Friday, September 16, 2016

Dot Day Mural Time Lapse Video

Dot Day!

Students at all levels will be celebrating Dot Week during the week of September 12th in Art Class and Library/Technology.  This special event is based on the book “The Dot,” by Peter Reynolds. It is a story that encourages artists to “just make a mark.”

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”.

What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

We also used the Quiver app on the iPads to turn our dots three dimensional.

Friday, September 9, 2016

High Flying Hot Air Balloons

Students responded to this inspiring quote by Dr. Seuss by creating hot air balloons for our school-wide Welcome Back bulletin board!

The Global Cardboard Challenge

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation, which celebrates children’s creativity and the role that communities can play in fostering it.  This event was inspired by the short film “Caine’s Arcade,” a story of a young boy’s cardboard creations.  This project encourages kids to collaborate, innovate and think outside the box.  Click here to learn more about the importance of creativity. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Art in the Garden

With the garden in full bloom, how could we not take our art class outside?

First and second grade artists worked on drawing sunflowers from observation. We remind each other to Draw what you see, not what you know! 

Third and fourth grade artists were asked to imagine that they had shrunken down to the size of a bug.  What would the world look like from this point of view? Has anyone from this generation seen   "Honey I Shrunk the Kids?"

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Classroom Expectations... Like you've never seen them before!

Here's some inspiration for setting classroom expectations in Art Class.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Welcome Back to Art Class!

Welcome Back to School Waitsfield Families! 

After a fantastic summer filled with relaxation, family time and creative adventures, I am excited to be back in the Art Room! This year in Art Class we will explore a variety of arts media, areas of interest and new techniques.  I strive to help each student feel success and pride in his or her work and understand that, as Picasso said, "Every child is an artist." 

This fall we will be gearing up for our all-school Artist-in-Residence in just a couple of weeks! We will be working with different artists to create artwork that ties in with the new Mad River Path that goes by the school.  More information will be forthcoming! 

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You can also see what's happening in Art Class on Instagram! Follow ArtClass_AllDay on Instagram to see quick peeks into the Art Room.  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Art Camp Week 2!

Paintings inspired by Monet's water lilies 

Fun in the sprinkler! 

Making Art Journals 

Leaf rubbings and watercolor resist 

Art Mural

Making portfolios 

Art journals 

Art mural

Friendship bracelets 
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Art Camp!

Silly faces group picture 
Field trip to the Mad River Glass Gallery
We learned about blowing glass! Thanks Dave, Melanie and Sam! 
Homemade play-doh in every color! 
The play-dog rainbow 
A trip to the theater to see Mr. Alligator's theater camp productions
Silly face planters for cat grass... The prince and princess and their castle

Drawing bubbles with chalk pastels 
 Painting the giant mural
Egg carton creatures 
Toothpick and marshmallow structures
Clay hands! 
Lunch in the shade
Weaving on the Friendly Loom

Bubble Art! 
Straw painting