ASAP! is pleased to announce its 9th annual Celebration of Young Photographers. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit two photographs based on this year’s theme: Current Mood. A panel of professional photographers will select 60 photos to be included in a unique exhibition at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington Depot, CT on November 17th, 2019, 2-4pm. The exhibition will then move to Judy Black Park and Gardens for a two-week extended viewing. The top four photographers will be recognized for their outstanding work and will receive the 2019 Dylan’s Wings Photography Award and a special prize. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2019! Please see Photography Guidelines.
The art rooms were transformed into botanical still life arrangements for students to paint images from observation and to incorporate innovation. Students were able to touch and smell Tulsi, Mint, Sunflowers, Swiss Chard, and many other herbs and vegetables grown in the school gardens. What a great time students had mixing colors and painting their colorful creations! Take a look at our garden gallery.
In the first art classes of the year students PreK through Grades 6 drew portraits from observation using mirrors. They looked at portraits generated by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made of objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. The portraits will remain in the art room until the Sixth Grade Moving-Up Ceremony, when students will receive a collection of Self Portraits created over their elementary school years.
Welcome students and parents to my art blog. Here you can find happenings in and out of the art room, photographs of student work, and art resources. Art meets once a week for 45 minutes. Students are encouraged not to wear their best clothing, as they will get messy at times using paint or clay. However, the art room does have smocks. Students can bring in their own art smocks (a BIG T-shirt works great!) as well. I look forward to working with students in exploring creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Please visit the National Core Art Standards here.
The theme is "When I grow up, I hope . . . "
Google invites students to draw upon their dreams and imagine the ways the world can be better. Food for everyone? Shoes that fly? An Earth-cooling fan? It's up to students to interpret the theme, where they can take it artistically, and what materials to use to create their unique doodle.
Forms and info can be found on the Doodle4Google website. The deadline is March 18, 2019. 53 students will be named winners from their state/territory. Five finalists will be flown to Google's Mountain View headquarters, and one winning student from among the five will receive:
The Doodle for Google Team
Thursday, October 4
Warren Public Library
TUE 10 AM - 7 PM | THU 10 AM - 5 PM FRI 10 AM - 5 PM | SAT 10 AM - 2 PM 15 SACKETT HILL ROAD
WARREN, CT 06754
Inspired by CITYarts Pieces for Peace project of New York City. Sponsored by the Curriculum of Hope for a Peaceful World.
Last spring the Senior Blended class was selected to create 6” x 6” artworks in the form of painting, poems, or drawings for the DKG Alpha Kappa Connecticut Pieces for Peace Traveling Exhibition . Works were chosen by Warren School students and staff in a blind jury process. The traveling exhibit will on display at the Warren Public Library, September 28-October 25, 2018. The exhibit will be returning to the Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT, December 3-28, 2018.
Works that are not part of the traveling exhibition can be seen on the digital gallery https://dkgct.weebly.com/pieces-for-peace-gallery .
Students have been honing in on their observation skills and expanding on creativity by painting placemats for the Harvest Luncheons at all three schools. By practicing looking closely at still life garden flora and vegetables, students are not just artists but scientists as well. They continue exploring sensory imagery using smell and touch. Studying Giuseppe Archimboldo gives cultural insight to a 15th Century Italian painter, who generated painted portraits in a non-traditional manner. The school gardens offer exploration and learning outside of classroom walls, whether planting seeds, taking care of vegetables that are shared in local food banks, creating delicious dishes to taste at the annual harvest luncheons, or learning how to put the gardens to bed for the winter.
Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB). What is TAB?
Greetings from the art world!
My initiative for teaching a new philosophy and different methodology, Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB), was inspired originally by attending the National Arts Education Conference in New York City (March 2017). I attended a presentation about Samantha Varain’s MA thesis, Choosing Creatively: Choice-Based Art Education in an Inclusive Classroom. Ms. Varain’s research showed 100% engagement by students in a choice-based learning environment. When I attended the Northwest Arts Council workshop at EdAdvance (Spring 2017), the TAB model, which was originally founded in Massachusetts over 35 years ago and is a “nationally recognized education approach in teaching,” was also a top topic of discussion.
Through TAB, students experience authentic exploration and learning practices that are interest based. Centers may vary but often include: Drawing, Painting, Collage, Fiber Arts, Clay/Ceramics, Sculpture, and Printmaking. In the Region 6 elementary art classroom, an additional center may include Mixed Media, in which more than one material is used in the artmaking process. TAB aligns with the workshop model that promotes student-centered choice-based learning through centers in the art room. Choice-based art experiences support multiple intelligences and learning modalities, which in turn generate student engagement.
All elementary students are now on the journey of art center-based learning. Primary grades have more modeling and introduction to skills for the success of experimenting with various tools and materials, while the upper grades have more independence in designing and implementing an Art Project Plan. There is an openness and willingness to make mistakes and to be reflective of self and peers during the process and the final product. While one objective is to strive to develop Craft (quality work with use of materials), other objectives include: Engage and Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Stretch and Explore, Understand the Art World, and Reflect. These Studio Habits of Mind objectives are credited to The Art of Education, which link directly to the TAB mindset.
Students have been unpacking centers by experimenting with tools and materials and generating artwork that does not necessarily look the same as everyone else’s. There may be times that students create a similar project to learn a new skill, but more often than not, the art experiences may be messy as a means of revising. The TAB journey allows for mistakes, revisions, and abandonment of a project (at times) to allow for authentic and real-world experiences.
As past practice, most 2D art projects will come home, as a collection, in a portfolio in early June. The portfolio allows for work to come home undamaged and to house a body of work throughout the academic year for displays, art shows, and assessment. Students will keep sketchbook journals to include drawings and reflections of their process.
There will be projects and/or practices in the trying out of tools and materials that come home from time to time, but the real journey will be in student exploration of projects of interest. Please do not hesitate to volunteer in the art room or reach out to me at email@example.com. Thank you so much.
Of note: Donations of materials such as magazines, newspapers, cardboard, egg cartons, etc. are always welcome.
The 6th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers Contest is open to grades 6-12. All photos must be taken on a SmartPhone. This year's themes are: 1. Nature, 2. People, and/or 3. Architecture/Buildings. One photo may be submitted to ASAP via email, including identifying the SmartPhone the image was taken with, a caption describing the photo, and a photo release form if the category is people. The deadline is October 7th. A reception will be held at South Farms on Sunday, November 13, 2:00-4:00 pm.
Can you name the top three iconic logos globally? Warren School students (grades 3-6) are in the process of working with parent and artist, Mr. Daudlin, to generate a new school logo, possibly incorporating the current, beautiful "W." Students brainstormed ideas in art and are making multiple drafts like in Austin's Butterfly. Click here to see the top 50 most iconic logos.
I am an art teacher and for Region 6 Elementary Schools: Warren, Morris, and Goshen, CT.