Archive for December, 2011

8th grade students learned how to draw proportional portraits in order to illustrate not only their faces, but also create a work of art that captured their inner most fears about themselves. To do this, students view portions of Glee’s Season 2’s Episode 18 ( which addressed acceptance and Lady Gaga. Students also watched a YouTube film ( depicting how to mimic Lady Gaga’s Skeleton image portrayed in her ‘Born This Way’ Music Video. Students then created a self portrait which transformed into a skeleton a midst a background which listed aspects about themselves which they appreciate as well as despise.

View all of these students’ personal Inner Skeleton creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 3: December 16th 2011, Taught Rotation 1:  August 22nd 2011

The Monster Engine is one of those projects that make me love the Internet for its ability to expose amazing creative talent to a worldwide audience. Illustrator Dave DeVries started with a simple question: What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically? 

See the website link below for the answer to this question.

Art students at Westfield Middle School are partaking in a challenge and taking a collective stand against the many ongoing humanitarian crises. How so? Please watch this video for a better understanding:

Students Rebuild is an organization that publishes a call to action for junior high and high school students around the globe by mobilizing them to connect, learn and take action on critical global issues. This year they have teamed up with One Million Bones, a campaign to cover the National Mall in Washington, DC with 1,000,000 handmade bones in honor of lives lost and in solidarity with those who have survived mass conflict.

So what is the challenge that Westfield is partaking in? Students Rebuild’s ‘Humaniatiran Crises: A Path Forward’; an effort for students to assist in the One Million Bones campaign. This new unique student bone making challenge is a social arts practice that uses education and hands-on art making to provide discussions of genocide and intolerance, as well as art activism. Subsequently, students partaking in the challenge will become part of a larger community of artists and activists from around the world via their own handmade bones.

View all of the students’ bone creations on Artsonia at:

In addition for students to have the chance to connect and be part of something big, for every 100,000 handmade bones and 20,000 images of handmade bones contributed to Students Rebuild’s ‘Humaniatiran Crises: A Path Forward’, $100,000 will be donated to CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Therefore they are raise funds without actually fundraising!

All in all, Westfield is glad to be a part of the path forward and hopes you support us in our efforts to participate with Students Rebuild. For more information on the challenge, visit