Saturday, December 7, 2013

Altered Books

10 Themes
1 Discarded Book
Their Imagination
Endless Creativity
One Word - Amazing

Our new favorite toy!
A Sizzix Die Cutter

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A little piece of me.

Sparked by an emotion hidden deep inside, my 8th graders transformed that feeling into amazing sculptures.  These are the results along with their artist statement.  
Emotional - Yes.  
Transforming - Absolutely.
Meaningful - Without a doubt.
Relevant - You decide :)

"This piece of art represents the anger I have when getting grades. The broken B block represents the anger at that one B every time. The mask on the person represents that I hid my anger. The little black mark on the head represents the hint of anger I cannot hide. The hammer represents my attempts to remove the B from my life."

"I build an emotional sculpture which a person is climbing a tall steep mountain. This person is trying to reach the tip of the mountain. The tip of the mountain represents the place where he does his job. He has a stick to help climb the mountain. The stick represents an education. If there was no stick he will fall by tiredness and can't reach the tip. So, it's telling that education at school is very important for you to graduate schools and do a job to live. The person is doing his best to get a job with the help of education."

"My sculpture is a person being weighted down by an anchor. This represents a person being pressured down by all the pressure the person has. The body is half gray and half white meaning it's halfway from collapsing. The black dots on the board represents the sweat from all the hard work the person has on them. If they fall all the hard work they have done will fall too."

"My emotional sculpture represents depression. I was young when many family members died, some very close to me. This sculpture shows me being pulled into a depression vortex by a 'depression demon' as some would say. The white is happy, the gray is the vortex of mixed emotions and the black is the depression."

"This represents a person who is depressed and withdraws themselves from society and locked themselves in a cage alone and it's falling apart."

"My emotional sculpture represents the emotion of struggling and being puzzled. The person is trying to climb up the ladder but pieces are broken and missing. The ladder represents my life and since I have so many expectations on me I can't make my way through because of the broken and missing pieces."

"My sculpture shows me running towards what I am longing to find out, my potential but there are obstacles in the way trying to hold me back. My figure is black because I feel that black represents confusing and I am confused of who I really am and if I am running towards the right direction."

"Struggle is tough on people, but it is also good. Struggle is a lesson in life. This lesson means that struggle is learning. Struggle is putting effort into something. When you put effort into something you can become accomplished. So struggle can lead to success, that is why one shoulder is lower then the other."

"My sculpture shows one person, but another is walking out of it. Reason being the same person, but like a split personality. Once the person crosses the line, it's different. When he's out in the bright, it's cheerful. On the other side, it's sad and struggling to get up on their feet."

"My piece resembles the hurt I experienced when my dad left me and me asking why he did it because I never knew the reason for it. I'm couched down in the sculpture to show that I was hurt and didn't know what to do when I came home and didn't see him there and the figure captures my physical and emotional state of mind."

"My emotional sculpture is about me filled with anger and fear because of the lost of loved ones and best friends. I am scared because you never know who's next to go in this world. I feel like I could be next and that is a very petrifying feeling. R.I.P my loved ones. I will love you forever and always."

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Middle Level Medley II at the NAEA National Convention

What a blast!  This was my first time presenting at a carousel and wow was I energized and winded by the end!  What's a carousel you ask? Not the standard Wikipedia definition for sure.  It’s four educators with 4 different lessons/themes all speaking for 10 minutes then rotating to a new table and repeating the process 4 times.  Got that?!?

Well, mine was on Identity and if you were there and now here looking for the lessons I talked about, look no further!

Safe Places – forth coming J

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's an anomaly for me to have a class of this size but once in a blue moon I do.  When they show up and the energy is right, we like to work large and messy and spread out over the tables.  This is the result after two weeks working in oil pastels, a mini exhibition in the cafeteria!

7th Grade class showing off their work

Not too proud!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Power of a PLN

“When we are connected to others, we become better people.” 
-Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Have I mentioned how I love Oil Pastels?

Honestly - What student doesn’t love painting with oil pastels – aside from being bright and vibrant they fill that much needed craving for instant gratification which many students need.  One of the reasons they are such a big hit in my class is the simple fact they make my students feel successful. They can see the painting unfold before their eyes as they apply the colors.  Seeing their painting take shape encourages them to want to finish their piece, which we all know, can be challenging at times.  

Oil pastels are also sensory orientated – it’s very much like finger painting with nothing between your fingers and the paper except a stick of color that will melt-a-way like butter as you use it.  Working large is another key to my student’s success; it often turns into a whole body experience for my students.  Many will stand up to work on their pieces leaning over the tables throwing their shoulders and elbows into their work, building and blending colors, then sitting down with their heads close to the paper as they apply the fine details that gives them a realistic edge.  

The most exciting part for me is watching my students puff up with pride when their peers come up to them and comment how awesome their piece is!  

With my 7th grade classes, I incorporate observational drawing into their oil pastel paintings.  The 8th graders, I let them choose a photo of an animal to recreate with the oil pastels.

8th grade 

7th grade 

I love how quite my room is when this project is going on!

More photo's of the animal paintings will be posted later this week.  My camera died last week and so did some of my photos :(