So I am already hard at work in order to have everything ready for this semester's Art Show. Been putting in many hours after school and during weekends. Because I basically have to help 250-300 students complete projects, create videos (the school I work at is big at involving technology as much as possible), select projects and mount everything pretty much by myself, it is essential for me to begin, at least, a month in advance. Aside from helping students finish up projects, I find myself doing everything else after work. Between grading, planning and preparing supplies for artwork, I have almost no time during the day.
The first thing I do is work on project titles, which this year, were a total of 18 (each grade does between 3-4 projects that can be selected for the exhibit). This is the way I make them. I download some cool fonts, prepare pdfs in Illustrator with 2-3 letters per page, print them out, cut them (I the whole stack of papers home and work on cutting them during free moments), and tape together two 65x50 cm. colored cardboards to paste them on. Aside from the project titles, I include the grade level and a description of each project which includes the techniques used as well as the Elements of Art that were studied during the process. These titles also will contain the QR codes that will essentially link to the videos of students explaining about their projects. I record these videos myself during class time and edit them in iMovie.
So much to do still! But I'm excited and looking forward to creating a better and better event each year.
I am kind of late posting this. Between teaching, me making time for health (exercise/healthy eating/trying to get enough sleep), planning my wedding, and my new cat, I've been pretty busy!
Before the school year starts, I always make a bulletin board that basically shows the Elements of Art we are going to be learning about in class (difficulty depending on the grade). These Elements of Art are basically the foundation for the projects I plan each semester and are a big part of my school's Art curriculum that I need to cover.
I think it is a great way to display the most important information that students should stay with and it also helps them understand that there is a foundation of knowledge behind every single thing I have them do. Everyone that comes into my class also seems to enjoy seeing that I have a different/creative way of making bulletin boards!
Because I want to continue practicing my drawing, I looked for different Drawing Challenges (the kind that give you a list of drawing prompts) and have created my own. I am excited to go pick up the drawing spiral I have ordered from Amazon so that I can start my own visual journal. I'm also going to include writing in it and I am also working on a Writing Challenge I will be posting later, Unfortunately, I am not picking my stuff up until next weekend, which means I did my first drawing in a regular piece of paper. Here is my list and my first drawing. Sorry for the awful quality. I still don't have a scanner in my apartment! : /
Last year I began teaching the 8th and 9th Art Elective group (which are the oldest kids in the school I teach at). This was a great challenge because the way this Art class is taught is obviously very different from my other classes. I wanted to plan projects and assignments which would be appealing and challenging for them. Though we started the year learning and talking about artists like Dalí, Picasso, Magritte and Kahlo, I also wanted my students to have a chance to appreciate work by artists of today.
In my search for artwork that could be used as inspiration for a 3D project (I usually plan for at least one each semester-with all my grades), I came across a wonderful artist that makes paper maché sculptures in a style that I thought would appeal to my students. Her name is Juliana Bollini and she is a visual artist living in Brazil. She is absolutely amazing at making paper maché artwork. Visit the following links to view some of her wonderful work!
Visit Bollini's blogspot site at: http://julianabollini.blogspot.mx/
Here is a video of the artist talking about her creative process: https://vimeo.com/55403721
My ¨Teacher's Example¨ for the Juliana Bollini-Inspired Head Sculpture
Finished student projects! Amazing!
This school year ended with an amazing student Art Show (once again). I am excited for next year and the great things the kids will come up with. I have only a few days left of summer vacation before starting with professional development courses, which means I have to begin with the long range planning for all the grades I will be having next year! For me, this means not only selecting the projects that will help me fulfill curriculum requirements, but organizing them in a sequence that makes sense for students. I rarely repeat projects, except for the ones that I feel my students enjoyed and learned from most. This means a lot more work, but it is worth it! Cheers!
I really enjoy mixed media and multimedia artwork. I began experimenting with collaging when I was very young and found the process of cutting and pasting separate images and words (at times entire articles) into one same cardboard or journal page very therapeutic. I was creating art journals without even setting out to. This is why, perhaps, I love admiring this type of artwork today.
Waldemar Strempler is a German artist, sculptor and graphic designer that frequently uses elements of the human form as part of his compositions.
Ohara Hale is a multitalented artist with a very fun, whimsical style. Her work includes fine art, illustration, animation, and graphic design. I love the way she is able to integrate illustrations into logos!
Check out more of her stuff at http://cargocollective.com/hale and visit her tumblr site at http://oharahale.tumblr.com/.
The school I work at has a wonderful tradition each year in which different cultures and nationalities are celebrated. Each grade learns about a specific country and one classroom of each is decorated for the big event. Whichever grades are taking Art during second semester works on projects for the fair in my class as well. This year, I had Second Grade doing Japan and Fourth Grade doing Germany, and we decided to help out with each country's food for their exhibits.
