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.
The December Art Show is always one of the favorites! It is super fun to see parents fill the Gainey Gallery and view the work by our student artists grades k-12. This year was no exception. I selected the top 4-5 examples from each class and printed out artist statements as well as matted the work for a more professional display. This is the first year I have tried it and I have gotten a pretty positive response, so I will keep using this method in the future.
One of my favorite aspects of the show is being able to view the progression of skill and concepts as students age in the district. It is so fun to see the younger kids look in amazement at the older students' work and the older students remember their elementary experiences fondly when looking at the younger students' work.
Overall, it was a great show and example of why BCPS is a premiere Visual Arts program! I am so proud to be a part of the Visual Arts team and I am especially excited about the upcoming Scholastic Art Awards competition, which students are finalizing work for this week!
Check out some of the elementary crowd and high school work below:
Yesterday was our Annual Fine Arts Night at WMS. It has gone through many variations and I think yesterday's might have been the best one yet! It is always hard to know how to make shows like these more interactive and better attended for my students.
With the music classes involved, it is more of a no-brainer. The kids perform and parents show up. With Art, it can be a little more passive which has not helped with attendance. This year, with the help of the STEM teacher, we decided to run workshops and offer students the opportunity to bring family and friends in the STEM room and experience a taste of our classrooms. This was probably the most participation I have been from my students than any other year.
Art activities included a collaborative painting and Gelli Arts Monoprinting and STEM activities included designing and launching bottle rockets. All of the activities were student-led and super fun. You can check more out from the evening in the video below.
It was such a fun night and I am excited to do more of these types of interactive workshops in the future!
May is one of the most fun months because it is a time when we get to showcase and celebrate student accomplishments and growth at our Visual Arts District Show in the Van Singel Fine Arts Center. I decided to do something different this year with the display and select the works in my area rather than display it all. It allowed more room for the individual works to breathe and it also allowed students the opportunity to have their work displayed with a nice finishing border. I think when I plan for next year, I will work to have more uniform sizes of art, so we can offer those borders to more students.
One of my favorite parts of the show is seeing the progression of student work from grades K-12. I work with a stellar team of teachers and they do a great job of preparing and pushing students to their highest potential of learning. I also am excited when former students take a moment to talk with me and my students about their work and plans for the future. Below are a few highlights from the show:
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.
Student work is on display at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center for the month of May! We will be hosting a community reception on May 6th, from 5-6:30 p.m. to celebrate the work of the students across grade levels. Every student from my 2nd semester 7th and 8th grade classes has work on display. I hope you will join us in this night that demonstrates the talents of our students K-12th grade at BCPS!
BCPS student work is on display at the Kent Intermediate School District for the month of January. Work from grades k-12 are represented in a variety of media and covering a vast array of subjects.
There will be additional shows across the Grand Rapids area this month as we also prepare for the Scholastic show this month at Kendall College of Art and Design as well as the MAEA Region 9 show at the GRAM in February. I am incredibly proud of our students and their participation in showcasing their talents outside of our school.
Tonight was our 1-12th grade show at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center. It was a great time talking with parents and sharing student success with the community.
The show is a great retrospective of the offerings at BCPS and offers students a chance to see how they can progress through the program at each building.
Last night was the Region 9 awards reception for students and their families at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It was also a time to see friends and beautiful works created by young artists from around West Michigan.
I also enjoyed the Robert Rauschenberg exhibit filled with bright, colorful prints from this iconic artist.
Student work was submitted for the Scholastic Art Awards today. Here are only a few examples of the stellar works from students grades 7-12 whose work will compete for prizes in this year's competition. Results will be announced on Friday. The work is also on display until the end of the week at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center as a part of the 1st-12th grade District Art Show.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.