Sunday, October 14, 2018

Busy Week in the Art Room

It was a very busy week in the art room! Lots of pictures to share this week. . . . Many of the elementary students are studying line this month. Kindergarten learned about thick and thin lines with a lesson on Navajo blankets. Here is one of the paintings to come from that lesson. First Grade completed a lesson on "broken lines". They looked at mosaic examples to first see how a line can outline shapes, but it does not need to be continuous. To further their instruction in line, we completed a chart of different kinds of lines. Third and Fourth Grade students are working on Bad Hair Day! In this lesson, students continue to refine their portrait drawing skills. They also create a wild hairdo for their portrait using a variety of lines that we studied and that they created on their own. However, this was said in the art room, too. "I finally created one of my best portraits ever, but now I have to give him crazy hair!" Fifth and sixth graders are continuing an extension of their Native American art history study by completing an art project based on the Winter Count. This item allows the Plains Indians to recored the past year through pictograms. While most Native American cultures practice oral traditions, many also use pictograms to record important events. Fifth through eighth grade students completed a still life for a drawing placement test. WE will revisit this later in the year as a personal growth tracker. Finally, here are the Arts Advocacy posters, completed by fifth through eighth grades, from the earlier part of the year. They are currently on display outside of the art room.

Friday, October 5, 2018

New Opportunities for Growth

During the 2018-2019 school year, I am introducing some new concepts to my curriculum at all grade levels. First Grade Over the past couple of weeks, younger students, especially the first graders, reviewed techniques they had learned last year. This week, the first graders reviewed painting. They showed me what they knew about proper use of painting supplies for tempera paint and watercolor. Third and Fourth Grades This year, I'm introducing art history for third through sixth grades! Third and fourth graders will learn traditional Western art history, beginning at Prehistoric times, and it goes all the way to contemporary times. Each month, we will learn a different unit. Here are some images of the students making hieroglyph messages! Middle School Our students recently completed their MAP testing. This week, middle school students completed a drawing assessment in art class. I will use this as a measure of growth over the course of the year. At the end of the year, students will again take the "test" to measure their improvement. I already could see students had retained valuable information from previous lessons! Additionally, they took a color pre-test in order to prepare for the new unit ahead.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Art Advocacy

What is advocacy? This was a topic the fifth through eighth grade students explored during the first month of school. Through a collaborative project, students learned how to share important messages about art's place in the world. Students brainstormed ideas on where one can find art, what constitutes art, and what impact art can have on people. Here are a few examples to share: All posters will be on display in the hallway outside the art room. Come see all of them for yourselves!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

So the Year Begins

As the first few weeks of school wind down, students wrap up their review and practice of classroom procedures with more fun art room projects. Third and fourth graders worked on portrait review. This culminated in them creating self portraits that will be used in a school-wide art piece. All students will create a self-portrait, with each grade level being represented in a different color of the rainbow. Fifth through eighth grades began a mini unit on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, along with exercises on learning composition techniques. This mini unit prepares them for the rigors of this curriculum year, and supplies them with a working knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts they will incorporate into every unit of study. Here is a preview of the upcoming units: Kindergarten: Dots, Lines and Patterns First Grade: Lines Second Grade: Color Review with Kandinsky Color Painted Circles Third and Fourth Grades: Lines, Pattern, and Movement Fifth and Sixth Grades: Book Illustration Seventh and Eighth Grades: Impressionist Forgeries

Sunday, September 16, 2018

First Weeks of School

These past few weeks have been very full in the art room. Here are a few images from our week. Kindergarten students began learning about art centers. Here, they are learning a memory game using colors and shapes. Second graders are beginning a unit on color. This week we reviewed our color vocabulary and how to mix secondary colors. We also practiced proper painting skills. Fifth through eighth grades are completing an arts advocacy poster as they review the classroom procedures and expectations, as well as practicing collaboration skills.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Welcome Back to Art!

Welcome to Bethlehem Lutheran School's Art Class 2018 - 2019! Mrs. Kara Brown on Jupiter Ed (989) 755-1144 This course is filled with projects and activities that will boost your critical thinking habits, improve your collaborative participation, grow your creativity and develop your communication skills through writing and talking about art. We will focus our exploration of the art world through the Studio Habits of Mind. In this class you will. . . - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Refine and complete artistic work - Analyze, interpret and select artistic work for presenation - Develop and refine artistic work for presentation - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Perceive and analyze artistic work - Interpret intent and meaning in art - Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural historical context to deepen understanding Class Assignments: - Studio projects - Daily class participation - Art discussions - Class fundraiser - Quizzes and tests (grade appropriate) Grading: Each week students will receive points for artistic achievements and participation. Rubrics will be used by the instructor and, in some cases, by students for self-assessment. Rules and Responsibilities: - RESPECT: each other, yourself, the teacher - Properly use supplies, tools, and materials - Come prepared to work - Clean up after yourself - Be creative and use your imagination Behavior Consequences: 1. Verbal warning 2. Time out 3. Private talk with assistant principal 4. Making Better Choices form 5. Call home. personal meeting All notes on classroom behavior will be recorded in Jupiter Ed.

Monday, March 26, 2018


March happened to be one of my favorite months this year, surprisingly. As I was saving images from student work, both in production and completed, I realized that the students have been producing some phenomenal things. The lesson shave challenged them, and I am proud of what is being accomplished in the art room. Here are a few things that have been going on. I really hope to show you some art that shows breadth and variety at this year's art show, coming up on May 9th! All students will have work in that exhibit. Also, I'll be announcing the students that will be included in this year's Annual REgional Show at Fashion Square Mall, taking place April 23 - 29, 2018. For now, here are some samples of what the students have been creating. Kindergarten Students practiced shapes that they learned from Mrs. Wilson's class through artistic exploration. First, they drew "monsters" made from shapes, and then they had to draw their own shapes, but them out, and put them together into creations. Second and Third Grades March is Dr. Seuss month for elementary students. I love when students make their own fish after hearing the story One Fish, Two Fish! Fourth Grade Students learned about portraiture during the Renaissance. In this unit, they learned how to create a portrait in profile. They also needed to create an environment and include props and clothing that could tell the story of the person they were illustrating. Sixth Grade The challenge here was learning what one point perspective was and how to use it in art! Here, students are creating their own cities using one point perspective. Eighth Grade In keeping with the clay study we started in the previous week, students now were able to create a vessel using the coil method.