The 8/9 photo class learned a mirroring technique in Photoshop that turned their photos into kaleidoscopic images!
Here are the TOP SHOTS from our Angle of View project. Students were asked to take photo from a worms eye perspective, birds eye and then find a creative viewpoint. I am so pleased with the results!
Here are the "Top Shots" from out very first homework assignment! So many of these just blew me away, I was very proud of the spectacular shots the kids were able to get. Their prompts were: 1. Water 2. Close Up 3. Patterns 4. Symmetry 5. Self Portrait w/Camera
Here are the "top shots" for our levitation project! Some of the kids really ran with their concept and turned in some fantastic images.
We also took a break this week and did a fun 1-day editing challenge in which they created a "tiny planet" using a few editing tricks. They mostly worked from stock images, but the large image below is actually a panorama of our school! One student was able to successfully complete the editing to create a fun original image.
The photography class completed a layering project in which they created clones. It was so fun to see the various poses and funny personalities that the students used. Here are a few of my personal favorites....
My fourth graders completed this neat tree silhouette project. We learned about tints and shades and used a monochromatic scheme to paint a background. Then we added black trees and stars to complete the project. I LOVE how they turned out!
My Photography class worked on a fun alphabet project where they had to find letters in the world around them. Some of these turned out great! I am very pleased with the creativity they showed! I have chosen a few top words, but also wanted to select some of the most creative letters.
The 6th graders learned about street art and had a discussion about the effect that venue has on perceived value. It is always fun to hear the kid's thoughts on this subject! We then studied the difference between graffiti art and vandalism, and also looked at artists that toe the line between the two. Each student then created their own street art style name and we ended off by doing an image sorting activity. Each group was given as stack of images and asked to select the ones that best represented the kind of art they like. It was fun to see how the definition of "good art" varied by person.
The 7th graders are off to a running start on their inner me/outer me masks. They focused on building the base and the basic design this week. I also have photos of the finished treehouse project.
The fourth graders started creating backgrounds using tints and shades of a single color. They are looking great so far!
Here are the TOP SHOTS from our texture project! I asked students to really examine the world around them and search for unexpected textures, both natural and man-made. I am so pleased with the results! These kids are awesome!
The elementary grades had a blast with color mixing this week! We learned about the basics, then made color wheels. The 3rd & 4th graders used a special chart to find color recopies and the 5th graders started work on an interactive color wheel which they will use to choose a theme for their next project. The kids were extra excited because we got to try out our new class set of aprons and paint pallets. They all looked very professional!
Design a bookmark for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship
September is College Savings Month and UESP is ready to award eight college savings scholarship accounts to Utah students.Utah students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade can design a bookmark for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship account.
This year my first project with the Elementary grades was goal oriented. We talked about three different types of goals: art goals, school goals and personal goals. The students wrote down one for each category and then I taught them how to draw a face peaking out. Each grade had a different level of difficulty. The third graders had the head shape and eyes already done, fourth only had the head shape, and the fifth graders had a blank paper. It was so fun to read through their cute goals!
Here are the top shots I have chosen from our first photography assignment. The students learned 10 composition tips and went on a photo shoot outside. I am already so impressed by the quality of the photos, the students have done a great job and I can't wait to see what else they turn in this semester! If you were absent and did NOT get your 5 photos turned in, please email your work to me.
The first few weeks of school are some of my favorite. Everyone is so excited to be back...the new supplies...the fresh start...the familiar faces! I love getting my room ready for the new year, I even made a rack for our new aprons this summer! Here is a recap this weeks events!
3rd, 4th & 5th Grade
The Elementary grades reviewed classroom procedures and policies for the first bit of class, then we made our new sketchbook covers for this year! Each student picked their favorite color from my construction paper and folded it to make a book cover. They then decorated the whole thing any way they wanted! Most of these students I had last year, but the third graders are all new to me! They were so well behaved and a little hesitant when they walked in, but they were soon relaxed and having fun!
6th & 7th Grade
The foundations classes created their own hand-bound sketchbooks using a Coptic sewing technique. We started off on the first day by making some colorful and crazy paste paper for our covers, it is always so fun to get right into making art! We then spend a few days learning classroom expectations and preparing the pages for binding. After demonstrating the sewing process on Thursday, the students got right to work! I was so impressed by this years group, they listened well and were able to get the hang of the process in record time! The books were all finished and beautiful by Friday!
The photography class spend some time learning about traditional film processes and history of the medium. We then did an outdoor workshop where the students experimented with Cyanotypes (sun prints). Each student received a treated paper and placed an object on top, then set it in the sun to expose. Rinsing the print removes the excess treatment and reveals bright blue color.
Summer is drawing to a close and it's hard to think that in just a few weeks we will be back in the classroom! For those of you who will be taking one of my classes for the first time this year, let me say WELCOME! I am so excited to meet you! For those of you who will be returning, I can't wait to see you all again and create some awesome artwork this year!
I have also added a link to the NEW Utah State Art Standards. They were recently re-done and are all brand new! I am so excited to be implementing these new standards this year, they offer a much wider range of experiance and areas for growth in student work.
SECONDARY ART STANDARDS
ELEMENTARY ART STANDARDS
As far as new materials/supplies in the art room, I have a few fun surprises! I can't wait to show you the class apron set I got! You are all going to love wearing them! I even made a rack to hang them up on in our classroom. Something else new this year is our class pottery wheel! Thanks to a generous donation on Donors Choose my ceramics students will get the change to throw a pot or two on the wheel. The room is currently well stocked with new paint and paper, all the things that art teachers love best ;). I can't wait to get my class lists for this fall, waiting is always the hardest part. I am so excited to see which awesome students I get to interact with this year!
Art Teacher (3-9) at Thomas Edison Charter School