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PhotocubephotoIs that student smelling her new Chromebook? NOPE! She’s learning how to use the camera on herPhotocube new Chromebook by taking zoomed in photos of facial features for a Photocube art project (! Check out the other student’s finish project ready to be printed.

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in art completed this task their first full week of Art to help them about their Chromebook artsy devices and their artsy features! We got the idea here:

Taught Rotation 3: January 20th 2016, Taught Rotation 2: October 26th 2015, Taught Rotation 1: August 25th 2015

8th Grade students created digital Graffiti-like names using the website  Graffiti Creator is a text paint tool where students can type in a name or phrase and create unique logos and images. View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Need help with the Nimbus Extension? Check out this Google Doc for help:

Missing the Nimbus Extension? Get it here: (

Taught Rotation 3: February 22nd 2016, Taught Rotation 1: September 3rd 2015, Taught Rotation 3: January 20th 2015, Taught Rotation 2: October 27th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: August 21st 2014, Taught Rotation 3: March 18th 2013, Taught Rotation 2: December 14th 2012, Taught Rotation 4: May 16th 2012, Taught Rotation 1: October 18th 2011, Rotation 3: January 4th 2011, Taught Rotation 4: March  18th 2011

All Art grade students experimented with Edmodo using it’s tests, polls, videos, picture and comment features.


Creating/Updating an Account Instructions:

Edmodo How To Instructions Link:

Taught Rotation 4: April 4th 2016, Taught Rotation 3: January 20th 2016, Taught Rotation 2: October 26th 2015, Taught Rotation 1: August 24th 2015, Taught Rotation 4: March 21st 2015, Taught Rotation 3: January 21st 2015, Taught Rotation 2: October 27th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: August 22nd 2014,  Taught Rotation 2: January 10th 2012


A While I came across Illustrator Dave DeVries Monster Enginewho started a project with one simple question: What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically? From there he developed the Monster Engine which is fostered around the curiosity of seeing youth drawings come to life. To learn more about Dave DeVries Monster Engine, visit:

To bring this concept into the classroom, 8th grade Art students at Westfield Middle school teamed up with the 2nd graders at DuJardin Elementary students to develop collaborative Monsters. The elementary students were given a Monster worksheet where they were to answer general questions about their monsters, i.e. how many eyes does it have, where does it live, etc., and create a mini sketch. The 8th grade students then took this information to create a monstrous work of art based on the 2nd graders information. Students then Skype together as well as write a story about the monsters! Students also watched this video to help with their creations:

You can view all of the 8th Grade students’ Monster creations on the Westfield Artsonia Page. Monster Portraits link: (, Plush Monsters Link: ( and the Monster Packages Link (

Taught Rotation 3: March 14th 2016, Taught Rotation 1: December 1st 2015, Taught Rotation 1: October 1st 2015, Taught Rotation 3: February 25th 2015,Taught Rotation 2: December 8th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: September 29th 2014, Taught Rotation 3:  January 13th 2014, Taught Rotation 2: November 4th 2013, Taught Rotation 1: September 27th 2013, Taught Rotation 4: March 5th 2013

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Students studied artist Jessica Kerbawy ( who uses crayons and heat to create color field textured paintings. Students recreated her work by carefully selecting a variety of colored crayons, all donated by other teachers, hot gluing them to card stock, and then using a heat gun and blow dryer to form the pool of melted colors underneath each crayon.

View all of these students’ abstract color field textured creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 3: February 19th 2016, Taught Rotation 2: December 24th 2015, Taught Rotation 1: September 20th 2015, Taught Rotation 3: February 23rd 2015, Taught Rotation 2: December 4th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: September 25th 2014, Taught Rotation 3: February 3rd 2014, Taught Rotation 3: January 17th 2012, Taught Rotation 1: September 19th 2011

8th grade students created their own Glow in the Dark Munny Characters. Munny Examples:

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     In order to enhance your familiarity with technology, each week you will have a digital art assignment to complete outside of Art Class. These weekly assignment will include the tasks of taking a digital photograph, uploading the digital photograph to a device with internet, and posting the photograph to the art classroom’s discussion board. To complete the assignments, you can use a digital camera, cell phone, web cam, or any other photo taking device as well as any sort of device such as a laptop, tablet, desktop computer, etc., with internet access to post the photos. For your safety, please make sure your photos do not include your face!

Please do not worry if you do not have your own digital camera device or access to a computer with internet as all of these items can be used at school via the Library either during flex time or homework lab. Students can also set up times to stay before/after school with Mrs. Matt to complete these weekly assignments.

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To complete these weekly digital assignments, you will have to go to the my Art Classroom Blog: and then click on the Edmodo link on the right hand side of the page. Log Ins are the Students’ first and last name plus the number of the year they are graduating; i.e. if I were in 7th grade, my Log In would be DeyanaMatt16. The passwords are the student ID numbers. 

Once at the discussion board, you will have to put in your user ID (Your first name and first initial of your last name) and your school password. After you have logged in, in a few seconds your discussion board forums will load and you will need to click on the ‘Photo of the Week’ forum. After clicking this forum, you will see a variety of discussion board posts, one for each of the weekly assignment plus an instructions post. Every week on Friday, a photo will be posted within the specific week’s post. Once the photo is posted, you have exactly 1 week to post your own response photo to the post; i.e. Friday Morning to Thursday Night.

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Here is a sample ‘Photo of the Week’ assignment: If the post was a photograph of Mrs. Matt’s hand hold a bag of stuff from a store, you would have to post a response photograph of your hand holding a bag of stuff from a store of your choosing. Please note that the photograph has to be taken within that week and with a portion of yourself with the item; i.e. your hand, foot, top of your head, etc., however I not want your face in the photograph so please take that into consideration. Subsequently, please do not ‘steal’ a photograph from the internet; doing so will be considered plagiarism and result in a referral. As for actually taking the photograph, there are a variety of options: you can use one of your hands to take the photograph, set the device’s timers or ask someone to help you.

5 Smashing KermitThese weekly assignments will not only help you meet the International Society for Technology in Education’s student standards, but also the Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts and The National Standards for Visual Arts. Just as your weekly ‘Artwork of the Week’ assignments in class, these ‘Photo of the Week’ assignments will be counted as a weekly grade worth 5 points.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these weekly digital ‘Photo of the Week’ assignments, please feel free to email Mrs. Matt at

imagesCreate any type of digital character, a person, animal, cartoon character, etc. using When you are done, save it with GIMP (GIMP for Students) by Exporting it to your H Drive and then Upload it to your Art Class Google Drive Folder under Online Characters!


As part of the 8th Grade end of the quarter color wheel test, students discussed the primary and secondary colors need to create a rainbow and what order they would go in. Students then used food coloring, milk, pudding mix, Popsicle sticks and cups to make layered frozen rainbow pudding pops! Some wished we would have used chocolate pudding so when they asked why we didn’t, I let them contemplate what would have happened to the colors. Their lightbulbs then went off and were glad we used vanilla and/or banana!

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

Taught Rotation 3: March 24th 2015, Taught Rotation 2: January 13th 2015, Taught Rotation 1: October 10th 2014,Taught Rotation 3: March 17th 2014, Taught Rotation 2: December 9th 2013, Taught Rotation 3: March 19th 2013, Taught Rotation 2: January 8th 2013