7th grade students finished up their profile collages today to show what interests them. Most students were able to finish up, but some will need a little extra time tonight and tomorrow to get it done. I am excited to put them all up on Artsonia once they are finished.
7th and 8th grade students are working with Photoshop to make the invisible, visible. 7th grade is doing that with their profile collages and 8th grade is using their Ancestry project in History to show their heritage. Photoshop is a great tool for compositing images and making something new. I look forward to tomorrow when everyone will turn in their finished products.
I just spent the last few minutes finalizing the new pieces of digital art students created last week. In 7th grade, students made digital knots to accompany their colored pencil ones and in 8th grade, students expressed who they are using both images and words.
Check out the results on our online gallery and make sure to leave your favorites a comment!
I am really excited at the response to our class project on Donors Choose over the past couple of days! We have received several donations towards obtaining a potter's wheel for our class and there is still time to help the project request get fully funded! We have 20 days left for funding to come in and if you use the code HEART when donating by tomorrow, your donation will be doubled.
If you love working with clay and would like to see this resource made available to my students, please consider donating today!
For the past three years, I have had the privilege to teach Dual Enrollment classes for Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University to our High School Junior and Seniors. I taught 3D my first year, Color last year, and this year I am teaching Intro to Photo for Non-Majors. We started the term using Digital SLR cameras and will be moving onto traditional black and white processing in a couple of weeks.
For our first project, we focused on perspective and point of view. Our second project, which was handed in today, was all about movement. I decided to select an image from each student to showcase their efforts. It was a great critique today, with a lot of interesting and exciting experiments happening with the use Manual mode on the camera. One of the most satisfying moments during critique today was hearing a student express how much they have learned about their camera by turning off the Auto-mode. I am really excited to see what happens in our next project when we move into the darkroom.
A few days ago, a teacher from Apex High School asked if any teachers had work they would like to see animated from their students. I immediately thought of our Exquisite Corpse assignment as being a fun image to see animated. I sent them the link to our Artsonia art gallery for them to select the images they wanted to work with. They did not disappoint - check out what the students from the Apex High School Arts program did with our student's drawings:
Both 7th and 8th grade students spent today catching up for time lost due to snow days. Tomorrow we will finally be done with our beginning projects and ready to move onto the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival 30 second PSAs about Healthy Choices, Diversity, and Character. Last year we had a great time competing in this event and we are excited to do it again. Check out some of our entries so far:
Even though I was away for the past two days, students worked (as best as they could) on assignments without me. I communicated with some through email during that time and also posted videos online, but something still got lost along the way... so today was a catch-up day.
7th grade worked on painting their Celtic inspired knots and 8th grade outlined and turned in their watercolor abstractions.
Due to weather and road conditions that were left after getting hammered by snow last night, the Scholastic Art Awards were canceled for today. This is the first time since we have been participating that this has ever happened, but I understand putting safety before celebration. I picked up the work today to prepare for another competition, but before I took it down I made sure to take some pictures of the pieces on display. If you want a closer work at the winners, click on this link. Again, I am incredibly proud of the work my students created and look forward to hearing how the American Vision and Gold Key winners do at Nationals!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.