Friday, September 21, 2018

Art Lab Days

Art Lab Days:   

We entered into week three of the Art Studio with Art Lab days.  An 'art lab' just like a science lab is a place where students can experiment and make new discoveries with materials and combinations of materials.  It is very much a place that students can explore the processes of making art and hopefully gain empowerment via hands on discoveries.

I hope this year to embed more of these sessions into the Art Studio curriculum and in the future have the kids document some of the process or at least the discoveries using their iPads.  For now it was just exploration and by all accounts very successful sessions.
Here are some photos of the goings on and a slide show.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Cheers to a Making our Marks and the Start of a New School Year

Greetings Art Viewers, 
      We are off to a strong start to the new school year with artists once again being inspired by Peter Reynolds book  THE DOT .  We watched Peter read the story, discussed how it is more than just a book about making dots.  We discussed that it is a book in which the character Vashti discovers that with Positive Thinking, Patience, Practice and Perseverance she can learn a new skill ( art making) and even share her experience and be generous with another child by sharing the lesson she learned.
Those 4 attributes ( I call the 4 P's) are super important to the growth mindset that we strive to inculcate in are time in the art studio.

Each student spent their first art class making their mark, a unique dot, and then adding an inspiring "power word" that they felt will help them have a successful year. We then took the dots out to the center hallway mural and pasted them on and signed out names, just as Vashti did with her dot.

I am taking photos of this mural and sharing them with the International Dot Day celebrations International Dot Day so that YES can be part of the world community of over 8 million artists being inspired by THE DOT this year

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stop Motion Animation takes the 4th Graders by storm

This spring 4th graders have been using their one to one Ipads to experiment with and create animated short movies.
Its been an exciting new opportunity afforded by these powerful tools. It has allowed students who may have been reluctant drawers to feel empowered to tell visual stories via moving pictures.

We are hoping to have a YES Animated Shorts Film Festival this June during a 4th grade lunch hour, so stay tuned.
Below are a a number of images of students working on their movies. Check out the clever set ups used to create various effects.  I literally just introduced this lesson and then 'got out of their way' so to speak to let them explore and discover. 

One of my most rewarding parts of this lesson was watching the SHARING of information and tricks' kids were truly team players and discovered so much by helping each other problem solve the app.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time for " Think Different" Challenges in the Art Studio

Every year, between end of February and the April break I design lessons in the Art Studio around the concept of 'thinking differently'.  While artists are always thinking differently, during this period I often design and present challenges that stretch students ideas of what might be art, or artful, or I challenge them to transform objects into unexpected works of art.
The overarching theme in this broad unit is my way to pay homage to the concept of “Think Different”, so eloquently presented in the Apple computer ad campaign of the same name from the 1990’s ( if you are not familiar with its worth a look up as its truly inspirational). During this period of art challenges a number of the lessons will focus on process of making art, even more so than the product, and many will be “ Make and Takes”.
 In addition we will touch briefly on some of the artists and innovators who ‘thought differently’ starting with Dr. Seuss whose birthday is March 2nd, to Vincent Van Gogh ( March 30), Leonardo Da Vinci ( April 15)  and even Albert Einstein (March 14).
Lessons will range from Beautiful Oops books, to Scranimals, to Reverse Scranimals, Artist Trading cards, stop motion animation and contraption designs. Below are some highlights of works created so far.