If you have been in the middle school building you may have wondered if the building was on fire. That is because middle school students are studying the art of Pyrography. "Pyrography is about creating images with monochromatic tones and values by applying heat to a surface using hot metal tips and torches." Rest assured parents we are using hot metal tips but no torches in the FBCS art room. Students looked at the work of Julie Bender and researched ideas on the Internet. Once they decided on an image they transferred them onto sanded pieces of wood and began the process of burning. They look amazing! Below are a few examples of finished work.
VPK students are learning about color. They created these fabulous Blotter Bugs by mixing primary colors.
Today I put the finishing touches on my Indie Project for History of Teaching Art. It is an application study of Victor D'Amico's philosophy of Art Education. I researched and studied the Art Carnival he developed for MoMA and recreated it in my classroom. Here is a link to the website I put together about it..
Students had a great time at the first ever FBCS Art Carnival. Here are a few pictures for you to see
The Art Carnival was designed after Victor D'Amico's Art Carnival at MoMA. He was an icon in the history of art education. You can check out my research on him and the re-creation of the Art Carnival at www.artcarnival.weebly.com
I spent the afternoon today working on the art room in preparation for Monday's Art Carnival! Yes, that's right. Monday is designated ART CARNIVAL DAY. During art class we will be playing games and creating at art centers. Be ready to have FUN!
Art Carnival, Victor D'Amico style. That's what FBCS art students will experience next week during class. D'Amico (1960) believed the art experience should consist of two areas, "the first for motivating the child, the second for his participation in an art activity" (p. 34).. To recreate D'Amico's method we will explore art toys in the library before entering the art room. The toys, designed to involve the student in concepts of color, texture, pattern, and rhythm will stimulate creative thinking. Next the students will enter the Studio-Workshop, the art classroom, where stations will be set up for painting, clay, and collage.
D'Amico, V. (1960). Experiments in Creative Art. New York, NY: Museum of Modern Art.
Fourth and fifth graders are thinking about this question as they create little houses out of recycled materials.