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!
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.