Friday, May 12th, all 5th grade classes loaded up a bus and traveled up to Bentonville to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. We took a tour entitled "Science and Art" which talked about the science behind some of the artwork in the museum. Students learned how oxidizing causes outdoor sculptures to change over time and how artists use chemical and physical changes to create artwork. Next, they learned about lenses and how the curve of the lens can change how the viewer sees objects while experimenting with different lenses. Finally, students viewed a larger than life self-portrait sculpture and discussed the materials that were used to create the life-like replica of the artist. After lunch, we explored the rest of the museum and the sculpture on the outdoor trails before loading up the bus and heading back to Little Rock. We did a lot of traveling for one day, but everyone had a great time and we are so grateful that the Willard and Pat Walker school visit program helped make this trip possible.
Wednesday, May10th, the little artists at Episcopal Collegiate Lower School had an exciting surprise at their Wednesday Chapel. The recently retired Dandelion crayon made Episcopal Collegiate Lower School his last stop on his retirement tour! As you may have seen, students have been taking Dandelion home with them and showing him all of the cool stuff to do around Little Rock. Not only did the students get a visit from Dan D, they also each got to take home a brand new 64 pack of crayons as a souvenir of Dan D's visit. What a memorable day! Thank you Crayola!
Three lower school students had artwork selected to be in "Reverie", the school publication that showcases creative writing and the visual arts. The artwork chosen includes a watercolor narwhal by third grader Emory Pointer, a chalk pastel tree by third grader Alice McCormick and a collage violin by fourth grader Lucy Paul. Congratulations girls!
Congratulations to 5th grader Izzy Bailey for her poster design that won 3rd place in the 3rd-5th grade division of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Youth Poster Contest! The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Youth Poster contest received over 400 entries from across Arkansas, so this is quite an honor for Izzy! Her poster was featured at the Thea Foundation gallery in downtown North Little Rock and all the winners are posted on the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Facebook page. Liz Philpott, Volunteer Program Manager with Keep Arkansas Beautiful and Melinda Glasgow, Sustainability Officer for the City of Little Rock dropped by to present Izzy with her award this morning. Congratulations Izzy!
On March 31st, Crayola retired the yellowish color Dandelion from their crayon boxes. Crayola is taking Dandelion on a retirement tour across the United States and in hopes of getting Little Rock to be a stop on his retirement tour, I launched 15 paper towel roll sized Dandelion crayons onto all of my classes. Students are able to check out Dandelion to take to some of their favorite places in Little Rock. I love that my students are having such a great time showing off their favorite Little Rock hot spots!
Fourth grade students started working on their Minecraft Selfies this week. Students are creating their people with fold up shapes made of grid paper then creating an environment using geometric solids. When everything is finished, we will work on figuring the area and perimeter of each of their designs.
We have a fantastic group of volunteers at Episcopal Collegiate School that take old uniforms and repurpose them into new items for the classrooms. I approached them a couple weeks ago to ask for something that my students could lay on while they draw. Fast forward to a couple of days ago and I'm called to the office to pick up something a parent was dropping off for me. It was HUGE pillow made out of old Episcopal Collegiate School sweatshirts! The kids love it and now have the option of sitting somewhere besides their chairs. Thank you E-crafters!
Congratulations to Lucy Paul for having her collage El Violin selected for the 56th Young Arkansas Artists exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. This year, they received a total of 495 entries from 132 teachers at 124 schools/institutions across the entire state. Their panel of jurors had the incredibly tough task of narrowing down that number to just 104 pieces—8 for each grade level. Lucy's work will be on display at the Arkansas Arts Center from May 16th, 2017- July 23rd, 2017. Fantastic work Lucy!
One of my favorite art teachers, Cassie Stephens, posted this neat rainbow book project a couple weeks ago and I thought it would be the perfect project to teach my students Roy G. Biv! First, we watched this fantastically catchy song by They Might Be Giants called "Roy G. Biv" then we set about making our books. I did this project in my 2nd-5th grade classes, but changed up how I delivered instructions. My 2nd and 3rd grade classes were pretty much walked through step-by-step. My 4th and 5th grade classes were given the materials, a sample book and tasked with reverse engineering the book. Reverse engineering is when you build an object by looking at the original without any instructions. I told students if they were really stuck on how to do something, they could ask for my help, but they would then become an "expert" and had to help other classmates. It was such a fun art project and everyone blew me away with their problem solving skills.
Congratulations to James Jennings (1st Grade) and Jett Lasiter (5th grade) on being chosen for the Central Arkansas Regional Art Show! James' robot "Bobby" was selected for first place in his age category and Jett's "Light Painting" was selected as honorable mention for her age category. James' artwork will go on to represent his age group at state. Great work Wildcat artists!