Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fuller Meadow Secret Artist vol. 11

The week of Jan. 22 brought with it a short student school week, 
but there were no shortage of Secret Artists! 

If you see one of these guys make sure to commend them on their hard work!

Picture Group: Cayla C. (KO), William A. (1T), Brendan B. (1EH), Ariana C. (2M), Dottie H (2L), Miracle U. (KH).

Sticker Group (not pictured): Ella M (KM), Grace A. (1S)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Youth Art Month Statewide Exhibit

This year I joined art teachers from across the state to highlight a group of 
talented student artists in a statewide art exhibit.

"Students, grades K through - 12, from across Massachusetts have been selected to have their artwork displayed at the State Transportation Building in Boston. This exhibit, sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA), is part of Youth Art Month (YAM), a national celebration held each year during March, that emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in schools."  - MAEA

The Exhibit will be on display and open to the public weekdays 9-5, 
February 5, 2018 - March 27, 2018. It is closed weekends and Presidents’ Day 2/19/18) 
Admission is free. Parking is available in the building for a fee.

Congratulations to these Fuller Meadow and Howe Manning Artists!

FM Artists: Dylan W., Stella S., Colin T.

HM Artists: Myla O., Ryan R., Nora A. 

Fuller Meadow Secret Artist vol. 10

We wrapped up another great week of secret artists from the week of Jan. 15th.  
Each week, students' who earn secret artist can choose from a picture or sticker.

This week's secret artists stood out to me for maintaining their 
"art ready" behavior right up until the end of class!  

Way to model great choices secret artists!

Picture Group: Farrah P. (1K), Kellan S. (KO), Claire B. (1EH), Lily K. (1T), Cameron F. (2K)

Sticker Group: Dylan W. (KM), Aiden A. (2M), Anderson L. (KH), 
Ben L. (1S), Mia S. (2L) Zachary C. (KL)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Artovation: Miniature Building Challenge

Does constructing a minature building sound hard?  
How about if you have to make it to scale? 
How about if you can only use cardboard?

Challenge Accepted!

That's what 6th grade Artovators were challenged with in the "Miniature Building Challenge"!

This is truly Project Based Learning at its best.  Want to know more about PBL? Click Here!

We started off this challenge with a discussion and exploration about neighborhoods.  Specifically, 6th graders compared and contrasted a neighborhood or block across three settings; urban, suburban, and rural.  After creating sketches of their houses and buildings, Artovators learned about ratio and scale and how they can use these concepts to create a realistic miniature house.

This great PBS video gives a wonderful explanation of scale and ratio in model buildings.

Finally students got to work.  They first chose the correct ratio (based on door heights) for the style of their building.  For example a single family house might be a 1:3 ratio where as an apartment building might be a 1:9 ratio or higher!


Then these 6th grade artovators set out to create structures, textures,
 unique features all in cardboard.  

They needed to finish all sides of their buildings before assembling the structure.

Their attention to detail is what really got me!
The two buildings below feature a roof top pool and a 
falling apart structure inspired by the Irish countryside.

Here are a few images of finished buildings. 
I am so impressed with their work!

Many Artovators assured me that even though this project was a LOOOOONG one, 
they would do it again!

Next year I'm thinking of having them research a building or home from a culture totally different than where we live. 

What would you like to see in a cardboard building challenge?!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fuller Meadow Secret Artist vol. 9

Another great week of Secret Artists at Fuller Meadow! 
Many students stood out for making good behavior choices despite distractions around them! 
That is hard to do way to go!

Picture Group: Grace W. (2M), Elias N. (KN), Ava C. (2K),  Zoe S. (KL), 
Luca P. (1K), and Mila P. (KH).

Not Pictured: Sophie D (1KH), Hudson R. (2B), Thea M. (KO), Luke L. (1EH), 
Aaron K (KM), Akhil D (1T), Sarah R. (1S) and Camilla E. (2L)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fuller Meadow Secret Artist Vol. 7 & 8

It's time to celebrate 2 weeks of Mystery Artists!  

These students rose to high expectations during the weeks of Dec. 18th and Jan. 1st.

Congrats Secret Artists!

Picture Group:  (week of Dec. 18th) Lilyann (KO), Brielle (1EH), Jasper P. (KM),
Addison T. (1T), Angelica K. (2M), Bryan S. (KH), Cameron D. (1S),
(week of Jan 1st) Conrad S.(1EH), Gavin M. (2M)

Not Pictured:  (week of Dec. 18th) Nathan K (2L), John H. (KL),
(week of Jan 1st) Gaetano S. (KO), Liliya L. (KM)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January Mystery Artist

Need something to keep you busy during these freezing January days? 
Research and guess this month's mystery artist!

Mystery Artist Facts:

I am a British Painter born in 1931.
I am one of the foremost op art artists.
My style developed in the 1930's when I started painting black and white works.
In addition to my paintings, I have also created many murals for 
major art museums and British hospitals. 

Submit your guess in the envelope at school or in the comments section below! 
* Include your first name, last initial, and class code ONLY for online guesses (ex. George S., 5Ha)