Thursday, October 6, 2016

Opening Fiber Arts Studio

We are participating in MiniMatisse #ATCswap and in order for Fiber Arts to be open, children need to choose between a paper weaving or yarn weaving ATC. I made portable anchor charts that will be laminated and accessible in Fiber Arts Studio.  These have been very helpful to refer the children to. I have had posters in my room, but sometimes they fade into the background, so at the moment I am "rethinking" what I want viewable in each studio center.  I am excited to see what the children create!



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School... How I started the year with TAB/ Choice

Welcome back to school WilcatsCreate fans! We are ready to begin a fun-packed year with lots of new things. I am looking forward to learning and growing my students.

With beginning a new school year, I have been traveling through a lot of REFLECTION.  I have two big take-aways from my 2nd year of teaching TAB/Choice. The first big "take-away" from last school year (my 2nd year of TAB) was to have FAITH in my teaching. So much attention had been placed on my classroom in my 1st year of TAB/Choice, I thought to myself, "I have to be the best at this to have have people come observe me." I relied on my mentor and generous colleagues who practice TAB pedagogy for resources, assessment and planning.  I didn't rely on my own instincts to provide authentic art opportunities for children, I followed others' leads.  My students did create wonderful artworks, full of meaning with enriching artist statements, but I lost sight on PROCESS and sometimes looked at PRODUCT.  Especially with Art Shows, Exhibitions with other art teachers that are project based. I lost confidence in PROCESS.  Takeaway Number 2... forget PRODUCT! Let go of the pressure and have FAITH in yourself and have FAITH in the PROCESS!

So this year!!! I currently have had students working on Painting Skills while decorating the covers of their sketchbooks.  We talked about Tempera paint and different painting skills and terms like tint, sgraffito, blending, drybrushing, etc.   The students set to work with a warm or cool color schemes and had a lot of fun exploring sgraffito and blending. The sketchbook idea came from Cassie Stephens.









We are going to use the sketchbooks to house our studio skills, idea sheets, and ATC's!  We have joined in with MiniMatisse's ATC Swap!  We will be creating 2 1/2x3 1/2 mini art pieces to swap globally with countries like Australia, Cambodia, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Thailand, and the U.K. not to mention 80 schools from all over the United States. More about that soon!!

I hope everyone is off to a great year! I love all the comments and questions I have been getting on the blog! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Monday, April 11, 2016

TAB and Choice-Based Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans

The last few weeks have been a whirl-wind. I attended my first Art Educator Conferences and presented at both! I presented with my colleagues at National Art Educator Association Conference in Chicago and at the Missouri Art Educator Conference here in St. Louis. I love meeting art teachers from all over. Everyone has great ideas to share. It was amazing. If you want to see our presentation, check it out here.

I was out a few days and wanted to share what I currently leave for my sub.  I have a hot pink crate with hanging file folders. In the crate are emergency procedures, coloring sheets, extra coloring paper and lessons.  I am in the process of adding more ideas to my sub crate!









Thursday, January 21, 2016

Line of Symmetry Butterflies 1st and 2nd grade

I enjoy following all the great things other Art Educators are doing, and the amazing Cassie Stephens had a post on Line of Symmetry butterflies that are colored with chalk pastels. They are colorful and magical to create. My second grade friends did a great job and couldn't wait to take them home.








Tuesday, December 8, 2015

TAB vs. Choice ART- We are a TAB Studio!

The Willow Brook Art Studio is a TAB Studio.  We have used the Choice-Based and TAB acronym interchangeably, however there are some differences between the two that you may find interesting.  Choice provides options. It can be choice in materials, process or even artistic interpretations, however TAB is a pedagogy that was founded by Diane Jacquith and Katherine Douglas.  TAB is an acronym that stands for Teaching for Artistic Behaviors where children are taught to think like artists and promote divergent thinking.  Art is self directed after a short demonstration.  Read more about the differences here on the Art of Ed blog. Are you on the Choice Spectrum or thinking about diving into a life-changing pedagogy that creates strong relationships with your students?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sew Excited!! We will have a fully stocked Sewing Studio Center with 5 Sewing Machines!

Yes! I am "sew" excited! As a sewing enthusiast, I am "sew" thrilled to be able to share my passion for sewing and building sewing skills with my students. The art studio at Willow Brook Elementary School was recently awarded a grant of more than $1,800 to expand its sewing studio center. YAY!

We are one of nine schools in the region to be awarded a grant by Maritz in collaboration with the Arts and Education Council. I am excited about rearranging the room to fit the new studio and my mind is racing with ideas! I can not wait to expand our current sewing studio center that houses a Viking sewing machine from the PTO, and a solid Singer Sewing machine that was my first sewing machine from my mom! The grant will provide the purchase of four new sewing machines and a variety of sewing supplies, such as scissors, quilting rulers, bobbins, thread, needles, rotary cutters and fabric. We plan to use our sewing skills to give back to the community in a variety of simple sewing projects!  See what schools were awarded from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Read more about it on Pattonville's site or on the Arts and Education site.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Water Color Skills with 2nd Grade

I love this link on how to watercolor. It is a great simple way to integrate watercoloring skills into your studio skill sets.



The brush is a ballerina, patting the puppy, which ever way you demonstrate watercolor... it is always good practice for our budding artists!   Watercolor painting skills are necessary for our painting studio. Second graders working on their skills on watercolor paper with natural hair brushes and blending colors.