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:
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!
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.
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.
I love it when I stumble across a brilliant idea from a fellow teacher and am able to adapt it to my classroom! This past week, students challenged themselves to think in a different way while they drew both abstractly and realistic within the same project.
We looked at the cubist work of Picasso for this assignment and students then selected their images from magazines before sketching what they saw. I saw this idea from Holly Bess Kincaid, an art teacher from Texas.
I am very thankful to have such great resources from talented teachers across the country and that my students are willing to push themselves to try these new ideas with me!
Thanks to Kids in Need Foundation, LOFT, and Donors Choose, students are finishing up their clay projects today with a variety of glazes.
One of my goals this year is to do a better job of documenting the process students go through when they are creating a work of art. Whenever there is an art show, you only see the final step of the journey and not the path that got each student to that point. So, here is a first (out of many, hopefully) that captures the process of creating the clay projects from last week. Once the projects are fired, students will get a chance to enhance with color and embellishments. Thanks again to the Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters for their support in purchasing the clay for these projects!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.