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

Google Doc Survey Answer Link: 

Bianca Olson WinnerJenny P WinnerPlease congratulate 7th Grade Winner Bianca Olson and 8th Grader Winner Jenny Petrova for having their artwork featured on this years Youth Art Month poster & flag for the state of Illinois!

Bianca’s and Jenny’s Artwork will be represented on the 2016 The Power of Art poster and flag which will be included in the IAEA March Mosaic. As winners, Bianca and Jenny will also automatically be enrolled in the Sargent Arts New York trip contest. Way to go girls!

To see photos of the girls with their State Certificates and mini posters, check out these photos on Google Drive: ( and (

yam 2015The IAEA is a proud supporter of Youth Art Month (YAM) and is excited to announce this year’s poster theme, The Power of Art. Considering such, create a work of art, any size, relating to the theme. Download the instruction sheet here: Youth Art Month 2016 PDF, or for more information, visit – All artwork is due to Mrs. Matt by Friday January 15th 2016 and 10 Poster Winners will be announced by IAEA in Spring with 1 going to NYC!

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs throughout each state.  Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education (CFAE), a sponsor of Youth Art Month realizes that a comprehensive Art Education Program develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders-our children.

Westfield is once again taking part in the National Radon Poster Contest. Students ages 9-14 from states and tribal nations across the country and all U.S. territories are encouraged to create posters that raise radon awareness and encourage radon testing in every home. The top three national winners will receive a financial award and their poster will be used in radon awareness efforts.

In 2014, one of Westfield’s 6th grade students won first place in the Illinois contest and was not only featured in this year’s Radon calendar, but also received $200.00. That year we also had a Westfield’s 8th grade students win 3rd place in  Illinois and  received $100.00! In 2013, one of Westfield’s 8th grade students won first place in the Illinois contest and also received $200.00! If you are interested in the poster contest, please review this Radon Poster Contest 2016 Instructions PDF and see Mrs. Matt in the art room for more details and art supplies!

The National Radon Poster Contest incorporates art, science and health into one contest. For more information, visit

Westfield Participation: Year 4: 2016, Year 3: 2015, Year 2: 2014, Year 1: 2013 – See Mrs. Matt ASAP to participate!

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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George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island Of La Grand Jatte” Link:

6th grade students visited creative thinking website Feed The Head is an entertaining and bizarre flash game that challenges you to make the head grow hair, breathe fire, and run all while using your creative mind to problem solve the ending.

Taught Rotation 1: October 22nd 2015, Taught Rotation 4: May 27th 2015, Taught Rotation 3: March 27th 2015, Taught Rotation 2: January 15th 2015, Taught Rotation 1: October 18th 2014, Taught Rotation 4: May 15th 2013, Taught Rotation 3: March 13th 2013, Taught Rotation 2: January 11th 2013, Taught Rotation 1: October 19th 2012, Taught Rotation 4: May 20th 2012, Taught Rotation 3: March 10th 2012, Taught Rotation 2: January 12th 2012, Taught Rotation 1: October 15th 2011, Taught Rotation5: May 25th 2011, Taught Rotation 4: April 4th 2011, Taught Rotation 3: February 7th 2011, Taught Rotation 2: December 3rd 2010, Taught Rotation 1: October 7th 2010,

How well do you see color? 7th grade students took the online color challenge at Xrite ( which is based on the official FM100 Hue Test by X-Rite. Students had to drag and drop the colors in each row to arrange them by hue order and received a score once they were done.

Students were surprised at their results, as most are considering that 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency.


Taught Rotation 1: October 22nd 2015, Taught Rotation 4: June 2nd 2015, Taught Rotation 3: March 27th 2015, Taught Rotation 2: January 16th 2015, Taught Rotation 1: October 23rd 2014, Taught Rotation 3: March 22nd 2013, Taught Rotation 2: January 10th 2013, Taught Rotation 1: October 19th 2012, Taught Rotation 4: May 21st 2012