Archive for February, 2011

30 works of art from 32 talented Westfield students have made it into the 28th Annual Student Art Show which is on display at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum from March 12th till April 15th 2011, with the reception for Students and Staff on Sunday March 20th 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
A special Congratulations goes out to the following artistic Westfield students: Dawid Zelazo, Francesca Holt, Abigail Dean, Chris Banta, Nikki Cannata, Emily Golab, Joey Abate, Adam Michals, Elizabeth Waclawik, Gaye Behrem, Rachel Hinds, Nick Martin, Billy Lancaster, Mikey Zuffante, Sam Dentino, Nicholas Castaldo, Andrea Deleon, Daniel Suszcynski, Steph Olk, Ethan Kurtz, Anthony Anzelmo, Anielle DeBenny, Morgan Bayne, Alexis Pall, Annie Dickerson, Serena Helman, Kiley Mette, Daniel Aamir, Abbie Zastawny, Jenna Palmisano, Frankie Fanella, Lexi Rufflo
For more information, please visit the Bloomingdale Park District Museum website at:  http://www.bloomingdaleparks.org/Facilities/BPD-museum/exhibitions.htm

8th Grade Students used a variety of technologies, i.e. digital camera, scanners, Gimp and Comic Life to create a work of art that looked similar to the style of Andy Warhol (http://www.warhol.org/). View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at: http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=308685


Taught Rotation 1: September 13th 2010, Taught Rotation 2: October 16th 2010, Taught Rotation 3: January 4th 2010, Taught Rotation 4: February 22nd 2011

“While students in art classes learn techniques specific to art, such as how to draw, how to mix paint, or how to center a pot, they’re also taught a remarkable array of mental habits not emphasized elsewhere in schools”  —Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner (Educational researchers at Harvard’s Project Zerot
Did you know that . . .
  • We live in a visual age. Most children and youth spend 10 hours per day in front of screens composed of pictures and words, often two types of screens at once.
  • The arts provide jobs. 1.25 million Americans currently work in the visual arts. Jobs for artists and designers are predicted to increase by 43% by 2016.
  • Art education equips students to form mental images, which can be used to solve problems—an ability that chemists, engineers, and architects use to create models and that inventors use to think up new ideas.
  • Art education requires students to use their eyes and hands to give form to ideas generated in the brain—a discipline that Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel proved boosts brain power.
  • Research also indicates that high school art programs engage students and  keep in school those at-risk of dropping out.

http://www.arteducators.org/advocacy/ARTS_ED_e-FLYER_3.pdf

Art teachers nurture the 6 senses needed for developing Visual literacy:  The ability to interpret, use, appreciate, and create images and video using both conventional and 21st-century media in ways that advance thinking, decision making, communication, and learning the ability to interpret, use, appreciate, and create images and video using both conventional and 21st-century media in ways that advance thinking, decision making, communication, and learning.
A student with Visual Literacy can…
DESIGN: can create and appreciate human-made objects that go beyond function and may be perceived as beautiful, whimsical, extraordinary, unique, or emotionally engaging;
STORY: communicates effectively with others by creating, as well as appreciating a compelling narrative;
SYMPHONY: synthesizes ideas, sees the big picture, crosses boundaries, and combines disparate pieces into a meaningful whole;
EMPATHY: understands another’s point of view, is able to forge relationships, and feels compassion for others;
PLAY: creatively engages in problem solving and benefits personally and socially from flexibility, humor, risk taking, curiosity, inventive thinking, and games;  and
MEANING: pursues more significant endeavors, desires, and enduring ideas, and has a sense of purpose, inspiration, fulfillment, and responsibility in making informed choices toward higher-order thinking skills and transformation.

8th Grade students used clay carving tools and Ivory soap to make simple sculptures. Visit the Ivory website for How-To’s and ideas if you want to create your own soap sculptures (http://www.ivory.com/PureFun_IvoryProjects_SoapCarvingTips.htm). View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at: http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=372454

Taught Rotation 4: February 10th 2011

8th Grade students used their portrait drawings from their Comic Life project and choose an analyougus color to use while blending and coloring their portraits with oil pastels or chalk pastels. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at: http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=312088


Taught Rotation 1: September 19th 2010, Taught Rotation 2: November 17th 2010, Taught Rotation 3: December 16th 2010, Taught Rotation 4: February 14th 2011

8th grade students took photos of themselves in poses in order to make a designer project of themselves with patterns and colors. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=307999

Taught Rotation 1: September 8th 2010, Taught Rotation 2: November 8th 2010, Taught Rotation 3: December 14th 2010, Taught Rotation 4: February 11th 2011

8th Grade Students viewed various examples of silhouettes.  Student then cuts silhouettes of items in action out of black paper to mount on white paper. Once complete, all of the works were hung to make a Black and White Gallery. View all of the students’ creations on Artsoniahttp://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=353250

Taught Rotation 3: January 14th 2011, Taught Rotation 4: February 10th 2011

8th Grade students used a photograph of themselves to make a black and white portrait drawings to be used later for their Comic Life project and their Oil Pastel Portraits.  View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=310231



Taught Rotation 1: September 19th 2010, Taught Rotation 2: November 17th 2010, Taught Rotation 3: December 16th 2010, Taught Rotation 4: February 10th 2011