Thursday, October 22, 2015

Create Make and Learn Summer Course Leads to Excitement and Engagement

What happens when an art teacher takes a Maker's class? We get jazzed about circuitry. Instructor Jill Dawson helped me lead students through a paper circuitry lesson using copper tape, LED lights and batteries. Students were excited to make a simple circuit design that they could light up and take home. Many students asked about using these supplies in their regular art making. Others wanted to know where I got them so that they could get some to use at home. Our next task will be using these skills to add lights to our lanterns for the 6th annual River of Light Parade. This year's theme is BUGS. Can't wait to see what the students will do with them.

Jill Dawson demonstrating a simple circuit.
Students figure out how to make their bulb light up with just a battery.

Working with copper tape.
More copper tape work.
All sorts of creatures came to life with lights.
Hard at work.

A two headed monster.
A cyclops? A scuba diver?

Friday, May 22, 2015

The 2015 Art Show is Open for Viewing

From now until May 28th you can view the 
TBPS Choice Based Art Student Art Show.


Closing Reception
May 28th

You'll see Sculptures

Kindergarten and Preschool 
Art Displays are in the Cafeteria.

Check out the Fezbit Kingdom

 First and Second Grade Drawings and Paintings
And much, much, more. . .
We hope you can join us!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The 2015 TBPS Art Show - Details Below

It's always exciting in a Choice Art Studio. What's new about this year's show? As part of the new National Art Standards, we're piloting the Presentation Standard: "Applying the skills and language of specific arts discipline, students will demonstrate the ability to present in the arts." So the students are preparing their work for presentation and will be helping to curate the show. Our goal is that the Art Show will be ready on May 18th. 

There will be a closing reception on Thursday, May 28th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. If you are unable to make that two hour window, you can come into school beginning May 18th and take a look around. One of the benefits of having students help curate is that they will know exactly where their art is in the show.  We hope you can join us!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Painting Wall

Of all of the new areas in my classroom this year, The Painting Wall, has been a favorite.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our Book is Finished!

We're very excited that the book that Ms. Anderson's class and Mr. Costello's class worked on last year has been printed and is ready to enjoy. There will be a book release celebration on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at Bridgeside Books on Stowe St. in Waterbury from 5:00-6:00PM. This book was made possible through a grant from the Susan Sebastian Foundation and was a collaboration with these students and their teachers, the Waterbury Historical Society, and community members. All sales from the proceeds of the book will go to the Waterbury Historical Society.

Friday, May 9, 2014

TBPS Student Art Show May 27th-31st Reception at Axel's Gallery: Friday, May 30th 5-7PM

 What happens when kids get a hold of scraps of mat board, foam core, cardboard, imagination, and other materials? Many things take shape; from houses to vehicles, soccer to sailing, dance parties and hunting plus so much more.

Check out some of the work done by TBPS students during this school year. In addition to the sculptures there will be paintings, drawings, collage, and mixed media pieces to enjoy as well. 
 What's different about this show? It's based on the Choice Based Art approach and Teaching for Artistic Behavior. This means that the students are in charge of their ideas and make art based on their own ideas and interests.
If you take the time to look closely, and have the opportunity to meet with the artists, a clear picture emerges of how this art has meaning to each individual artist.
The Art Show will be held in businesses on Stowe Street including Axel's Gallery and Frameshop, KC Bagels, and the Waterbury Senior Center.

There will be a reception at Axel's Gallery on Friday, May 30th from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Historic Buildings in Waterbury, VT – Art, Writing, and History - A Book Project

About the Project:
Students in Camille Anderson's 4th grade class and Chris Costello's 3rd grade class will be working on a book of historic buildings in Waterbury. Thanks to Elise Braun of the Susan Sebastian Foundation, a book of Waterbury buildings will be published in the fall of 2014. Students will research the history of these buildings and write about their findings for this book. Nancy Daigle, TBPS librarian and MK Monley, TBPS art teacher have been collaborating with these teachers for this project.

Taking Photos
 About the Art:
Students took a walking field-trip into town and photographed the buildings they will research. Consideration was given to point of view in the photos and in choosing a line of sight that picks up the character of the buildings. The images selected to print took into consideration unique angles that removed the visual distraction of the electrical wires.
Outlining with glue - the practice images.

The selected images were printed and then enlarged on the photocopy machine. Students first practiced on a small detailed shot to learn about the technique of chalk pastel and glue drawings.
After the outlining is complete, the glue must dry before working with the pastels.

Students worked in pairs on the finished pieces.

Working with the pastels.

By using the actual photos, perspective and proportion remain intact giving a realistic representation of the buildings. It is through the lens of the camera in addition to the use of the pastels that allows for the students' interpretation of the buildings.
The finished pieces.

About the Writing:
Stay tuned for more detailed information. We'll keep you posted.