Archive for April, 2011

7th grade students learned about  Bento (弁当), sometimes called obento (お弁当), which is the Japanese word for a meal served  in a box. Students then used felt to create their own bento box which needed to consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, with each portion in a seperate box area. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 1: September 8th 2010, Taught Rotation 2: November 15th 2010, Taught Rotation 3: December 15th 2010, Taught Rotation 4: March 11th 2011, Taught Rotation 5: April 29th 2011

8th Grade Showcase students taking the Expressional Art class created a 2D work of art by either working independently or with partners. After drawing their creations, students picked to use color pencil, chalk, paint, oil pastel, etc. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 5: April 25th 2011

7th Grade students used donated milk jugs and tape to create various types of four legged animals. Students then paper machied over their animals in order to make them sturdy. Once dried, they primed their animals in white so that they could be painted uniquely! View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 3: January 10th 2011, Taught Rotation 4: March 2nd 2011, Taught Rotation 5: April 22nd 2011

8th Grade Showcase students taking the Clay class not only learned how to throw on the clay wheel to create unique pots, but also how to work eith Crayola’s Air Dry Clay to create mystical creatures. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at: and:

Taught Rotation 5: April 18th 2011


Make Paper Cranes, Rebuild Communities

On Friday, March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake struck Sendai, Japan, resulting in a devastating tsunami that ravaged the coast just 180 miles from Tokyo. In response, Students Rebuild partnered with” to ensure students worldwide have a way to support their Japanese peers – making paper cranes to rebuild communities. Considering such 6th and 7th grade students created various colored paper cranes. These simple yet powerful gestures will help trigger a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation – $2 for each crane received – to Architecture for Humanity’s reconstruction efforts in Japan. Once the goal of 100,000 submissions is reached, the cranes will be woven into an art installation – a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.

6th grade students transformed their names into works of art as the pick a theme to illustrate the letters of their own names. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 1: August 26th 2010, Taught Rotation 3:  December 7th 2010, Taught Rotation 4: February 10th 2011, Taught Rotation 5: April 8th 2011

7th Grade students are currently redesigning Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘The Old Guitarist’ ( First students photographed themselves hold a guitar in the same pose at the painting. Next they used their photographs to create a drawing of their photo. Lastly they used oil pastels to color in their drawings. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 1: August 20th 2010, Taught Rotation 2: October 15th 2010, Taught Rotation 3:  December 10th 2010Taught, Rotation 4: February 23rd 2011, Taught Rotation 5: April 7th 2011

Art is about making an idea into a reality. There isn’t a single crafted or manufactured object that didn’t pass through an artist’s hands. That is art’s life skill. It applies to everything from the telling of a story, to the functioning of a home, to the building of a business.

Art is a universal language. Human history is recorded in pottery, hieroglyphs, painting, and architecture. Our future is planned with diagrams, schematics, floor plans, and animatics. Art delivers us safely to our destinations every day. We all know what to do in the event of a water landing. We know where the nearest exits are in theaters and hotels. Roads are designed to tell us when and where to turn and where it is safe to cross the street. We all know that the octagon at the end of the street means stop. But did you ever wonder why that sign is red? We live and die by these ideas—ideas that are communicated very effectively by artists. Almost everyone understands art, but very few people have learned to speak it. A careful look at the world makes an artist’s value clear. The books, magazines, and websites that we read were all designed by artists. Every school, every building, was created by an architect’s pencil. Clothing, cars, furniture, bridges, and even the space shuttle began their existence as drawings on pieces of paper.

Not so long ago, art was taught as a fundamental life skill; as a practical tool for future engineers; as an observational skill vital for scientists. The nature and the quality of art education may have changed over the decades, but it is important to recognize that visual art shares something with every other language: It can be a fun, expressive medium, but it also has a grammar and a vital set of skills that can be taught to any student. If art education is ever going to earn its permanent place in our schools, the full scope of the subject must be recognized. A complete art education teaches students to see clearly, to think creatively, and to give form to the future. And, yes, it is creative, self-expressive, and fun.