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.

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. 


My Students Made the "Crazy" News! from Suzanne Tiedemann on Vimeo.

Please vote for Brunswick Acres in the $5000 Kris Wine Contest! Here is the link to vote:

Directions to Vote: Note: You must be on a computer to vote, NOT a cell phone or iPad.

* "Like" the Kris Wine Facebook page.

* Click "Vote Now"

* Type, "Brunswick Acres" into the box and click "Search"

* Click on the red pin that appears on the map

* Check the box to vote next to our school's name.

* Vote once per day up until October 31st.

Artwork created by B.A. artists was recently shown and recognized in a TED @London Talk by app developer James Alliban! Mr. Alliban presented the TED Talk featured in the video below in London as a part of a global talent search, with the hopes of being invited to TED 2013!  Vote for James and leave a comment on his video page to help him get selected.  You can link to his video page here or by clicking the image above.
Best of luck to you Mr. Alliban and thank you for the mention!

A little background information regarding B.A. Artists and Mr. Alliban:
We have been using Mr. Alliban's apps, Composite and Konstruct on our iPads in the art room to learn about augmented reality.  Last year, Mr. Alliban participated in a video Skype conversation with my 5th graders. 5th graders had invented ideas for apps as well as logos.  Mr. Alliban was kind enough to offer his expert advice for my students regarding their work as well as answer questions that students had about being an app developer.  Click here to view the video of our B.A. Skype chat with Mr. Alliban

Click the links below to view the B.A. Augmented Reality Artwork Mr. Alliban shares in his talk. 

This past year, Tricia Fuglestad (rock star art teacher (Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois) and I have been infusing iPads into our art programs with our students.  We will be presenting our work at the National Art Education Association Conference in NYC on March 3rd.  

We were invited to write a guest post for the award Winning blog, The Teaching Palette, by Theresa McGee and Hillary Andrlik (thank you Theresa and Hillary).  

Read our article here 

Visit our iPads in Art Website here: 
Woooooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!  Our B.A.  Art Blog won the Edublog Award for "Best Teacher Blog"!  This is an incredibly HUGE honor to receive this GLOBAL recognition and I am thrilled to share it with so many people.  

Mrs. Tricia Fuglestad, Dryden Elementary Art Teacher, nominated our blog and is the reason why winning this award was even possible.  Tricia's blog was a finalist tonight in the "Best New Blog" category and "Best Use of Audio/Video/Podcast". Congratulations Tricia! 

I have been admiring Tricia's teaching philosophies and strategies and have been learning so much from her for years.  She has helped transform the way I teach by sharing her work with me and so many others through her numerous art videos, tutorials, wikis, websites, and more.  When I first joined Twitter about a year ago, Tricia introduced me to all of the art education people in her PLN.  In a very short time frame I was welcomed and became a part of this fabulous group.  We share and learn from each other on a consistent basis, encourage and support each other.  I am looking forward to meeting everyone in my PLN for the first time this March in New York City, where Tricia and I will be presenting with Theresa Gillespie (another awesome art teacher from Illinois) at the National Art Education Conference.  Thank you Tricia for the nomination and for representing me at the awards tonight! 

B.A. students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, my family, friends, PLN, and everyone in our South Brunswick school community deserves to share in this joy with me! We won because you read our blog and because you all took the time to vote!  This award is so much more than winning a contest.  It symbolizes how much art education is valued in our school and township!  I am so proud to teach art in a district that recognizes the importance of art education for our students and supports my efforts as a visual arts educator. 

Over the summer, our district's web/media release policies were updated, which enabled me to post videos and photos of students.  One of the reasons I created the B.A. Art Blog was to open the lines of communication with students and families so that the learning that is going on in the art room can be shared and seen in their homes.  Students feel an even greater sense of pride when they know that their work will be published online here in our blog and in their online Artsonia galleries.  They are excited to learn and set high goals partly because they look forward to sharing their work with an authentic audience of family, friends, peers, other teachers, professionals, and even strangers. 

I am an advocate for 21st century readiness and believe in offering my students various opportunities for critical thinking, creativity and innovation, collaboration, and communication.   I hope that this website and blog will inspire and empower them to continue to develop as artists and global learners and contributors!

Thank you again to everyone who voted for us to win the Edublog Award for Best Teacher Blog! 
Congratulations to all of the Art Education blogs, resources, wikis, and learning networks that were nominated and recognized this year! The Teaching Palette blog by Theresa McGee and Hillary Andrlik were finalists in the Best Group Blog category.  Art Education 2.0 by Craig Roland was a finalist for Best Use of a Social Network.  Hashtag #artsed was a finalist for Best Twitter Hashtag and as previously mentioned, Tricia Fuglestad was a finalist in the Best Use of Video/Audio/Podcast and Best New Blog! Way to go Art Ed!!!!!

View the list of the 2011 Edublog Award winners and finalists here:
To put things into perspective, here are some of the statistics: There were 1792 nominations.  The Edublog site had 65,175 visits since November 14th.  There were 135 blogs from around the world nominated in the “Best Teacher Blog” category.   52 made the short list, including us.  The B.A. Blog won the “Best Teacher Blog” with 665 votes!

Thank you to all of the Edublog folks who put in many hours of work to create this global blog awards contest, monitor and collect votes, and for enabling so many amazingly talented professionals gain global recognition for their blogs and resources!

The photo above is a screen capture by Tricia Fuglestad.  See Tricia's awesome blog here:
Thank you again Tricia!

Watch Tricia's video below that shows art ed stats and awards (including a screencast of our winning moment where you can here Tricia say, "Oh My Gosh, She Won"!). 

Extra Extra, read all about it!  We are featured in the South Brunswick Patch Newspaper today!  Follow this link:
Extra Extra! Read all about it! B.A. artists and I have been featured in a national magazine called, "School Arts Magazine".  The article is titled, "The Hidden Identity of  QR Codes", written by Theresa McGee.  Check it out below:

South Brunswick Patch Newspaper Article: Featuring information and photos from the 2011 District Art Gallery. Click link below:
Read the South Brunswick Patch News article about our participation in the Paper Cranes for Japan fundraiser by clicking on the link below: