Saturday, March 9, 2019

Youth Art Month

Every year March is celebrated as Youth Art Month, but you can really kick it off in November with the Youth Art Month Flag Contest. There is a theme and each state selects a Student design to be made into a flag that is displayed at the NAEA convention. This year one of my students received an honorable mention in the contest with the theme of “your art your story”. The other two designs did not place but I thought the students did a nice job. 

When it gets closer to YAM I start thinking about selecting artwork for the Kansas exhibit and because I’m a KAEA member, the Sargent Art Contest. I am able to select three, one for each age group since I teach K-12. 
My middle school entry was created by a super creative and hardworking 8th grader who I’m looking forward to having in high school art classes. She went above and beyond in the everyday objects sculpture project making an entire room complete with a hidden safe containing a bundle of tiny money behind the picture frame and a book with real pages in the tiny drawer. 

My high school entry is a colorful watercolor painting made by one of my seniors. She was a freshman my first year at the school so she’s one that’s been with me clear through high school. 

The elementary entry was made by a sweet kindergartener after we discussed American Gothic and I gave the prompt of drawing your family in front of your home. It received recognition in the Sargent Art Contest but we won’t know what place until the reception tomorrow afternoon. 

The other cool thing that will happen at the YAM awards ceremony is that another one of my seniors will receive a Harry Hart Memorial Scholarship! Two students who plan to continue their art education receive a scholarship each year and I’m so proud of and excited for my Student! Above you can see the works I submitted for the portfolio application. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

8th Grade Collaborative Theme

At the end of the semester my 8th graders were finally ready for a choice based project so I referenced the following national standard,
VA:Pr5.1.8I can collaboratively prepare and present artwork based on a theme for display, and make exhibition narratives for the viewer,
and ashes the students to brainstorm and vote on a theme for their last project. They narrowed it down to two themes, celebrations and activities, and were pretty split so we decided they could pick either theme OR make a work of art for the Jr Duck Stamp Program.

At first instead of “activities” they said sports but we discussed how that wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and broadened it to activities.

This studwnt’s activity was drawing so she did a stop motion video of herself drawing and turned in both.


This slab built truck ended up as a demolition derby truck but started off with solid slab construction.

Unfortunately we ran out of time before break and I only have 8th grade for a semester so the big display and narratives part of the plan didn’t happen

High School Jewelry

It seems like the month of March can make for tricky lwssonnplanning. We have a full week off for spring break and one or two days off for in-service and parent teacher conferences. It is challenging to get a big project completed during that month sonoast year I broke away from a theme and did more of a bootcamp/workshop approach. I very rarely have students create jewelry but I thought they would be interested if I gave them time to explore it. 
I showed the students a slides presentation with different categories of jewelry that would be possible- wire, wire and beads, leather, aluminum, found objects. We had recently discussed jewelry as art (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BrtuXYWIzt03fEHLxJAeAeCXPUuPW7lcnRotYpBkTb8) so we built on that. Here is the presentation with inspiration for different techniques:

I turned one section of countertop into a buffet with all of the materials we had available. A student taught me how to use a river gun and that was pretty fun, though not utilized by the students much. The second week I introduced some sculpture prompts but almost every student wanted to continue working on jewelry. The students combined techniques, brought studs in from home, uses tools in the Ag shop to cut and grind materials, and were just super engaged. 
We ended up taking several pieces of jewelry  to our league art show And came home with a few medals, even to a couple students who would not describe themselves as artists so that was pretty fun. 
I had intended to either do jewelry or raku during March this year but we are so behind due to snow days that most students will need the time to finish their February projects. 
Here are some pictures of the jewelry we took to league last spring. Enjoy!




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Everyday Object Sculptures

One of the great ideas I picked up at the 2018 KAEA conference was a challenge to make a sculpture of an everyday object out of cardboard of found materials that had a major change in scale- either making a small object really big or a big object really small (Thanks, Kaleena!) . My middle school class at the time was 8th grade and I thought it would be a great fit. The students weren’t ready for full choice and there tended to be fewer behavior issues when working 3D.

I introduced the assignment and the students were pretty pumped. I had ordered some cardboard tape and that helped us use less hot glue plus made a smoother surface that was very easy I paint. I recommend investing in a roll- it will go a long way!
The students showed enough responsibility during this assignment that we were able to end the semester with a themed assignment. I would totally give this challenge to high school students if I had more 3D atorage. It was enough to try and store 13 sculptures. I just don’t know where we would put 45 u less they all made them small instead of big.