pieces moving onto the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition (due tomorrow)!
This is one of my favorite times of the year because I get the chance to showcase the best efforts from my students with the hopes they receive recognition at the local level and move onto the National Awards. I will post the final selection tomorrow, once all of the paperwork has been finalized. Until then, it is going to be a tough job narrowing the field...
From 2D to 3D
8th grade students are working on their paper sculptures. Since I have not really taught this lesson before, I decided to leave it pretty open as far as what and how they construct. I am glad I did, because the results are pretty diverse and dynamic. I look forward to seeing them finished as we move through next week and start to ponder our final project that centers on Video Production!
Meijer Great Choices Film Festival
Students are already starting to get ready for the annual Meijer Great Choices Film Festival by using some of their animations to create videos for the competition. Last year we won 7 of the 12 awards, due to the online voting from our community (both within Byron Center and online).
Here is one entry about making a good choice for an after school snack. Sing along with the broccoli as he persuades the girl: Pick me, Pick me, Pick me, I am super duper healthy, I will make you strong and
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.