Every floor, every turn and every space of SFMOMA was filled with an exciting, joyful and remarkable work of art! While in San Francisco for three nights, we did everything else but go to SFMOMA, but the next week while in Berkeley I decided to zip back over on the BART and I’m so thankful.
Then you get to see striking contemporary art and take photos!! Many of the SFMOMA works reminded me of student work completed this past year. Like this one, I remember the student feeling so strongly about using just blue!
And reflect upon how great elementary students respond to contemporary art. In the spring, Students viewed Diebenkorn’s work and we talked about collecting colors in our community. This work reminded me of the 100 color challenge for 100th day of school. Students used cute & clever names for their tints and shades!
Be reminded of their independence to explore themes of their work in a variety of mediums like animals, shoes and nature.
Recognize students development of aesthetic. I loved getting an email from a student over the holiday sharing his favorite collection of cards displayed in a new formation.
Ability to transform and showcase natural materials. These girls have constructed a xylophone out of twigs & sticks~adding music to our hike for an art & science class!
I just could not get enough of this place.
And spaces you want to walk along forever
I love you SFMOMA!!
A few more lovelies………………
Dear Centaur community,
Artsonia, an online student gallery, has been an excellent tool. While under construction, student work was still celebrated and you raised $200 plus funds to purchase the Keva planks for our Inventors Center. Now settled in the new studio this year through Artsonia you raised $300 that will be used to build our Sculpture Center with tools in wood work in the Fall.
Thank you Clapp family for your donations to our sculpture center. Do you recognize this food container is now a form to showcase meaningful symbols by Gabriella, 3rd grade?
Our students are imagining, telling stories, applying meaning, collaborating and inventing. Discovering ideas can surface anytime and from anywhere then could be explored in their own studio on Centaur campus is a true delight for our creators and we are proud of them. Thank you for your support!
I would also like to say thank you to Donna and Ann Marie for assisting with the art walk and recording students statements! The wonderful original work “WOW” work (from TAB) looked amazing on all three floors blended together with QR codes. Thank you both for the labeling and recording of students to make Art Walk 2016 truly come to life!
Happy Summer and excited for next year!!
Weeks of spring filled with students finding their spark and visiting artists igniting new ideas. Here is our Art News SPR’16 and flyer for Art Walk on June 1st, 2016.
How I incorporate current methods and contemporary artists into the studio classroom for elementary can be found in my ebook. During grad school, I learned elementary students embrace and connect to contemporary art with ease, excitement and wonder. Now as a TAB teacher, I like to use contemporary art in the Five Minute Museum and start with a big question that would lead us to think about what center would be best their idea. Because our studio classroom has been choice based for almost three years now, discussion/demonstration averages around twice a month for each grade level.
The ebook contains ten lessons (as a TAB teacher now would say art explorations) inspired by the contemporary collection of the former Corcoran Gallery of art. While I was writing this ebook, I was in the beginning of practicing Teaching for Artistic Behavior. I used the concept behind the work to inspire my students thinking about their own work. For example Deibenkorns “Ocean Park” inspired our first graders in the spring to collect colors in their mind that are meaningful to them or perhaps of our campus to incorporate into their artwork: brick, stone, grass, forsythia, cherry tree.
While reading through this ebook again, now that I’ve settled into new art room & how the space works best, I’m able to put some clear thought on demonstrations using more contemporary works that my students love. The contemporary artists behaviors align well in that they collect, use symbols, untraditional materials, found objects, transform materials and tell a story. Teaching for Artistic Behavior still includes opportunities to learn about artists as my former method, just now at any point in the process of art making and certainly to inspire students ideas.
March 23rd centaurs were fortunate to spend a day with Nancy Hugo, arborist and author from Virginia. Her book Seeing Trees highlights the stages of trees, up close photography and the intelligence of trees. As we settle into our first year of being in our new building that includes a landscape full of trees to roam, I was thankful to read that Nancy Hugo is pretty local and was excited for her visit to launch our observation of trees.
Earlier in March we took students out on two occasions to sketch. The evergreens were full of color and texture but many of our new trees were at the very beginning of their life cycle. On the first observation of what we thought was a tulip tree near the basketball court with bare limbs, students captured the lines, height, thickness and thinness of branches. The second observation led us to believe the tree could be a tulip tree because of its tiny red buds. But on the third observation with Nancy Hugo, the nick-named “non-tulip tree” was actually an American Elm! Nancy’s reassurance that the excitement of not knowing & naming your own tree is just the right way to start learning about trees.
Our students impressed us with their readiness to drop and draw at the trunk of any tree. Their magnifying lenses captured details of the delicate fuzz, their sharp eye defined the shading of seeing a darker seed like shape inside and one student imagined using the shape as a pattern for a dress! We are so excited to see the next stage of growth after spring break.
To open the experience of observing trees, we also considered how we are like trees “We can stand tall, but sometimes need to bend” and “Be a shelter to a stranger or a friend”.
In a choice based studio classroom, all students used the first 15 minutes of two studio classes for tree observation then determined if they would like to continue or work on an artwork in progress. During Nancy’s visit, we used the entire class to make three stops American Elm, American Sycamore and Red Bud Tree. A new beginning of trees to see!
This week we finally got to re-open the clay center after 3 years. We have been waiting for approval of installation into the new art studio.
The momentum has been building for quite sometime, so a “soft opening” like a restaurant was just right for us and making Artist Chops. Students can use their chops to sign future artworks for the year.
One of my favorite elementary teachers used to do head stands on the quad if we reached a new level of SRA’s in reading. We loved it! The memory of that great momentum and anticipation of a celebratory act inspired the idea for our students to do a few cartwheels for clay before class. So fun…except for one;) and of course mine. I did do a practice, solo though, on a professional development day. I bent over, legs did rise, but think pivoted sideways, not sure what happened…if trees could talk!
A tradition of illustrating the memories of Grand Oaks residents by our fifth grade takes place each year. The tradition entails three visits by our students to interview the senior citizens. Sounds beautiful and easy, but sometimes there is a need to reschedule or student may have to sacrifice an idea. This experience overall holds great meaning for the student and the senior. In visiting one day, I was able to witness the great calm as a student heard some challenges experienced in one’s life and the pride of knowing exactly how to find the senior and share the special collection of ballerina slippers. Our students became great listeners, illustrators and caring individuals. Their skill in teamwork and creating art with meaning is outstanding!