This week has been a whirlwind! Students have been drawing, painting, sculpting, entering competitions, and working out their Photoshop skills! It has been amazing to see and be a part of and here a a few highlights from the week:
Students worked on their ArtPrize ArtStart online Youth competition entries this week. It was really fun to see them come up with so many different ideas inspired by what they saw art ArtPrize this year. You can view more on our online gallery at www.artsonia.com/schools/byron1. We will find out the winners of this first ever youth competition this weekend - good luck to all who took the plunge and entered!
Photoshop is an amazing tool. I am very fortunate that my students all get the opportunity to use this tool on their computers whenever they want. As a 1:1 school, students have access to their MacBooks daily and students in Art have Photoshop installed on their machines. I decided to try something new this year to replace the common sketchbook assignment and that was Photoshop Phriday. The goal was that we would start a Photoshop work on the first Friday of the month and throughout the month use various tools and acquired skills to add elements of what we were making in class to it until we turned it in by the end of the last Friday of the month. You can see the full array of examples on our gallery.
Our classroom has been an active member of Artsonia since 2007. It has been through various updates and changes over the years, but the new use of Art Classroom mode has been revolutionary for both me and my students in our classroom! Instead of taking individual pictures myself and uploading their work to the site, students take the pictures and use a class code to upload their projects to the proper page. They edit their images and write corresponding learning statements to help the viewer understand what we were learning in class and how that shows through in their work. The response has been amazing - we are currently ranked #1 in Michigan and have close to 500 works posted in just the first 24 days of school! That is amazing! Please consider leaving a comment for one of our artists and checking out their learning journey as you read their statements that go along with their art.
Ever since ArtPrize came to the West Michigan area five years ago, it has transformed the streets of Grand Rapids into an interactive array of Art. In addition to having the opportunity seeing great (and some not so great) pieces through the Artcation days, students now have the opportunity to create work that will then be judged by artists and others in the ArtStart Online Youth Competition. Above are some images of students from my After School Art class working on their entries (all inspired by at least 3 elements from ArtPrize). The rules are outlined on this website and the due date for participation is next week. I am really excited to see how the works turn out from my students and the winners that will be announced when they also announce the top 10 finalists for this year's main competition.
If you do not get a chance to go downtown, but are looking for some inspiration, you can check out this awesome video that overviews just a sample of what ArtPrize is like in Grand Rapids:
We have had one of the most amazing starts of the school year that I can remember at BCWMS! It would not have been possible without the generosity and support of the students, parents, and greater community! Here are some of the things that I am most proud of for our second week of school:
1. Uploading 285 pieces to Artsonia!
I have been using Artsonia in the classroom for many years. I am so excited with the new Art Classroom feature that allows students to upload their art and write their artist statements directly to the site. Students can find the codes for their assignments through our Moodle page and even upload work from home! This allows more work to be uploaded at a faster pace, ensuring that families are able to share the work of their student artists almost instantly after it is completed in class! Please take a moment and visit our gallery and leave a comment to one of the talented students (you can see that as of right now, we do not have any).
2. Felting has been Funded!
Thank you to everyone who donated this week and helped make this project a reality for my students! Now we will be able to work with creating felted textiles and sculptures with this never-before-used material in our classroom. I have had several projects funded through Donors Choose over the years, but this one broke a record at getting fully funded within one week of posting it! I am excited to share the news with my students on Monday and getting the materials so we can start felting in class!
3. Getting ready for ArtPrize!
I am very excited aboutArtPrize and our field trip coming up in a few weeks. Students can get even more involved by participating in the competition above. If your child is interested in attending ArtPrize, the permission slip to attend is due on Friday of this week.
Thank you for making our first weeks of school a great success! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I look forward to all of the great things that we will accomplish in my classroom and cannot wait to share the success with you as it happens!
