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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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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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Back to it!

School started back yesterday!  I always kind of dread going back but once I get here I realize why I love my job!  We started a new semester yesterday so I got a new group of 5th graders, a new group of 8th graders and my semester long Survey of Art class (High School) switched out too.

Currently my art room is a small old house.  I get the whole house to myself which is neat but there are some problems with the building.  This house is probably close to 75 years old! There is little to no insulation and there are actually cracks where the walls meet the floor where you can see outside!  So when it was only 16 degrees yesterday we never could seem to get warm!  The house has it’s charm too.  I get the whole thing to myself which is nice and peaceful.  We can be wild and crazy here in the art room and not bother anyone. I have a big porch which is great for when we do tie-dye cause I can string a big clothesline across the porch to dry our goods. Yet on the flip side there isn’t any good storage.  We have only one small sink in the room which was the kitchen.  The room is L shaped which creates blind spots.  Of course the naughty kids always try to sit in that back area!  Still I have truly enjoyed being in this room!

About a year and a half ago the superintendent of our school informed me that we would be getting a new building on campus and I would get a brand new art facility! At first I had mixed feelings about the project.  I would have to give up my space that we all affectionately refer to as “The House of Art”.  Despite it’s drawbacks, it really does have a special charm. 

Construction on the new facility began on the last day of the 2006/2007 school year.  The summer was spent preparing the site which involved removing an old house and the current playground.  The pipework and foundation were also layed.  As the new school year began we saw the walls and roof come up. The exterior brick work was put in place and by Christmas Sheetrock and other internal work had begun.  Yesterday the water department connected the new building to the town waterlines and as we speak Entergy is putting new light polls in place and preparing the building to receive it’s own electricity!  As this work is being completed I am starting to feel the stir of excitement.  The quirky nuances of the “House of Art” are starting to become annoying nuisances and I am itching for the new building to be done!

The new Fine Arts Facility now has water and electric but there is still quite a bit of interior work to be done!  The finish of the project is slated for mid March! We should be moving in before the end of the school year!  So much of my time over the next few weeks will be spent purging my room of stuff that is no longer usable so that I don’t have to move it to the new building!

I believe that change is always met with a bit of hesitation but once we learn to embrace it we can discover joy and happiness in the newness that life and living has brought us.  So it is nearing the end of an era and the “House of Art” will soon cease to exist.  So to honor it’s memory here are a few shots of my space.

      

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