There's a new teacher here at the Art of South B. Stacey Belter (above, right) started teaching at South B at the beginning of this semester and already has her classes up and running. Belter opened the semester by introducing several of the Nine, including architecture, the portrait and landscape. Since then she has introduced several choice-based concepts to work towards a studio model.
I interviewed Belter about how she liked working at South B and also asked her to give some insight into her teaching methods. Belter said,"I just put it on blast, I tell them, tap those breaks, stay in your lane, cause it's too much, too much." I actually didn't understand anything she said but did request she provide a dictionary of phrases for future interviews.
Next, I asked her students what they thought about there new art teacher. One student said, "She's a fabulous dresser." Another student added that she was a, "Very fashionable." A third student mentioned something about her great hair." Fashion aside, I pressed for their thoughts of Belter as a teacher. "Umh, umh. umh.... She wears cool pants!"
Above: Providing opportunities for students to work with different materials, a center was set up so students could create ugly dolls.
allowing for student directed teaching lead to this student combining stencils and printing to create these works of art. This student later show other students how to use this technique.
Students where challenged to create a work of art with a focus on text. Lots of good stuff coming out of the art room.
Best In Show!
Can you say Best in Show?! Congratulations to Taylor for winning Best in Show at the Southport Brunswick County Art Exhibit beating out all artists from West, north and East Brunswick high schools!
(OK. there is no East Brunswick HS but if there was...)
Placing second Southport Brunswick County Art Exhibit was out very own Vienna for her excellent seascape acrylic painting.
Other Happenings This Week
Katie completing another digital work
Giant Hamburger and soda add to the french fries to complete the combo meal
Pasty working in charcoal
Chloe decided to use the tie dye ink... just in a slightly less traditional manner.
Nyssa working digital, adding the scribbles was an interesting effect, especially in the eyes
Jo Jo and I talked about the concept of 1000 origami cranes. So just 999 to go
That's some nice color pencil work!
Excuse the mess, it's Friday but allow me the opportunity to introduce the Tables. Our open art room is student directed. That means, students decide which direction they want to take the art they are creating. Many students come to class with ideas and are ready to jump in. However, some students are looking for new ideas, new opportunities, new techniques that they might not have known or thought about. That's where The Tables come in.
Each week we present a new theme with two new project ideas, one on each table. These table projects come with a quick demo as well as all the supplies needed to create a work of art. The theme and the project materials are set up for one week. The following week, there will be a new theme and two new project ideas.
Maybe the best way to explain this is to show you what happened this week. Our weekly theme was Textile.
Table One: Ugly Dolls
On the first table we set up all the materials needed to create an ugly doll. This included different types of materials, felt, googly eyes, hot glue guns, needles and thread and scissors. We presented a short demonstration which included a few examples of ugly dolls. After that, the students had at it.
Now not everyone made an ugly doll. The concept of the table is to provide a project idea for those who are looking for something different or are having trouble coming up with something on their own. Think of the tables as another option. Its all student directed
Sewing is not something everyone was interested in so we provided hot glue guns as a means of sealing the dolls. Still others that already new how to sew spent the time with the needle and thread. Some others, that didn't know how to sew, learned.
Also, not everyone made an ugly doll. Some students choose to make pillows, some square, some rectangles and some shaped like hearts.
We printed out a few examples of ugly dolls to give students a starting point. Some students designed their dolls ahead of time while other students started cutting without a plan. Both produce different results but both are acceptable methods of learning.
Well, some work out better than others.....
Table Two: Tie Dye
To continue with our textile theme, on table two we introduced tie dying. The students had to bring in their own garments, t-shirts, socks as such. We provided the dye, rubber bands and demo about various techniques that produce different results.
This is an interesting method for using a folding method. Also, the shirt was already blue. so this was a rather experimental piece. It's cool when students aren't afraid to experiment and try something where the results aren't guaranteed. In the end, it turned out really well.
Of course you can't go wrong wit the classic spiral.
Tied up and dying in process.
The final results
A bag of socks!
Next Week: Journaling and Tar Felt paper Painting
A Now that textile week is over, its time to set up for next week. Our theme will be journaling and will also include felt paper painting. See you then!
Hannah likes to draw wolves... like, a lot. She likes to draw wolves a lot! So I was like, "Why don't you draw eight wolves and then you could animated them and make it look like it was walking?" and she was like, "OK" and so she did and this is the result. I like how the ears wiggle.
The day before spring break we thought it might be fun to have a little egg decorating contest. So we brought in a bunch of eggs, yes, real eggs, and gave each student and egg to decorate. We had three categories, zentangle design, character design, art history design. We got a lot more characters and zentangles but it was all good. We got enough decorated eggs to fill this whole case and part of another.
The other Hannah started this stippling of horses. she hasn't finished it yet. She started before break and hasn't worked on it since returning. i'll have to ask her what she did with it. Maybe she just needs reminding. Things started can become things done.
This is a huge cup of soda that goes with the large fries and hamburger that was already completed. This piece, which so far is only the wooden frame, has been designed and created by Hunter. Now it gets passed on to the other students in the group would will decide how to finish it up. Meanwhile, hunter is starting their next group piece which will be a skateboard ramp. Get 'er done.
Drew knows how to make a stencil.
This is another work by Morgan who is considering making these part of his AP concentration next year. The frame was created by Hunter.
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