Students are continuing to film their videos and take advantage of the new technologies offered through the MACUL grant awarded to our classroom earlier in the year.
Students are able to chroma key themselves into all kinds of environments and situations with Premeire Elements.
From VanGogh's studio to the streets of NYC, students are being imaginative and informative in the way they are showing what they know about the Elements and Principles of Design.
I am very excited to see the filming progress and look forward to seeing how they turn out next week.
Lexi's colorful gorilla.
Students finished glazing their clay pieces last Wednesday and I was able to get the 7th grade works fired this weekend.
I am really excited to see the reactions of students to their completely transformed pieces. When a clay piece is glaze-fired it looks COMPLETELY different than what you can sometimes expect.
For some students, they will be pleasantly suprised, others will get exactly what they thought, and some may be a bit shocked at the changes their sculpture underwent as a result. To see the entire project, check out our class gallery.
Saxon, David, and Jeff work together to create their animation.
These three concepts are at the heart of 21st century learning.
Students are employing these concepts right now in class. They are CREATING COLLABORATIVE animations and infomercials that COMMUNICATE to the viewer.
7th graders are using Photoshop to animate surreal happenings in the perspective hallways students drew from observation. 8th graders are researching and presenting their findings through infomercials about the Elements and Principles of Design using Premeire Elements.
Students will be sharing their videos after finishing their Exams on January 19-21.
As the semester comes to a close, students are exploring the possibilities with communicating using moving images. 7th grade is doing this with animations produced in Photoshop and 8th graders are using Premeire Elements.
To begin this exploration, 7th graders created a thaumatrope to test the concept of persistance of vision which allows us to see drawings combined to show movement. Check out Tucker and Karin's .
8th graders are doing the research for their short infomercials about the elements and principles of design. Packets are used to help them organize their information before they begin writing and filming their scripts.
One thing is certain as we finish out the term - it will zip by in a flash!
I was very excited to find a plump package in my mailbox yesterday full of wonderful Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) from our friends at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford. NY!
We swapped ATCs with this school in December. To see a sample of the cards that our kids sent to NY, check them out in our online class gallery.
As students randomly chose their cards from the box, the room filled with chatter and laughter and praise for the interesting and fun creations from the East Coast!
Just scoop it up with a spoon and put what you can back into the container!
Per the usual occurance with anything liquid - there was one spill in class today. No worries, though - students easily tamed the unruly blob with a spoon and some wet paper towels.
Both 7th and 8th grade students glazed today. 7th graders worked on adding various hues to their clay balloon forms, while 8th graders began the finishing touches of color to their Anthropomorphic bottles.
In addition to discussing how glaze and paint compares to one another, students got to move around the room as they selected the glazes to use on their pieces. 7th graders will finish tomorrow and 8th graders will have until Wednesday. It is always fun and exciting to see how the powdery glazes transform into bright lustrous colors in just one kiln firing!
It is always an interesting feeling to walk into my room after a long break. The tables, floor, and chalk board are as clean as ever, the supplies are all neatly stacked and stored in their proper places, and the dry rack is empty of any paintings.
I went into my classroom today to finish unloading the kiln and get the journal prompt and agenda ready for tomorrow. Students are going to be glazing their pieces this week, finishing up their clay projects for the semester. With only a few weeks left with this group of students, there is still a lot to do and learn and teach before saying good-bye. I am excited to see how these bright white pieces of bisque turn into glossy colored vessels in a matter of just a few swipes of the brush. Stay tuned for the results!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.