The last student art exhibit was a blast! This year I am teaching grades 2nd to 9th and, finally, there is another Art teacher in the school that I can bounce ideas off of. Being the only Art teacher in the school was very difficult the last couple of years, so I am very happy!
We had been using QR codes (pasted on project titles) that visitors could use to view videos of students explaining about projects. This time, we used an app called Aurasma to switch things up. Personally, I found QR codes more friendly for this kind of purpose, but it was nice to try something new! Here's the link if you want to find out more about it:
I can't believe half of the school year is over already!
Working on a few different step-by-step drawing worksheets for my younger students. Essentially, they are going to pick one of six different owls and practice drawing it in their sketchbooks as preparation for a large project. They will have to draw it on a large cardboard later on.
This school year started off with a bang and I am looking forward to what's to come. I work at a relatively new campus and am missing a few things, but am making it work with what I do have! It is essential for me to build an environment in which my students will feel comfortable and inspired to create. Here are a few pics. :)
I started by covering a box with a couple of layers of paper mache. Because this box has an attached lid, I made sure not to cover the line that allows it to fold over. After finishing the paper mache, I let it dry over night.
After sketching a bunch of different ideas, I came up with a monster design that would complement the shape of the box and transferred it using a pencil. I then traced my lines carefully using a thin Sharpie.
I covered the box's folding line with a similar colored tape.
Ready to be filled with goodies! :)
There are only 2 weeks left before teacher preparation for next school year begins (OMG!). I am still working on my final portfolio for my Master program (which ended last month), but since I am done with all my classes I finally had a bit of time to dedicate to personal projects. I used this small break to set many goals for myself, in both personal and professional areas of my life. Because of this, I decided to create my own personalized planner to keep track of my progress throughout the year.
I saw/read SOOO many of videos and blog posts from others in order to get ideas for my planner. The whole thing was pretty fun to make and it will be super useful for me. I enjoyed it so much, I will probably be making more in the future. There are many websites from which you can buy monthly calendars and weekly templates, but I decided to make my own. If anyone is interested, the PDFs are below the pictures, which can be downloaded and printed out. I decided to make the design very simple because I plan on doing at least a certain amount of doodling and collaging in this planner.
To start off I found an old hardcover book and used an X-ACTO knife to carefully separate the pages from the cover. You have to run the blade down vertically, as straight as possible, and making sure not to damage the spine. Next I found an old blouse with a nice graphic that I was never going to use anymore. I cut out a large rectangle (the book cover has to have at least 1 inch of extra fabric all around it), ironed it, and used spray adhesive to glue it onto the book cover.
I then planned the sections I would be creating in my planner. This will vary from person to person, since we all have different organizing needs. I left only 3: Monthly Calendars, Weekly Plans and Important Notes. After deciding on my sections I got to work designing my monthly calendars, and my weekly spreads. I made sure to add areas to jot down monthly goals or notes about important events, as well as daily meals and exercising in my weekly planning section.
As you can see, I went for the easiest book binding method. I had a roll of thin rope in my basement which I thought would go well with the cover. I was a little worried at first that it wouldn't hold the pages properly, but the hard cover helps keep everything in place perfectly. :)
I can't believe my second year teaching Art is over! It has been such a roller coaster! Especially doing my Master in Education at the same time (I just finished the program a couple of weeks ago). Being a teacher has been the most difficult, and at the same time, most rewarding experience I have been through. I enjoy it so much and love being able to help students develop skills through art. There is such a personal growth that comes from it as well.
This has been my fourth time organizing and mounting the exhibit and I think they are getting better and better! Everyone enjoyed it so much.
I will be uploading pictures of individual projects in the ¨Classroom Art¨ section of the blog, so make sure to come back later. :)
It's been such a long time since I made any posts! My life has been incredibly busy finishing up my last master courses and getting through my second year teaching Art!
I made the following comic-book style biography as a pre-course assignment for one of my last courses. Our wonderful professor encouraged us to do something different that would surprise him, so I decided to go with drawings instead of the usual write up and/or keynote presentation with photos.
I think I am going to use this as I am introducing myself to my new students next year! It's important that they get to know me and my background. They also love knowing that their teacher loves drawing too. :)
I'm very proud of what my students created this semester! The Art Show featured work from Kinder, Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth graders. Check it out! See more individual projects in the Classroom Art section of this website.
As a personal project, I decided to do a redesign for Kevala's Almond Butter products. I really like the product, but I really think their current image is really lacking good design. Here are some initial ideas which I am still working on.