Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hard Work + Heart = A Great Work of Art!

 Students are very ambitious and work hard and help one another to achieve their project goals. 
Students put in extra time during their recess to redo failed attempts. They relearned proper technique for hand building with clay and learned about the many stages and consistences of the clay that they were working with.  They became more sensitive to these nuances with being given the opportunity to further explore the medium. Students came back and worked more as needed and receive encouragement from peers and teacher. "Remember when you put hard work and heart into your art you create great art!!" said a third grader pointing to the board with the equation Mrs. Anderson wrote on the board, "Hard work + Heart = A Great work of Art." 

There were so many ambitious and unique designs. Projects can take a long time because kids work as hard as they possibly can. For example kids add as much detail as they can. Some of which took many different approaches and attempts until getting it to all come together and work. There is so much problem finding, problem solving and life lessons learned during the process of creating in clay. 

I'm so thankful for the all the ziplock bags that allowed us to be able to prep the clay and then continue to work on our projects. The 2 gallon sized bags that were donated allowed the 5th graders to explore the clay process as needed and find success! Once they rolled their slabs their clay didn't fit in a standard gallon size bag. 
If you could send in more freezer ziplock baggies that would be awesome! I would like to get clay prepared for the fall so we can do it even earlier next year. Again if there is any parent or family members that would like to volunteers and help with this prep it would be greatly appreciated! 

(This blog post was written and photographed with the help from some 3rd - 5th graders. Thanks for all your dedication and hard work!) 

Students Helping in the Art Room!

Students like to lend an extra hand and help in the art room during some of their recesses. They take pride in the art room and try to help by using their different strengths and build new skills. The following are some of the things that art room helpers do:

 They may help fix things like rattling fans, jammed staplers, checking that lids are snapped and sorting gazes.

Mrs. Anderson will often teach a new job to a student.  Then this helper will then teach their job to the next group that comes in to help.

Here a a new art room helper is learning how to look for the different codes and sort in-progress art from the drying rack into class and colored table folders.
It is also important that the folders get put back away where they belong in the labeled and coded drawers. Helpers can easily find the different days folders and can also help set up for the next class. Checking for accidental drips of glaze and adding class codes/names on bottom of clay projects. 
Then double checking for class codes and clean bottoms before we load the kiln. We find the projects that will fit the different height combinations of the kiln stilts and then we carefully hand Mrs. Anderson the projects to load deep into the kiln.  

Helping catch students up who missed part of the clay project.

And last but not least taking photos and helping type this post for the blog!! :)(This blog post was photographed and written with the help of some of these art room helpers!  Thanks so much for all of your help in our art room! You are all very much appreciated!
 ~Mrs. Anderson )
This spring there has already been two public art shows where Park Kids have really shined. We had the district wide art show at Hudsonville City Hall and were invited to participate at an art contest and display some student art at Biggby on 32nd street.

It is always so nice to see all the families, proud artist and staff from Park. I heard such great things about the shows and artwork. I’m very proud to be apart of such a great team of art teachers and to teach such wonderful students at Park. Thank you so much for all of your support of our young artists and the art program! People were wowed by all that they saw including Mr. Scheckler who said “It was like a gallery opening in New York with all of the actual artists present..” Also this is the first year that I included the clay projects in the show. When setting up the show the high school art teacher Mr. Meyer along with the other art teachers were so impressed with the clay projects they truly felt they looked like they were done by high schoolers!

Park artist also really shined at the Biggby art competition with Sophie Chambers receiving 1st place by public vote, Aubrey Hossink taking 2nd place by public vote and Aaron Parker received the Barista's favorite award voted by all the workers at Biggby. If you didn’t get a chance to these great displays of art here is a glimpse of these art shows. 

There will be another chance to see more great student and professional artwork and performances at the Grand Rapids Art Festival running June 3-5. We will have 10 2D works or art and 3 clay sculptures from Park students at the Grand Rapids Art Museum for the Festival of the Arts Youth Art Show.

The hours for Youth Art at the GRAM during festival are:
Friday, June 3, 12-7 pm
Saturday, June 4, 12-7 pm
Sunday, June 5, 12-3 pm   

I hope to see your downtown! Also if there are any parents who would be interested in helping prepping clay and glaze this spring for the fall it would be greatly appreciated! Please shoot me an email and we can set up a time. I will also need more quart, gallon, and 2 gallon Freezer bags for the clay. If you are able to donate some of these items it would be greatly appreciated! appreciated!

Thank you so much!
~Mrs. Anderson

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Biggby Art Contest Special Night with Winners Announced!!

The art contest at Biggby will be coming to a close tonight. If you are able to make it out it would be great to see you! :)  
The winners will be announced tonight at 5:30pm. You can still get your last votes in before 5:30 tonight. I hope get to see you there at this fun community event celebrating our kids and the communities creativity and talent. 

Thanks so much for your support!
Mrs. Anderson