5th grade artists learned how to create traditional pinch pots using Crayola Model Magic clay, and then turned their pots into creatures by adding facial features, arms, legs, and tails. 

Before starting this project, we looked at pinch pot creatures that 5th graders at Greenbrook School made using our interactive whiteboard, iPads, and laptop. Some B.A. 5th grade artists used Flip Video cameras to video themselves asking questions about the challenges that they were wondering might lie ahead and complimented the Greenbrook artists on their work as well. 

I imported my student's videos into iMovie, uploaded the file to our B.A. Vimeo Channel, and sent a link to our video to Mrs. Kipnis (the Greenbrook Art Teacher). Mrs. Kipnis shared our video with her artists and they created a reply video for us that was filled with wonderful advice and tips that they thought would be beneficial for us to know. 

Now that our district's web/media policies have been updated, the doors have been opened for student's to collaborate in richer and more meaningful ways. It was really exciting to utilize 21st century technology and web tools and connect with other artists at another school in our district. 

We are hoping that both the B.A. and Greenbrook artists will be able to talk about and admire many of these pinch pot creatures in person at the District Art Gallery this year. 

Thank you again to Mrs. Kipnis and her 5th grade artists for inspiring us and for providing advice and inspiration!

View the B.A. Pinch Pot Creatures in these four Artsonia galleries:


 Greenbrook Pinch Pot Creatures in their Artsonia gallery 

My 5th grade artists have been collaborating and creating apps in art class. They communicated their ideas by writing about the purpose of their apps and app features. See icon artwork and app descriptions in student art galleries on Artsonia





Some students were able to participate in a Skype video call with app developer, James Alliban, from London (featured above)!  

James Alliban invented a couple of apps that we have worked with in the art room: 

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Students were thrilled to be able to talk to Mr. Alliban about what it takes to be an app developer. It was pretty incredible for them to be able to get feedback on their ideas as well.  Thank you Mr. Alliban for taking the time to speak to us and offer such wonderful insight!

Learn more about James Alliban here: 
Mrs. LaRocca's 3rd grade students accessed their artwork using an online form that I created on Artsonia. From within their classroom, students took turns finding their work within the form. They typed their artist statements and clicked "submit" when they were finished. 

Since I could not be there while they were doing this work, I gave Mrs. La Rocca one of our Flip Video cameras and asked if students could film each other for a few seconds so that I could see them working on their statements. 

It was a pleasure to read and approve all of the artist statements from within my teacher account on Artsonia. All statements are now posted underneath student artwork in our gallery: bit.ly/s834Gr

We did not have enough time during art class for students to write their statements. Thank you Mrs. La Rocca for allowing students to compose their statements during your class time and for participating in this wonderful art, writing, and 21st century skills cross curricular lesson!