A Year-End Thank You from The Art Team
Wow. Just wow. What an amazing year we've had in Art! We had our greatest art show yet, we made our greatest variety of sculptures during clay month, and the sheer diversity of art styles expressed this year was matchless. From Kindie all the way through 8th grade, the skill and creative expression of our students has been a true joy to Mr. Riggs and I. From students, to families, to fellow teachers and staff people, we could not thank you more. Thank you for supporting the arts at our school. This year has been a non-stop celebration of human creativity. And it could not have happened without the generous contributions of such a great AA community. This journey just keeps getting better and better.
So, what say we keep this celebration going? I will be around all summer offering private art lessons, guitar lessons, rock band lessons, and just about any other creative endeavor lessons. I'm also offering a very creative STAR WARS camp alongside "the other Mr. C," Josh Collier, the STEM teacher. We are sure to have a Summer Break filled with art-making and other creative adventures.
How about you? Whatever you do this summer, don't forget to stay creative and enjoy the moments. Find beauty in the little things, the big things, the everything. Then take your experience and make something -- anything -- from the heart. Happy Summer Break! - Mr. See
It's The Big Day: A.C.E. Opening Night
Mr. See here with a big "thank you" for the many people and many hours that have poured into making the A.C.E. show a huge hit this year. We've got more artworks up than ever. And this year, each student's main submission appears with a clearly printed label. Artworks from art clubs, Studio Art, and team art projects were also accepted in addition to main art submissions. Student comic books are for sale in the Library, which will simultaneously feature the Book Swap event during A.C.E. Opening Night (tonight from 5 to 8 pm). We have a very ambitious, super creative student variety show, which includes AA's first ever student rock band project. And to top it all off, this show's them -- #ArtGivesYouWings -- means that you'll be able to get your selfie with a large set of student-made community art project wings.
Needless to say, I am speechless with excitement for this show. Thanks for another amazing year of unleashing our kiddos' creativity.
Art Show Season!
It's time for our biggest art event of the year: A.C.E. (the Artists' Choice Exhibition). Every K5 Art Genius chooses her or his favorite artwork from the year to show during a two-week celebration of art that floods the first floor and library at Motsenbocker. Students also share pieces from art clubs, plus the show includes a display for middle school artists and 3D work. Plus, the theme of the show this year is #artgivesyouwings. Each grade, K through 5, has worked together to create a life-sized set of wings for art-viewers to get their selfies with. But the wings will only be on display during Opening Night. So get your wing-selfie while you can!
Opening Night, Live Performances, and Book Swap
Please come to our huge celebration, Opening Night on Tuesday, May 1st from 5 to 8pm. During the first hour, we will have a variety show presented by students in the gym. After that, we'll have free refreshments, time to enjoy the artwork, and another great event happening the same night in the library: Book Swap!
Artwork will be on display in the library as well! Although K5 students are required to show something 2D, students are invited to show as many 3D artworks as they'd like. Does your art genius have a 3D piece at home that they'd like to show? Hand it off to Mr. See before we hang the art show on our day off, Friday April 27th.
Would You Like to Volunteer?
Our amazing art events would never happen if it weren't for our amazing volunteers. If you would like to donate time and help hang, set up, facilitate, or break down the A.C.E. show, please sign up online: signup for A.C.E. volunteers
. Or, if you would like to donate refreshments for Opening Night, you could sign up online here: online signup for A.C.E. food donations
Congrats to Selected Artists for the District Art Show
We had a truly beautiful bunch of artworks selected for this year's DCSD District Art Show. Both 2D and 3D artworks represented our school magisterially. Thank you to the artists and families involved and congrats!
Marching Fourth into Art Show Season
Can you believe it's March already? That means it's time to start thinking about the big art show at the end of the school year. Below you'll see a walk down art show memory lane -- flyers from our first and second A.C.E. show. Remember: "A.C.E." stands for "Artists' Choice Exhibition." This means that each K5 art genius gets to pick her or his favorite 2D piece from the school year to show off at our big art celebration on May 1st.
