Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yeah, my pouty face as I am very tired, but in a good way. VESSEL has its opening reception on Thursday. I have not managed to get the silent auction manifest pieces on my blog. It has simply been too busy with testing and installing the final pieces for auction. I am hoping there will be a lot of people and even the media in attendence. This exhibition is simply the best work I have ever produce with children. I look forward to seeing our museum patrons, families, faculty and friends at the opening. I will be posting some pictures of the reception later in the week...until then, my work is not finished.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The PR junket for VESSEL has begun and invites for the opening reception on May 19th have started to go out via email. Sending the "e-vites" is my way of being more eco and budget friendly. I have uploaded the promo picture for the young artists for VESSEL. The pictures were taken by the students on campus, but the background picture was actually taken when I was in Seattle back in March for the National Art Educators Conference. I was inspired by the picture as the modern metal columns reminded me of Greek ruins. The ancient culture of the Greeks was one of the paramount cultures we studied this year for inspiration for our ceramic vessels. It was epic as the ancient gods and monsters of Greece came to life in their constructions and glazework.

Art production is very close to being complete, just a few odds and ends to fire, but the real work of getting the show up is now underway. By May 2nd, the works will be completely up and ready for the opening. Silent auction pieces will be feature here on this blog in a few weeks.

The Manifest for VESSEL


Thursday, April 21, 2011

VESSEL-Modern Explorations in Ancient Pottery from Around the World

My blog, I have found, simply does not update itself. I could throw a hundred excuses as to why I have not been updating, and the bottom line is I have been simply busy with getting the exhibition ready to debut next week. My students are excited, as their art teacher is, to see VESSEL make its mark!

There are over 130 pieces of pottery created and designed by my students this year. I don't think I have ever played with so much clay and glaze in my entire teaching career. The manifest of work is on my school's museum website, www.wix.com/080892/mosra-and-the-factory-ii, and I will try to upload it on here if space allows. It is simply some of the best work I have facilitated with children. Some many inspriations, so many ways of building and glazing the work to create an exhibition that will tantilize the senses.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be on Thursday, May 19th on the Rodriguez Campus from 4:30 - 6:00pm. Our event will also feature a music program after the reception and our annual silent auction to raise money for MoSRA. I have so much to do and so little time, but I will post later next week to update you on the some of the auction pieces...until then, happy teaching!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happy Youth Art Month!!!

Fellow bloggers and followers...Happy Youth Art Month!!! Busy as it has been for me, I would like to recognize this very important time of year and celebrate our young artists out there. Daily...they spend the time to "tickle their passions" and keep their passports to create up to date.

In these tough, financial times, we find fine arts programs accross the country being cut in our schools and disappearing. It is times like Youth Art Month where art educators can find their voice by making the voices and visions of their children heard. Please take the time to acknowledge and showcase your young artists. You are the single, most important voice in advocating your program and what you do for children. If you don't do it, no one will.

Last year at this time, my students' work in watercolor was on display at the City Hall Annex main lobby area. We commemorated YAM by showcasing a prelimnary showing of the works from our MoSRA exhibition, Houston: Urban Landscapes in Watercolor. As my student prepare for our next show, VESSEL - Modern Explorations of Ancient Pottery from Around the World, I find myself awestruck by the capacity for children to create. The arts are the best platform for them to do this. Art with a purpose...it is the only mission in the classroom I have ever known.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The 4th and 5th graders are doing coil constructions right now...

I know it has been a while since my last blog entry. It has been a very busy, yet fruitful year. Our work for VESSEL - Modern Visions of Ancient Pottery from Around the World has been progressing at a phenomenal rate. My students have far surpassed my expectations. The constructions they have produced have been laced with problem solving, math, science, and bursts of creativity I have not seen in my 13 years in elementary art education. In the fall we began research on ancient greek culture and pottery. Students have been learning about all aspects of the research process and will present research papers and powerpoints for the exhibition opening in May. So far we have completed 4 methods of construction: pinch pots, hump molds, slab constructions, and coiling. We move to "free form" constructions where students will use a variety of construction applications, including wheel throwing. Glazing has been a shear joy. The students are curious and diligent about the process and approach the glazing of their constructions with as much fever as building them. We have weekly crits and talk about the progress of our work together. We just finished a load of glazed hump mold pots using Sax's Colorburst glazes. The effects have been most brilliant with the pots which were painted with at least 3 layrers.
With hard budget cuts coming this way for the next school year, I am going to have to be even more innovative and creative in finding support for my program. As any art educator knows, most of your budget is in consumable materials. I am most thankful for my principal, who I know cringes each and every time I submit a requisition for more clay or glaze, but she knows the end process is well worth any money spent for these kids.
I will post a slideshow of our field experience at the MFAH back in December. It was real "eye opener" for the kids as they had the opportunity to see first hand many of the styles and periods of Greek pottery they had been reading and researching about. It was connective learning at its best. I will try to post more students designing, working, and glazing this truly amazing process.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ancient Greek Pots with some modern twists...

Ancient Greek Pottery is our next exploration.

This exemplar is a kylix form model that I am doing with my classes.

We have been connecting science and math with our pinch pots. The 4th grade will be making Moche Animal Pots, while the 5th grade will be using pinch pots to create organic looking whistle pots. We should be finishing them at the end of the week. Also, students will be doing research for the their ancient Greek pottery style explorations. Students will choose a shape such as the krater, or kylix, or amphorae and will have to do a presentation on based on research. Students will begin coil constructions in the 2nd nine weeks based on a style they choose.

Measuring the changes in weight as our clay pots dry out.

Then..we are taking a break from recording our data in measuring?