Thursday, November 14, 2013

Events: Dance for Art!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support at last week's Dance for Art event! We had an awesome time raising awareness and funds for arts education in the Boston Public Schools. Check out more photos from the event on Flickr!

Zumba was a hit! Thanks so much to instructor Alexa Malzone!
Stella and Dot has a beautiful display of jewelry with a portion of profits benefiting ARCK.  
Fashion designer, Ashley Savon, put on an awesome fashion show.

Friday, November 8, 2013

In the Classroom: Hero Stories at GPA

Tommy hard at work on his elaborate hero story.
Teaching Artist Carl's 4th and 5th grade class at the GPA is working on creating hero stories! They have been writing out the story of heroes they imagined themselves. They have had to come up with their heroes' origins, powers/abilities, personalities, and families. Some questions they were asked: What makes a hero? What does a hero look like to you? What characteristics do you think heroes must have? Where are heroes from? The students were hard at work today illustrating scenes from their stories so far. We can't wait to see the final project! 

Liam's hero has the ability to freeze evil doers! His origin story was very thoughtful.
This table chose some heroes from real life to write about a draw! Some of their heroes include Selena Gomez and David Ortiz from the Red Sox. 

In the Classroom: African Masks at JFK

What a great day at JFK Elementary! Our 2nd grade students loved making their own African inspired masks. Teaching Artist Jeremiah shared lots of photos with the students and they were excited to incorporate what they saw into their very own masks.

Event: Dance for Art is Tonight!

Can't wait to see everyone tonight!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Link: Art Students Are Awesome!

In The Classroom: Personal Flags at JFK

Teaching Artist Brooke discussed the use of color in flags from around the world. Students then created their own unique flags to share with the class. The students' creativity was astounding! One student said: "I made the Puerto Rican flag but, I made it pink because I like pink better!"

In The Classroom: Gold From Ancient Central and South America

ARCK Teaching Artist Jeremiah helped his 2nd and 3rd grade students at the JFK make their own "gold" jewelry based on the gold work of Pre-Columbian Central and South American cultures. Students look at maps of the region and images of the environment. They discussed the tendency for these cultures to depict animals in their gold work and linked the kind of animals they saw to the type of environment the people were living in. 

Cocle Province, Panama
Pre-Columbian Designs from Panama

In The Classroom: "A Single Shard" Ceramic Project at GPA

ARCK 6th/7th grade students at the Gardner Pilot Academy created ceramic vessels inspired by ancient Korean pottery and "A Single Shard", a book the 7th graders are reading. Teaching Artist, Sheryl, did an excellent job introducing the two construction methods - pinch pots and coil pots. We were also lucky enough to have visiting artist Bruce Bemis work with the students and discuss the concepts behind their designs.

Link: National Flags Created From the Foods

This is awesome! We shared it with our 2nd and 3rd grade students at the JFK during their food print project. It was perfect because it lead right into their next project about flags!

Read here.

Video: How Art Can Help You Analyze - Amy E. Herman

In The Classroom: STEM Initiative at the JFK Elementary School

ARCK's STEM/Visual Literacy Integration Initiative in collaboration with the MIT D-Lab is working give 5th grade students at the JFK Elementary School a chance to use the design process to solve real-life problems. Their projects are design to support critical thinking and their ELA curriculum. This week's project? Pulling from their reading, "The Island of the Blue Dolphins", students learned how to make charcoal to cook with out of corn!

Let's put some ART in with science, technology, engineering, and math. Let's make some STEAM! How do we talk about visual information? How do we communicate through art? The creative process is vital to developing thinking skills that apply directly to areas such as design and engineering.

In The Classroom: Collages at the Gardner Pilot Academy

Carl's students made creative self portraits with a variety of materials.
Teaching Artist Carl's 4th and 5th grade class at GPA made wonderfully creative self portrait collages. Carl is an amazing collage artist himself. Check out his work here: His class talked about how they could use found and recycled materials to make new and exciting works of art.

In The Classroom: Food Prints at JFK Elementary

Student got messy making prints with foods from all over the world!
Teaching Artist Brooke lead a wonderful lesson exploring the geographic origins of fruits veggies. The students made booklets with food prints and maps coded to show where each food was from. They loved getting to use paint and food to make art! The class read from the book "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and each student drew an imagined world where food falls from the sky.

One students said: "If you are getting messy, you know you are having fun!" We agree!