Advocacy happens everyday...
I posted this wonderful quote with the work:
One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Published in School Arts Magazine in December, 2010!
Engaging, Thinking and Advocating
VoiceThread in the Studio: Our Fall Haikus
Our Lessons from the Cave--an interdisciplinary project!
We did! Did you? Students from our school, the high school and members of the community donated their time and energy to create a trail in our front yard, bordering the creek. What an incredible experience! We logged over 181 hours of community service, installing a crushed granite trail leading to an outdoor classroom. The 8 slabs of limestone were donated by a student's family, and create the seating for outdoor learning! We hope to expand next year, creating a full 400m walking track for use throughout the year by the students and the community. See the Change for Earth photos by clicking here: Global Youth Service Day 2009
The 3 R's: Respect, Responsibility and Recycling in ART!
This project was a focus for both 4th and 5th grade. Students created individual printing plates of their initial using recycled cardboard of different thickness--here, the students helped form the letters of our message, which will be used to launch our school-wide recycling effort. The next step for the artists was to print their initials--watch for the sequel! It will come soon to a website near you!
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
I welcome you to this site-- launched in celebration of the Fine Arts Studio for the 2008-09 school year! We had a great year! We still have an incredible opportunity to take advantage of the local, regional, state, and national exhibits and events that take place throughout the year~especially in the summer. There is much to see and do in our area related to art, music and theatre, hosted by local artists and performers. In addition, (and if you are one of my students, with your parents' permission) checking out websites hosted by museums and other Arts organizations will show how much there is to see and learn about the Arts from all over the world while sitting at your computer!
Our theme for the Fine Arts Studio is "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" It is inspired by the Dr. Seuss book of the same name, and demonstrates how far our imagination and creativity can take each of us, every day! In fact, the limits we face are the ones we place on ourselves. I invite you to stop by this website regularly, to check in on the "ARTS" scene at our school and our region.
Arts Education is the education of the whole child.
The Environment Matters!
A big focus in our fine arts studio will be the environment--each one of us has a responsibility to help preserve what we have and make it better! Check out our Garden--new for 2008-09, which we will use as subject matter for our art, music and theatre, that ties in to Science & Environmental studies. We will watch the plants grow, and learn about efficient water usage with our Rainwater Harvesting system. Click here to go to that page!
The Arts across Texas and elsewhere:
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: www.mfah.org
The University of Texas at Austin, Blanton Museum of Art: www.blantonmuseum.org
Austin Museum of Art: www.amoa.org
Museum of Modern Art, New York: www.moma.org
San Francisco Symphony (Fun with Music): www.sfskids.org
The Poetry Foundation: www.poetryfoundation.org
Exploration of the Arts: www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/explore
What every student should learn in and through the ARTS:
National Arts Standards: www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teach/standards
see more in the "Links" section!
The Fridge List
What is a Fridge List? It is that list of items that the Fine Arts Studio can use that you don't need anymore! Please recycle, we'll re-use, and we'll re-create! The environment is important--this is one way we do our part! CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST!