Congratulations to Adarsh, Yufan, Tyrell and Shree for being selected for the NYC Big Screen Plaza Exhibit in NYC! Thank you to Artsonia and the Big Screen Plaza for this opportunity.
A couple of months ago, Caroline (4th grader) approached me in the hallway to show me the awesome duct tape bracelets that she had made. I asked her if she wanted to be a guest artist and teach her class how she made it, and she was thrilled to do it. Her class admired her work and were eager to create their own.
I bought duct tape and Caroline was kind enough to allow her classmates to use some of hers too. Before long, her entire class was sporting duct tape cuffs.
Shortly after, students began popping into the art room to talk about duct tape tutorials they discovered online. Some shared magazine articles too.
The duct tape trend continues to grow as students are making more cuffs, flowers, hairbands, hair clips, wallets, purses, and collages.
I am looking forward to seeing what else my students will make! This has been so much fun to see students banding together to discover and invent so many ways to make new things using duct tape!
Inspired by the image above created by digital artist, Ferdi Rizkiyanto, 4th graders were asked to think about the effects of ocean pollution. We discussed the harmful effects that plastics and other trash have on sea life, and students were invited to give fish and/or other sea life a voice. They did their research using books from our school library and created drawings first using pencils and then applied markers and paints.
This assignment required students to write a word(s) on the bodies of the fish or sea life creature. This word might be something that they would possibly say to humans who mistreat their environment if they could speak. We are hoping to raise awareness and help protect our ocean and sea life.
All of these artworks will be uploaded to student online Artsonia galleries. Stay tuned!
Click on the image above to see it larger.
See larger version of Ferdi Rizkiyanto's image below:
Congratulations to Yufan, Tyrell, Shree and Adarsh for having their artwork selected to be on display in NYC as a part of the Big Screen Plaza Slideshow! Their work will be projected on a very large LED Screen that is located at 851 Avenue of the Americas (between 29th and 30th St). Way to go artists! I am so proud of you!
Approximate dates and times for Yufan’s exhibit are Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at 7:22pm
Approximate dates and times to see artwork by Shree, Tyrell, and Adarsh in their slideshow are
March 3 at 10am
March 3rd at 10:30am
March 3rd at 4:30pm
March 4th at 12pm
March 4th at 12:30pm
March 10th at 2:30pm
March 17th at 10am
March 17th at 10:30am
March 17th at 4:30pm
March 18th at 12pm
March 18th at 12:30pm
Families and friends, please be sure to visit the Big Screen Plaza website to confirm the dates and times posted on their calendar, as they are subject to change. www.bigscreenplaza.com
Feel free to send me two or three of your favorite photos if you take pics while you are there!
4th graders made their self portraits speak using the app, "FaceJack" on our iPads. See and listen to what they had to say about what art means to them!
FaceJack App: http://facejackapp.com/index.html
I was pulled offline to attend a "21st Century Learning Committee" meeting for one day. I designed a lesson for my substitute that would provide the opportunity for students in grades K through 5 to create a collaborative work of art.
The substitute read the book, "Ish" by Peter Reynolds to each class. This is a story of a young boy who has doubts about his artistic abilities. His little sister helps him to learn to have an appreciation for his own style of creating. The vase that he was trying to draw may not have looked exactly as it did in real life, but it looked vase-ish!
Students created ish drawings all day and taped them together to form a quilt-ish on the wall outside of the art room.
I was so excited to return to school the next morning to see all of these "Ish" drawings!
See photos of their work above and watch a short narrated video clip of the story below.
Students of all ages have been popping into the art room to show off their Artsonia T-Shirts! I am so happy to see that they wear their artwork with pride! Some students have mentioned that their parents like to order
t-shirts that are a little larger so they will be able to wear them for a number of years to come. Another great thing to mention is that Artsonia donates 15% of all purchases back to our art program, which enables us to create more opportunities for our artists!
Most students say that they would prefer to only save a couple of minutes for clean up, because they want to be able to use as much time as possible to do their artwork. We are timing how long it takes to clean at the end of class today, and if classes clean up quickly and efficiently in only two minutes, then we will only save two minutes for clean up next week. The stopwatch helps us to track how long it takes us and gives us an exact time to have as a reference.
Link to online stopwatch: online-stopwatch.com/
When I visited the Percolator App Facebook page last night, I saw that the app developers had posted a link to our B.A. Artsonia gallery featuring the percolated images that our 4th graders created in art class! This will be so exciting for students to see that the people who invented the app we are using are connecting with us and sharing our work with the world. The people at Percolator and I have also been connecting on Twitter too! I received a direct message the other day from them asking about how my students enjoyed the new animations in their updated version. They also shared that they are working on a video version. It looks like we have even more to look forward to from the talented folks behind this cool app. See B.A. "percolated" artwork in these two Artsonia galleries:
Learn more about Percolator here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/percolator/id385454903?mt=8
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new Percolator 2 app update and was so excited to receive an email notification to let me know that today was going to be the day!
Yesterday, I photographed Ms. Moke's 4th grade "Different is Good" portraits and added them to my DropBox folder on my iPhone. The DropBox app is installed on each of our four art room iPads. It is an app that wirelessly pushes all pics that I want to share to every device and computer that I have. This way, all photos will be ready for students to work with in seconds. DropBox is free. Learn more or create your own account here:http://db.tt/de4U1Zp
Students took turns importing their artwork into "Percolator" and explored various filters. This new version offers exciting new editing options. The "Stars" and "Treble" settings were two of their favorites! When students were happy with the way their altered artwork looked, they saved their images to the photo gallery.
See their "percolated" artwork in their Artsonia galleries here. http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=467214
If you are interested in adding Percolator to your app collection, learn more here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/percolator/id385454903?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Pre K- 5th Grade Art Teacher