...This makes me think of an EXTRA CREDIT question! If you could paint a mural of anything you want in the school, what would it be? Where would you paint it? And why?
(Be sure to follow the posting rules on the right in order to receive your extra credit points!)
"One of the most difficult challenges of the last 10 years has been to argue the case for more art education in a political climate where only things that are quantifiable are considered worth knowing. This runs contrary to what today’s social thinkers are telling us is needed for the future: an educated population that can think imaginatively, critically, and metaphorically; that can problem-find and problem-solve; that recognizes subtle nuance and ambiguity while seeing the big picture—all things that art contributes to today’s broader curriculum goals."
- Michael Parks, National Art Education Association
DESIGN THE T-SHIRT LOGO FOR SNOWFLAKE!
What is Snowflake? It’s a day about fun, team building, and making positive choices with Bryan, Churchville, and Sandburg 7th and 8th grade students. This year’s event will be held in February, but we need to come up with a T-shirt design NOW!
The winners will receive free registration to Snowflake on February 7th!!!
Here are the rules:
· Any 7th or 8th grade student may submit an entry.
· The entry should fit the theme… REACH FOR THE STARS!
· It needs to fit on an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper.
· It needs to be simple in design, but can be done in color.
· You can draw your design by hand, or it may be done on the computer.
Please turn in your designs to Miss Miller or Mrs. Blazejak by Thursday, November 14. You can also see either teacher if you have any questions.
All entries will be displayed at Snowflake on Saturday, February 7, at Bryan Middle School!
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has launched a statewide envelope design contest with categories for kindergartners through adults. Winning designs will be featured on special limited-edition envelopes to be sold before and during February 2009.
The State Board of Education is a coordinating partner with the Commission by serving to enlist schools and students to participate in the envelope design contest. Contestants are not limited to students in Illinois schools, but anyone and everyone interested in participating in the Bicentennial art contest. Winners will be recognized in Springfield on February 12, 2009.
The U.S. Postal Service will offer a special Bicentennial cancellation on Lincoln’s 200th Birthday, February 12, 2009, at the Old State Capitol Historic Site in Springfield. Those who purchase the Bicentennial envelopes will have the opportunity to cancel them that day for a truly one-of-a-kind collectible. Funds raised from the sale of the envelopes will benefit the Tinsley Project, the effort to turn the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices building in downtown Springfield into a living history site, complete with Post Office identical to the one that operated in the building from 1841-1849. Next February, the U.S. Postal Service will also issue a block of four stamps to commemorate Lincoln’s 200th Birthday.
The top 200 envelope designs submitted will be used to create an exhibit entitled "Lincoln: As We Know Him" in the Old State Capitol during February and July 2009.
Those interested in submitting artwork for consideration should follow the rules and requirements below:
1. The categories for design entries include students in grades K – 7 and grades 8 – high school; college students and adult amateur artists; and adult professional artists. Please designate the category you are entering.
2. If the entrant is under age 18, the artist release must be submitted by parent, legal guardian or teacher.
3. Entrants must submit artwork that is proportionate to fit on a standard number 10 envelope with enough space left for address and postage.
4. The contest is open to Illinois residents only.
5. Entrants must submit the original, color artwork as a 300dpi or larger jpeg file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Entrants will be judged on their representation and interpretation of an image of Abraham Lincoln.
7. Entrants must supply the following information upon submission of artwork: Name, Address, Telephone Number, and E-mail Address.
8. Entries must be received on or before Saturday, November 1.
Shepard Fairey is pretty well-known. In fact, I bet you've seen his work and never even knew his name! The artwork he is most known for is referred to as the "Obey Giant." But he's done some other artistic projects you might be familiar with as well - he designed the loading screen for Guitar Hero II, and the game menu of Tony Hawk's American Wasteland features some of his art as well.
So how does all of this equal extra credit for you? One of two options:
1. Find another artist creating political posters/artwork for either candidate, and tell me about it (web links would be nice - provide the address, please, so I can check it out).
2. Look up Shepard Fairey, and tell me about another one of his artworks (besides the Obama and Obey Giant pieces) that you enjoyed - and WHY.
Don't forget about the posting rules to the right! Thanks!
Try to transport yourself (mentally) to that time, and try to describe what the environment is typically like. Is there music? If so, what kind? Any other noises or things going on, or do you prefer total silence? Are there other people around you, or do you need to be alone? What's the temperature like? Are you wearing shoes or comfy slippers - or even barefoot?!
(When posting, be sure to follow the rules located in the column on the right.)
- What was your favorite project or activity in class, and why?
- What was your least favorite project or activity, and why?
- If you were the art teacher, how would you run class differently?
- Tell me 3 new things that you learned in art class this year.
- Was there a medium you wanted to work with, but did not get to? What was it?
- What advice would you give to 6th graders about art class for next year?
- If you could repeat 7th grade art class over again, what would YOU do differently?
- Is art class hard? Is it supposed to be?
- What is art, anyways?
Please post your answers here on the blog in the form of a comment. You may choose to write your reply in a word document and then copy/paste your words into the comment form, if that is easier. Don't forget to include your first name and class period!