For project theme two, we worked on the concept of Environments, Spaces, and Places. It has been a rewarding experience for me to see the amount of creative ideas and variety of outcomes based on student interested and interpretation of the assignment. Before we move on from this completely, here are some final images created and posted to our online gallery on Artsonia.
Anna P: I chose to create a 3D perspective piece based on the ArtPrize 2014 entry "Michigan in Motion," by Dominic Pangborn. I was very intrigued by the illusion of depth and perspective created by his piece and wanted to create something similar. While this piece may look flat, it is actually 3D and as you walk the perspective changes. I used images from several different angles here. The center rectangle is supported up by the walls. I used cardboard, hot glue, and paint to make my composition because they seemed like the most sensible materials to use to make this easily and realistic-looking. I chose to checkerboard the floor and ceiling to make the illusion harder to see through by making them look like they are going back into space. There are two other sections, or hallways, to this composition that I was unable to finish in time. At the end of the middle hallway was going to be a city and the last panel was to depict a destroyed city. This progression is meant to represent the past, present, and future. I hope to be able to complete these panels with as much success as I did this first one.
Keegan D: In order to build this project I used Photoshop and some images from Google. It has many elements of design. One of which is the rule of thirds I tried to place my fav pictures in the places where the would be more noticeable. After doing this it is supposed to show that our environments are a reflection of us. I also alternated the way that the faces were pointing to try to create a small variation between each.
Jon Z:This piece was created out of silver wire placed on a rock and a pair of pliers (along with the mind of me, the artist). I choose this bright white rock as my base because it would contrast with the dark, spooky, and twisted, eery trees. The concept of halloween and the deforestation of trees to make this work. The piece communicates how ugly, and dead it would be without nature.
Harrison K: I Made this mask for two reasons- one is because I love masks, and the other is to show that the environment you are in can change who you are and your identity, and depending on the different environments you are in, your personality or behavior itself may change. Again I chose to use the idea and create it into a mask, because mask are the easiest way to represent identity, which was an important role in the idea.
Kat w: This projects theme evolved around our environment (space and place). As one of my projects I decided to do two clay faces. One face represents what nature would look like if we if we constantly took care of it and kept it clean. Therefore the other face represents what happens to nature when we treat it like trash. I wanted to use clay because I felt it makes it easier to show the textures and small details of the faces. I also thought that by using faces it would make the viewer realize that when we don’t take care of our outdoors it also affects us. If we keep harming the organisms that give us oxygen, food, water, and shelter…then what’s going to happen to us if they all go extinct, because of how poorly we took care of them. I used a new technique to give this face color. I used oil red, orange, and yellow oil pastels to color the face, and then I used, watered-down, black tempera paint to give the face a dirty, antique look and feel. I wanted the other face to, not be perfect, but look more clean and elegant. I used glaze and followed the carvings in the face. I wanted the messiness to portray that there are going to be things wrong with nature, but if we take care of it it’s still beautiful.
I used pen do draw this piece. I used pen because I wanted to be able to get all of the little details into my drawing. I used crosshatching to shade the shirt and the arms. I used lines to shade the tree and the roots. I think that this represents people as one with their environments. People need to get off of their phones and computers and go outside and enjoy nature sometimes.
Jordan C: For this project, I used photography and a window cling I created to represent the environment and how it can impact a person. I decided to use the window cling because it added a twist to my pictures. My mom and I drove around Byron Center and placed the cling on the car window so it appeared to be on signs, barns, and in so many more locations. This project was a lot of fun because I was able to explore different compositions and angles. I also had to experiment with the rule of thirds and many different perspectives. The window cling had to be placed in a certain way, so it fit into the picture just right. The techniques I used included using different positions and camera angles. When I was taking these pictures, I had to pay attention to space and unity. The window cling is reminiscent of where I’ve been and how Byron Center has impacted my life. In conclusion, this project made me realize how blessed I am to live in a town with so much scenery and such a small town atmosphere.
Nolan B:This perspective drawing of the front door of my house represents environment in a variety of ways. I decided to use a pencil to create my work because it allows me to make more of a realistic and dramatic effect on my art. When people think of old they think of black and white. The black and white of my pencil helped me show that houses are environments that go back to the beginning of human kind. A home is an environment that should be it's owner's safest place to go. Since the place you sleep in at night is your house, you better trust that it will keep you secure. I used value in my art to show the places in the image that aren't exposed to as much sun as others. This gives a real look to my drawing. Also, I put emphasis on my front door by making it in the center of my piece and slightly darker than the rest of my art. Overall, this image of my front door represents environment in many ways.
Thursday and Friday and Monday was spent away from my students. When this happens, I feel bad, but I was hard at work each day working on educational issues important to my field.
Thursday and Friday was spent in Lansing. For the past two years, I have been working with a team of Visual Arts Educators in the State of Michigan on the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project. This project is offered to Arts teachers as a solution for implementing and developing high quality programs and assessing those programs and students within. I am very proud of the work I have been able to do, although it does require some time away from my students to work in Lansing with the other teachers and project management involved.
On Monday, I had the honor to present to Student Teachers at the Fire Up! conference at Aquinas College. It was really fun to share the amazing things my students do with the power of technology and how we integrate our learning in many ways and break down classroom walls to engage globally. Here is a picture of one of the groups I had the pleasure to present to on Monday (and as you can see, they were a fun bunch):
Even though I was away, students have been hard at work making loads of art. My 7th graders have finished two major projects in the past few days and my 8th graders are starting to wrap up their Environment/Space/Place projects. Here are some pictures of what has been accomplished since last time:
7th grade Space Projects
Ian Sands (a High School teacher in NC) posted this tutorial a while back and it has been an amazing resource for my students and I in learning new ways to use basic Photoshop tools. Thanks again, Ian - I owe you another scone at NAEA in March. You can see a full gallery of results on Artsonia, but here are few:
7th grade Knots
Students have been working on these colorful knots for the past week or so. they have learned about line, symmetry, color, and various application techniques of colored pencil, watercolor, and Sharpie. It was fun to see the results as students made choices about how to construct their design, color it, and add finishing details.
8th grade process pictures
Each of the following students is working with similar subject matter (home, interior/exterior space), but attacking the visual representation in very diverse ways. It has been fun to see how students interpret this assignment and the plans they have made in their sketchbooks be realized in their work.
I am getting really excited and a little nervous as we finish up this theme; nervous because I am worried about time and some students waiting until the last minute to get their work in and excited to see if this all turns out as amazing as I know it can be! I will post some finished examples tomorrow and as they start to roll in from students.
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!
8th grade students continued to work on our canvas panels today for the STEM and MUSIC hallway. I am really excited about the energetic movement seen in the works as a result of the improvisational and collaborative effort this type of painting involves. Tomorrow, my after school art students will finish up the works and I will post the results before they are displayed.
As I wrote yesterday, this project is partially inspired by the Peter H. Reynolds book, "The Dot." I had the opportunity to share the following video illustration of the story with my students today before we went back to the canvases to make our marks.
I love the message of the story and hope my students take it to heart as they work towards a great school year.
7th grade students continued to work on their clay bowls for Empty Bowls. We will be finishing these up by the end of the week and glazing them once they are bisque-fired.
The finished sign for the space outside of my classroom has been completed! 8th grade students and those in my after school art class did an amazing job collaborating and contributing to this triptych by making their mark. I hope to do many more paintings like this with my students for other areas in our school.
In addition to finishing out this piece, we were also thrilled to begin the transformation of the space outside of my classroom. This transformation of the smART (sit.meet.ART!) space will be completed once we get our framed art on the walls, which should take place in the next week or two. Students already got a chance to get in the furniture and use it to foster their learning and collaborate with each other.
I am completely floored with the results from the first two days in the Art class with this new group of students!
8th grade students and my after school class has done an outstanding job of working together to create the colorful collaborative painting pictured above.
7th grade students completed their bowls for our Empty Bowls event and some even brought in their donations to secure their own bowl for the event.
I am so excited with the progress in just two days of class… I cannot wait to see what else comes out of these classes as we progress through the term!
8th grade students started out the term with collaborative painting. Students worked collaboratively to create circles on paper and canvases that will eventually end up as the sign for our hallway. Students will continue to fill the space tomorrow as well as get started on the lettering for their portfolios.
7th grade students worked on bowls for Empty Bowls. It was a great way to celebrating doing something for others and it is always fun to work with clay on the first day of art class!
8th grade Abstractions
8th graders worked on the concept of abstraction this week through a series of activities that ranged from drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital work that explored concepts of representational abstraction (mostly with portraiture). The below are some of the results:
You can see the full array of images on our online gallery at www.artsonia.com/schools/byron1.
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
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.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.