Archive for September, 2011

8th grade students in the Exploratory class are participating in the Blue Man Group’s Invent an Instrument Contest, which is a competition for students in grades 5 – 9 designed to inspire and to reward creativity and original thinking, as well as to help students develop awareness of connections among science, math, and the performing arts.

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8th grade students watched a PBS Frontline ‘Merchants of Cool’ video clip and then looked at various advertisements in order to critique them. Students then used computers and GIMP to create their own Parody Advertisements.

View all of these students’ comical parody advertisement creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 1: September 27th 2011

8th Grade Students studied artist Bridget Riley ( and created their own opitcal illusions using markers. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 1: September 26th 2011, Taught Rotation 3: March 16th 2011, Taught Rotation 2:  January 26th 2011, Taught Rotation 1: October 1st 2010 

8th grade science students studied the muscular system and then used images from visual culture to create scientifical drawings of characters and their muscles.

View all of these students’ Muscle Figure creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 1: September 19th 2011

6th grade students viewed various iPod advertisements that included iPod silhouettes as well as abstract backgrounds. Students then watched a variety of iPod commercials inorder to brainstorm ideas about what they wanted to illustrate within their own work of art. Students next listened to Blue Man Group music to create expressive mood paintings for their backgrounds. Students then posed and took photographs of themselves to use for their project. Lastly students filled in their project by brainstorming words and icons which illustrated their lives.

View all of these students’ expressional iPod creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 1: September 22nd 2011

For the fifth year in a row, Westfield students participated in International Peace Day with “Pinwheels for Peace” by creating pinwheels that represented their beliefs about Peace and the Pillars of Character. On Wednesday September 21st, Ms. Matt’s 6th grade Art class “planted” all of the pinwheels outside Westfield in the shape of a three Peace signs; one for each grade level. This beautiful display of pinwheels made a public visual statement about the desire for a freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.

View photos of some Pinwheels and the outdoor installation of the Pinwheels on Artsonia at:



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A world without art is just eh…need I say more?