Archive for January, 2011

7th grade students took fruit, cut them into organized pieces which they then stuck into foam into to make them look as if they floated. Students will then use GIMP to erase the background to make it appear as if it exploded mid air. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 3: January 27th 2011

7th grade students worked as a class to create one large work of art that was a scence in which each member of the class drew at least one items. Then they worked together to paint their scene only using their feet! View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 3: January 24th 2011

Great News!  RachelRD1, from Westfield Middle School, has been selected as a finalist for this week’s “Artist of the Week” award for the 7th-9th age group.  The finalist who receives the most online votes between now and Saturday January 29 will be selected as our “Artist of the Week.”

To view the finalists and cast your vote, simply click on the link below. Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group!

The “Artist of the Week” will be featured on the Artsonia homepage and will receive a commemorative plaque from Artsonia.  In addition, Blick Art Materials has generously donated $100 gift certificates to the winning teachers and $50 to the winning artists.

All fan club members from Westfield Middle School have just been sent an email inviting them to vote, but we encourage you to personally spread the word at school, making sure all your students cast their votes right away!

Thank you for submitting your artwork to Artsonia and helping every child be an artist!

Your friends at Artsonia

8th grade students studied the concept of Metamorphosis in order to create artistic changes with images. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 3: January 10th 2011

Do you like to build things? Do you like to make things move on their own? Do you like Legos? If so, join Ms. Matt’s new Lego Robotics club!

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.