Below are photos that art teacher, Linda Devlin, posted to our Shells for NJ Shores Facebook page after her art room had been completely demolished by Hurricane Sandy.  Mrs. Devlin's art room was in the basement of her school, St. Rose High School, in Belmar and the water had filled the space from floor to ceiling. Nothing was salvageable.  Aside from the obvious damage caused to the room and all of the furniture and art materials inside, the flood waters also destroyed all of the artwork her students had created.  This is particularly heartbreaking for high school students because many were in the process of building their portfolios for their college interviews.  

B.A. artists created and sold our shell-themed artwork at the East Brunswick Craft Fair and continued to make sales at school throughout December. See pics and read about this amazing day here in my previous blog posts:
http://baart.weebly.com/1/category/eb%20craft%20fair48d7cfaef4/1.html


We are hoping that our donation of $1673.00 to the St. Rose High School Art Department will help them in their recovery and rebuilding process. 


Learn more about how my students and I created the Shells for NJ Shores art project, see photos and read stories of the many students across the U.S. who have been joining us to raise money for hurricane relief!  
http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/pics--press.html


Collaboratively, we have raised and donated $22,390.19 by selling our students shell-themed art and this dollar amount continues to increase each week! 


Through creativity and kindness, we are making a difference! 


Please share our website with anyone you think may want to participate.
http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/index.html


Photos: St. Rose High School Art Rooms
 
 
Meet Sharon374, our Artsonia Artist of the Week nominee!  We have never had artists from our school nominated two weeks in a row. This is the first time!  Please help 1st grader, Sharon, to win this contest by voting for her today, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.  Click this link, locate Sharon374's percolated tree art and click the green "Vote" button under her work.  http://www.artsonia.com/museum/aotw/vote.asp

You can vote one time each day from as many computers and devices as possible.   I have already voted from my personal computer, work computer, iPhone and iPad.   


To increase Sharon's chances of winning, please consider sharing this blog post with your friend and family on your social networks (Facebook and Twitter) and by sending emails to your contacts. 


If Sharon wins, she will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for Blick Art supplies and an Artsonia plaque.  Our school art program will win a $100 gift certificate for Blick Art supplies also. 


Good Luck Sharon!!!!  
 
 
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).


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 (First Name Written in Script)

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(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.




 
 
Brunswick Acres raised $1140.00 at the East Brunswick Craft Fair yesterday! Visitors had many complimentary comments to share about how beautiful our students' shell artwork was.  People were also impressed with how much kindness and compassion our school has for others and were happy to support our cause. 100% of money raised will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief. Many thanks to all parents and students who were there to help. We had the best sales-students who were ready to share information with shoppers and even made up songs about our cause on the spot to draw in more customers.  It was wonderful to see our principal Mr. Desai there with his daughter too! All students, families and supporters should share in the joy of the giving spirit, because many people are responsible for our success.  


Randi and Carol of the East Brunswick Craft Fair are beautiful people to have welcomed us to their town's craft fair! It is by far the BEST craft fair in our area and look forward to promoting for them next year. Over 200 amazing vendors! Not only did they welcome us, give us a complimentary table, and put us in a great location, but they also donated their raffle money to our cause!


Visit or join our open Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/441972662526279/ and stay current with this global project.  So many teachers, students and artists are participating and sharing their artwork, pics and stories. 



Congratulations to everyone involved for making a difference! 


There were so many others who attended the craft fair.  If you took photos that you would like to see included here, please send them to me Suzanne.Tiedemann@gmail.com  and I'll add them!
 
 
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.
http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/


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. 


 
 
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!  
 
 
Last week, South Brunswick Patch reporter, Davy James, contacted me and asked if he could talk to me about our Shells for NJ Shores project.  We chatted on the phone about how Shells for NJ Shores began, the artwork we and other artists are making and how we are raising money to help with Hurricane Sandy relief.  Read all about it here:
http://southbrunswick.patch.com/articles/south-brunswick-kids-get-artistic-to-aid-sandy-victims




Visit our Shells for NJ Shores Website to see more pics, read about other participating schools, and track how much money we are raising together to donate!  
http://shellsfornjshores.weebly.com/



Mark your calendar for December 15th!  B.A. will be selling our shell crafts at the East Brunswick High School Craft Fair. See Flyer below for details! 
 
 

B.A. Artists Will Be Selling Shell-Themed Art!
100% of Purchases will be Donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Brunswick Acres Artists have teamed up with the East Brunswick Craft Fair!  We will be selling our shell-themed ornaments, magnets, key chains and more to raise money to donate toward Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 


Learn more about how B.A. artists, artists within NJ and other states are making a difference by selling our artwork and tracking our collaborative efforts here:


www.ShellsForNJShores.Weebly.com


Please join us on Saturday, December 15th. 


Please help spread the word by sharing the link to this blog post.

 
 
Our school, Brunswick Acres is competing for the $5000 Kris Wine and Americans for the Arts grant.  Please VOTE for Brunswick Acres.

How To Vote:
  
*Click this link and "Like" the Kris Wine Facebook page 
https://www.facebook.com/kriswines/app_277727432252070?ref=ts


*Type Brunswick Acres in the search box
*Click the red pushpin
*Check the box
*Vote daily until October 31st

The winner is based on the total number of Facebook votes for the top school.  We are currently in 1st place, but noticed that another school advanced 600 votes in one day on Friday.  Our school has been averaging 100 votes per day, so we are hoping that our music video will inspire others to vote for us to keep us in the lead.  We felt it was important to approach this as a creative project instead of just soliciting votes, because we want to prove that we are worthy recipients to receive an arts grant.  



Our video is posted on Vimeo and YouTube! Please consider sharing it with as many people as possible to generate support and votes!

If we win, we will use the money to purchase art supplies.  The cost of supplies continues to rise while our art budget get lower and lower each year.  My students are very respectful with materials.  This grant money would last us for years to come.  

Vote B.A. Oh Yeah!   Thank You!!!

Hi Carly Rae Jepsen!  We hope you like our parody :) Thanks for writing such an awesome song!  Students in every grade (K-5) knew Call Me Maybe, so creating a parody they could sing along to was so much fun for them! 

All the Best,

~Suzanne Tiedemann
Art Teacher
Brunswick Acres Elementary School
 
 
We have been saving a little time at the end of most art classes to shoot footage for our music video, "Vote B.A. Daily".  A few classes were even able to film while they were working.  They focused on their artwork and objectives of the lesson while seated at their tables. The song played in the background, and when I visited them with my iPhone video camera on, they stood up to sing and dance.  I was really impressed with how many students knew all of the lyrics by heart and fearlessly embraced their moment to shine!


The photo above is a screenshot from a video clip recorded last week featuring 2nd grade students.  We are working hard and having so much fun exploring art, music and dance throughout the day!


Our music video may take another week or so to finally come together. The consent paperwork has taken awhile to collect and organize, but should all be in order very soon. 


In the meantime, please keep voting each day for Brunswick Acres to win the $5000 Kris Wine Grant!  If you are a newcomer, voting is easy.  Here is a link to the directions:
http://baart.weebly.com/1/post/2012/09/vote-for-our-school-to-win-a-grant-worth-5000-just-by-clicking.html

Thank you for your support!