Finally! We successfully fundraised for 3 more protected display boards for student work and just in time for the end of the year art show.
I am blown away by the parent support at this school, and I know students really appreciate having their artwork up and shown off for all to enjoy. It has really proven to add to the school culture and celebrate their creativity. I want to try and get some more for next year as well! Fill up all of the hallways!
School shootings are a continual concern for teachers across the US. At my current school they installed these wonderful roll down screens to help block views into classrooms in the event of an intruder. Unfortunately my students broke it within the first couple months of school, so I was presented with an opportunity to problem solve!
Using multicolored paper and assistance from one of my lovely TAs, we created this fantastic temporary solution! It has also proven to help with classroom management because I have less hallway interruptions from students passing by. I made this double sided as well so it creates a fun reminder to "Make SMART choices in your life" in the hallway and in my classroom.
Inspired by my old art teacher, Myron Stephens, I created a magical demo space for my painting demonstrations! It has proven to be really fun overall and designates a specific space for my students to focus in on.
I had the sign painted on Matt board with acrylic paint by my lovely TA and now it is a beautiful addition to my room. The magic library sign is to indicate where I will store all of the example demo canvases, but currently some of my student's work is nestled under there to dry.
Nothing is worse than having an art demonstration or lecture interrupted by the high pitched ring of the classroom telephone. I can't count the number of times I will be mid sentence and be cut off by the repetitive chime.
In order to streamline classroom interruptions, and teach phone etiquette to my students, I have started to allow them to answer my classroom telephone. It became readily apparent though that students needed some extra assistance in being polite and making sure that they get the information needed. I posted this lovely visual on the wall right above my phone!
Most students now refer to this when answering my classroom phone. So I would call it a success!
Always continuing to improve my classroom environment and making sure to have lots of visuals to support academic literacy. Many students have been using these as references when posting their art on our digital gallery and leaving their artists statements.
I didn't create the smaller posters and they can be purchased on Amazon! Overall great quality and sturdy material. I highly recommend to my art teachers out there.
My busy bee 8th grade students are hard at work rendering their Piet Mondrian inspired cubes for their art installation for the show. These cubes are made of cardboard and painted with acrylic paint. They each have explored the use of primary colors, form, composition, and variety within these individual cubes. I cannot wait to put them together as our class installation! So exciting!
I am incredibly impressed with their progress throughout this year and appreciate how hard they have been working. Second semester since we have moved into our art room, students have blossomed with their level of creativity and self expression.
We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to showcase their artwork: Friday, May 31rst at 5:30pm. Students and the New West Charter Visual Art team hope to see you there!
Increasing my visuals and use of academic language in the classroom is always a focus for teachers. To help support my language learners I created cute horizontal and vertical art supplies!
I also impulsively added a photo bombing Bob Ross to my side window that is double sided. Lots of jumping students in the hallway gives me a good laugh.
So as most teachers know, classroom visuals are essential in every classroom, but with the help of my TAs and a couple of my exceptional students we went overboard with some fantastic pieces!
So in an effort to be more accessible online, and support fellow art educators in bringing relevant and rigorous, I have started posting resources on Teachers Pay Teachers. Currently I have 6 resources ranging in a daily activity to several week long units!
All of these have cross curricular elements to English, and Math!
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