Students are using chalk or charcoal to create a drawing from a photograph. They are focusing on changing proportions, showing a range of value, and matching textures.
Southside Garden Club has offered to sponser BNS as participants in the 2018 Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster contest. Students in grades 3-5 have been working on posters to share the message of Smokey the Bear or Woodsy Owl. it has been a great exercise for students to think about how to use lettering, use a iconic character, and make sure the message is clear. They have been doing a great job. Parents will be contacted if students would like to participate in the judges portion of the contest.
The students at BNS get all twisted up with color theory on Messy Day. Of course they could play the original version to avoid the mess!
Green Room students and Turquoise Room students have been exploring mixing tints and shades. Green room students mixed a color with white, and then black right on their page to explore variations of color. They added a contrasting image or design with India ink to finish the painting. Turquoise students lightly penciled a composition creating many shapes or spaces to paint in. They mixed variations of tints and shades in a pallet to paint in the all of the areas on their page. Check out some examples below!
After students complete their skill-building warm up at the beginning of class, they then move on to self-guided art making. Currently, the students have been exploring materials in the drawing, watercolor, and painting centers. Take look a below at some of the art that the students have been working on.
These are some examples of the warm up skill building artworks the students have been working on. The students begin each class practicing a technique, adding on each day for a completed project before moving to their self-guided artwork.
I've really been working hard to figure out what works best for art student learning. There are basically two camps. Project based or process based teaching. Meeting the standards of learning, I believe, created a shift to project based teaching. This can result in some very beautiful, well planned projects... but, when I looked at what we as art teachers promote as an important component to education (creativity, exploration and problem solving to name a few), it just wasn't there. Instruction following? Check. Material use? Check. Learning art terms? Check. However, is that a way to create artists? I wasn't convinced. Choice-based learning seemed to fit the bill, this gives students access to materials to explore and create at will. It sounded fantastic and I had to try it! Except.... some students not only need, but enjoy the organization of guided projects and checking off the list of steps (so to speak), which can give a feeling of accomplishment.
I've landed on this format. We start class with a skill building warm up. This is a way to practice particular techniques, use materials, open art centers, and build finished artworks. Then students have the opportunity to move to self-guided art making. As the art centers become "open", students can use more and more materials. They also have sketchbooks, media books, or can look at a book from the art library as idea starters. I've found that this meets the needs of various types of learners, as well as offers a well rounded way to explore art.
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Carilion Clinic has a healing arts program and we're registering now through September 28 for our 2nd Patient Art Show. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. This show is a partnership of the Dr. Robert Keeley Healing Arts Program and the National Arts Program. Three art professionals will judge this show and determine winners of 19 cash awards totaling $3,950. And artwork can be offered for sale during the show.
Classifications include Youth, Teen, Adult Amateur, Adult Intermediate and Adult Professional. Please provide the attached flyer to students and colleagues who might have interest. Registration is online at www.nationalartsprogram.org/carilionpatient and this show is open to any person who received care from any Carilion provider at any location any time during 2016 or 2017.
All who register online will receive an email by the end of September with information on the location selected for dropping off artwork the week of October 9.
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.