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.
I love it when I stumble across a brilliant idea from a fellow teacher and am able to adapt it to my classroom! This past week, students challenged themselves to think in a different way while they drew both abstractly and realistic within the same project.
We looked at the cubist work of Picasso for this assignment and students then selected their images from magazines before sketching what they saw. I saw this idea from Holly Bess Kincaid, an art teacher from Texas.
I am very thankful to have such great resources from talented teachers across the country and that my students are willing to push themselves to try these new ideas with me!
Students started exams today as we wrap up the rest of the semester in Art. 8th graders shared their videos today with 7th and 8th grade classes.
Artist Trading Cards, mostly created by After School Art Students, are on their way to Ontario Canada!
Students are participating in this international exchange with students from East Eglin Secondary School and we are excited to see what we get in return. In other good news, our Artist Trading Card project is now fully funded on DonorsChoose! Thanks to New Jersey resident, Eliot, for his support and donation that helped us reach our goal. This project will help supply students with the materials needed to keep these type of exchanges going throughout the year!
One way you can help our class get some additional materials for this school year is to click on this link and vote for our project on DonorsChoose.org.
The project is an Artist Trading Card Workshop that will help us create works to share with other schools from across the globe.
Please vote and check back here for more updates on the results and project.
Here is Lindsay's project of Lady Gaga.
So, you would think that the day before break would result in a lot of kids anxious to be away from school and sleeping in...
At least that is what I thought, until bright and early this morning (7:45 to be exact) one of my students made the proclaimation "I could not wait to come back to school today so I could work on this project - I even dreamt about it in my sleep last night!"
Thank you, Kara, for making my day and proving that getting to make art can motivate students to work hard, even if it is the last day before Spring Break!
Students are working on finishing up projects as we move into the middle of the week.
8th grade students are finishing the faces on their bottles, extracting the armetures, and putting on bottoms while the 7th graders are also finishing their clay forms, glazing their bowls for Empty Bowls, and reading about artists like David Gilhooly who use clay to express their interests and explore ideas.
8th grade students started their Anthropomorphic pottery projects today by wrapping their bottles in clay.
Using the slab roller and other clay tools purchased as a result of the grant awarded from the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, students were able to cover their bottles with even sheets of clay as we prepare to transform them into vessels that show the personality of the artist who made it.
This semester is focused on the concept of identity in art and how artists throughout history have used this theme in their work.
I look forward to seeing how these plain bottles turn into lively representations of the students who are making them.
Students are working on the planning process of their clay projects.
Before getting any clay, students need to jot down ideas, define some vocab, as well as sketch out some plans for this project.
8th grade students will work with slabs to create their Anthropomorphic vessels and 7th grade will use pinch pots for their clay balloon figures.
For demonstrations today I made a fish, a dinosaur/chicken (chickensaurous), and a pig for the 7th grade students.
I will be sure to post pictures of the pieces to our gallery as soon as they are finished.
During the first week of class, we always have a portrait party.
A portrait party is an activity I was first introduced to by artist and teacher Rama Hughes. It is a great way to start the semester with laughter and fun as students draw each other and move around the room.
Students learned about line first, doing a line - line dance and then we used blind contour drawings as our method for capturing portraits.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.