Tomorrow kicks off the 2012-2013 school year for the students of Brunswick Acres Elementary School! I am excited to hear what everyone has been up to over the summer and am looking forward to breaking out our art materials again.
Students, parents, teachers and staff are all invited to join me in creating a collaborative “Word Art” collage!
This is what our "Word Collage" looks like now. I can't wait to post a pic of what it will look like when we are finished with it!
Have a look below at artwork created by famous artists who incorporated letters into their work.
Need some inspiration for creating our "Word Art" Collage? Check out some of the words on our other art bulletin board in the hallway!
Jenna and her mom popped into the art room this afternoon after school. Jenna's mom had ordered a hard copy portfolio book in the Artsonia Gift Shop online. This book featured Jenna's artwork from Kindergaten through First grade. The book arrived in the mail today, and I was so honored that Jenna's first preview of her portfolio book was with me.
We flipped through each page, talking about our favorite lessons. Take a look at the cover of Jenna's book and the page displaying her Fantastic Feline (above)! Click on each photo to see larger versions.
This is the time of year when more students like to share their Artsonia products with me. Check out a few student keepsakes below:
Parents, thank you for your participation with Artsonia. This year, our gallery is ranked #2 in the state of NJ and #16 in the nation! Rankings are determined based on how many comments students receive, how many fans join student fan clubs, how many works of art are uploaded, how many artist statements students compose and how much fundraising we do.
Artsonia donates 15% of all purchases back to our art program at B.A.
This money directly impacts students as it is spent on supplies and technologies that will enhance your child's art education.
Thank you for supporting your artists and our art program!
K-4th grade students created these interactive chalk drawings on their last days of art class. Their objective was to draw a scene that they could then become a part of. They had the option of working alone or with others. This year, our district web and media non-consent policies were updated. Teachers are now allowed to post photos of students online (if parents did not send in a non-web/media release form). Because of this change, we are able to share these creative images with the world. These are only a few of the photos taken this past week. More pics will be posted to the B.A. Art Blog soon. Stay tuned.
4th graders are bringing inanimate objects to life (an approach used by artists in different careers). To inspire students, I created a Keynote presentation featuring how this strategy is used by commercial artists, authors and illustrators, photographers and sculptors. We saw video footage of M&M commercials like this one:
We also viewed other commercials in which objects have been brought to life. You may have seen the Geico money with eyes, the Swiffer mop, the adorable Mini Wheat cereal characters?
We saw a snippet of "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On", the story of a tiny shell living in a large world.
We also saw a few sculptures by Terry Border. One in particular was an apple lifting a barbel, which conveyed the message of health and fitness.
We viewed illustrations from the book, "How are you Peeling".
Finally, we learned about a popular street art form called, "Eye Bombing". There are various Flickr galleries online that feature images of objects in public spaces that were photographed with googly eyes.
4th graders have begun to review for the upcoming district art assessment test during art class. The questions about complementary colors seem to be the most challenging for them to answer. Last year we watched the video, "Complementary in Every Way" by art teacher, Tricia Fuglestad. Perhaps watching the story of how red fell in love with green again will help them to remember.
4th Graders: Are you ready for the upcoming Art Assessment Test? You have been learning about and applying the elements and principles of art in every lesson we have explored. You have been developing and expanding your art vocabulary over the years and have had a lot of practice in combining your technical and creative problem solving skills in the art room.
I created this online quiz to help you to get your mind ready for test taking. It is important that you take the time to practice taking an art test because typically when we are in the art room, we are doing hands on work rather than taking tests. We will spend an art class or two to make sure that everyone is as comfortable as possible with taking a test in the art room. If you practice at home, this could save us some time and allow us to get back into an art-making mode.
If you have concerns or difficulty with any of the questions in this quiz, please be sure to let me know so that we can review in class.
To access the quiz, scroll down and look for the word, "CATEGORIES" on the right of your screen. Then, click on "District Art Assessment Test". Click "Start" and take the quiz.