Blog exhibition Date 2023
During the December break, many or our artworks were culled in a deep cleaning that occurs over long breaks. This was heartbreaking for the students and has impacted our community of artists. I cannot begin to express the feeling one has from telling the news to 12 classes of students, seeing their shock, and being a witness to how resilient young people can be in difficult situations. I am happy to report that we have recovered and are creating again. Check out the Gallery to see the variety of expression that exists from choice!
Dear, lovely, creative innovators,
This is a shared letter to all of you. It is shared because each one of you is so very unique in your process. Weird, right? Before, we co-created projects for the grade level based on a central or big idea. Now your interests drive your expression. I have challenged and changed my philosophy (the believing) and practice (the doing) over the four and growing years as your Visual Arts teacher. My new understanding allows me to give you full ownership. Together we face the challenge of documenting your process, making sure we celebrate, capture, and acknowledge your story. Due to the specialized nature of each project, your grade level’s gallery will be added to on a regular basis. So far, we have finished a few projects with many more on the way. In addition to this and process posts on your Seesaw accounts, pop-up galleries throughout the year will be another way for you to share your learning with our community.
Let’s see how this new plan goes!
Your Visual Arts Teacher,
Dear Grade 1,
Some of you were asking about how to make certain colors with paints, so we decided to do a bit of experimenting to figure this out. We used old markers that were not working so well and also tissue paper that had a bit of transparency.
These experiments gave us some new vocabulary words to use: PRIMARY COLORS and SECONDARY COLORS.
Primary colors are red, yellow, and blue.
Secondary colors are the colors you get when you mix two different primary colors together. These are green, orange, and purple.
Nice work, Grade 1!!
Dear Grade 1,
Your homeroom learning has trickled into the Visual Arts classroom and we are having a blast! You came to class buzzing about how animals can adapt to their environments. We started talking about how we could represent this concept of adaptation in an artwork. We had just read 'A Colour of his Own' by Leo Lionni and you were inspired! Chameleons!!!! Yes!!!
Our first step was to think about how we can create chameleons that adapt or change within the piece. This collaboration was so fun to think about with all of you. In the end, we decided to create puppets and a puppet theater!
Check out your initial steps below and see your theater in action in your gallery...
Hey, Grade 1!
Here are some pictures of you in action as you paint your pots and whatnots with PVA to keep them strong! Check out the final pieces in the gallery soon.
Dear Grade 1,
You all were tickled pink when I told you we had a bit of extra clay to experiment with before the break. I reminded you how to make pinch pots. You took the idea and ran with it. I have never seen so much variety. Your grade level even inspired the Prep students! So fun!
I saw houses, containers, teacups, animals, baskets. and characters all in the making. It will be even more fun to bring these pieces alive with colours and textures!
Dear Grade 1,
During our process of creating a school-wide tapestry, you shared your ideas and influenced the design. Many of you took time from your breaks to come and lend a helping hand to finish the gigantic weaving. It would have taken soooo long to complete if there was only one person working on it. Together we can achieve great things! Check out the process below and the final tapestry in your gallery.
Hello, lovely new Grade 1 students!
Welcome another great year! You have been busy as bees so far, creating and experimenting with new materials. We have been building skills like tying double knots, sewing, weaving, and cutting. This is going to help us create our next HUGE collaboration...a wall loom tapestry. How exciting?!?!
Check out the gallery for your finished pieces.
Way to go,
With a career spanning 25 years, I have worked alongside children from infancy to 9th grade in a generalist classroom setting. To my delight and surprise, an opportunity arose for me to become an art teacher in 2015. My first year was a learning experience and I expect that will be the case with all the years to follow.