Students moved from their sketchbooks and into the Scholastic Art Magazine Archives to research and interpret work cataloged there for their viewing pleasure. I cannot fully express how thankful I am for this resource as a result of the funding from our last DonorsChoose project! It was great to share the online content with students today and watch them search through the archives to find artists that spoke to their interests and then share that with the class via our Artist of the Week Schoology Discussion board. I am so thankful to those who helped make this resource available to my students! Students are also starting to think about The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and seeing past winners showcased in the magazines is very inspiring to those hoping to achieve winning works this year.
Check out the progress of Emma's Cootie Catcher Dress that she is working on for this year's Scholastic Art Award's competition. I think she has a great chance of achieving recognition in the Fashion Design category. This will be the first time I have ever entered student work in this category during the 8 years of entering this competition!
7th grade students also worked on their Artist of the Week posts using Scholastic Art Magazine. Once done, they completed their knots by turning their designs into a symmetrical image after transferring the first quadrant onto the other three across the horizontal and vertical lines of symmetry. We will use these papers to transfer the image onto a heavier weighted paper and add color starting tomorrow!
Do you like art, mystery, and and figuring out complicated puzzles? Then you need to start reading Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game by Blue Balliett.
I fell in love with the first book, Chasing Vermeer, several years ago, was incredibly excited to read the second, and I finished the last in the series just today. The series involves these curious kids in Chicago (Hyde Park) that have incredible adventures involving art.
My favorite is The Wright 3. The book is focuses on a house in their neighborhood, but not just any house - a house designed by one of the most famous architects in Art History, Frank Lloyd Wright. I have been to the Robie House and really got swept away in the imagery of the struggle and excitement in the book. There is actually a Frank Lloyd Wright House that is similar to the Robie House in Grand Rapids, MI called the Meyer May house. You can visit both houses, as they are both open for tours and have been restored to show Wright's original intent with his design.
The final book, The Calder Game, major emphasis is on work by Alexander Calder (who also has a large public sculpture in Grand Rapids, MI - La Grande Vitesse located in Calder Plaza). This book is just as filled with mystery and art as the others, and even includes mention of Banksy - a street artist that we study in 8th grade.
I hope you will take the time to check out these books (and yes, there are pictures inside - beautiful illustrations by Brett Helquist). If you do read them, or check out sculptures/paintings by the artists in the book, or if you have your own summer reading suggestions, let me know with a post below.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.