I love autumn- the leaves changing colors, apples, pumpkins, the sunsets - everything about autumn seems wondrous! In the art room, it gives us the chance to learn about how apples and pumpkins are created (a little science in art), learn about our warm and cool colors, and create some beautiful fall landscapes. All of our K-2 students have been working hard the last couple days creating beautiful paintings and collages to share with you.
Once again, we are lucky enough to continue our art relationship with Proctors Theater in Schenectady. This year, two art installations are going to grace the theater! The first was done this week, and our next will be another whole school project based on the Broadway musical - Matilda.
I know the saying is '"all it takes is a dollar and a dream" but in the world of an art teacher the saying is "all it takes is your imagination and some bravery".
During our spring art installation for Annie, Jude Pingelski (the middle school art teacher) imagined a beautiful installation for multiple grades to participate in. The idea came from one quote by Van Gogh:
"I know nothing of certainty, but the sight of the stars make me dream." With this one quote, our sky became our canvas and our students' dreams became the subject.
For the month of September, 4th and 5th graders from Abram Lansing and Harmony Hill, as well as the students from the Cohoes Middle School, imagined their dreams - dream job, aspirations of who to be, best daydream. These dreams went from words to images on our "sky". We cannot thank our students enough for their constant bravery in trusting us as their teachers, and allowing us the "push" their creativity and imagination.
Yesterday, we spent the day with the amazing Proctors staff installing our sky high in the rafters by the entrance to the GE theater. For the next few years, anyone walking through Proctors will be able to walk under the dreams of our students.
I cannot begin to praise enough the donorschoose.org website! After deciding to develop art centers in my classroom at Harmony Hill, I realized supplies (more than usual) were going to be needed to get my learning centers established. Funding through donors (friends, family and anonymous donors) has made the elementary art program better for the future. The students and I know that this is a new idea and that becoming independent, creative thinkers will be a tough road - but a new adventure is always fun.
The last few weeks our centers have focused on the Elements of Art - line, shape, color and form. Each center focused on one specific element. Students at three centers work independently (with given goals and expectations from me) to create a piece of art, and the fourth group works with me in color theory. Allowing for such independence with my students, allows me to every week focus on smaller groups of students as we delve into techniques like painting and printmaking.
I love Peter Reynolds! He is a fantastic author and illustrator that celebrates our imagination. He celebrates our creativity, and help us to realize that perfect is not necessary to be amazing! I like to start kindergarten with his story Ish. Enjoy!
The first day of school happens five times in the art room! I spend the first whole week meeting all our classes - meeting new friends and welcoming back my old friends.
I want to give you the information that I have given every student that walks into art. My expectations for them goes as follows:
I enjoy every day and every class! Teaching kindergarten through 5th grade allows for a lot of fun and new projects every year! I will do my best to make sure every project finds its way home to you as quickly as possible. Our little artists leave here so proud of what they accomplish and I love seeing them show off those fabulous paintings, collages, drawings and prints!