While I am preparing for students to arrive in my classroom within the next few weeks, I wanted to give everyone a heads-up on this really cool opportunity offered duringArtPrize this year:
I am planning to take students to ArtPrize in September (a specific date will be announced tomorrow, along with details on how to get involved). This field trip has been a tradition for the past few years and I am looking forward to offering this opportunity to students again this year. Check out the video of our experience last year:
Today, through the help of an ArtPrize Education Travel Grant, I was able to take students to downtown Grand Rapids and view some of the most exciting works of art as a part of the 4th annual Art Competition. In addition to seeing great works of art that pushed our minds to seeing the world in a new way, students also got a chance to participate in the Education Day Chair Camp where they designed and created chairs as well as participated in a collaborative sculpture that will be on display near the UICA.
As you can see from our video, it was a great time. We were able to check out many of the top 25 picks for the competition that was not announced until later today. I hope students are able to go back and check out more of the sites while this event continues for the next couple of weeks. And remember, if you take a picture and email me or bring in a print, you will recieve 5 points of extra credit that can be applied either this or next semester!
I am very excited to announce that we will be going to ArtPrize on September 24th, in downtown Grand Rapids. This annual field trip is one of my favorites to start the school year.
Students interested in attending can print off the permission slip from this post and turn it in by Friday. I will be able to take between 40-50 students and will select those students during next weekend based on their essay and behavior in class. I am also in need of parent volunteers. If you are interested in helping, please contact me via email.
As you can see from the poster for this year, they are using Op Art as inspiration for their logo. We study Op Art in 7th grade after creating our perspective drawings. Below are videos from last year's ArtPrize trip as well as some Op Art pieces from past BCWMS art students.
I hope students take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of this great Grand Rapids art event!
Thanks again to the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids for the travel grant that allowed this trip to take place!
We had an awesome time today at ArtPrize! BCPS students ruled the walkways as we interacted with art and artists all over the city of Grand Rapids. This was a great way to spend the day and we were lucky that the weather gave us such an enjoyable view of all the outdoor sites. You can see a video of our day here.
One of the highlights of today include working with Shawn Smith, whose work is on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. He creates sculptures that look like pixelated images. We also covered A LOT of the city and really tried to see as much as possible while we could. It was really great to talk with so many different artists and hear about how and why they made what they did. I enjoyed myself so much today, I even went back this evening for another round of viewing. I will probably be down again before the contest ends on October 9th.
For students who did not get a change to attend with us, I am offering extra credit points if you take your picture in front of your favorite piece and bring me the picture to hang on my All About ArtPrize bulletin board. So, go out there and have fun - it is for school after all, right? The due date on the extra points is October 10th.
To mark the kick off of ArtPrize, I went downtown and took in as many sights as I could. This allowed me a preview of what is to come later this week, when I take a group of students downtown as a part of Artcation Day 2011!
Here are just a few of the things I saw today and I am so excited to share this with my students when we travel to this wonderful art event.
My favorite piece so far is the girl with the beach ball. It is a larger than life sculpture that is so life-like and peaceful. It even has the beads of water on the skin... it is pretty amazing!
8th grade students worked on turning their contour drawings into glue line images that will be painted tomorrow. They also used graphite on manilla paper to create "reverse" drawings in eraser tomorrow. We are working with line and color and value for the next few days and I cannot wait to share more!
This evening I went downtown and walked around to take in all of the sights and sounds of ArtPrize, pre-ArtPrize.
The first day of ArtPrize is on Wednesday September 21st, but there are signs of it all over. Many pieces are up and many more are going up as I type this post. There will be even more pieces popping up and around downtown throughout the week.
I am SUPER excited to take students there Friday. We are going as a part of Artcation Day, through the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids.
Students will spend the day attending workshops at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and the Grand Rapids Art Museum as well as walking around to take in the sights.
I will definitely be going downtown more than once in order to take it all in - with hundreds of artworks to see, there is no way one visit can fit it all in!
This is a very exciting time of year, and a great way to celebrate the start of Fall.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.