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!
Congratulations to all B.A. 5th grade students! I've been working with many of you since you were in kindergarten and will miss you next year. Please know my door is always open and I hope you will come back and visit!
Since I will no longer be uploading artwork for you, I've joined your fan clubs on Artsonia and hope that you and your families will continue to upload your incredible works of art in the future. I have already received emails to let me know that some of you have already added new works of art to your galleries! This is so wonderful to see!
One of the many very special things about Artsonia is that you will literally be able to have your entire art portfolio available to you from the time you are a very young child into your adult years!
I look forward to following your progress and keeping in touch by sending comments to you as much as possible.
Have a wonderful summer and best of luck to you at Crossroads School!
By the way.....Your end of year "Mixed Media Peacocks" are absolutely beautiful!!!
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!
Ashlynn: Grade - 3 "Sunset"
Matthew: Grade- Kindergarten "Rainbow Fish"
Jenna: Grade 5 - "Sparkle Through the Trees"
Staff members who have worked in the South Brunswick School District for 20 years were recognized tonight at the Board of Education meeting. Artists from each of the elementary schools were selected to have their artwork printed and gifted to the honorees. Joanne Kerekes, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, reflected on some of the memories and special qualities of each employee who has reached this impressive milestone. Mrs. Kerekes read artist statements written by student artists and their art teachers, and invited each artist to the podium to receive certificates of achievement before presenting their work to the 20 year folks.
The B.A. artists selected for this special award ceremony are Ashlynn (3rd grade), Matthew (Kindergarten) and Jenna (5th grade).
Congratulations to our artists for being chosen for this special event and to the 20 year honorees!
Thank you to all three of our artists' parents for bringing your children to the Board of Education meeting. It was a pleasure sharing this special evening with you.
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.