Not only do I get to know names through this activity, but I also get to know more about my students.
It always seems to take me about a month to get everyone's names memorized. Because I am a visual person, the project that always seems to do the trick for me is the Portfolio Name. Students took about four days to plan, design, and create a name design to show their interests and ideas on their portfolio. They first brainstorm lists of things that they identify with as being a part of who they are and then use that list to create their names.
Not only do I get to know names through this activity, but I also get to know more about my students.
Bella E.: The materials I used to make the artwork was, paper, ruler, pencil, and gel pens. I first made the right measurements to make the letters even. I first started making the flower which is to represent the "b". Then after I darkened the edges of the flower to add texture and shading. Then I made the "e" which is ice-cream. I colored the sprinkles and the cherry. Then I made the basketball hoop, the "l" and tried to make it the shape of the l and used shading to make it look more realistic. Then I also made a husky that represents another "l". After that I finally made the seedling and I had colored the stem. This artwork means a lot to me because I love to plants, then my nickname is ice, and I like ice-cream so therefor I made ice-cream. Then I love basketball so I therefor made a hoop, then I love huskies and totally wish I had one so I figured why not make a husky.
Ben V.: For my portfolio, I made the B into a hand gripping a basketball, and a soccer ball under the basketball. I am personally connected to this because I love to play soccer and basketball. Next, for my E, I drew a fishing pole catching a fish, with a pond under it. This describes me because I love to fish. I have been fishing since I was a little kid. Finally, for my N, I did a different object for each line in the N. The first line is a wakeboard because I really like to wakeboard. For the second line I drew a snowboard because my favorite thing to do in the winter is to snowboard. Finally, The last line of my N is a wakesurf rope, because I love to wakesurf in the summer.
Grace W.: So for my portfolio I did the letter G in a christmas way because my favorite holiday is christmas. I made it like christmas by make the lights on the christmas tree into the shape of the G. The next letter is R and I made that into a Hawaiian theme. I took a palm tree and made a surf board leaning up against it so it would look like the letter R. Next I made the letter A into my favorite food, watermelon. I made the point of the watermelon point upwards so it would look like the letter A. Next is the letter C. For the letter C I drew a doughnut. But to make it look like a C I made the doughnut bitten into. And last but not least the letter E. I made the E a beach. On each point of the E there is a different beach activity. On the top one there is a wave, on the second one there is a palm tree, and on the bottom one there is a sand castle with a small tide. And that is how I made my portfolio to represent me.
I also had the chance to spend the day in downtown Grand Rapids with students on Wednesday for ArtPrize. It was cold day filled with a ton of art and fun (and sniffles). I am still recovering from the fun we had that day!
Studio Habits of Mind
One thing I have been working on with my after school art students is the Studio Habits of Mind. I asked them to create their own version of the habits to remember via a sketch note and here are two of the results:
Today students experienced all of the art and wonder ArtPrize 2015 had to offer! It was a great day to venture downtown and take in the sights of works that are competing for $500,000 worth of prizes. We all have our favorites and to share a few, view the video below:
This week has offered a lot of things to unfold as students worked on competitions, community projects, individual works, and class projects. Every year is the best year ever and I always wonder how my students are going to out-do the accomplishments and fun already accomplished. Even though we are only a month into this school year, this year is already becoming the best year ever and sure to blow any other experience I have had in my classroom out of the water.
Today was a fun-filled day full of Art! It was awesome to spend the day in downtown Grand Rapids and view works created for ArtPrize, the world's largest Art competition. Students met artists, viewed works, and interacted with their surroundings as we traveled to various venues around town. One of my favorite works in at the GRAM and can be seen below. As you can see in the video below, it was an awesome day!
Going to ArtPrize is something I look forward to doing every year with my students. This year we had an awesome time walking around downtown and checking out the major venues and works featured in the top ten. Thank you to the Education Days coordinators for putting together the grants that allow us to come and experience art each year!
The 2nd place winner of ArtPrize is an artist from my hometown, Flint, Mi. Below is Anni Crouter's piece that was featured at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
Today was the big announcement for the ArtPrize top ten and the ten winners selected for the first ever ArtStart Online Youth Competition. As you have read in previous posts, students in my class have been working hard and creating works inspired by ArtPrize for this competition. Today they announced the winners and I am proud that one of my students was among them! Congrats to Emma and her work entitled "Blaze" for receiving recognition at today's event. Here is Emma fast at work at the beginning of this drawing:
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:
1. ArtPrize Entries
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!
1. Photoshop Phriday
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.
3. Rocking Artsonia!
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.
4. Other amazing work that happened this week:
Ever since ArtPrize came to the West Michigan area five years ago, it has transformed the streets of Grand Rapids into an interactive array of Art. In addition to having the opportunity seeing great (and some not so great) pieces through the Artcation days, students now have the opportunity to create work that will then be judged by artists and others in the ArtStart Online Youth Competition. Above are some images of students from my After School Art class working on their entries (all inspired by at least 3 elements from ArtPrize). The rules are outlined on this website and the due date for participation is next week. I am really excited to see how the works turn out from my students and the winners that will be announced when they also announce the top 10 finalists for this year's main competition.
If you do not get a chance to go downtown, but are looking for some inspiration, you can check out this awesome video that overviews just a sample of what ArtPrize is like in Grand Rapids:
We have had one of the most amazing starts of the school year that I can remember at BCWMS! It would not have been possible without the generosity and support of the students, parents, and greater community! Here are some of the things that I am most proud of for our second week of school:
1. Uploading 285 pieces to Artsonia!
I have been using Artsonia in the classroom for many years. I am so excited with the new Art Classroom feature that allows students to upload their art and write their artist statements directly to the site. Students can find the codes for their assignments through our Moodle page and even upload work from home! This allows more work to be uploaded at a faster pace, ensuring that families are able to share the work of their student artists almost instantly after it is completed in class! Please take a moment and visit our gallery and leave a comment to one of the talented students (you can see that as of right now, we do not have any).
2. Felting has been Funded!
Thank you to everyone who donated this week and helped make this project a reality for my students! Now we will be able to work with creating felted textiles and sculptures with this never-before-used material in our classroom. I have had several projects funded through Donors Choose over the years, but this one broke a record at getting fully funded within one week of posting it! I am excited to share the news with my students on Monday and getting the materials so we can start felting in class!
3. Getting ready for ArtPrize!
I am very excited aboutArtPrize and our field trip coming up in a few weeks. Students can get even more involved by participating in the competition above. If your child is interested in attending ArtPrize, the permission slip to attend is due on Friday of this week.
Thank you for making our first weeks of school a great success! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I look forward to all of the great things that we will accomplish in my classroom and cannot wait to share the success with you as it happens!
While I am preparing for students to arrive in my classroom within the next few weeks, I wanted to give everyone a heads-up on this really cool opportunity offered duringArtPrize this year:
I am planning to take students to ArtPrize in September (a specific date will be announced tomorrow, along with details on how to get involved). This field trip has been a tradition for the past few years and I am looking forward to offering this opportunity to students again this year. Check out the video of our experience last year:
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.