I've been crazy busy lately. It is a crazy time at school with numerous events going simultaneously. I've had no time to draw or paint after work, which saddens me. However, I am happy that I will be having Spring Break soon. Though I will probably already be working on titles and movie editing for the end-of-semester Art Exhibit during my break. I will make sure to post a lot of pictures of the process I go through from preparation to set-up for that later.
I had mentioned before that, aside from working full time as an Art Teacher for grades Fourth through Ninth, I also teach Acrylic and Oil Pastel classes after school. Even though these after school classes will continue for, at least, another month after coming back from Spring Break, we held our exhibit now because it ties in with other events that are going on. Also, it was super important for the other Art Teacher and myself to have this extra work now and not during the weeks of prep leading up to the larger end-of-semester exhibit. It's going to be my tenth larger Art Exhibit here at the school!
Here are a few pictures of last night's exhibit!
My students' Art Show just took place last Friday and first semester is quickly coming to an end. I can't believe that this was my ninth time organizing and setting up a student art exhibit! They seem to be getting better and better each time, which is my goal. There were a lot of people and a lot of positive comments.
This year, there is FINALLY another full-time Art Teacher in the school, which means I am no longer alone and have someone else that understands the hard work involved in teaching this wonderful subject in a school environment. Here are some pictures of work created by my students. If you are interested in knowing anything about any of these projects let me know. I am willing to send over keynote presentations, templates and any other information you may need to make these happen!
Most of these projects are ideas of my own or variations of projects found online.
You will notice that project titles include a QR code. During the exhibit, parents are able to use iPads in order to see videos of students explaining each project. These videos can be found at my teaching YouTube channel (just look for Erika Lancaster).
Have a great week!
I am uploading this quite late because I have been very busy getting married and enjoying my honeymoon this summer. The 2016-2017 school year begins for us teachers with professional development next Wednesday! I am using these last few days to plan the projects I will be working on with students this year. So exciting!
Here are the pictures of last May's Student Art Show. The second semester of last school year was intense and full of overtime days because I started giving acrylic painting and oil pastel classes after school, which I will continue doing. You will find many new projects and some recurring ones that I have seen my students really enjoy doing or I wanted to try again with a slightly different technique. If you'd like to know anything about these projects, don't hesitate to ask! Use the form in the Contact section of my website and I will get back to you shortly. Hope you enjoy!
This school year's Fall Art Show went extremely well. As always, I made sure to plan a bunch of new projects for each grade in order to keep things fresh and exciting for everyone. This exhibit included work from Kinder, Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and the Elective group (a mixture of Eighth and Ninth) graders. Fortunately, There is another Art Teacher this year who is teaching Kinder and First Graders. I still have Second through Ninth myself.
Hope you enjoy the pictures! If you have any questions about any of these projects feel free to contact me using the format in the Contact section! I love hearing from you and would love to help out any other Art teachers with ideas.
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.
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!
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!
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. :)
I had a very busy summer with Master courses and work.
A new school year is beginning and I still had not uploaded last May's Art Show pictures! It included work from 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders. QR codes were created in order for parents to view videos and student written reflections about the specific project displayed. An iPad kart was available for them. This certainly took the event to a whole new level!
Aside from choosing and planning which projects to do with my many grade levels throughout the semester, teaching and guiding over 300 students, I was in charge of organizing and mounting the year's Art Shows pretty much all by myself. Oh...and all this while also teaching PK, K and 1st grade Computer classes... Not bad for my first year!
To view pictures of individual projects, visit the Classroom Art section of my website!
See what I am up to on: