Students at BCWMS are among teams from around the world that are currently making paper beads for the Students Rebuild Water Challenge. For every 20 beads created, one person in Tanzania is ensured clean water through the organizations Students Rebuild is working with. We have created more than 3500 beads in my classes and more are still coming in. Students from Mrs. Fischer's class at Marshall Elementary decided to join in on the fun, too (as you can see from the photo below)! I am excited to bring this opportunity to my students to help others through art and it will be amazing to see what the artist Vik Muniz creates with all of the paper beads (see what he did with the Paper Cranes for the earthquake relief in 2011) they receive as a part of this effort! If you want to sign on to help, go here: http://studentsrebuild.org/find-challenge/water-challenge
Dear Parents/Friends/Students/Fellow Teachers,
I came across the above image from a post that an Art teacher friend of mine posted yesterday. I currently use a similar system, but they clog all of the time and they have a tendency to explode as a result (maybe you have seen the aftermath of this on students' clothing at some point over the last year).
Although I love putting ketchup on almost everything, there is no way I will be able to go through enough to get the bottles needed to implement this in my classroom for the Fall. If possible, please save and clean empty bottles so that I can upgrade to this system and save your children from exploding paint bottles. I would be in need of 10 bottles total. If you are able to contribute to the cause, please respond to this post. I can start accepting bottles as soon as you are ready to send them my way.
Thank you for your help and support!
BCWMS Visual Arts Teacher
One thing I have learned over the course of my teaching career is that sometimes you have to adjust as you encounter different situations.
This week set us up with a snow day, two hour delay, and a day where the internet was not quite working... despite any snags in original plans, my students were able to accomplish ALL of the tasks set before them and they did so with great attitudes and winning results!
Today students took their pre-test and followed up by creating their name on Graffiti Creator - all on Moodle. This is our second day with the computers and I am already in awe of the speed and proficiency students are accomplishing tasks. I am excited to see how much more we are able to produce as a result of this infusion of technology and can't wait until students start filling their Artsonia online portfolios with the results!
I think this picture sums up the last week pretty well in the Visual Arts classroom at WMS.
It has been a busy end of the term as students finished projects and reviewed for exams. I am really proud of the work students created over this semester and cannot wait to share the experiences with the new group of students next week.
As we got ready for our exam review, students watched the videos they created to explore and teach others about the projects and concepts we learned over the semester. The one below was voted as the best of class by their peers.
Every now and again you will come across those students who just want to help. It doesn't matter how daunting the task, they are up for the challenge.
Today it was Mike, Matt, Nelson, and Kyle who stepped up to the plate and offered their services to clean our room for the benefit of all.
Each of these students had the opportunity to do something else when they finished what they needed to for class; they could have made more art, went onto the blog, or even worked with paint and pastels. But instead, they saw a need for help and they decided to do so.
With their efforts, the paint bottles are all refilled, the clay tools are all clean from crusty dried up clay, the back counters are wiped down, and the floor is swept. This is only a few of the various tasks accomplished by this group of gentlemen, who really went out of their way to work together to accomplish a lot of good.
Now, when the next group of students walk through the door, they can thank the efforts made by Michael, Matt, Nelson, and Kyle for making sure materials are filled up and spaces are clean for use.
This really was a great way to finish out the day with my students and now we can look forward to making new messes together tomorrow!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.