Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Teapot Tournament

Students in Art 2 and Pre AP are busy making pottery for the annual Tea Pot Tournament! So far so good! I am really excited to see how these turn out in the end. We have a pretty girl of mix of classic forms,contemporary forms. 


Monday, December 28, 2015

Having fun with Symbaloo

At TAEA this year I ran into a teacher who uses Symbaloo in her classroom. I'm sure I heard of this site before  at an inservice, through an email, or some PLC at some point in the past 2 years but I haven't had time to really dedicate myself to making it into something usable.
Having a cold the first week of winter vacation gave me that chance.  I found there was a lot of public web mixes out there that were for art and kids but really outdated. I'm still working on making this amazing.

If you are on Symbaloo feel free to use my webmix! Areas outlined in red link to web mixes on those topics.  I"ll updated it again this week, but then probably not again until Spring Break. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

May the Arts Be With You!

Welcome to the Arts Side!   This year our fun art classroom theme is Star Wars and Maker Space! Writing that out gives me a great idea!! Maker Wars! Battle of Inventions!   It has been a blast to getting my room ready for the students this year. I have always loved Star Wars and I am really excited about our Donors Choose Maker Space Grant that was funded at the beginning of the summer. Soon we will be learning how to put together, Print, and create original work on our very own 3d printer.

 On meet the teacher the students and the parents were really excited about our theme, maker space ,and the art classroom. Check out the work in progress below.  We are not even close to being done yet. But we have to focus on Staff Development and the first week.

The Arts are Strong with this one... The words below are in progress. I haven't decided what it should say. Still thinking about it. I think it will be in yoda speak.   The Death Star was an IKEA hack. IKEA sold plastic solar lanterns this year. I happened upon one during summer clearance. It made a great death star.

 These Flags were numbered and now fly above each table.  We have the star wars symbols inside the maker space gears . The tables are color coded to help call out students names as well as numbered to call for clean up.
 Class rules.Jedi-ified. These rules will go along with our Star Wars version of a social contract

"We, the Beings of the Art Room, in order to learn in class, establish justice, provide for common peace and prosperity, and to secure fairness for all beings, do ordain and establish this Social Contract. Let the stars sing! Let the planets shout! Let the Art Class begin!"
 Teacher Aprons!!
Computers aren't here yet but we are ready for them to arrive.        Darth Mama standing guard. 

                  Student Critique  Center and Student Help Desk

Blooms!! Have to have the blooms!                                     The  vocabulary Spinners from Last year!!

 The C3PO trash can is still in process and the flags are now hung. The Rubric is posted and student expectations are understood

On the 3rd day of School a student brought this to me. She had made it with her 3d Pen. It is now a pin that I wear everyday!

 He's Han Ross. Making Happy Little Millennium Falcons for all students Birthdays. Love that Meme. Kudos to the person who first created it. I didn't find an original source.
Student storage space is organized and ready for work!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Automatons continued

Here are a couple of the completed Automatons. We were rushed at the end of the year so I didn't get many images. I'll update this in the fall or late summer.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Designers Design.

Some of my students the beginning of the year showed a big interest in wanting to learn about design wearable art such as fashion design costume design mask jewellery design and shoe design . So as the final project of the year I decided not to give them all one assignment that was the same but to give them two choices with in a major topic. Our topic, wearable designs.

To introduce this project I used Pinterest and showed students a variety of wearable art. We looked at recycled materials dresses, jewelry design ,fabric design, masks ,costume design, headdresses, shoe design, and fashion design. The students were told that they had to pick a major that they were going to have to apply to school for one of those majors. Then they had to find the best school in a place that they would want to be. They had to find out the tuition as well as how much somebody would make after graduation if they got a decent job.
I then walked around and had conversations with each of the students about what schools they were considering. Their answers were astounding many looking at the cost and trying to figure out if it was worth it to go to Parsons or to go FIT which was considerably less money but had just as good placement of jobs after graduation. 
All of the majors had automatic admission except for jewellery design. Students have until Monday to apply to the jewelry design school. They have to submit sketches of their ideas. If they do not complete the sketches or if the sketches do not meet standards they are not accepted into the program and must make an alternative plan.

The reason why I chose jewelry design to be portfolio based was because the studio space was limited. This also is true to life . Sometimes you don't get into the major that you wanted.

Students have to show a genuine interest in making art jewelry because they're going to be using copper and nickel and brass and learning how to solder and how to use a jewelers saw/ coping saw to cut metal. They have to have a high work ethic because all of the skills they will be learning are new and can be tedious and frustrating.

No pictures yet.