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May 20, 2020
Famous art recreations have been blowing up on social media.  Here in the virtual art room, at Greene Street we decided to get in the game with the Famous Art Challenge!

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April 28, 2020

We have some exciting things happening in the Virtual Art Room.  Third and fourth grade students honored special people and pets with place settings inspired by Judy Chicago’s landmark feminist artwork The Dinner Party.  Using dinner wear from their cupboards with hand-made place cards, the students documented their work with photography.  They thought carefully about lighting and framing their work in the camera.

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During the Great Depression, our federal government sponsored a massive poster campaign as part of the New Deal and Works Progress Association (WPA).  The WPA sponsored print shops and paid artists to design posters to encourage public health, work-place safety, the arts, civic pride, and later the war effort.  Fifth and sixth grade students used a free photo editing program, PIXLR to create posters to help people in our current times. 

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April 2, 2020
The Virtual Art Room is happening!  Third and fourth graders learned about photographer Cindy Sherman as part of our unit on Contemporary Artists.  Their at-home assignment was to dress up in a costume and take have someone take their photo in a setting that matched their costume.

March 6, 2020

Sixth grade students created their own utopias as an interdisciplinary project in their language arts, science, and visual arts classes.  They began by reading The Giver, and City of Ember.  After discussing what makes a perfect society the students worked in small groups to design and conceptualize their own utopian societies, including how success is measured in their utopia.  In science class, the students learned about genetics and each group decided which genetic technologies they will allow in their utopia and which ones might be unethical.  In art class, the students learned about the work of architects who design for people’s and environmental well-being.  The groups designed homes or public spaces for their utopias and built small models in cardboard. Today the sixth grades presented their projects to their teachers and the seventh grades.

March 5, 2020

Our new Arts Elective, Painting and Drawing Intensive, began on Tuesday.  We got warmed up by practicing shading three-dimensional forms in our sketchbooks.  Then the students worked together to build structures with blocks and challenged themselves to draw those structures using perspective and shading to show form.

February 6, 2020

Inspired by Hindu sculptures, Shiva Nataraja and Dancing Ganesha, sixth grade students are making figurative sculpture.  I asked them to think about times when they feel happy and peaceful.  Students learned how to sculpt a basic figure and make a supportive base.  We engaged in this work as part of our unit on religious art.  They will add the finishing touches on Tuesday.

February 5, 2020
If you have a worry you can tell it to your worry doll before you go to sleep and in the morning your worry will be gone.  I don’t know if it true or not, but many people have told me it works.  Worry dolls are made in Guatemala often with scraps from weaving and embroidery.  First grade students made worry dolls today as part of unit of art traditions of Central and South America.

February 2, 2020
Everyone who attended the All School Art Show reception on Saturday was treated to amazing artwork, refreshments, mandala coloring, and Valentine card making.  Weren’t able to make it?  You can still stop by…  The exhibit will be up in the Armat Buildings through February 14th.  You will find first grade work in the lobby on the first floor, Pre-K and K on the second floor, and work by students second grade and up on the third floor.   

January 16, 2020
Teaching Associates took over the art room today for a TA Workshop, "An Introduction to Basic Art Supplies."  We had five stations with a different lesson and media at each.  Teachers could immerse themselves in one media or move around and try them all.  Pottery, printmaking, and batik were the favorites!

January 15, 2020
Inspired by Alebrijes  from Mexico City, first grade students used mixed media to create creatures the world has never seen before.  We are taking an art tour of Central and South America, finding each on the map as we go and learning about different traditions.

January 9, 2020
My article, "Don't Be Afraid of Religious Art: Thinking Through and Resources for Art Educators" was published in this month's Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association.  You  can download the PDF below.