|BCWMS VISUAL ART & DESIGN||
A Space for smART
An Art Space Makeover!
The Steelcase furniture gives seating for up to 13 students to collaborate and plan digital projects. The display cases show both student and teacher work as conversation and idea starters for those in the space. The gallery wall showcases student work and acts as a place for students to stop and examine examples of excellence in our program.
Our smART space is nearly complete. Due to grant funds from the 2013 winning Meijer Great Choices videos and other monies, we were able to purchase the canvases, paint, furniture, and frames that now fill the area leading up to the Art room. It has been awesome to see it come together and also see students taking a moment to enjoy the space and the art that fills it. This has become a popular place for students to share ideas as they collaborate on projects and work individually. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to introduce this kind of learning environment to students and look forward to enjoying it for years to come.
I am happy to announce that the trend for this year is winning in every way!
We are only 3 weeks into school and I have already taken my students on a field trip, had a student nominated by Artsonia as an Artist of the Week, and have managed to increase our abilities in the classroom by receiving over $800 in additional funds from grants and contests!
Again it is only 3 weeks into school, so hopefully this is a trend that continues.
The first grant received this school year was from the Michigan Art Education Association. With the monies awarded, I was able to purchase additional digital cameras, green screens, flash drives, and tripods for video production in my 7th and 8th grade classes.
The second grant received this school year was from the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids. The funds received from this organization was directly linked to the trip my students took yesterday to attend workshops and view art as a part of Artcation Day during ArtPrize.
This is the second year we have applied for and received this funding from the Arts Council, which allows our student to travel to this great event.
The most current funding resource has been from The Teaching Palette, an online resource for Art Teachers by Art Teachers. They asked for teachers to submit their favorite lesson plan, and I did.
When they did their drawing for a winner of a DonorsChoose. org $100 gift card, my name emerged and now I get to use the funds to provide more supplies for my students!
With so much success, so early in the year, I cannot wait to see how the rest of the school year unfolds and what other opportunities will be sent our way as a result!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.