This year, I am starting something new; I am going to hang a bulletin board about a famous artist every month! To start things off, I am featuring Grandma Moses. This way, all the students in the whole school will get exposed to an artist in addition to whoever they are learning about in class.
At ISTA's good teaching conference last spring, there was a workshop on hallway learning. Students can learn a lot by reading and looking at things on the school walls! I plan to verbally pop quiz the students on the famous artist of the month, and reward good good hallway learners with small candies. This week, the students will be caught by surprise when I ask, "does anyone know how old Grandma Moses was when she began painting?" and toss someone a tootsie roll or jolly rancher if they know the answer. By next week, they will probably all memorize my bulletin board, in hopes of earning a treat!
The text on my bulletin board reads as follows:
Born: September 7, 1860
Died: December 13, 1961
Nationality: United States
Art style: American Folk Art
Anna Mary Robertson Moses, who is known simply as “Grandma
Moses” did not start to paint in earnest until she was 78 years old! She
continued to create art until her death at age 101.
Grandma Moses had worked as a farm hand beginning at
age 12. At age 27, she married a hired man who worked on the same farm. They
had 10 children, 5 of whom survived infancy. In addition to working on farms
with her husband, Grandma Moses supplemented the family income by making potato
chips and by churning butter from her cow.
is typically created in cultural isolation by untrained artists. Folk artists create
scenes reminiscent of things they see every day.
Grandma Moses painted most of her artwork on strong
pieces of cardboard. Most of her paintings show scenes of idyllic rural life. Some
of her paintings are historical, dealing with stories told to her of her ancestors.
Summer sure flew by! Students return to school on Wednesday. I'm excited about all I have planned for this year! I hope to post a little more this year than I did last year; it's hard to keep up with blogging anymore, but I'll try my best.
The first thing I want to share this year is my "welcome back" bulletin board; it's all made out of paper. The silver part is origami paper (I never use the two metallic sheets that come in every package, but they sure are great for other projects!), and the bristles are a long roll of brown paper I made 1/4" slits on with the paper cutter.
Well, it's the last week of school, and I haven't posted in two months....I've been very busy! There are a lot of art projects that won't make it onto my blog this year, unfortunately, but I do want to share CES's submissions to Purdue's annual student art contest at Bug Bowl. The contest is open to grades K-12, but I only submit artwork from one grade level, to avoid repeating the same art assignment. I chose to submit 6th grade artwork.
Bug Bowl was April 8 and 9. I was delighted to find out that three of my students received awards! Students from CES received the 1st place award, the 2nd place award, and one of the honorable mention awards. Students from other schools won 3rd place, and the remaining honorable mention awards. These are the winners from CES: