Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pumpkin Power!

What a creative and supportive Hardwick Elementary School community we have!  Thank you to EVERYONE who helped students be successful and safe creating pumpkins for the art installation pumpkin walk.   The event was amazing and the weather was perfect for celebrating the harvest season and walking along the Hazen Trails with glowing creations lighting the way.  It is events like this that remind me how special our part of the world is and how powerful art can be in bringing people together in a positive way.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Welcome HES Artists and Families!

Students are off to a great start to the new school year in the Art Studio!

I have noticed students...  

  • drawing from observation and imagination           
  • working collaboratively 
  • reflecting on past experiences
  • comparing and constructing 3-D forms
  • identifying patterns
  • defining new art vocabulary
  • asking questions
  • thinking creatively
  • modifying artwork
  • practicing with art tools
                                                 ....and the learning continues to grow on a daily basis. 
A special thanks to all who visited the art studio at the HES Open House, and know that you are always welcome to come make art with your children. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Good Process is the Road to Good Work!

I spend much time over the summer "dissecting" or "deconstructing" the art studio to prepare for the next school year. This detailed process of collecting, arranging, classifying, sorting, reflecting and designing prepares me to best model artistic thinking flexibly and creatively while teaching. So if you peeked into the art studio this summer and thought what a mess. Rest assured this is my process with ultimately the goal of inspiring students to think creatively and critically using their artistic minds and studio habits.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Year Reflections

Planning and Integrating School wide projects are an enormous collaborative effort, and they are completely worth while when watching the joy of all students learning and creating in the classroom, and their pride and excitement participating in large events.  So far this year students have created another amazing "Pumpkin Installation" on the Hazen trails in October, decorative "Felted Insects" for table decorations at the Harvest Dinner in November, and "3-D Luminaries" culminating in a "River of Light" parade up Main Street in December.  WOW!

Looking ahead students will continue to create with different art forms to construct meaning and show their understanding of the world.  The Kindergarten Artists are working on "snowy" compositions in 2-D and 3-D media.  "Printmaking" is the focus of the First and Second Graders.  Third Graders are finishing "Winter Murals".  The Fourth Grade is learning about focal point through drawing.  Artists in Fifth Grade are working on "Color Wheel Designs".  While Sixth Graders are studying radial design and creating "Recycled Mosaics".

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Balancing the Moon

Students are studying contrast (the relationship between light and dark) and composition (dominance in design) in art classes.  The term used to describe light, gray and dark tones is called value.  All are learning that contrast and value can be both colorful and non-colorful (white, gray and black are "neutral" colors).  Tones that have color are called chromatic and tones with neutrals are called achromatic, meaning having no color.  Students are also investigating the relationship of value to other art elements line, shape, color and texture.  

Questions students are thinking about are:

Can two dimensional lines and patterns show value?  How does the contrast of light and dark colors create mood in a work of art?  How does symmetry produce spatial unity in a composition?  How can value be demonstrated using different media?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Energized and Inspired

When preparing for school-wide events I like to think of materials that are accessible to all and that students can create with independently.  (After modeling craftsmanship techniques.)  I also select materials that give the most visual impact and teach children how to be confident in their abilities.

Fiber Arts is a great example of a medium that inspires students to start working quickly,  shows results immediately, and provides enough complexity to allow for individual exploration.  Children are naturally attracted to fiber arts because of the tactile qualities, and small "dry felting" projects can be completed in one or two class sessions.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

THANK YOU Pumpkin Helpers!

The 12th Annual Pumpkin Walk at Hazen Trails was a big success!!!  Students in grades K-6 designed over 300 pumpkins with the help of many volunteers from the community, and the warm evening weather was a special treat for the event.

THANK YOU to all who helped behind the scenes, in the art studio, and on the trails!  Here is a sampling of the joy that was experienced by all.