Some project progress in the art room! Very excited to see students hard at work inking their Mandala designs. Each student used compasses, protractors, and rulers to aid them in their overall design. Each mandala has 9 circle layers, and 16 radial devisions.
Students currently are focused on line variance. Making sure that they have thin and thick lines that are clean/ smooth. Once inked, projects will be shaded with colored pencil to show tints and shades with color patterns.
In recognition of September celebrating Hispanic history and culture, the feature artist of the month is Frida Kahlo!
After attending a Professional Development Seminar by Ms. Watford, it really helped to emphasize the growth mindset in the classroom. One of the unique take aways from this lecture was that the mindset is even more successful with the understanding and support from families and parents at home. It framed this learning strategy as a team effort to help instill intrinsic motivation, grit, and curiosity in our students.
What is mindset?
"Have them take responsibility for their mistakes and learn from them without obsessing over them or beating themselves up.”
-Paul Tough, How Children Succeed
Metacognition, a tool for fostering the growth Mindset
Metacognition, a buzzword that is a constant in the education field. It boils down to the ability for an individual to self reflect on whether or not they know something, and the ability to assess what they would do different.
"The real learning happens when kids begin to understand how to pick through the wreckage, find the pieces that still work for them, and devise a strategy for success.”
-Jessica Lahey, The Gift of Failure
Metacognitive skills lead to self-efficacy, or the belief that they will succeed at a task. Within the art room this is done within each unit with a self reflection with their art projects. They assess their artistic techniques, application of the Elements of Art and Principle of Design, areas of challenge AND areas of success. This is key to help them develop their metacognitive skills and self assessment to foster growth.
Partner with Parents
Generally speaking, our parents want students to be prepared, independent individuals who are ready for the real world. We are on the same page!
Real learning is not always comfortable because we are challenging them. If it was always easy, they would never push themselves and learn to have grit or perseverance. Know that we have their best interest at heart, and that I am more than happy to review assignments and provide additional feedback if needed. However, I request that parents allow their child to self advocate. This communicates confidence in their ability to navigate challenges, but also pushes them to develop communication skills that will be essential for the real world.
If this entire concept peaks your curiosity and you want more information, a fantastic book recommendation given at the seminar was Jessica Lahey's The Gift of Failure. I have also linked Lahey's recorded keynote speech.
Empty display boards make me sad! In an effort to still promote our community and alert students that we will still be displaying their masterpieces this year, I created this fun image!
I cannot wait to swap these out for beautiful student work. One of my goals this year will be to have feature student artists to celebrate excelling work.
Hero of the month Bulletin
In an effort to make sure that every student group is celebrated and emphasized on campus, I have begun a Hero of the Month feature board in one of the main hallways.
August Featured Hero
In an effort to promote digital literacy in my students, as well as streamline documentation for courses, I have digitized the class syllabus and signature process! The portal to provide a parent signature also compiles preferred contact information, provides a platform to ask questions, and provide insight about their child.
In an effort to promote a positive classroom environment I painted all of my student chairs with "I AM... " affirmations. My overarching goal as an instructor is to inspire my students in their day to day lives and not just creatively. Every student comes to school with a different background and head space, and I want to elevate their self esteem and know that they are appreciated, even if it is in a small way.
Affirmations are very powerful. Your subconscious mind does not think in terms of past, present or future. To get what you want, affirmations must be in present tense! When you say I AM CREATIVE, then life will provide you the means to have creativity.
Overall this was a huge success in the classroom. Students were excited to see which chair they got every day and the chairs would often promote spontaneous positive compliments and engagement between peers. I even had a student try to take the chairs with them to other classes!
Third year of teaching and I have grown ever tired of my supplies growing legs and walking away. OR even worse being destroyed and left on the ground to decay, never to be used another day.
I had a great idea to start charging for replacement supplies! But the idea of having a student store makes my entire teaching soul groan with extra work. So the first implementation to automate this process and potentially teach students respect for their own supplies, I have filled a gum dispenser with pencil top erasers! There has already been three purchases for a quarter during day 1!
This will help fund the purchase for additional supplies and is overall aesthetically charming!
WOW! Talk about an amazing success! Here at New West Charter we had our first official art show, Night of the Arts. In case you missed it we were incredibly excited to share all of the hard work and creativity that our students have shown throughout the school year. We were absolutely blown away by the Music that was provided by students in our music department to elevate the artistic atmosphere. Student performers were fantastic, and we were so happy to have their hard work and talent shine as well.
This event was part of the assessment for all art students, grades 6 – 12, and recommended attend because it forms part of their final grade which is based on National and State Visual Art Standards.
Thank you parents for all of your support. We look forward to celebrating all of your artists’ hard work and creativity with you again next year as we make this a New West Charter School tradition. We will be looking to expand our art show to the 6th & 7th grade campus as well next year, so stay tuned!
What Our Parents are Saying
"Thank you for your mad art talents, time, enthusiasm, organization and support your give our budding artists. You make it a favorite part of Lila's day." - Parent
"Ava has learned so much from you, she has definitely grown as an artist both conceptually and in her execution. Thank you so much for all that you do, you’re an amazing teacher!" -Parent
What My Students Are Saying
"This class lets me express my thoughts through out my artworks. I love the projects we do because they challenge me to expand my imagination." -Litzy