Dryden art teacher unites art, technology
The halls of Dryden Elementary are like the walls of a mini art museum, filled with Lima bean monsters, spoofs of Rene Magritte’s “The Son of Man” and a massive tile mosaic of student artwork.
Art teacher Tricia Fuglestad is making her mark on Dryden – one wall at a time – but she’s also making one internationally with her forward-thinking use of technology in the art classroom.Read the whole article from Tribune reporter Michelle Stoffel at this link.
Dryden students participated in the Students Rebuild project to help Japan after the earthquake. by folding paper cranes and mailing them to the foundation. Each crane would trigger funding for recovery and reconstruction from the Bezos Family Foundation.
The goal was 100,000 cranes, which would trigger $200,000 to fund Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in the devastated Tohoku region of Japan. The response—an incredible 2 million cranes from young people in 38 countries worldwide and all 50 U.S. states—exceeded our wildest hopes.
Wowed by the global outpouring of support for Japan, celebrated artist Vik Muniz generously donated his time, his vision and his creativity to produce a magnificent piece of original artwork using thousands of the cranes. "It's alchemic," said Vik Muniz, in The New York Times Sunday Magazine story. "It worked because everyone wanted to help."
Watch the video below to learn more about the project, the art installation, and the artist who volunteered to help. We purchased the poster and have it hung in the hallway. It is so detailed that you can probably find your own paper crane in the image.
There is only a few more days left before we break for winter...but we still need good listeners in the art room! How can we learn without listening? I made this Fugleflick video to remind my students what good listeners does. Use it as often as you need this week!
BE KIND TO YOUR ERASERS and ERASE THE BULLYING!
I witnessed an eraser getting stabbed during art class yesterday. Of all the kids in all the classes in all the art rooms across the country...why is this still happening here? Do they know that Dryden School is where erasers first had their revenge? Have we so quickly forgotten the terrifying events that threatened to wipe out the art as once happy erasers finally revolted after countless abuses? Be kind to your erasers. And while you're at it, be kind to people too. No one wants to be treated meanly. Watch the movie, Be Kind to Your Erasers below.