A first grader uses liquid starch as “glue” for a stained glass window.
A third grader uses carbon paper to transfer an original design.
I created the Wordle above for an online course I am taking through WHRO’s Teacherline. The point of the Wordle was to introduce myself. The course is on “Dynamic Media and Digital Storytelling.” From the class, I hope to gain more experience with student-driven technology assignments. In the art room, we usually reserve the COWs (Computers On Wheels) at least once per year for grades 4, 5, and 6.
I am also taking a completely different course through VCU on Visual Journals. I will be presenting a staff development session on this topic to Portsmouth’s art teachers in March. I look forward to posting images as we complete more assignments!
Kindergarten students recently studied the artist Andy Warhol. We talked about how Warhol loved things that were popular, such as food, advertisements, and things on television. Kindergarten students were able to identify the shapes in Warhol’s painting of an Ice Cream Cone. They also discussed his painting of the actress Marilyn Monroe. Students talked about how Warhol worked to make Marilyn’s image look different in each section. Finally, we created our projects, which are based on a combination of these two works of art by Andy Warhol. Great Job, Kindergarten!
I just received an email from Starbucks stating that they will be revitalizing their stores and even evolving their logo in the spring. This image, illustrating the changes in the Starbucks logo over the years, is really interesting to me. It may be worthwhile for students to discuss how and why this very recognizable logo has changed over the years, and also to learn the company’s connection to literature with its name. As many of the kids know, I worked at Starbucks for a short time 10 years ago, before I became a teacher. It was one of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever had. Their commitment to design, image, and branding is impressive, as well as their goal for most stores to be company owned, not franchises.
Speaking of springtime changes, the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia is expecting a new exhibit beginning on February 10. The title is MARC SIJAN: ULTRA-REALISTIC SCULPTURES. I think the students would really enjoy this exhibit! I’ve emailed CES teachers in grades 4-6 offering to plan a field trip for them. Even if your child does not go on an official field trip, this art show would be a great weekend destination for the family.
I think it is important to mention that a gallery field trip is not a free-for-for-all. In order to visit an art gallery, students must be prepared in their school buildings, and also should receive follow up lessons back at school. At the museum, a gallery educator carefully plans hands-on and small group discussion activities for the children. Many gallery experiences feature cross-curricular connections to other core subjects. A gallery visit is well-planned, organized, and worthwhile!
Last week, Mrs. Turner called my room and asked if I could come to the phone. This rarely happens, so I wondered who it could be! The caller was from The Pilot, and they wanted to write about our holiday window painting in the local section. I provided some information, and also directed them to the earlier blog post and photos. I believe this little mention will be posted in the Currents on the Wednesday after Christmas- we will have to wait and see!
At CES, I am fortunate to work with students who truly enjoy art. One of the benefits of having been the art teacher here for the past 5 years is my knowledge of the students. It is a pleasure to watch them grow as people and as artists. Here are the artists of the month for December. The objective of this lesson was to draw a portait realistically, yet choose paint colors that are abstract. The images you see are only detail images- the real paintings are on 12 x 18 paper.
Here are some of the new developments in the CES Art Room:
On November 13, Jenah P., Armani M., and Natasha E. joined me in Olde Town Portsmouth for our annual Holiday Window Painting. This year, we were assigned Roger Brown’s Sports Bar. I painted a simple outline, and the girls filled everything in with color. They painted orange and pink christmas trees filled with ornaments and bows. We added wreaths on the doors, and signed our work with our school name. This photo shows about half of our painting work- be sure to visit Olde Town and check it out in person. The girls did a wonderful job, and I really enjoyed talking with their parents!
In other news, guess who has started coloring? 🙂
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