Check it out!! ^ We’ve really made the move to Beijing as final as can be! It almost feels like what I would imagine setting a wedding date would be like! It feels surreal and magical… In 23 days we will be heading off to start our careers and a life together. I can’t wait to meet my students and co-workers! I’m so excited to get organized and settled into an apartment. It’s going to be different, that’s for sure! The anticipation is the worst!
I know, I know. I was supposed to post while we were on the road. But sadly there has been limited time to blog and post photos. I will be spending time this week organizing and setting up a post to re-cap the trip and what has been happening since we have made it out west. But, for those of you who supported us at the yard sale and in our personal lives, THANK YOU SO MUCH. We were able to use the money we made at the yard sale for gas. We made it to North Dakota with it! 🙂
I am currently visiting Seattle and we will be back in Medford, OR on Thursday. Please stay tuned and check back for the long overdue posts about our road trip and summer.
Ok, so yesterday we talked about some brainstorming ideas. I wanted to post some search ideas:
Super easy google search with lots of links to sort through.
Hannah was talking about Barbie, this is just one example of an image she could use for the history section of the V.A. worksheet
The blog that had the really excellent post where the author analyzed advertisements from today.
Another blog/site for research information about Italian women and the effect that advertisements and the media has had on them.
Feel free to post in the comment section any links or sites that you found, which may be helpful to others!
Impressed, proud and excited are all euphemisms for how I feel when I look at the images of my students work with this project. These artists really went to town with the choices they were given and made the most of their time in the art room. I introduced them to the artist Dale Chihuly who is a Seattle based glass artist. Since we don’t have a hot shop or any access to working with glass, I gave them some options to create work inspired by his pieces. We talked a lot about the elements and principles that are incorporated into his work. The lines and colors that he chooses for his pieces, some colors are complementary, others are contrasting, and some look unified. The proportion and scale of his works was also something of importance that we discussed, the fact that he makes large scale installations, composed of lots of smaller pieces. Most importantly though, we talked about how Chihuly, like any artist, makes choices. Careful and thoughtful choices when creating his work. I showed students the sketches that Chihuly created before executing pieces. Ultimately I left it up to my students to decide what they wanted to make within a few options; they could create paintings or drawings based on looking at Chihuly’s work. Create a mock Macchia piece out of coffee filters using watercolors crayons and watercolor paints, or create paper mache versions of Chihuly’s sphere’s from the Niijima floats.
Students loved this project, and I think this may have been one of my favorite projects to give!
Wow! I can’t believe that I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks, but then again, student teaching at an elementary school has been really busy for me! I think eventually I will get a handle on remembering to take lots of pictures and post them at least once a week. I’ve been working with the students at Scio Central School, and they are amazing! They come to the art room excited to be here and create! It’s amazing to me what they are able to do and what their brains are working through.
Here are some first graders working on their dinosaur paintings, they first drew out their assigned dino (they were learning about them for the science fair so they each had a specific dino to draw) Then they went over what they drew with a black marker and they finally painted them in with tempera paint. I encouraged them to use a lot of bright colors and have fun with it! And they really did!!