Friday, September 30, 2011

Doodling Helps People Retain Information

Art is more than beauty and expression. It is also about conveying understanding in visual communication. The kinesthetic act of doodling can help students retain concepts in school. You can read more about it in this article:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Coming Soon In Art!

Kindergarten students are learning about the element of art, line. They will soon learn the basic care and use of paint and paint brushes.

First Grade students will discuss Henri Matisse's painting The Painter's Family. Students will get experience drawing all the parts of the body and create a family portrait.

Second Grade students are learning about the element of art, texture. The have identified and collected a variety of textures by making rubbings from surfaces around the art room. Students are learning how to create texture in a drawing or painting by using line and shape.

Third Grade students are learning the proportions of a face. After practicing using proportion guidelines in a self-portrait, students will complete a series of portraits of their classmates using the same technique.

Fourth Grade students are learning about self-portraits. Students viewed a PowerPoint slide show while they thought about and discussed famous artists' self-portraits. They are reviewing the proportions of the face. Students will  complete a self-portrait from observation using a mirror and proportion guidelines.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Kinetic Sculptures

Theo Jansen has mixed art and science to create wonderful kinetic sculptures. Check out this short video from the link below:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Why Art Education is Important

Art teaches a specific set of thinking skills or "studio habits of mind." The eight "studio habits of mind" are:

Development of Artistic Craft
Making Clear Connections Between Schoolwork and the World Outside the Classroom 
Innovating Through Exploration
Reflective Self-Evaluation

To learn more about it, click the link to read the article, "Art for Our Sake," from The Boston Globe by Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland.