I am proud to announce that four BCWMS students received recognition (and a $100 price each) for the 2015 Sooper Art Contest! This competition is celebrating its' 5th year of honoring student work that highlights environmental issues. We have been participating in the contest each year, with students receiving recognition in four of the years. The winning work can be found on the Sooper Yooper Flickr page as well as displayed at the GRAM for the awards ceremony on May 16th.
Yesterday was the 47th Annual Michigan Student Film Festival at the Detroit Film Theater in the DIA. I had never been to the theater, so it was a real treat to be in such a historic place and really take in the glamor of the architectural details. If you ever get a chance to visit, make sure to get to the upper level so you can take in the view of the whole glimmering theater.
For the film festival, the Best of Show winners were shown and awards were handed out. It was a thrill that to see two of my students videos displayed and at least one student able to make it over from the other side of the state to represent our group. Thank you again to Jewel and her dad for making the trip and representing BCWMS in a great way!
I have been to quite a few awards ceremonies over the 11 years I have been teaching, and I have to say that DAFT puts on one of the best, most organized, and fun awards show I have ever experienced. I would like to thank them for not only honoring the students, teachers, and families of those who won, but to do it in complete class and style. They had a great pace and representation of speakers that included DAFT president, DAFT teacher of the year, and actor Dave Davies. They fully explained how the awards were decided and what each level meant so that first-timers like me could understand what it all means. They also included highlights of what former winners are doing in the Film Industry as well specific feedback for EVERY video to help aspiring film-makers reflect and improve on their craft and vision.
I was really blown away with the level of insight and professionalism that the young award winners were treated with by this organization. I am already thinking of how we can enter even more works next year!
Today is the first Snow Day of the year! I am excited about having the day to catch up on things and relax. I also decided to share a challenge with my students to create art and post it to Artsonia. They did not disappoint! Here are some of the works posted from today:
Eli: Today as I woke up this morning I checked the internet to find that it was a snow day! I then looked at schoology and I saw Mrs. Campbell's Snow day Art badge. I decided to sit at my sunroom window that revealed the mighty oak tree that still was holding some of its leaves. Then, I started drawing. I got a pencil and I started making branches and the main part of the giant oak out the sunroom window. After that, I used a rust colored pencil to display the leaves that still hang on the tree. I also used brown Tissue-Paper to make the drawing have some dimension to it. After that, I used white paint to represent the snow on the branches. I love the "Snow Day Art!" idea, and I thought It was a fun thing that I could make in my spare time on this snow day!
Sydney: This piece is made from pictures in a magazine and paper with green and a hint of yellow paint. I made them into snowflakes by cutting out squares from the magazine and cutting out shapes to make all the snowflakes different. As you can see I painted over them too to make them look more collage looking.
8th grade students are continuing to work on their theme, with some final entries making their way to our online gallery. I am so pleased with the intelligent risks students are making with their work and how they are going beyond the materials they have used in the past. It is going to be fun to see all of the finished works roll in before next week's Thanksgiving Break. Here is a peek at a few:
Olivia L.: To execute this piece I used the printmaking technique. This supports my theme because prints can be repeated as many times as wanted, and that replicates my feeling for soccer. Every time I play a soccer game that outcome can be repeated if I put forth my effort. The same is for print making. An artist that I connect to with my art is Audrey Flack. I can do this because I was inspired by her bright colors in her work. That is why I chose these bright colors for my piece.
Logan S.: The material I choose was cardboard and I choose it mainly because I didn't want to have to mess with clay but, it turned out very aesthetically pleasing in the end so that is a plus. It also conveys that all objects eventually get destroyed because cardboard is a not very sturdy or tough material. The shoes in question are actually modeled after shoes I own and wear they have wing because shoes can take you anywhere. I think my art most resembles Wayne Thiebaud's art because it conveys a positive message and is fairly realistic.
Jayson G.: My piece uses groups of certain kinds of clothes to communicate my ideas. The piece represents how people can express themselves in many ways, even though we think about it; we are all very similar to each other. Although each picture may just be hats or shirts or shoes, the different colors and styles of clothes represent different ways people express themselves. This concept is evident in my personal life as well as those in my community. Everyone uses things like clothes to express him or herself, and people often recognize others by these characteristics. Art is a good way for people to communicate ideas and themes to others. Artists like Mitchell Feinberg have used art for this exact reason. Feinberg made a piece consisting of cigarettes and a watch. Although it is not directly said, the piece makes people think about how cigarettes impact lifespan and the consequences of using them. By using art, people are able to make people see and think about different ideas and themes.
