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.

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!  

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!

Our district's literacy initiative this year is inspired by the book, Alice in Wonderland. Our entire community was invited to read and celebrate the story of Alice.  3rd graders drew stacked teacups after watching the "Un-Birthday Party" scene on YouTube.  Learn more about this lesson here:http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=507053 
Shivani's and Ally's teacups were selected to be in a special "Alice in Wonderland" art exhibit at the Senior Center.  You can see their teacups in the photo above.  Exact dates and times will be announced soon.  Congratulations Ally and Shivani!  
We read the book, "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister during art class and we all agreed that sharing is a very important skill to learn. We also admired the illustrations in the book, noticing the shapes and colors of the fish and sea plants. 
Students are creating a mixed media piece featuring their own rainbow fish. We had a few minutes at the end of class and students took turns drawing a collaborative rainbow fish. They remembered all of the steps! Soon, their work will be posted to their Artsonia galleries for all to see. 

The song featured in this video is titled, "Staircase". by Dan Leigh. 

We read the book, "Leonardo the Terrible Monster" by Mo Willems during art class.  Leonardo tried to be scary and mean to Sam.  After seeing how sad Sam was, Leonardo decided to be a good friend instead.  Leonardo and Sam are both happier being friends. They only scare each other to be silly now.  
1st Grade artists made friendly monsters in honor of Leonardo. 
This lesson was inspired by the "Wild Things" that 1st graders at Dryden Elementary School made.  We watched the video "Visual Texture"
http://vimeo.com/9284044  by Tricia Fuglestad to learn about the many ways artists can use line to create texture. 

Dryden Elementary School artists http://bit.ly/bVZOE1   are going to be our "Artsonia Comment Buddies" this year, along with Lowes Island School http://bit.ly/q4U7sP   and Greenbrook School  http://bit.ly/nnm0dr artists!  We will be visiting their online galleries and sending comments to our buddies during art class and they will be doing the same for us!

Watch the video below featuring "1st Grade Brunswick Acres Monsters".