"O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands." -Isaiah 64:7

Semester Project Gallery

ymcaartcampDo you have an 11-15 year old who loves art? Looking for a totally unique Christmas gift they’ll never forget? I just found out about this awesome Arts Weekend getaway at Camp Kitaki! It’s the last weekend of February and you drop off your teen Friday night at 5:30, they have a weekend full of awesome art experiences, and you pick them up after a gallery show at 1:30 on Sunday! It costs $115, which includes meals, lodging, art supplies, and a great time. Download the flyer and sign-up form here: Masterpiece Teenager 2015 Registration Flier Color

As I enjoy my morning without students on this in-service day, preparing for parent-teacher conferences, I remembered this blog post I came across a few weeks ago. I thought it was great timing, as I had my middle school students reflecting on their work so far in art this year, to share some tips with parents to help you talk with your kids about their art. Sometimes they’ll bring home a little drawing that may not look like much, but there’s a reason behind every color choice, scribbled line, and shape on that page! Here are some great tips for how to talk to your child about art:

(Hint: leave it open-ended!)

How to develop Critical Thinking Skills

10 Questions to Ask Your Child About Their Artwork

1. What can you tell me about your picture?

2. What materials did you use?

3. Where did you get your idea?

4. What is your favorite part of the picture?

5. What title would you give this picture?

6. If you were doing this picture again what you change or do differently?

7. Why did you use the color… (insert color)?

8. What if…. (you had used the color red instead of blue or paint instead of pencil)?

9.  How did you….(make these lines, decide on these colors, or create that shape)?

10. If you had more time what would you add to your artwork?

Encourage your child to elaborate on their answers or use the artwork as a starting point for telling a story. Open ended questions will help develop critical thinking skills in your child . By taking an interest in their work you are supporting them and helping them express their own ideas.

Kindergarten Nature Art

Kindergarteners took advantage of our crazy schedule during Terra Nova testing week and both classes got together to learn about and create art in nature! We looked at artist Andy Goldsworthy and discussed how to use what we find to create art. We also talked about how nothing is permanent, and if our creations disappear due to weather, animals, or people, IT’S OKAY! God put everything on this earth for only a certain amount of time, and we can cherish what we have while it’s here. While it’s okay to be sad when it’s gone, we can feel better knowing that it’s all part of God’s plan. Anyway, enough talk… look at the cool and creative products of our lesson!

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Here’s the whole thing! I just love how silly and wild it is.

We’ve finished tacking up all our silly creatures & features around our kindness tree. Love the freedom and imagination!

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A few of the “insects”

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Gotta have a couple Disney characters in there…

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Sasquatch hanging out by the campfire

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There’s even a cloud hanging from the ceiling!

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The boy who made this dangling spider was so excited and proud of himself 😀 ❤

Draw Your Dreams Art Contest

Check it out… Students in Nebraska, grades 1-8, could win a $1000 scholarship in this art contest!!!

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News article here: http://www.ketv.com/news/nebraska-students-can-win-scholarships-with-art/27834946#!bPqG9Q

Details here: http://treasurer.org/news/2014/20140827.asp

Rules & “the fine print”: http://treasurer.org/cs/scholarships/drawYourDreams/DrawYourDreams2014RulesFinal.pdf

While on recess duty today, I spied a big huddle of kids at the edge of the blacktop. Suspicious, I did my fastest teacher hustle over there and was relieved and delighted in what I saw: the boys & girls were working together to build a nest/ jacuzzi/ house/ ring of asphalt chunks complete with sticks, leaves and acorns. SWEET! Creativity, cooperation, & problem-solving at work! I felt like a proud mama bear.

I’m hoping this happy discovery becomes an everyday thing around CTK. I mean, I know these kids’ imaginations are out of this world- I just love catching them in action OUTSIDE the art room! So, I’m hoping this post is just the first in a series of Random Acts of Creativity!

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PS- who says braids aren’t creative too?!

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I’m Baaaaaack!

Woo hoo! School has begun! It’s been a very long break for me since I was on maternity leave from Spring Break all the way through Summer Break. I’m soooo ready to get my hands dirty (quite literally) in the art classroom! Here are just a couple of pictures from the first few days of school…

5-6 drawing in gym

Here the entire middle school is having a drawing contest to show the proper (and improper!) ways to wear the uniform.

This is the start of our beginning-of-the-year schoolwide collaborative project. We're going to fill up this tree with leaves, flowers, animals, and anything that grows!

This is the start of our beginning-of-the-year schoolwide collaborative project. We’re going to fill up this tree with leaves, flowers, animals, and anything that grows!

 

Hot, molten glass, bright colors, unusual forms and monumental scale impressed art students in September! We learned about the master glass blower Dale Chihuly and his work. Inspired, we worked as a community, just as Dale does, to create two large “chandeliers” for the art room this year! Each student made a spiral or “macchia” (one of Chihuly’s forms that somewhat resembles a fluorescent taco salad shell) and used heat or simple cutting to turn their 2D shapes into 3D forms. The 8th graders assembled and hung (well, really the hanginig part was done by Mrs. Conway up on top of a table with a hammer…) the pieces in two of the art room skylights. We love coming into the art room every day greeted by beautiful colors dancing through the light!

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It’s amazing what power art can hold. In 1776,  Betsy Ross put together three symbolic colors and shapes that, though the arrangement changed as our country grew, can still bring a shiver and a tear to those watching them wave in the wind. Our flag is one of the strongest, most enduring pieces of American Art and today, at Christ the King, we had a very special ceremony to celebrate it. We lowered it to half mast as bagpipes played and students, parents, teachers, and valued servicemen and women watched. We remembered those who lost their lives on this day in 2001 and prayed for peace in the world, thanking God for the freedom he has blessed us with. We burned old flags that served us well, using their symbolism as a daily reminder of our love for God and country.IMG_4776 IMG_4779 IMG_4782 IMG_4784 IMG_4788 IMG_4790 IMG_4791 IMG_4795