Below are photos that art teacher, Linda Devlin, posted to our Shells for NJ Shores Facebook page after her art room had been completely demolished by Hurricane Sandy. Mrs. Devlin's art room was in the basement of her school, St. Rose High School, in Belmar and the water had filled the space from floor to ceiling. Nothing was salvageable. Aside from the obvious damage caused to the room and all of the furniture and art materials inside, the flood waters also destroyed all of the artwork her students had created. This is particularly heartbreaking for high school students because many were in the process of building their portfolios for their college interviews.
B.A. artists created and sold our shell-themed artwork at the East Brunswick Craft Fair and continued to make sales at school throughout December. See pics and read about this amazing day here in my previous blog posts:http://baart.weebly.com/1/category/eb%20craft%20fair48d7cfaef4/1.htmlWe are hoping that our donation of $1673.00 to the St. Rose High School Art Department will help them in their recovery and rebuilding process.
Learn more about how my students and I created the Shells for NJ Shores art project, see photos and read stories of the many students across the U.S. who have been joining us to raise money for hurricane relief! http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/pics--press.html
Collaboratively, we have raised and donated $22,390.19 by selling our students shell-themed art and this dollar amount continues to increase each week!
Through creativity and kindness, we are making a difference!
Please share our website with anyone you think may want to participate.http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/index.htmlPhotos: St. Rose High School Art Rooms
Meet Sharon374, our Artsonia Artist of the Week nominee! We have never had artists from our school nominated two weeks in a row. This is the first time! Please help 1st grader, Sharon, to win this contest by voting for her today, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. Click this link, locate Sharon374's percolated tree art and click the green "Vote" button under her work. http://www.artsonia.com/museum/aotw/vote.asp
You can vote one time each day from as many computers and devices as possible. I have already voted from my personal computer, work computer, iPhone and iPad. To increase Sharon's chances of winning, please consider sharing this blog post with your friend and family on your social networks (Facebook and Twitter) and by sending emails to your contacts.
If Sharon wins, she will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for Blick Art supplies and an Artsonia plaque. Our school art program will win a $100 gift certificate for Blick Art supplies also.
Good Luck Sharon!!!!
One of our 4th grade B.A. artists, Samuel1367, has been nominated to win the Artsonia Artist of the Week Contest! Please take a moment to vote for his artwork (Winter Trees inside Pink Oval in the 4th -6th grade category) today and then again for the next two days. He would win $50.00 and our art program would win $100! Here is the link to vote:
http://www.artsonia.com/museum/aotw/vote.asp?group=1You can vote once per day per computer today, tomorrow and Saturday). If you would like to increase our chances of winning, vote from as many computers as possible.If you have a moment to share this link with others in your social networks or via email, we sure would appreciate that!Thank You!
I received an email from a mother/son app developing team based in Bulgaria yesterday. Marina and Hrisoto Staykov released the app Amaziograph and thought I might find it to be a useful app in the art room. They generously gifted their app to me to explore, and let's just say I was hooked immediately!
This app takes me back to the days when I taught my students how to create tessellations using paper and markers. The discovery of the Amaziograph app is inspiring me to want to teach how to create 21st century tessellations using iPads. This video is a demo of how to use some of the functions within the app. There are a number of grids and possible lessons that can be taught using this app. I am looking forward to teaching traditional as well as digital tessellation- making in the art room.
View the "How To" demo video I created below to see how I created my tessellations.
The mirror and kaleidoscope grids are also wonderful. I recall teaching a lesson in which students wrote their names in script on a folded paper, superimposed the continuous line in their names and then designed an insect out of the letters. With this app, students can turn the iPad sideways, write their name on the line and print their names in mirror image format. Then, they can use traditional tools to design their insects, aliens, etc (see below).
(First Name Written in Script)
(First Name Printed and Flipped Vertically: Ready to Transform into Insect/Alien/etc.)
The kaleidoscope function can be used to draw snowflakes, flowers, mandalas, etc.
There are plenty of ways for us art teachers to design rich and engaging lessons that can incorporate traditional and traditional tools using this app.
Brunswick Acres raised $1140.00 at the East Brunswick Craft Fair yesterday! Visitors had many complimentary comments to share about how beautiful our students' shell artwork was. People were also impressed with how much kindness and compassion our school has for others and were happy to support our cause. 100% of money raised will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief. Many thanks to all parents and students who were there to help. We had the best sales-students who were ready to share information with shoppers and even made up songs about our cause on the spot to draw in more customers. It was wonderful to see our principal Mr. Desai there with his daughter too! All students, families and supporters should share in the joy of the giving spirit, because many people are responsible for our success. Randi and Carol of the East Brunswick Craft Fair are beautiful people to have welcomed us to their town's craft fair! It is by far the BEST craft fair in our area and look forward to promoting for them next year. Over 200 amazing vendors! Not only did they welcome us, give us a complimentary table, and put us in a great location, but they also donated their raffle money to our cause!Visit or join our open Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/441972662526279/ and stay current with this global project. So many teachers, students and artists are participating and sharing their artwork, pics and stories.
