Monday, September 28, 2009

8th grade Straight Line Watercolor Portraits

Self Portraits are traditional not an exciting project to do. But for ours, we added some attitude & personal taste to make them cooler than the rest.
*funky photograph
*using a ruler to create straight lines only
*monochromatic color scheme with watercolor colored pencil
*slightly wet brush to create watercolor effect over pencils
These students did a fantastic job with their non-traditional self portraits!

Meet our Art Intern!

Meet our Art Intern!
This is Liz Jones, a senior at Monument Mountain High School.
She will be helping in the art room in the afternoons for the semester. Because of our rotating schedule, she will be able to work with all current students in the art room from now until December. Liz has taken most of the art classes offered at Monument Mountain & is interested in Art Education.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

COMBO -- A Collaborative Animation by Blu & David Ellis

COMBO -- A Collaborative Animation by Blu & David Ellis

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How far we have come!

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The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun

The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Halloween Harvest Window Paintings Poster Contest

A Funny thing I heard today....

A Funny thing I heard today....from a student,
"Smelling crayons lowers your blood pressure".

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

International Day Of Peace, Sept. 21, 2009

A few highlights from the day
More to come within the next week or so.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Our Classroom Featured on the Teaching Palette

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Artist in the Classroom Series

We are looking for artists to present a demo/presentation about their art or craft. Our goal is to expose students to the various careers in art. I want the students to discover that art isn't only a class you take in middle school; it is lifelong, everyday learning. I'm inviting all artists and any artists you know to contact me to set a day up. I'm looking for artists to do a demo or presentation of their art or craft.

I am looking for but not limited to artists of:
Fine Arts & Studio Arts
Graphic Design

I already have a glass blowing artist!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

More supplies needed!

We have an artistic need for:

plastic 2 gallon milk/water jugs
old records with or without the sleeves
newspaper (esp. in diverse languages!)
in addition to last week's list:
Old shoes (everything from boots to high heels in decent condition)
Old maps & atlases
Old bowling pins

Thanks so much!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Importance of Art in Education

The Importance of Art in Education

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Why is Art Education so important?

10 Lessons the Arts Teach

By Elliot Eisner

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Our Classroom

Supplies Needed!

I have some very exciting projects in store for the school year, but I need your help!
I am looking for the following:

Old shoes (everything from boots to high heels in decent condition)
Old maps & atlases
Old bowling pins

Thanks so much!
© Mrs. Malone-Smith