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!
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!
Over the course of this summer, I have invited students to upload work via classroom mode on Artsonia with a chance to win prizes. So far one student has really taken me up on that challenge and I am happy to announce that by being the first student to upload her work, Ava wins a bonus gift card from Artsonia where she will be able to purchase an item of her choice from their online gift shop. Here is the work she uploaded:
There is still time to upload work for the July challenge and the drawing for another Artsonia gift ca
Congrats to Ava, our June Artsonia Upload Challenge Winner! Ava will now get to choose to have her creation on a mug or sketchbook from the Artsonia gift shop. I would recommend the sketchbook, since it is a requirement for next year's class.
Check out Ava's winning work below that she created for the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival:
If you are bummed that you missed the June Challenge and want a chance to win your own sketchbook or mug from Artsonia, you can enter work in the July Challenge. I will be emailing the upload code later today, or you can email me for more information.
If you are interested in participating in a larger competition, check out Celebrating Art's competition. The upload deadline is August 22nd - plenty of time to make new art, or use work from last school year.
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For a long time I have wanted a Byron Center shirt that highlighted what our Visual Arts Program is all about. This week I decided to create the below image by collaging several images in Photoshop and by uploading the work to Artsonia, I can now get it on a shirt to wear on Fridays! If you want, you can get one, too. Remember that 20% of all purchases from Artsonia help fund special projects for our Visual Arts program at BCWMS.
Students started working last Friday on a new weekly challenge this year called "Photoshop Phriday!" The goal is that each week students will complete a digital work of art that has been edited in Photoshop using elements and pieces from work created in class. This is the ultimate remix project and I am really excited with the results I am seeing, including those above. You can see more on our gallery.
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!
Students are taking our classroom to the next level with the new Art Classroom feature from Artsonia. We have been using Artsonia in the BCWMS visual arts classroom for many years. The site keeps improving and making it more student interactive every year I have used it. Now students can upload their own art directly to the site through the Art Classroom portal (the pass codes for assignments are on our Moodle page for students to access) and also include their Artist Statements to better inform the viewer about what they learned, how they made their work, and what their feelings were about the process and end product.
I am so thrilled with how easy this was to use, that I could not wait to share it! Check out the images of the work students made and their artist statements that explain their learning on our online gallery. This new feature that Artsonia has released will ensure that parents, students, and our school community will be able to view art made by students almost immediately after it is completed.
Thank you, Artsonia!
I am interested in what students are making over the summer and would like to challenge parents and students to post works to their Artsonia accounts before August 22nd (both Jitter's Day and Parent Orientation meetings).
If you are having a hard time knowing how to get started, check out this awesome video on creating creatures from Heather Weideman :
If you are unsure of your child's username or account password, please email me and I will help you get logged in to post the artwork.
Winners will receive Artsonia gift store merchandise of the work uploaded to the site before August
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.