Monday, October 20, 2014

New National Visual Art Standards

The new National Core Art Standards were officially launched at 9 am today.  I think that there is a lot to like about this new set of standards.

According to the NCCAS, the revised standards are meant to “affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. The arts standards emphasize “big ideas,” philosophical foundations, enduring understandings/essential questions, and anchor/performance standards, all of which are intended to guide the curriculum development and instructional practices that leads to arts literacy for all students.”

I found this list of 10 things you should know about the new Art Standards  on the Art of Education.

Waitsfield Art Curriculum Presentation

I have been asked to present about the Waitsfield Art Curriculum to the School Board.  I created this presentation to introduce the new National Art Standards (officially launched today!) and illustrate some of the components of my art curriculum, which I call my "building blocks."  I am excited for the opportunity to highlight some of my students' impressive work and show that art class is so much more than crafts and finger painting.  Please click the link below to learn more about my art program.

Waitsfield Art Curriculum Presentation

Vermont Art Teachers' Association Conference

Last Friday I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2014 VATA Conference at Shelburne Museum.  There were many aspects of this day that were inspiring and rejuvenating.  It was really exciting to be in a room full of art educators from around the state, knowing that we share many interests, passions and challenges.  The keynote speaker, Jessica Balsley of, is a noted art educator, blogger and leader in art education professional development.  She spoke about how to be an "Empowered Art Teacher."  I appreciated how she acknowledged the challenges that many art teachers face, while giving tools and suggestions for how to build successful, meaningful art programs.  Overall, this day served to remind me about why I love my job and why I feel that art is an essential element of education.  I am excited to bring some of Jessica's ideas for empowerment into my classroom and my practice and I look forward to continuing to empower students through the arts.  

The Shelburne Museum was the perfect location for this conference, and we were lucky enough to have some time to explore the exhibits and observe school children on field trips in action.  I visited the printing factory to watch as the Shelburne Museum alphabet was printed on an old printing press.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

Leaf collages

Here are our collages made by first and second graders from our leaf rubbings and leaf printing. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Critique and Revision

This video shows how a student uses critique and revision to create multiple drafts of a piece of work and ultimately shows great progress.  These processes are sometimes hard to include in our limited art time, but are possibly the most important for artistic growth.

Austin's Butterfly: Building Excellence in Student Work - Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback from Expeditionary Learning on Vimeo.

Repetition in Art

What is repetition, pattern, and rhythm? How do they relate to each other?
Repetition refers to one object or shape repeated; pattern is a combination of elements or shapes repeated in a recurring and regular arrangement; rhythm--is a combination of elements repeated, but with variations.

Click here for another resource about REPETITION

Linoleum Block Printing and Repetition Tutorial

Friday, October 3, 2014

Working in our outdoor classroom

Fifth and sixth graders took advantage of this beautiful fall day while working on our mandalas in our outdoor learning space. 

First and second graders and Kindergartners used our outdoor classroom as "home base" while creating leaf rubbings. 
Painting our leaf rubbings to create the watercolor resist effect 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Drawing Development in Children

This slideshow is adapted from Betty Edward's book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain."  This shows the different stages of development in children's artwork.  This can be useful information as a teacher or a parent when looking at a child's work.  We understand that every child's work looks different, but it can be interesting to examine and compare benchmarks.

Leaf Printing and Leaf Rubbings with Watercolor Resist