Colored Pencils, Oil Pastels, Chalk Pastels, Marker, and More! See what some of the BNS students have been drawing!
Self-reflection is a really important part of the art process. To encourage students to think about a finished artwork, grades K - 5 will periodically fill out, and/or discuss with me what they feel was really successful in experimentation, technique or composition (stars), as well as think about something that may improve the art or their approach if doing it again (wish). These goal sheets will be coming home as a written dialogue about the students art process. Be sure to check out your child's artwork in their portfolios for a visual connection to these reflections.
I just had to add some more portrait drawings. Students begin the year practicing drawing a self-portrait which will be collected in student self-reflection books. When students use mirrors, they observe specific characteristics about themselves to include in their drawings and discover they can make a representational drawing of themselves! It's great to hear comments they make during this process. Check out a few more of the portraits that students drew.
Below you will see the art room at a glance. Each artist has their own space where they collect art for the entire year. The purpose of this is so that students gain understanding of building an art portfolio. There are several times throughout the year that students will pull art from their portfolios for display. To start the year, our young artists have been focussing on drawing. Throughout the year, art stations will continue to be introduced to the students. This allows students to have more freedom when coming up with solutions to art prompts.
Those shirts aren't white anymore! By the end of the day on Friday, all students have had a chance to tie, then dye their shirts creating a beautiful BNS rainbow of school spirit. Tie dye is super fun, but besides that, screen printing and tie dye are also great ways to make connections with what we see in the stores
How do we make our clothes look like that? For some of the students, actually seeing a screen printing screen and how the ink is pushed through an image is quite a learning process, along with having to think about "how does fabric get color on it"? And, let's not forget creating patterns! Are the rubber bands holding the shirt in a particular way, or are they creating a resist for the pattern?
And, that's not even all we've been doing! These young artists have been working on drawing projects as well during this whole process... more to come on that soon!
Hello, my name is Patti Rowland and I am the art teacher for grades K - 8 at Blacksburg New School. I feel very fortunate to be able to have each class for an hour two times a week. Teaching at Blacksburg New School gives me the opportunity to explore and create a curriculum that incorporates choice-based learning, which serves the varying processing styles of our young artists.