Are Sculptures Allowed in the A.C.E. Show?
Absolutely! In fact, when students submit a sculpture to the A.C.E. show, this technically allows them to show a coveted two artworks. This is because Mr. See only grades 2D artworks as part of the required A.C.E. show submission grade for T3. On the one hand, it's simply more manageable to go through a folder of 2D artworks and check off A.C.E. submissions that way. The 3D submissions, on the other hand, are not counted for the grade. Rather, they are simply accepted for the sheer fun of showing off 3D work. If your art geniuses want to show a sculpture in the A.C.E. show, I ask that they take it home and show it off to their families first just in case it somehow gets lost or broken in the art show process.
Live! Talented Students at the A.C.E. Show
Does your art genius love the spotlight? The A.C.E. show might be a great opportunity for him or her to share their talent for performance with our community! On the night of Tuesday, May 1st, from 5:00 to 7:30pm, the art show's opening night will include a series of live student performances, variety show style. Starting this week, Mr. See will accept sign-ups for our limited time slots of five-to-thirty minutes for the following: singers, choirs, instrumentalists, bands, orchestras, other ensembles, poetry readers, stand-up comedians, theatrical performers, dancers, or practitioners of other live talents.
How do they sign up? Mr. See will create sign-up only accessible to AA Staff. Students should talk to any staff person -- think music teachers, homeroom teachers, ECA club facilitators, or any others who happen to know about a student's amazing talent. This counts as a sort of informal audition process. If there's an adult at AA that knows of a student or students who should share their talent at the A.C.E. show, this adult can sign them up and they're in! But hurry -- spaces are limited.
Clay, Glazes, and Ink Baths, Oh My!
Clay month has wrapped up swimmingly. So much so, in fact, that some of our ceramic sculptures are swimming in ink! That's right -- we've got a new technique for Mr. See's ceramics program. It's called "ink bath." For some grades this is required; for others, it's an option alongside the more traditional underglaze (color) and dip or brush glaze (the shiny, glassy look) process. Students that color their bisqueware (that is, ceramic artworks that have been fired once but not glazed or decorated with color yet) with oil pastel, then they dip them in a large vat of black India ink. The ink fills in the little cracks between pastel marks, creating a high-contrast and highly graphic look. Compare the two images below to see the difference.
New Art Projects
Haven't checked out the "Elementary Art (K-5)" page in a while? Give it a visit. Mr. See has recently updated it to account for a few changes in the 2017-18 art year plan. A few new projects include First Grade's "Stegosaurus Observation Drawing" and Fifth Grade's "Japanese Ink Drawing" projects!
Welcome Back -- What's New in Art?
Happy New Year, everyone! We are excited to see everyone back and to see all these lovely new artworks being made. Middle School students are working on a variety of detailed drawings and paintings, with themes that include perspective drawing and the inspiration of the Impressionists. Elementary school art geniuses are creating their last round two-dimensional drawings and paintings before we begin our season of ceramic sculpture projects!
Clay Month: Heads Up
For grades K through 5, clay month goes from January 29th through February 23rd. We have brand new smocks so as to keep those uniforms clean! But if you'd also like to send your art genius to school with some backup clothes during that week, that's fine too.
New Art Clubs
Mr See has several new clubs, including one that's available to all grades: Art Portfolio. Every Wednesday, we'll meet for sessions on how to develop one's own style and art project ideas. For once your art genius settles on a concept and a media of choice, she or he will spend the remainder of our sessions creating a series of large-scale artworks of their own design.
We also have a Comics Club on Mondays for grades 2 through 8. We will look at famous comic books, draw inspiration from their stories and drawings, and design our own comics.
Mr. See is also offering Movie Talkers again every Tuesday. This club gives students a chance to relax and socialize while analyzing the creative and artistic value of the various films we watch. And snacks are provided! Please check out the school store for more info on our movie list. And check out the fliers below for some more specifics on these new clubs.
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