Congratulations to everyone involved for making a difference! There were so many others who attended the craft fair. If you took photos that you would like to see included here, please send them to me Suzanne.Tiedemann@gmail.com and I'll add them!
Click image above to link to the full article about our Shells for NJ Shores project.Students who were interested in spray painting our shells met me outside during their recess a couple of weeks ago. We had large groups of very enthusiastic kids who wanted to learn how to apply spray paint. They were willing to wait on long lines just to have a chance to put on the safety goggles and spray a shell gold! One group decided to sing winter carols while waiting. We will be selling these shells as ornaments ($5.00 each) at the East Brunswick Craft Fair this Saturday from 10am - 5pm at East Brunswick High School! 100% of all purchases will be donated toward Hurricane Relief through our Shells for NJ Shores project.http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/Flyers about this event were sent home with students last week. I've added a copy of this flyer below featuring the details. We are hoping many families will be able to attend.
Have you visited your Artsonia Gallery yet this year? I've started to upload artwork and our B.A. Gallery is looking great! We have so many talented artists in our school and it's wonderful to be able to showcase student work online!
Some students have already begun to write and post "Artist Statements" about their artwork to let viewers know a little bit about what they were thinking when they were creating their artwork. One of the latest artist statements was written by Samantha (see pic above). It is obvious that Samantha reflected about her work and the creative choices she made. She also shared how this work of art makes her feel.
If you would like to tell the world more about your artwork, please do! Ask your parents to visit your gallery. Here is the link to our B.A. Gallery http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=1620
Once you are on your gallery page, your parents should click the yellow box under your artwork that looks like this:
They will need to click "Click Here" and sign in with the email and password they used to activate their account. Parents, if you do not remember the password you created, please call Artsonia during work hours at 1-(800)-869-9974
Artsonia will be happy to retrieve your information for you.
After you are logged in, students can type and post their artist statements! I'm looking forward to reading what you all have to say about your artwork!
Last week, South Brunswick Patch reporter, Davy James, contacted me and asked if he could talk to me about our Shells for NJ Shores project. We chatted on the phone about how Shells for NJ Shores began, the artwork we and other artists are making and how we are raising money to help with Hurricane Sandy relief. Read all about it here:http://southbrunswick.patch.com/articles/south-brunswick-kids-get-artistic-to-aid-sandy-victims
Visit our Shells for NJ Shores Website to see more pics, read about other participating schools, and track how much money we are raising together to donate! http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/
Mark your calendar for December 15th! B.A. will be selling our shell crafts at the East Brunswick High School Craft Fair. See Flyer below for details!
B.A. Artists Will Be Selling Shell-Themed Art!
100% of Purchases will be Donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief
Brunswick Acres Artists have teamed up with the East Brunswick Craft Fair! We will be selling our shell-themed ornaments, magnets, key chains and more to raise money to donate toward Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Learn more about how B.A. artists, artists within NJ and other states are making a difference by selling our artwork and tracking our collaborative efforts here:www.ShellsForNJShores.Weebly.comPlease join us on Saturday, December 15th.
Please help spread the word by sharing the link to this blog post.
Brunswick Acres is closed again today, making this the sixth school day to be cancelled since last Monday due to power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Many of us were left without power, some for a longer time period than others. As frustrating as this has been and continues to be for many in our area, the sentiment that seems to be shared by most is that we are feeling very fortunate compared to our friends and families who lost everything along the coastDuring these times, we try to do what we can by making monetary donations, dropping off supplies to shelters, inviting people into our homes, traveling to areas that need help with clean up and more. These efforts are so important for our state to recover from this unprecedented storm damage. In an effort to provide a way for kids to help, I created a project called,
"Shells for NJ Shores" . It is an art project in which teachers and students everywhere are invited to participate to help Sandy victims. The idea is that students can create and sell "shell-themed" art, make a donation to the organization of their choice and track our progress online so we can see how our heart-work is making a difference. To learn more about Shells for NJ Shores, click here or on the image above:http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/Please pass this along to anyone you think may want to give their children a chance to assist in the recover and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey.To all of my students and B.A. parents, I hope you are doing well and have had your power restored. I hope school will be open for us all soon.