Friday, January 30, 2015

Google Classroom is ALIVE in ART!!!!!!

Google Classroom is AMAZING! 

We are learning how to use Classroom in art to 
receive our "Artist Daily's" (daily work log and class info.)  
and turn in our assignments (written and artworks). 

Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with Google Apps for Education teachers to help them save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. 

Here are examples of how we are using i Pads and
Google classroom in art.

  •  Creating and submitting Google Docs with Artist Research.
  • Taking photos (in-progress images) of work to evaluate our progress, work-ethic and development of planning.
  • Student's can now contribute to The Idea Factory!(class blog)
Here are some samples of student photography of works in progress submitted to our Google Classroom. 

Art 1
Keren, Paul, Sara and Anu 4th Period

Art B

Camryn 3rd Period

Pooja 3rd Period

Aaron 2nd Period

Art A

Nils Akash and Adisri 7th Period

Google Classroom is similar to Blackboard and can work in conjunction with Blackboard.  Your student receives an email regarding any announcements or new assignments that have been posted. In essence, they can get a jump start on their assignment before it is physically assigned in class! I'v received positive feedback from students. They like the look of the classroom and the ease of use to turn in assignments and communicate with me about their work. Student's can turn in research and images of in progress work and in some cases final product images to be viewed by their teacher. We have spent the last two days learning about how to view and submit items to our Google Classroom. 

Link to Learn
Google Classroom

Things to know:
  1. Due dates still apply in GC. The program date and time-stamps student work once submitted. The student may "unsubmit and resubmit" until the due date. After the due date, the item may still be submitted (and should be) but it will be marked late within the system. Should the item not be turned in within two days (per our syllabus) the student will complete in FNL. 
  2. Absence policy still applies here as well. 
  3. Students can submit work from anywhere! YAY!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Texas Art Education State Winner

Congratulations Alyssa! Your story will be featured here, 
CMSE morning announcements, CMSE and district websites, 
in the Bronco Beat and in the Citizen's Advocate. 
We are so proud of you!!!
“YAM Flag Design Contest”

We received very exciting news that one of our art students, Alyssa Aguilar, won the STATE Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest to represent Texas nationality. Alyssa represents ALL Middle School students in the state of Texas with her unique flag design.
Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance held each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school programs.
Each year, state YAM chairpersons hold a student flag design competition. A theme is selected that is representative of the individual state and the spirit of Youth Art Month. This year the theme was, “Art Builds Bridges”.
Alyssa, start making plans to attend the 2015 YAM Awards & Ceremony at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas on March 22nd!
Alyssa and Mrs. Richards will be honored at the ceremony. Alyssa will receive a certificate for her accomplishment and her flag design will be displayed, celebrated and recreated in the form of a cake at the ceremony.
Thank you to Alyssa Aguilar for helping to make EAST THE BEAST!!!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Important Information about Technical Skills in Art

Developing technical skills
If we define art education as the process for cultivating abilities for comprehending and utilizing the language of art, we need to identify the constituents of this language. 
The tools and materials utilized to produce visual qualities are a major component. If one is to make expressive visual statements that communicate meanings to others, some knowledge of how to use these media is required. If students are asked to use crayons or oil pastels, for instance, they should have opportunities to investigate the characteristics of these drawing media; e.g. learning how to use the point and side, how to apply more or less pressure to vary values and intensity, and how to mix and blend colors utilizing surface textures.

Examples of other technical skills include: stippling, hatching and cross hatching with pencil, pen, crayon or brush; folding, scoring, perforating, shredding, curling, and cutting paper; producing washes of flat and graduated color, and under painting, glazing, and scumbling with paint; and pounding, pinching, rolling, texturing, wheel-throwing, glazing, and firing clay.

A key pedagogical principle is that whenever students are asked to utilize particular media, students should have opportunities to acquire some measure of control over these media through their own explorations and/or via instructor demonstrations. Learning about the assets and limitations of media is a first step toward enabling media to function as the basic vocabulary for artistic expression. It is not sufficient, however, only to be able to produce "words." Grammatical skills - putting words together to generate meaning - are also required. These are the skills needed to represent and interpret what one experiences, which also requires learning how to see in distinctive ways.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Art A Collages

Matted pieces were displayed at the Vonita White Building 
and are now outside of our office here at East


Objectives: Create a sense of foreground, middle-ground and background utilizing layering techniques to show a sense of depth and space. Visual Texture and Design.


P.A.C.E. Pride

I have 3 of these students in art class! 
I am so proud of Shaira, Amit and Aamir for being chosen for P.A.C.E. 
Thank you to Aamir for choosing me to celebrate P.A.C.E breakfast with him and his father. 
Apologies for the slightly fuzzy image.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

One-Point Perspective

Art A 

Students teach each other how to apply one-point perspective in order to create block letters utilizing a vanishing point placed on a 
horizon line.  

Lesson Vocabulary

One-point Perspective: 
A form of linear perspective in which all lines appear to meet at a single point on the horizon. 

Horizon Line: 
A level line that represents the viewer's eye level. If an object is below the horizon line you can see the top of it. If the object is above the horizon line, you cannot see its top, you can see its bottom. 

Vanishing Point: 
A point on the horizon line where lines between near an distant  places appear to converge.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2D Design and Balance in Contour Drawing

  Link to vocabulary   ArtLex

The first few images are in progress.

Individual Works

Sue 2nd Period

 Pooja 3rd Period

Nishant 3rd Period 

 Aaron 2nd Period

 Camryn 3rd Period

 Kensley 2nd Period

 Charlotte 3rd Period

 Hayeon 2nd Period