2nd grade is just starting to learn about visual and tactile texture. Check out this fun game that the kids help me create!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I would like to thank Mary Gutknecht for coming into my daughters Kindergarten class to teach them Visual Arts for a week. She was an artist-in-residence for Meadowvale students in the month of November. This was 100% supported through a grant. Students were taught how to draw 4 different kinds of animals. I was impressed with Matisse's lion (image above).
How did we get Mary to come in to our school?
This visit was 100% funded by a CMAB grant.
Who wrote the grant?
I met Mary and was impressed. She told me that she is working on writing grants in order to be an approved artist-in-residence through the Minnesota Arts Board. She wrote the grant completely. I simply found Mary, gave my request and set the opportunity for Meadowvale to host this lovely woman.
Why did you ask Mary to come in?
As I have mentioned a few times... ISD 728 is not offering Kindergarten specialist (Art, Music, and PE) this year. The district has stated that they wanted to provide 'All day, Everyday' Kindergarten to all... This meant that they cut an hour of their education. The K's get out an hour early and they were able to save money by cutting specialist. I went through the seven stages of 'school district dismay' (if there were such a thing...) I was shocked, then angry, then sad, then angry... well you get the picture. After voicing my opinion to every person who would listen, I decided to back off a bit. I wasn't liking the person it appeared that I was becoming. So, I change it from anger to 'What can I do for my daughter this next year?' One solution was to bring in artist in residence for her and her classmate. So in a nut shell, this is why we have Mary this year and what a treat it was!
You want Mary to come to your school? Here is her contact information. Click Here
Do you know what can bring a smile (even if it's a Mona Lisa smile) to an art teachers face?? This can... I got this costume as a gift to day and it made me smile!!! Today traveling was not the dream job that one would think... no... today there was a foot of snow that fell, cars in the ditch, and snow plows working overtime but not even making a dent. So to walk in and some kind words and this 'costume' (that's right... It's a frame you can wear) brightened my day. Thanks:)
Go ahead and do something to bring a smile to someone else today:)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This is a great project that my coworker Mr. K learned at the Minnesota Art Education conference. He calls it white line printing. When I saw him presenting it to his class I ran to get my camera. He has given me permission to present this process to you.
Students create a foam plate. Make sure their lines are very deep for this plate.
Ask students to tape the plate down on their table.
Students then center their paper over the foam. They hinge the top of the paper with tape.
Here you see Mr. K showing students students use a marker to color on the foam. He does little sections at a time and them flips the paper onto the foam. The marker is transferred with little pressure on the back of the paper. Colors can be added on the same section twice.
REALLY!! How much more clean, and quick is this process. Thanks to Art Educators of Minnesota and Mr. K for bringing this new technique my way!!