Friday, September 25, 2015

Family Selfies!


It seems only fitting to begin this school year by creating family selfies.  What's more important to a child than his/her family? Children visually express something they care deeply about, and I learn so much about each and every student!  

But why this year, you ask?  Because the World Meeting of Families is being held at this very moment, nearby in Philadelphia. 
In honor of the gift of our families, we assembled our selfies and created two collaborative, school-wide murals celebrating family.  
Enjoy! 




















Monday, September 7, 2015

Pixar's "Inside Out" Speaks to Us!

Parents, I'll finally see your children tomorrow in the SJS Art Studio!   It promises to be a fantastic year and I hold high hopes for year rich in creative-inspired learning.  
One question: has your family seen Pixar's newest movie this summer, "Inside Out"? 
 (NO SPOILERS HERE- GO SEE THE FILM! Click here for short synopsis.) 

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful film.   While visually stunning, innovative, and creative, aspects of this story parallel some of my hopes for this year's art goals. 


Our artists will develop persistence
(Joy never gave up)
Sometimes they will "fail". Artwork won't look the way he/she wants.  Sometimes children may feel feel frustrated. What... children not happy creating art?  That's OK!  There will be no giving up. Why? Because...

Our artists will learn to creatively solve problems.
 Having a problem to solve provides an opportunity for innovation. Your first attempt may not always work. New ideas come from mistakes. This is invention! Discovery! 21st Century creativity skill building in process! 

Our artists will learn to collaborate.
(As did Joy, Anger, Fear, Sadness, and Disgust )
Children will often work together to develop visual art, both for classroom collaborations and school wide installations.  This is another 21st century skill needed in the workforce.

Our artists will learn to communicate.
Boy oh boy, did Riley's emotions have to communicate to get their job done. So will our artists.  They'll learn to write thoughts in art journals, visually express and display ideas, discuss ideas with authentic audiences and communicate ideas through digital media.

I could go on and on here... but basically, you get the idea. 

Ultimately, by puzzling through visual art problems and arriving at workable solutions, our artists will learn critical problem solving skills, perseverance, and resilience. 
Our kids will become more confident in their abilities and develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments. 

And just like Joy, of "Inside Out", the answers might surprise them.