CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio
CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

Monday, April 29, 2013

The artwork of three students will represent CBMS at the STUDENT ART SHOW 
Helen Day Art Center in Stowe Vermont.
The opening reception is May 3, 3:00-7:00 PM.
The show runs through May 26th 
and includes the work of 11 area schools.
Congratulations to Amber, Reily and Amaya!
 Sun/Moon, Encaustic by Reily and Amaya
Thunder Lightening Rainbow  Tempera Painting by Amber (one of a series of 5 paintings)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hurray for Clay!

The Clay Center opened today for Grade 5. Hurray! The "ware shelf" is filling up with bowls and plaques and animals and all manner of objects created by eager hands grateful for the wonders clay holds.
"When will it be dry?" "Can we paint it?" "Will it be ready for Mothers Day?" The clay center is a rich area for learning in the art studio - lots of science and physics plus all those aesthetic choices to make. The esoteric vocabulary is fun to learn and use, there are interesting tools to test, and nothing beats the fun of having shaping something from nothing.
Welcome back clay center - I've missed you these last two weeks!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poster Contests in the Learner-Directed Classroom

Common Yellow Throat by "J," Grade 7
Art teaches are frequently solicited to have students participate in Poster Contests. I get requests for everything from "Responsible Finance" to "Fire Safety." Organizations are eager to have community involvement in their cause, to raise visibility of their good work, and to educate children on a wide range of issues, all through poster design contests. Rather than picking and choosing which, if any,  contests to spend our valuable art time pursing, I offer the option to students and let them choose whether or not they wish to design & contribute artwork for these causes. 

 7th Grader "J" did a beautiful job this week for the North Branch Nature Center's Bird Drawing Contest.  She combined a colored-pencil drawing with glossy magazine colors & textures for a unique interpretation of a Common Yellow Throat in its natural habitat. Now we cross our fingers and wait for the awards announcement on June 1st to see if her mixed media entry is a winner! It's a winner in my book already!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Innovation in the Art Studio

Encaustic painting has been a choice in the studio for some time now. The process involves melting wax and pigment (in our case, crayons) and painting with a special encaustic brush (we have tried little paint brushes, Q-tips and have settled on pipe cleaners). Students paint on railroad board donated from a puzzle company. Some paintings are on a single board, others spill over onto two or three or more boards, fitting together, coincidentally, like a puzzle. 

Two artists working together recently made a series of 5 paintings that fit together. They then mounted them the paintings onto a board, and continued their painting on the back board, which created a multilevel effect. 

"Sun & Moon"
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Today a 6th grader made a creative break through and started painting “UP.” Her process reminded me of how a 3-D printer works – building up thin layers to create a three dimensional object a little at a time. 
Painting or sculpture?
When students can return time and again to a process or medium or an idea, they gain greater and greater facility with materials and techniques and enjoy the opportunity to fine-tune ideas. Over time there is a deeper understanding of what the medium can do and how to make it one's own. That is when innovation can occur.