Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
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
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
Sunday, October 3, 2010
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.
Then..we are taking a break from recording our data in measuring?