May 5th-10th has been declared as Michigan Youth Arts Week by Governor Snyder. To celebrate, students were asked to think about what Art means to them and they created works in Photoshop to highlight their thoughts. I was inspired by this lesson, by Tricia Fuglestad. I will be sharing the works throughout next week, tagging our Governor along the way.
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:
1. ArtPrize Entries
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!
1. Photoshop Phriday
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.
3. Rocking Artsonia!
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.
4. Other amazing work that happened this week:
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!
Jen Stark, Afterglow
The above three artists are being used as inspiration for the collaborative project I will be leading my students as we finish out the school year. We will be creating origami sculptures that will then be formed together on the wall to make a mural. I am excited about this project and look forward to posting pictures when we finish it (hopefully by the end of the week). Here are some worksheets that we will use for paper folding:
7th and 8th grade students are using the nice weather as an excuse to get outside and "research" our next subject - Nature in Art.
Armed with cameras and excitement, students took turns taking pictures of the nature around our school. Students even found a frog who was kind enough to pose for a portrait. Afterwards, students logged into Moodle and watched a presentation about two artists who use nature in their work: Henri Rousseau and Georgia O'Keeffe. When I see students next time, they will be able to use their images as source material for creating nature paintings and drawings that will be submitted for the Sooper Art 2011 contest due October 22nd.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.