Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wow. Here are some examples of a high school 2D lesson in Cubism. We just wrapped up a still life unit with cutting up our still life's and "jux-ta-posing" them in cubist style. This project in particular was a great one to reflect on how well I taught to their level, I learned a great deal, and so did the students (mainly about patients!) Some of the students were more than willing to cut up their still life's (that took about one week each, two different drawings) and some really had a hard time, maybe next time I will explain the entire process from the get-go. overall, fun project!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The 8th grade students studied "masks from around the world!" and created a mask of their own based off of a theme of choice. I was impressed with the outcomes of the masks, as we were working in theme in class the students seemed to have "creative blocks." Big bummer, but the next class period it seemed to have been overcome because they were able to create some interesting concepts and solutions.
I have been quite busy over the past nearly 2 months, and haven't been able to keep up with updates from my student teaching experience. I have moved onto my Middle School/High School placement in another rural farming community in Wisconsin. It's been great... here are a few updates!
The Fourth Grader's focused their portion of the quilt project on "Environmental Awareness." In order to do this we went on a nature hike and collected elements of nature (trees, leaves, flowers, bark) Next, the students did a sketch, then an engraving on Styrofoam relief plates (amazing!) At this point we could being printed on paper (a proof) and then finally on muslin fabric. The students did a great job, however we had some trouble with the sizing of the fabric and resisting of the ink.. with practice I think I can improve it.
The Second Graders created non-objective prints on fabric squares, sharing printing techniques with one another. The student's practiced self control, respect, and recognizing strengths in one another. The students added final details with embroidery floss stitches. This was the first time I was working with students and metal needles, needless to say, I was a bit nervous- but all went well.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Throughout September the First grader's studied Van Gogh, emphasizing his still life studies. We focused on composition and filling the space of the canvas. As the sunflower season came to an end, the students enjoyed sharing stories about sunflowers they have seen in their environment. Here is Henry's Sunflowers. Henry told me the first time I met him that he wants to be an art teacher when he grows up because he loves artwork, and teaching others. I enjoyed my time working with him.
Following Be Nice to Spiders the Kindergarten's spun their own webs rolling a marble coated in tempera paint over their cut out matboard circle in a pie tin.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Here is another example of a Kindergarten Self-Portrait. Molly has really grasped the idea that the head is similar in shape to an egg, ha! I love the lip to nose proportion- still working on that idea. Overall, great first attempt at the self portrait, Kindergarten Molly.
For the past five months Justin and I have been living without internet, and for the most part it has worked for us. It's great to put "check my facebook" on my list of things to do, but on the other hand it limits my time for blog updating. I've found myself reading nearly twice as much and researching the old fashioned way-with books, when needed. For now, coffee shops-laundry mats-and hidden nic's and cranny's on campus will suffice my internet needs-but please excuse my slow updates.
Currently, I am in the finishing stages of my school wide unit lesson plan at Glenwood City Elementary school, titled The Giving Quilt Project. I will be hanging their show in the community in the week to come- with pictures to follow, pinky swear.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Following a lesson in non-objective painting, I gathered some of the discarded snippets from some of the students in the art barn to create these pages in my sketchbook. Interesting concept-maybe i'll return to this idea for a larger installation piece someday...
This is the 'Art Barn' at Camp Towanda where I was employed for the summer. The camp is located in Pennsylvania about 13 miles from the NY boarder. I resided in the art barn as an art specialist for about 8 weeks instructing children ranging in age from 6-16
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
“ We are all inherently biological “
Vines, Coffee Filters, Glue, Coffee, Liquid Latex, Clay
Also part of the Rotten Orange exhibition, Excerpt from artist statement:
The vessel made of vines is representational of one lifecycle. From the moment we are born- we begin to age. Our biological hourglass begins at day one, in our fresh, full, inexperienced body. The eggs that have dropped from the vessel will never return, yet the vessel still holds a sufficient amount of eggs, or experiences to be had.
This was my first installation piece in a gallery exhibition. Again, turning my interests back to vessel making, I spent many days in my garage modeling bird nesting behaviors to create a wooden vessel. Similarly, spending many nights creating hallowed paper egg forms to fill the vessel to appropriate levels, and emerge onto the gallery floor.
18 x 24 in
Mixed Media Monotype Collage
Excerpt from my statement from The Rotten Orange exhibition where these prints were shown:
I have been dancing around the concept of aging, yet subconsciously admitting the basic theory into nearly everything I produce. This specific group of work has outlined my interests in lifecycles and aging of the human body. My initial interests in the aging process of living organisms surfaced as a reaction to tending for a summer garden. As the primary caretaker to the small family of seedlings, I became sensitive to not only their needs, but also the transitions through their short-lived life. As the plants slowly waned in the fall, I found myself interested in comparing these small particles of life, to human life. Observing these organisms through their short lifecycle has humbled me to consider my own lifecycle. I am just another organism, aging everyday.
My commitment to this concept emerged while experimenting with the Monotype process, as an appropriate mode of transportation through its organic qualities. I have since stemmed into mixed media monotypes to illustrate ambiguous stages in a given lifecycle. I reference the skin commonly in my work as our outer shell, exposed to the elements and sensitive to care, consequently offering an honest biography of age. Beyond the influences of skin I have turned my attention to hair for it’s common associations with aging. I admit, I too neglect to fully understand the aging process. Cheers to that, as my studies proceed.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Hi, I'm molly. I'm new to blogging. I admit, I have literally been thinking about starting my blog for the past year, but hey better now than never right? I am currently student teaching in Wisconsin, where I also studied Art Education, dabbling in many different mediums and processes. I'd like to treat my blog as a place to store anything and everything that offers guidance to my creative journey through life. My next series of posts will serve as a recap on the past year.