I am so excited for the students we had participating in this Summer's challenges! It was great to see the work they created and it really got me in the spirit for school to start again! Here are some of the works submitted for this month's challenge. Each student will receive a $5 gift card from Artsonia for their efforts!
July's Artsonia Challenge!
This month I challenged art students through a series of Artsonia Newsletters to create and upload work with the chance to win prizes! I am excited to share that 23 works were uploaded for the month and congratulate the following students for participating; each will receive an Artsonia gift card to purchase items with their art on it:
I was making art, too!
After challenging my students to create work, I decided to get in on the action, too! I have been wanting to do this painting series for a while (at least 4 years) and figured July was a great time to get working on it! Before I got started on the paintings, I enrolled in the Strathmore Artist Workshop Series (which is free) and went through the Expressive Painting workshop. It was a great refresher on how to blend acrylic paints and work loosely to get the kind of results you see above. I am pleased with the outcome, although I am still planning to tweak it a bit before saying I'm done. To get a peek into the process, check out the images below. As you can see, there are many layers of work before getting to the end of any piece and I am happy to share that journey from start to finish.
Stay tuned for some more student work as we finish up the summer with an August Upload Challenge! I am excited to see what we get as we gear up for a new school year!
Do you like art, mystery, and and figuring out complicated puzzles? Then you need to start reading Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game by Blue Balliett.
I fell in love with the first book, Chasing Vermeer, several years ago, was incredibly excited to read the second, and I finished the last in the series just today. The series involves these curious kids in Chicago (Hyde Park) that have incredible adventures involving art.
My favorite is The Wright 3. The book is focuses on a house in their neighborhood, but not just any house - a house designed by one of the most famous architects in Art History, Frank Lloyd Wright. I have been to the Robie House and really got swept away in the imagery of the struggle and excitement in the book. There is actually a Frank Lloyd Wright House that is similar to the Robie House in Grand Rapids, MI called the Meyer May house. You can visit both houses, as they are both open for tours and have been restored to show Wright's original intent with his design.
The final book, The Calder Game, major emphasis is on work by Alexander Calder (who also has a large public sculpture in Grand Rapids, MI - La Grande Vitesse located in Calder Plaza). This book is just as filled with mystery and art as the others, and even includes mention of Banksy - a street artist that we study in 8th grade.
I hope you will take the time to check out these books (and yes, there are pictures inside - beautiful illustrations by Brett Helquist). If you do read them, or check out sculptures/paintings by the artists in the book, or if you have your own summer reading suggestions, let me know with a post below.
Did you make lots of cool art this summer? Want a chance to post it and win some cool stuff from the Scholastic Art Awards?
Then enter the Summer Fun People's Choice Contest!
This contest is calling for students from grades 7-12 to submit work they have created over the summer for an online vote. The work with the most votes will win and the artist will receive bragging rights along with a goodie bag filled with Scholastic Art Award prizes (including a $50 gift card from Amazon)!
The deadline for entry is September 15.
This is a great opportunity to share your work with the world and get your family and friends involved with supporting your creative spirit.
Be sure to let me know if you enter, so I can vote for you, too!
If you are interested in learning some additional skills, consider signing up for the Van Singel Summer Arts Camp!
I will be teaching a Digital Art and Animation session and Mrs. Marshall will be teaching a sculpture session for students ages 10-14!
For more information and to register - use the form below.
If you are not interested in going away to camp to study art this summer at Blue Lake, then consider the day classes at Kendall.
From offerings that range from Photography to Animation to Drawing and Painting, there is something for every budding artist to discover in Kendall's Youth Program.
Remember to check out the scholarship opportunity offered by BCFAB! The deadline for scholarship applications is on April 30th.
If you are interested in spending more than just an afternoon in the summertime making art, consider going to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
This 11 day camp offers many opportunities for students to work with the Visual Arts materials of their choice as they explore nature and make friends with others in their age group.
The dates of the camps range from the end of June to the middle of August, with four camp sessions to choose from.
If you would like to recieve a scholarship for attendance, you may do so with a recommendation from me along with filling out this application.
BCFAB also helps provide camp scholarships to Arts students. See the below document for more information!
I know it seems kind of crazy to be even thinking about summertime, but it is only a few months away - so, for those of you still wondering what you are going to do with all of that time away from school, consider taking an art class!
There are several opportunities around the West Michigan and Grand Rapids Area for Art camps and Art classes that you can explore.
Each week I will feature one that you might enjoy checking out. For this week, consider taking a Camp class at the GRAM.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.