Monday was our annual Spring show at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center. It was fun to see the space packed with art and the community celebrating our students. I am so fortunate to work in a district that values the creativity explored in the arts and that helps students foster a passion for finding new solutions to a variety of design problems.
This week has been an eventful one. So much so, I have not really had a chance to post until now. It started with our Annual Winter Art Show at the VanSingel Fine Arts Center and ended with me rounding up the last of the Scholastic Entries to be handed in on Monday.
Art Show Highlights
Our annual k-12 District show is one of my favorite exhibitions of the year. Luckily, we do this twice annually and showcase the best our students offer in the Visual Arts. I display one work from each of my students who make the selections of which pieces they would like on display. It is also fun to attend the reception and see the students react to their work on display, visit with former students and see how they have progressed, as well as meet upcoming students who I will get to teach in the future.
Art about Issues
8th grade students worked on making work that dove into an issue or concern they were interested in exploring visually. Here are some process photos of their work and finished outcomes. You can see the full gallery on Artsonia.
The images from above are a result of an assembly we had today for the Science classes. Our local PBS station, WGVU, offered this "Ballooning for Education" Assembly for our students because I was selected as a2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. I was one of 100 teachers across the country to receive this recognition. As a part of this honor, I get some great opportunities to work with WGVU to bring fun and engaging educational programming to students. I am also going to be highlighting PBS LearningMedia in upcoming conference presentations I am doing for Student Teachers and Art Teachers in the coming months.
Students uploaded their artwork on Artsonia today. Students were asked to take a picture of a portion of the canvas they painted and upload it using Classroom Mode. I love using Classroom Mode and giving students the control to upload at their own pace. You can view the process above. We also used our new digital cameras in the classroom today that was purchased due to a grant from MACUL. I am so excited to use them in the class (especially for the video project planned that helped us win the funding).
It was also awesome to read students' artist statements. I am trying something new this year with Standards Based Grading. The Standards that students needed to discuss in their artist statement included their personal connection to the art we made, how their art is connected to our community, and how art is connected to a global society. There are so many thoughtful statements to choose from, but here are two I will share:
Nolan's Artist Statement: I feel that the story of the dot is really awesome. Day after day I hear kids say that they "can't" draw. I think the dot shows that no matter who you are you can make some sort of art. I also found it super cool that the teacher made the child feel special by displaying her art. Next, the painting that we made in class will be hung in the school for years to come. If this doesn't make someone feel good about art, then I don't know what will. I can't wait for the my siblings to move into this school and see this art. Finally, we posted our project on the internet and Peter H. Reynolds (the author of the dot) commented on our work. I could not believe this when I first heard this. The fact that our work was recognized by someone famous is really inspiring. To conclude, this project was super cool and I would recommend it to anyone that doubts their art ability.
Bre's Artist Statement: What "The Dot" story means to me is very personal. Many times in my life I've made a drawing or a sketch and it got laughed at, and I don't like that feeling. I also think that it tells a story that everyone can create art. In my painting I incorporated many different colors and designs. I think that the many different colors show difference between the colors, and the difference between people in this school. The colors also come together to make one painting, and so should the people in this school. I think that these paintings show connection between the students and the staff in this school, and they show that our school is very welcoming to different people. I feel that the paintings also make our school feel more at home. Finally, my work helps the canvass have more color and creativity. I think that "The Dot" story and project was a great way to start off the year!
I cannot believe it is only the first week of school. Based on the work my students have done and the things I have planned, I feel like a step was not lost during our three months of Summer. I am so excited for Monday and what the next week might bring!
This week has offered many opportunities to share and celebrate the success of students in the Art classroom. The week started out with our k-12 reception at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center. It is always fun to see what learning takes place in the program as students advance through each grade. I appreciate the parents who were able to bring their children and celebrate their success as we finish out the school year.
I am also very excited to announce that our classroom won in each of the three categories for the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival! This is the first year that has happened since we started participating three years ago. I am so thankful to everyone who votes and I am very excited to purchase new equipment for my classroom once our prize money is awarded! There will be a celebration for the winners and their families on June 7th.
Congratulations to the four MAEA State awardees! This was the first year we had four students move on from the Region 9 show to the State level competition and the first year we had two students selected as the top 15 in the State! If you are interested in seeing the winning works, see this post.
It was a great time at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Thursday night to celebrate the Michigan Art Education Association Region 9 show! It was awesome to see students and their families enjoy their work on the walls along with exploring the exhibits in the museum.
It was a treat to see the current exhibit of Pop Art, with some of my all time favorite artists on display: Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns!
To know what Andy Warhol thinks of Jasper Johns, check out this video.
The student exhibit will remain on display until the end of the month and students selected for the State competition will have their works move on to Lansing for
Tonight was our annual December k12 district Art Show at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center. Not only was the weather perfect for driving out and viewing the masterpieces our students have made so far this year, it was also one of the best shows ever! The work was so strong from students k-12 and it was great to visit with students and parents as they got to see the progression of work. It was also very nice spending time with with the Art teachers I get to work with and share stories and ideas.
The show will be coming down this week. But don't worry - there is an opportunity to see another BCPS show at the KISD in January as well as back in the Van Singel with all new work in May for the Spring k12 display!
Check out the K-12 Show during December!
Students selected and prepared work that they wanted on display for the BCPS Visual Arts show. The work will be on display for the month of December with an artists' reception on December 16th from 5:30-6:30. Every student in the 7th and 8th grade Visual Arts classes has a piece on display. The Van Singel Fine Arts Center is open daily from noon-5p.m.
Thank you to all of the parents and students who came out to BCWMS to participate in the Fine Arts Festival. It was a great night filled with Art and Music and could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the students in our Fine Arts programs!
Now that our displays are coming to a close, please be on the look out for artwork making its way home. Students should be bringing home work as early as today. If something happens to the work as it makes it way home from school, remember that you can see the full array of projects on our online Artsonia gallery.
The Van Singel Fine Arts Center is filled with student work and we are excited for the upcoming student reception this Friday from 5:30-6:30. Every Middle School student I have this semester has a piece on display. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the work and see the continuum of our Visual Arts program grades K-12.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.