Extra Extra, read all about it! We are featured in the South Brunswick Patch Newspaper today! Follow this link: http://southbrunswick.patch.com/articles/brunswick-acres-art-program-makes-global-connections#photo-7917817
I just entered the Labels for Education Tech Makeover Sweepstakes, and wanted to pass along! You can also enter for a chance to WIN $45,000 in computers, smartboards, printers and more for you and our school! Enter one time each day from now until December 31st, 2011. If you use this link, I'll get an extra entry!
Last year, I was able to borrow a Smart Board and projector. I invited third grader, Lola, to demonstrate a few of the ways that we could use an interactive board in art class. This video was shared with administrators in our district. Over the summer, the art room was equipped with a mounted projector that hangs from our ceiling and our own Smart Board! Thank you to all administrators, technology leaders, building and grounds colleagues, and anyone else who may have helped to bring this technology into the art room. A very special thank you to Lola for helping me make this most inspiring video!
Thank you for visiting the art room at Back To School Night! It was a pleasure to meet with you. Some of you mentioned that your children enjoy art so much that you think they would be interested in participating in art outside of school too. Below is a list featuring a few extra art opportunities that are pretty local. These are merely suggestions, as I do not personally know the people who run these programs.
Vanessa Emanuele (private art teacher with studio): www.peridotartstudio.com
recommended by another student who takes lessons with her)
908. 285. 5331
Location details provided by Vanessa:
Her studio is located on the corner of Route 518 and 601 (Great Rd). It is a quick drive with easy access from Routes 1 & 27. She is on the 2nd floor of the corner building with teal awnings.
Art Classes http://kidzart.com
Private lessons by Vanessa Emanuele
The Grounds for Sculpture: Hamilton NJ offers workshops for kids. http://groundsforsculpture.org/workshops.html
Red Green Blue, located in Princeton, is a glass studio for all ages and a lot of fun. They have camps too. They accept walk ins as well if you just want to pop in and make something. http://redgreenblueonline.com/
Princeton Arts Council
The Place to Bead/ Princeton
Color Me Mine
The Pottery House/Matawan
Hot Sand Glass Studio, Asbury Park
Zimmerli Museum/ New Brunswick
Philadelphia Museum of Art/ Children’sClasses
Metropolitan Museum of Art/ New York
“Back to School Night” is this Tuesday evening. The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to discuss the importance of art education and to learn about the art program at Brunswick Acres School. Parents, feel free to visit me in the art room.
B.A. heroes have been returning to the "Capitol of Creativity"! As they fly into the art room for the first time this year, students are designing their own "Super Shields"! They are revealing their inner superhero powers by writing sentences on their shields that describe the things that they will do this year to make it super. These shields support the art room rules. The 4 R's of the Art Room are 1. Respect Yourself 2. Respect Others 3. Respect Materials 4. Respect the Art Room/ Studio
We are discovering heroic characteristics of each other and reviewing the things that we will do to best learn, be safe, and have fun.
A few shields from each class will be displayed on my bulletin boards by the art room. (Photos of bulletin boards will be added here soon)
Some students who have 40 minute art classes this week may be able to create “Super Songs” too! Unfortunately, the students who had art for only 15-20 minutes on Tuesday did not have time to create songs. Those who have time and want to participate are reading their heroic sentences into the app, “Songify” on my iPhone. Songify then turns their spoken words into a song. The app distorts their voices so much that student identities are not revealed. This app does not allow users to pause during a recording, which means that we are creating each song in one take. Some words may not be recognizable because of the effects that Songify applies to the songs, but we still think they rock! Songify is a free app. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/songify/id438735719?mt=8
Listen to these super songs by clicking on the speaker icons. I will add more songs to this post if/when other classes have time to make them.
I just found out that I will be presenting at the National Art Education Association Conference this year in New York City! I was invited to co-present with two incredible art teachers in my PLN (Professional Learning Network). Tricia Fuglestad and Theresa Gillespie are motivational and inspiring art teachers who teach in two different school districts in Illinois. We are joining forces to present the various ways we have been infusing the iPad into our art programs with our students.
Are you wondering how we are preparing for this presentation being that we live in other states and we cannot meet in person? We are connected on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and we are members of Arted20.ning.com network too (a community of 800+ art teachers around the world). We share ideas using these online networks. We are privately collaborating by documenting our iPad experiences on a Wiki. The three of us have access to the Wiki and we all add content to it. We list the names of the apps we are using, the apps purpose in art education, a link that demonstrates how we are using the app, and other special notes such as how much each app costs. See our Wiki here:
Click "Wiki Home" once you are on the Wiki.
The NAEA Conference is not until March 2012, but as you can see, we already have a lot of great ideas to share with other art teachers! This will be my first time presenting at the NAEA Conference. I am
h-APP-y (and a little nervous) about having the APP-ortunity to present with Tricia and Theresa.
Here is a silly little song that I recorded to celebrate our proposal being accepted by NAEA. I used “Songify”, an app that I downloaded yesterday to create this little ditty. I figured it was only appropriate to use an app to celebrate the moment. Tricia Fuglestad’s Twitter handle is “Fuglefun”. Theresa Gillespie’s handle is "Greeneyegal". I tweeted this song so that they would hear it on Twitter. People in our PLN will recognize their names. Listen to this song by clicking on the speaker icon below.