Dryden's Art Program has TWO donor's choose projects posted. This site is a place where teachers fill a "shopping cart" full of what they need to do a project or receive professional development and ask the community to make (tax deductible) donations.
One of our grants is for legos and lego base plates. We LOVE creating with legos and our new project idea requires more materials. We want to build 3D lego portraits. This will give students a chance to concretely consider the placement of features while exploring height, width, and depth in their self-portraits.
Last year I was out of the swing of things since I had to take time off tohelp my husband in his recovery from a serious injury. He and I both went back to school this year and with that came my desire to present at the National Art Education Conference in Chicago. Fortunately, my district supported the entire art team when we expressed our interest in this amazing professional development opportunity.
iPad Animation iDeas
The last time I did an elementary carousel I had a cozy little group around my table for each rotation. This time it was a ridiculously large group. My 50 handouts ran out after my first two rotations so I posted them below.Use this link to my ever increasing collection of digital art lessons online to find each iPad animation idea numbered below.
I hope this doesn't look like bragging, but I wanted to create a visual that shows the awards I've won in my career. If you knew my story of how I struggled all my life with painful shyness and was almost fired my first year due very much to my inability to step into the role as leader in the classroom then you too would see this image as an encouragement. I started to bloom as a teacher as soon as I took a step outside of my classroom. The sunlight of community and water of encouragement helped me grow in the soil composed of students who keep me firmly grounded.
Presentations I attended
On Friday morning I woke up at 5am to commute again into the city hoping to arrive in time to catch Janine and Cassie present on Leaving a Legacy. Their presentation was so inspiring. I was particularly touched when I saw that Janine included two slides that gave me and my students a shout out. So honored! But, I must say the whole experience was sweetened by sitting next to Cathy Hunt from Australia. I've been following her for years online and was thrilled beyond belief to finally meet her face to face.
When I first learned that I won the AET Outstanding Community Service Award I was so grateful not only for recognition, which is wonderful, but for the opportunity to thank the people in my personal learning community who have done SO much to support me during my struggles following my husband's very serious injury. My speech attempted to explain how my view of community changed dramatically from a group I threw ideas into to a place that wrapped me in kindness then I was incapable of giving. Then kindly held my hand while I worked on getting back into the world again. I've learned so much about love and selflessness while on the receiving end from my community. I spoke specifically of the financial donations, the catered meals, the cards of encouragement that plastered the hospital walls, the continuous comments via Facebook of prayers for recovery, and the many hands that reached out to lighten my load with sub plans, attempts at including me in things without adding stress, and not giving up on me though I was out of the teaching world for an entire year. It was so wonderful to see so many of the friends who played such an important role in sustaining me through my hardships. How humbling that they chose to honor me when really THEY (you!) are the ones that should be honored, emulated, and applauded. My personal learning network taught me what true community means.
My Visual Notes can be played back like a movie since I drew them in (the old) Brushes App
I have been honored with the opportunity to blog via NAEA's Monthly Mentor site for the month of December.
My First Blog Post:
You've got Chocolate in my Peanut Butter! Teaching Transliteracy
I write about teaching transliteracy with students where they are encouraged to combine their understanding of writing, visual art, music, drama, and media in their creations. I share a presentation from Carol Broos and my own thoughts as well. You can also take a peek at the old commercial for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. (Not just because it's an awesome commercial-it does relate to the topic-though who really walks down a sidewalk with an open jar of peanut butter?)
Blog post #2
Allow us to Illustrate: Transliteracy in Action
In this blog post I describe the multi-disciplinary steps my students went through to create a fun, informative, and entertaining video to teach an audience of children the importance of Illustrations.
Blog post #3
Transforming Student Learning with Technology in Art
In this blog post I share a specific example of using iPads with my 2nd graders that allowed me to teach content beyond anything I could teach before.
Blog pot #4
Educate to Innovate
If we can simply maintain the culture of creativity and innovation found in our elementary art classrooms throughout a child’s career in education, then we wouldn’t need to have this conversation about how to change education to create the innovators of our future. See what I learned from this Washington DC workshop.
I just returned from a wonderfully energizing conference experience with thousands of art educators from around the country meeting for 4 days in Fort Worth, Texas. I loved the time I had with my Personal Learning Network (PLN) face to face. These are the people I learn from all year-round online through our social networks. All SIX of my presentations were with people I connect with online, three of which I had never met in person before! We decided ahead of time to buy this shirt from Inkpixie using our Twitter Handle and wear them as we gathered on Saturday for coffee. We posed together for this picture. (Our hands look funny because we are trying to imitate this picture that Stacy Lord made when she was being silly on a snow day.)
Technology Tools in Elementary Art
Theresa McGee, an elementary art teacher in Hinsdale, IL, and I traveled together to Texas. We rushed over to the conference as soon as we arrived 15 minutes before our first presentation where we took turns with two other art teachers including Jessica Balsley demonstrating how we use technology. I quickly demonstrated this iPad art lesson called, It's Not Christina's World Anymore, based on the painting, Christina's World. See the finished student art here.
