Monday, September 26, 2016

Artists Observe

During the two weeks that students were learning about biking skills in PE, they were learning about observation skills in art. Artists observe and notice details they wouldn't necessarily notice unless they were looking closely. Like any skill, if you want to get better at it, you need to practice. This holds true for drawing!

Artists also observe when painting. This student wanted to make a replica of The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. This was something she did entirely on her own, driven by her interest. That's one thing I love about choice-based art! That students can learn based on their individual interests is key to their engagement in their own learning!

Monday, September 12, 2016

What Do Artists Do?

On the first day of art for my classes this year, I asked the students to answer the question "What do artists do?". It is refreshing to see what art looks like from the perspective of children. I think that the importance of student voice and introspection cannot be overstated. What do artists do? 
Here are some of their answers:

 They have fun!



 They Paint 

Mixing paint to match the color of the flowers.

They Build

Architecture Legos - Thanks to Across Roads!
Magnetic Tiles - Thanks to Across Roads!
Zoobs! Thanks to Across Roads!

They never stop working and Try their best. They Persevere - don’t give up. they Try their hardest - and look for challenges 
They Create,Draw, Sketch

They Create things with their heart.

Make stuff - cool things, awesome things, art, sculptures, treasures out of trash, art out of recycling

 Take chances
Take risks -  Experiment - They are flexible 

Think, Focus, Pay close attention
They Believe in themselves.
Have an open mindset
Wonder out loud
Make things come to life.
They Interest people in their art. 
Do lots of art skills.  
Customize stuff. 
Create something that has never been used in the world before.
Imagine something they love and draw it through and see how it turns out.
See things other people don’t.
Make people LAUGH!
Have inspirational ideas.
Have passion in their art. Express themselves and their passions.
Artists are COOL and AWESOME!
They follow their dreams!

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.