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This past week was the K-12 Art show for our school.  I am the k-12 art teacher.  Since our new fine arts building was open this year we were able to host the show in the new Elementary PE gym.  It really went well.  Each student in grades k-8 submitted a picture for the art show.  The only requirement was that the artwork had to be something that was completed during art class.  Since I dont see all of the 9-12 graders this section was optional.  High School Students were allowed to submit as many pieces as they like.

In conjunction with the Art Show the school also had a k-4 music concert and a k-6 field day on Friday.  Each class in the k-6 was scheduled 20 minutes to view the art show and to allow students to get their faces painted.  The whole event went really well. 

Here are some highlight of the art show.

Kindergarten – The focus in Kindergarten is mostly color and shape.  We discuss each of the elements and principles but do not dwell on them.  By the second half of the year we combine what we have learned about color and shape to completed guided drawings.

1st Grade – In first grade we continue to work on the basic drawing skills that we started in Kindergarten.  We also begin to focus a little bit more on the elements of art and start to conciously incorporate these into our artwork.

2nd Grade – Students in the second grade complete a unit called “Art Around the World”  We spend the year studying different cultures and replicating that art.  Most of the projects we make are 3-dimensional but here is a small sampling of their 2-D work.

3rd Grade – The third grade focus is the Masters.  We spend the year looking at famous artists and mimicking/adapting their styles and creating one of a kind artworks. 

4th Grade – Student in the fourth grade spend most of the year learning specifically and in-depth about the elements and principle of art.  The last few weeks of school this year we worked on a “Weaving in the Round” project that the students really enjoyed.

5th Grade – 8th Grade – I see the fifth grade through 8th grade on a rotation everyday for 9 weeks.  This enables us to get a little more in depth with some projects rather than trying to do projects we can complete in one or two 40 minute class periods.  My 5th – 8th graders did a wide variety of drawing and painting projects.

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

High School – This year I tought two sections of art one and 1 section of advanced art.  My art 1 classes focus on the elements and principle of art as well as experiment with a wide variety of art media.  My advanced art students this year each developed thier own course of study and focused on projects and media that were of interest to them.  The only thing I regret is that I allowed my high school students to take projects home before the end of the year.  Many of my students took their very best works home and gave them to family members or hung them in their rooms and didnt want to bring them back for the art show.  You can still see they are a very talented group.

Snapshots

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One of the greatest joys of being an art teacher is having the ability to share your knowledge and excitement for the subject with students.  However, one of the greatest challenges of being an art teacher is finding the time to create your own art. 

I teach 7 classes a day to kindergarten through 12thgrade students.  I am constantly having to switch gears.  Each class is usually involved in drastically different projects that besides all being art, usually have nothing to do witheach other.  On any given day I may be teaching pottery in one class, basic drawing in another, printmaking in yet another,discussing the differences between Christian and Secular influences on modern western art withmy advanced students and drawing cookie monster with the kindergartners.  It can be very crazy and hectic to say the least!

I love my job and get great joy from it yet I miss having the time to create more of my own work.  I miss being able to lock myself into the studio, blare music and get lost in a painting for four hours.  I have found the need to be creative about finding that necessary creative release.

Recently I was made aware of a really cool online art magazine and website.  If you like to create any kind of art and have not yet had the joy of experiencing http://www.arttradermag.com/, I highly suggest you check it out.  This quarterly magazine is available as a PDF download for FREE!!!! The quality of the articles is absolutely amazing, not to mention that advertising is kept to a minimum.

After finding Art Trader Magazine I found out that the same site offers online workshops as well! I recently enrolled in the Whimsy Art Workshop I.  Each Wednesday I can log in an download a PDF workbook and watch about 5 10-15 minute companion videos on a particular subject.  The workbooks are of the same quality and caliber of the Art Trader Mag!  The videos are wonderful and helpful as well.  Each week you can also attend and online chat session with the workshop hosts and other participants to get questions answered and feedback on your progress.

I also recently found a site called http://www.atcsforall.com/.  On this site you can sign up for swaps with other artists and trade ATC’s.  ATCs(artist trading cards) areminiature 2.5×3.5″ artworks.  The idea behind them is that you make them and then you trade them with another artist.  Sometimes I like to swap but sometimes I also like to just look at the swaps and make the cards based on the themes for myself.  The great thing about ATCsis the small size.  They do not take a lot of time to make but I am able to experiment with a variety of subjects and media.

I was on another ATC site that closed down about 2 years ago.  I was really into making cards then but got away from it.  I am glad to have found this creative outlet once again.

Below are some of the cards I have recently made.  To step out of my “comfort zone” I tried two unusual subject matters.  The first set of 4 are “Whimsy Goth Girls”.  Lighthearted yet with a dark goth twist.  The second set of 4 are based on the style of artist and film director Tim Burton.  Enjoy!

Whimsy Goth Girls

Tim Burton Style/Characters

 

Please note that all artwork is copyrighted.  Do not copy my artwork or use my pictures without my written permission. Thanks!

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Yes I am a teacher and yes school has technically been out since the 23rd of May and yes we did take 5 days to go to Virginia.  But we are also required to get 60 hours of professional development over the course of the summer.  The education co-op offers workshops all summer long but Richie and I decided we wanted to try to get them out of the way early this year.  Since we both have master’s degrees and Richie has about 40 credit hours beyond a master’s we have been in University classes every summer in the eight years that we have been married.  This is actually the first summer that neither of us have University obligations.  Well today was our last official workshop until school starts back on August 7th. I have 43 days of uninterrupted vacation ahead of me.  I was able to attend all art related workshops.  Richie attended 3 of them with me which was really nice.  It was really neat to see him tap in to his creative side and he did some interesting work.  Here are some of the projects we did over the last 3 workdays.

PAINTING AND PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

Covered Bridge by Richie

Covered Bridge (unfinished) by Julie

Pattern Turtle #1 by Richie – he didn’t like it so he “ran it over”

Pattern Turtle #2 by Richie

Pattern Turtle by Julie

Mixed Animal by Richie

Mixed Animal by Julie

Pattern Hand by Richie

Pattern Hand by Julie

Comic Strip by Richie

Comic Strip by Julie (I CAN NOT draw people!)

We really had lots of fun! I got lots of great ideas for my classes next year.  I was proud of Richie for trying everything and surprised to see that he actually has a lot of natural talent.  He said the last time he drew anything was about 22 years ago!!!

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