Connected Art Educators: PLNs
Dr. Craig Roland, Prof. of Art Ed at Uof Fl, Dr. Elizabeth Delacruz (my former professor from U of I), Ian Sands, H.S. art teacher from Apex, NC, and I each took turns sharing how our online personal learning network has made a difference for our professional growth and has benefitted our students. I talked about three stories: Careers in Art, Doink Alien Animations, and IPEVO. It's too much to explain here, but trust me, they're great stories!
Western Region/Southeastern Region Elementary Art Teacher Showcase
This presentation was part of winning the Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year Award. I tried to sum up everything we do in 20 minutes. I used this video to preface the presentation and followed with a focus on how we use technology in our art room. I explain it better in this online presentation. The other presenter was Jennifer Johnson Keith of Louisiana who shared about her wonderful program in 20 minutes as well. It is hard to condense a career full of stories into 20 mins.
Artsonia-Online Digital Art Gallery
This is the 5th year I've been able to present on using Artsonia as a tool to create a digital portfolio with my students. Our presentation has grown and evolved over the years as the company has improved and changed to make their service better and better for art teachers and their students. The CEO and President of the company joined Susan, Theresa, and I to help answer questions from the attendees and hear their concerns and questions about the process of getting started. Learn more here.
iPads in Art (Part Two)
This session was a continuation of the session that Suzanne Tiedemann and I (Theresa Gillespie was with us in spirit) did last year to a standing room only group. We thought that since the room was so small we should offer it again so those who really wanted to learn about creating art on iPads can get a chance. Luckily they gave us a larger room where all 150 or so attendees could each find a seat. This year Theresa Gillespie joined me (Suzanne was with us in spirit) as we presented about the top three projects we successfully accomplished with our students. You can learn more from my page, Theresa's page, and this page made jointly by Suzanne and me.
Lights, Camera, Learning!
with Fugleflicks and Campbellartsoup
I was so excited to share about making movies to teach art concepts with Janine Campbell. We had been learning from each other for years online and finally met as we shared our different approaches to student created art related movie making. Learn more about Janine's program here. View our Fugleflicks index here.
Receiving my Award
On March 7th I received the Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2013 Award from the National Art Education Association. My nominator was Samantha Melvin of Texas who was the National Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in 2012. It is such an honor to be recognized at this level for doing the job that I love. Thank you PLN for making me a better teacher!
Read this story about the THREE Illinois Art Educators recognized at the National Art Education Conference.
MY take on this trip
When I saw this photo taken by Jennifer at the showcase presentation that we shared, I had a WOW moment as I looked at a relaxed and confident person happily talking to a large crowd of people at a national conference. You may not know my journey, but here is a hint: I was so painfully shy growing up and into my adult years that I had to come home from college after two weeks because I was too afraid to go into the cafeteria for my meals.
Thank you to all the people over the years who gently held my hand and helped me grow.
If I didn't have the best students, working in a an awesome school, within a district that values our art program, I wouldn't have this news to share...
I am receiving a regional National Art Education Award. The map to the left shows the western region in dark blue. There are winners in all divisions (Elementary, Middle, Secondary, etc) in each region. I won for Elementary Art within the Western Region.
Thank you Students, Dryden Staff, District 25, and my Personal Learning Network for giving me the tools, support, training, inspiration, motivation and freedom to make this an award-winning art program! ~Mrs. Fuglestad
I was given the honor of writing posts for the National Art Education Blog during the month of September. They call this role, The Monthly Mentor. I just submitted my last post and collected them all here for you to peek at if you have a minute. My Fugleblog isn't very wordy, so if you want to read my thoughts on Who Owns the Learning, Putting STEAM into STEM, Creating on iPads, and CREATE: the highest level of thinking use the links below.
Who Owns the Learning?
What does this mean for me as an elementary art teacher? Sure, I want my students to be invested in the learning, to get enthusiastic about art, and take pride in their work. But, even if I see evidence of this already, I’m sure there is plenty more I can do to help my students Own Their Learning.
See some strategies I want to implement this year.
Putting STEAM in STEM
You may have heard about a push in this nation for schools to strengthen their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs to make US students score higher in these subjects on international standardized tests. But true innovation began with creative thinkers and artists.
Creating on iPads
At the beginning of last school year I was told that my school building had begged, borrowed, and bargained for enough iPads for a grade-level set (about 100) and that they would rotate through the school for one month per grade level.
I had to figure out a plan.
Read about it here.
CREATE: The Highest Level of Thinking
The art room is a place where students are challenged to use their highest level of thinking skills to creatively problem-solve and effectively communicate ideas. Watch a video explaining my thoughts on creativity and a creative video advocating for art.
Over 7000 art educators from across the country and around the world converged for a tremendously inspiring professional development conference in the heart of NYC. Take a look at my experience thanks to my art teacher friends from my online personal learning network who enrich and support me, to Artsonia who screened 4 of my students' artwork on a 30ft LED screen via the Big Screen Plaza, to NAEA who provided excellent speakers, discounts on museums, collaboration parties, etc and the generous support of my school district which made this trip possible. I am very fortunate. The poster image on the movie below shows me at the Starbucks Tweet Up posing with my former Art Ed Professor but current Art Education Rock Star, Dr. Elizabeth Delacruz, University of Illinois.
I presented four times each with dynamic and inspiring art teachers from across the country. See my conference schedule with links to presentation resources on previous post here.
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