Sunday, October 15, 2017

I'd like to introduce to Art Education Intern Emily Barber!

Emily is a graduate from Michigan State University. Her favorite art mediums are printmaking and oil painting. Emily is currently doing her student teaching internship at Willow Ridge Elementary grades 1st - 6th. Next semester she'll be teaching at Grand Ledge High School in grades 9th - 12th.

Her most memorable moment so far in her internship experience was having a fifth grade class beg to be able to continue discussing abstract painting. She loves talking to students about what they created, and why they made specific choices.

When asked about which art education topics she's most passionate about she responding, "I'm passionate about choice based education, as well as STEAM education."

Emily's favorite quote:

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Art Happenings Around Michigan

There is always so much going on around Michigan, especially during our beautiful fall months. Here are just a few that you might like to check out depending on your location and your travel plans.

Plein Air Pastels at Wenonah Park in Bay City
October 18th from 6 - 8 p.m.

Climb aboard a tall ship for a beautiful cruise down the Saginaw River while you explore using pastels and working plein air. All supplies are provided.

M-60 Corn Maze in Union City
Various date available

This fall marks the 54th year of the M-60 Corn Maze. This year's corn maze is in the shape of a steam engine traveling through a forest. There is also a pumpkin patch.

"Floating World" by Karen LaMonte in University Center
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
October 6th - December 16th

LaMonte works with rusted iron, cast bronze, ceramic, and cast glass as she explores the idea of beauty through the cultural lens of Japan and the Kimono. This is exhibit is a body of work she created as a result of the work she created after a Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission seven-month fellowship. During her time abroad she lived in Kyoto and studied every aspects of kimono making. LaMonte learned about weaving, yuzen dying, and how to properly wear a kimono. The resulting body of work took seven years to complete.

Fall on the Island on Drummond Island
October 13th - October 15th

This is one of the largest fall festivals in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors, delicious local food, and a line-up of talented musicians.

Please feel free to share your own fall happenings around our beautiful state in the comments section.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Artists to Follow in ArtPrize 9

There are so many amazing artists involved with ArtPrize 9. Here is one that I thought you might be interested in learning a bit more about and that you might like to share with your students. It could spark some collaborative art projects between your own students and older or younger students or between your students and a local artist in your area.

Aaron Zenz - Monsters Go

"Monsters Go" is a collaboration between Aaron and hundreds of kids from around the state. Last year he invited students to design monsters and send them to him. He received 3,000 drawings and then spent the summer choosing his favorites. Then Aaron created 100 colored pencil illustrations inspired by these drawings in his own illustration style. His ArtPrize piece is a collection of these monsters. Aaron is on site with his monsters outside the Grand Rapids Children's Museum inviting kids to continue to submit monsters which he then illustrates and adds to his ArtPrize piece. His goal is to reach 150 monsters by the end of ArtPrize on October 8th. Aaron is currently in the top five for Time-Based Artworks.

Article about Aaron's work as an illustrator.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Art Educator Spotlight - Kim Barnes - Monday, September 25, 2017

I'd like to introduce you to Kim Barnes!

Kim has been teaching elementary art for five years. Her favorite thing about teaching is that "art is differentiated. It's a universal language and provides opportunities to use higher order thinking skills." 

Some highlights in her career were the One World Classroom 5th grade project, when students in grades 3rd - 5th created 1000 paper cranes which were put on display at the Children's Peace Monument in Japan, and a 4' x 6' bottle cap mural, as well as when she was recognized by her principal for turning the art program around.

Kim loves the artwork of the Impressionists. The most memorable times in her teaching are when students take what they learn and come back to school with projects they completed at home.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Art Educator Spotlight - Jennifer Hurrle - Monday, September 18, 2017

I'd like to introduce you to Jennifer Hurrle!

Jennifer teaches art at Newaygo Middle School and High School. She has been teaching for eighteen years. Her favorite thing about teaching art are the new discoveries. A highlight of her teaching career to date was when Jennifer was chosen as the 2013 Michigan Art Education Association Art Teacher of the Year and the Middle School Art Teacher of the Year. She has also been recognized by her school board for many achievements. 


Jennifer and her high school students collaborated with the 2nd graders from Velma Matson Upper Elementary to create an artwork that will soon be installed at the Newaygo Public Library. The students created ceramic tiles with texture and lines similar to zentangles with a heart on them. The heart represents the student's pride for their school. Afterward the high school students glazed the tiles and put crushed glass from the local recycling center around the tiles. The tiles will be combined into a mural that conveys the spirit of their school district.

She's extremely active with her students organizing many art events and projects around her school district and throughout her community. Some of Jennifer's most memorable moments in her career so far were the Monster Project, the mural collaboration, and the fundraiser they do for the animal shelter each year called Pet Portrait Palooza.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Resources to Help Experience ArtPrize with Your Students

One of my favorite Art Club field trips has always been taking my students to Grand Rapids for ArtPrize. We'd make a day of it walking all over town to take in as much art as we could before we had to head back to Charlotte. For a break we'd either picnic in Rosa Parks Circle or grab lunch at Subway. The kids loved interacting with the artists, seeing the wide variety of artwork, and enjoying a day exploring the city. There are many ways to explore ArtPrize with your students and tons of resources to help make your ArtPrize experience one to remember.

     ArtPrize does a great job of providing educational opportunities for school groups as well as families. This link provides a list of ArtPrize's Educational Days, guidance for school groups, events that are family focused, and much more. And many venues also provide educational opportunities. One such place is the Grand Rapids Art Museum, which includes Drop In Studios on Saturdays where families can have a hands on art experience while they are checking out all the artwork around town.

     ArtPrize also does a great job keeping up their blog that features articles about specific educational based ArtPrize events such as their STEAM Village. This post features all of the offerings during ArtPrize Education Days.
     Returning this year are Pantone Pathways that are colored walking routes that help guide you through ArtPrize. The provided link above explains how the Pantone Pathways work as well as showing maps of all the neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids where the Pantone Pathways are present to guide you from venue to venue.
     Since our field trips were always on the weekend with my Art Club parking was always on my mind. Here is a wonderful link that explains the ins and outs of parking downtown during ArtPrize as well as the public transportation available to ArtPrize visitors.

I hope that you'll find some time to stop by Grand Rapids between September 20th - October 8th to see all the ArtPrize has to offer whether it's with family and friends or with your students.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fun Ways to Kick Off Another School Year!

There are so many great ways to kick off a new school year. Here are just a few that you might enjoy incorporating into your beginning of the year activities and lessons.

Tabby Anny has her students create "Wanted" posters as a get to know you activity. It allows her to get to know their likes and interests. It also requires them to draw a self-portrait which allows her to see where they are artistically.

This year I used Piktochart to create an infographic to help my online students get to know me as we began our school year together.

This website features a wonderful list of various ways that art teachers recommend for ways to start off the school year on the right foot. 

Regardless of how you choose to begin your school year, whether it's your first or your thirtieth I hope you have a wonderful year!