Thank you for taking a few minutes to learn about some cool things that are happening in the art room lately...
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The Hall of Fame Raffle will be on Friday, MAY 16th
To qualify for this chance to win a T-Shirt with art of choice printed on it, your child need to have all three ribbons awarded by having 5 pieces of art, 5 fan club members, and 5 comments published this school year. Learn more here.
Thanks to our ABC/25 grant and supplemental funding from Edbacker.com we have a reusable collaborative lego wall. Last year's rotational symmetry challenge was so engaging and fun that we wrote it up for School Arts Magazine. See it here.
This year's challenge will be both fun and informative. Students will be recreating the faces of four important figures from our history while learning more about the important role African Americans have played in shaping the arts, civics, sports, and politics for everyone in the United States. We hope to use this PBSkids interactive game to match faces to events. See how you do at this game.
Unfortunately, it requires Flash and doesn't work on mobile devices.
USING CLOSE READING STRATEGIES
I've been planning this day for a long time. Today's third grade art class included a reading and math lesson surrounding our collaborative art walls. I had written an article for School Arts Magazine about our LEGO wall and wanted the kids to read it. When I mentioned this, my Assist. Principal suggested we use close reading strategies. So we tried a few. Before we began I had students predict who my audience was for the article by thumbing through the magazine. Then, students read the first part of the text silently. Afterwards we wrote the words on the board that they didn't know. We went back and read the word in context and tried to guess the meaning together. This exercise allowed me to reinforce our art concepts and our collaborative project while helping students practice reading skills (...and bonus, it made me feel good that I had written above a 3rd grade level.)
The next activity was math and art related. We wrote a random coordinate on a slip of paper with a few parameters. The first number was between 1-32 separated by a ":" followed by a second number between 1-16. Then we took our mat and sat outside our Artsonia Tile Wall. I had numbered all the rows so that each tile became a coordinate. They took turns finding the tile that matched their coordinate and tried to label the art they found as a landscape, still life, portrait, figure drawing, collage, etc. They were very good at finding coordinates because, as they all exclaimed happily, "We did this in math!"
Since I know they understand coordinates, I think I can expand this activity into something more engaging like an I Spy game where students use art vocabulary and coordinates to get each other to look closely at the art.
Take a look at our Art History Tile Wall and some of the artists that contributed.
We won a highly sought after and enormously important EduBro Award for The Best Recreation of a Lego Representation of the #artsed PLN!
Now that is REALLY something!
Take a look below to learn more about how amazing art teachers are joining forces online to make learning more vibrant, creative, and exciting for their students by sharing ideas, advice, and problem-solving together. Follow them on Twitter and join the conversation!
Our award is announced at 17:47 mark in the video above. But watch the whole video hosted by @thenerdyteacher and @tgwynn for lots of laughs and to learn about some more cool people to add to your PLN!
OUR PLN STORY: It all began on twitter when super art teachers began joining forces (we have a collaborative song too. Listen here) to create a wonderful virtual place to grow and share. One day, Stacy Lord made this picture representing a bunch of us using Lego people wearing the super shirts featuring our twitter handle purchased via ink pixie. We had a tweet up one morning during our National Art Education Conference and posed for the photo to recreate the lego recreation. I'm fuglefun (with the hat).
This is a growing network and many wonderful art teachers are not pictured here. Those who are pictured include: (top left) @spbivona @jean999 @stacy_lord @artladyHBK @iansands @noblemaiden15 (lower left) @greeneyegal @theresamcgee @smelvin @craigr @fuglefun @campbellartsoup (missing @artzi1 @tiedemania)
Our Lego Wall was made possible because of so many people working together. It was a collaborative project in every way. Thank you!
Taking a Turn
This video explains how to make a rotationally symmetrical with legos collaboratively using a method that is a simple as taking a turn.
I wrote up this lesson for School Arts Magazine published Nov. 2013. View it here.
I wanted to take a little time to reflect on our winning year that YOU helped to create in so many ways from voting, to donating, to purchasing items on Artsonia. I listed the most notable events that have increased our resources and gave new experiences to our students throughout the year and for years to come. Thank you for all your support!
ABC/25 Grant and Edbacker Campaign for a Lego Wall.
We now have the supplies to do collaborative art projects made from legos. There will be a display area in the hallway where we can enjoy this reusable art and math installation.
Our first challenge was to create rotational symmetry. Learn more here. See the gallery of tiles here.
Internet Safety Video Contest. Students won the second place prize for their super cute and useful video, The Internet was Created for Good. The $1000 went towards an iPad for the art room, a class set of styluses for teachers to check out for their classes, and $200 to spend on apps for our Dryden School iPads. See their video here.
STEMie Award Prize, $5000. In October we were awarded the second place prize for our Rotoscope on iPads Animation Project. This went towards 8 iPads for the art room and the cost of apps. This prize help form the goal of having 2:1 iPad access for students in the art room.
Dryden's art program won an ABC/25 grant for materials for a Lego wall. This year we are using our supplies to collaboratively make radially symmetrical designs on our square base plates. We've found that this is not as easy as it sounds. One misplaced block can throw off everything. So, I structured the lesson into a game that ensures everyone takes turns one piece at a time. The 3/4 cardboard shields keep the eyes focused on the design as you rotate the baseplate for each turn. The kids LOVE this activity and seem to want to play/create endlessly. See our finished Lego designs online here or in the display case at school.
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We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
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(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT,
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