Here are some pieces in progress:
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I have the awesome pleasure of being able to speak to other teachers from time to time on the great work my students do in my classroom. This past weekend, I had the honor of participating the MAEA conference in Lansing, MI. It was an amazing time filled with learning from educators across the state of MI and beyond. I had a great time sharing what we do in our classroom, too. You can read more about it on my blog.
It was also quite an honor to be selected as MAEA Middle Level Educator of the Year. I was nominated by previous winners and Visual Arts teachers, Kim Cairy and September Buys.
It was also fun to see the top 15 Middle Level show, that features two of my students from last year, Sara Thompson and Morgan Baker. I had a great time at the conference and am so proud of sharing what I get to do with my students in my classroom.
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.
The Winners of the 2014 West Central Michigan Regional Scholastic Art Awards were announced on December 20th. Thank you to the Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters for their support in sponsoring our aspiring artists and helping them participate in this opportunity. BCPS students did exceptionally well with many winners from grades 7-12 (and you can see the full list here).
I am so proud to share the following winners from BCWMS:
From top to bottom: Copper Head by Mackenzie Reid; Self Splatter by Natalie poll; Like a Prayer by Natalie Poll; Life of a Fish by Hallie Baker and Kiersten Woudstra.
Top to Bottom: Looking Over You by Sara Thompson; Mixed Portrait1 by Daniel Lee; Walking Alone by Mikayla James and Kylie Middleton
Top to Bottom: The Zodiac Bowl by Sara Fan, Lydia Descended by Anna Pavlak, Tiled to Life by Kaitlin Gunter, Laser Surrealism by Noah Gallagher, Zentangle Explosion by Kolin Herron, Dream Big by Krista Bartholomy, and Rock, Paper, Scissors by Tyler Wall, Cody Boogaart, and Tyler Toren.
I am excited to celebrate student winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards next Saturday at Kendall. I posted my student winners in this post, but also wanted to showcase the High School winners (as I have had the privilege to teach many in the past). The video above is a showcase of the winners from the High School, although I was unable to include a couple of images because I was unable to recover them from my files. I look forward to this upcoming weekend's celebration and seeing student work on display at Kendall College of Art and Design.
Since the first week of school, students have been posting work to our online gallery on Artsonia. Each week, work from around the world is selected as finalists for their weekly online voting competition. This week we have a BCWMS student up for the title for the Photoshop piece he created last week.
Help our class and Dillon win by voting for his work every day starting now!
8th graders were ready to assume the roles of many of the artists we studied in class for their informational videos. From Andy Warhol (above) to Shepard Fairey (left), students used a variety of "costumes" to get the desired effect.
This project is outlined on this webpage and I have given presentations on this topic at the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning conference as well as Kendall College of Art and Design. This project was awarded a 2nd place prize in the 2011 PBS Innovation Awards and I am currently working on a video to submit in the 2012 STEMie awards. First place award includes $15000 for the winning classroom - imagine all of the cool stuff we could do with that!
The Byron Center High School students did a phenomenal job this year at the West Central Michigan Scholastic Art Awards. With 40 entries recognized, students placed in Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics and Glass, Painting, Digital Art, Mixed Media, and Film and Animation Categories. High School teachers Greg Reinstein, Julie VanderLaan, and Molly Marshall all had students place. I also had a student place for his Mixed Media piece and Digital Art he made in my class.
In addition to the strong showing at this year's awards, Michelle Farias was awarded an American Vision Nomination, showcasing her work as one of the five best from all entries submitted in our region this year. "Captive," shown below, will now compete with American Vision Nominees from across the country at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Gold Keys will also go on to compete at the National Level. Below are some examples of the Gold and Silver Key Winners as well as the Honorable Mentions, but does not include all winners from BCHS. To see the full list, go here.
The 2012 Scholastic Art Awards for the West Central Michigan Region were announced today and I am very proud to say that BCWMS had the most Middle School awards out of all other participating schools! In addition, the high school also received recognition with 40 award winners and one American Vision Nominee! Below are the BCWMS works selected for the awards. Students who won Silver and Gold Keys will participate in a show at Kendall College of Art and Design with an awards ceremony to celebrate the artists on February 12th. Gold Keys will move onto the national competition; winners will be announced this Spring.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.