Saturday, September 24, 2011

School Wide Outdoor Installation


After completing the indoor ceiling tile project with the students last year and feeling better about the inside of our building, my goal this school year is to take on the beautification of our grounds outdoors!  I have been researching large outdoor sculptures and really like the appeal of the one above (by Bruce Gray) although this is not an outdoor one.  In my exploratory arts class this year, I am making it a goal that by the end of the school year every child will have contributed to the construction of a large, colorful, abstract, outdoor sculpture.  Anyone that would like to lend their talents in the construction of something like this (someone with talent in construction or woodworking) please let me know if you be willing to help.  Likewise, if anyone has scrap material from job sites that can withstand the outdoor elements (wood, tile, metal, wire, etc) and would like to donate it to our project that would be thrilling!  As always, thanks for all of the support in making our school a wonderful place to educate young children!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Who said I wasn't an art teacher over the summer?

It's good to be back!  This week marks our second week back in session and we are kicking off a wonderful school year here in the art department!  Plaster, oil pastels, permanent marker, colored wire and cardboard are just a few of the items students are finding themselves immersed in in my classes as we open the year.  What I love about this year is that we have revamped our schedule to better serve our children.  Now instead of seeing my students once every three days on a rotation that stretches throughout the entire school year, I am now seeing them everyday in two different six week sessions.  What a difference this has made to my curriculum.  To know that we can get involved in something and jump right back into it 24 hours later makes it possible to do some more extensive and challenging work!

I will try my best to update my blog weekly as I did last year!  The only thing that could stand in my way would be spending time with the little guy above.  He got his first taste of creating art with me over the summer as a very messy but very happy one year old!  All for the sake of nurturing creativity!  

....It's good to be back!