Hello Everyone !
It's been a busy year so far and I am excited to announce that the Wilson visual arts website will begin updating the 2014-2015 school year artwork section. Please be patient as I am in the process of photographing pictures of all of the student artwork from this year in preparation for posting. I had the intention of working on this update in December but really wanted to get a few more projects in. The artwork is impressive [as we knew it would be] and we have been working hard to cram as much in as possible before the state testing begins. This winter has also taken a toll on our progress but we are working hard to recover from our snow days and holidays.
[2015 updates] IN THE C L A S S R O O M  In our race to cover important topics before state testing begins, Wilson School's middle grades are almost finished with the sculpture portion of the year. The 6th grade is on their way to completing their Egyptian Sculptures and will be moving on to scale drawing. The 7th grade has just finished their mask assignment and have already started researching cubism in preparation for their cubism landscapes. The 8th grade will begin exploring form through figure sculpture where they will create figures of Romeo and Juliet characters. I have decided to allow students to choose between figure or architecture as long as it connects to Romeo and Juliet. The 2nd grade is learning about dinosaurs by creating pop-up paper dinosaurs on their beautifully designed landscapes. After the 5th grade completes their pastel projects they will be participating in a two-part project that consists of large scale painting and sculpture. They will be recreating a painting of an Ansel Adams photograph and recreating it 3-dimensionally using foam board scraps. This will allow students to produce a semi-abstract recreation of Adams' beautiful landscapes. They will also learn about the grayscale and value! The 4th grade is currently working on a two-part eye studies project. They are learning about value in part 1 and in part 2 they will learn about watercolor technique. Their sculpture activity has not yet been decided. The 3rd grade is in the process of finishing a still-life after learning about the works of Georges Rouault. They learned about creating a palette and mixing/blending colors. Last, but not least, our talented 1st graders have just finished a gorgeous seascape containing a large octopus battling a ship! These talented young artists wrote a short story to explain their painting. Now we are learning about black history month and celebrating it with African art to inspire our figure drawings of this beautiful culture.
POWERPOINT V I D E O S  This year I have also prepared powerpoint presentations for each lesson to help our students visually understand the content better, provide video tutorials and historical commentaries, and to guide students through the art process. If I can make the powerpoints available on this website I will post them in the lesson plans section. Keep in mind, some powerpoints may appear to look simple but are thoroughly explained during class instruction and demonstration. The laptops are also made available to students to further their research when needed.
I N S P I R A T I O N A L VIDEOS  I opened this year with a very moving and powerful inspirational video about bullying. I received such an amazing emotional response from my students that I decided to continue showing inspirational videos before lessons each week [ age appropriate of course ]. I have added a few of them to this webpage and will continue adding as I update the page. Please keep in mind, not all of the videos posted here were viewed by each class. Middle grades were presented with videos that explore more serious social issues. These videos help students to artistically express their thoughts, feelings, and identity. In addition, they are spreading awareness and helping to shape our students in positive ways! The response from my students if touching and real and I am thrilled that they continue to ask for a video each week!
M I A D S  This year, for the entire year, the art MIAD has been learning about stage design as we begin to create the set designs for our Beauty and the Beast play planned for the end of our school year. In the first half of the year our MIAD students learned about the characters in depth, watched Disney's version of the play, and began creating large scale character portraits, stage props, and sketches to prepare for our large scale set! In the second half we are working with artist, Kevin Brooks! He will be working with us on Tuesdays to guide our students in their artistic development focusing on building, painting, sculpture, and sketching. The students are having a fantastic time and we are making great progress already! In the near future we will open up a parent workshop to assist our students in working on the set designs. Please contact me in advance if you have suggestions, ideas, or if you are already interested!
I also wanted to include that last year we started a mural in the lower level of the school. The mural is currently on hold but will resume when some time opens up, hopefully during the end of the school year!
-Ms. Nicole Bookstaber :0)
Woodrow Wilson School's visual arts program focuses on each individual student's artistic abilities through their own creative approach. Projects are based on the elements of art and principals of design, styles of art, world cultures, time periods, and artists throughout history to present time, while exploring all art processes and mediums. Projects are created to challenge students and encourage them to work at a higher level of learning. The visual arts program integrates all subject areas while collaborating with subject area teachers to create art projects relevant to the material students are learning about! This helps students to make connections and work confidently!
Our program is heavily impacted by the multiple intelligences and Bloom's Taxonomy. We recognize that our students all have different ways of expressing themselves and learning! The visual arts program allows students to work at their own pace by providing extra time to work comfortably or to work with a friend. Projects alternate in all areas of art through the course of the year to allow students to shine in their specialty area. Student's are introduced to 2D and 3D design and work with pencil, paint, crayon, oil pastels, chalk pastels, wood, plaster, clay, recyclables, and paper. We love to experiment!
Aside from visual arts, students also participate in activities during lunch that focus on the preforming arts! The Woodrow Wilson visual arts department encourages students to expand their knowledge and skill set in all areas of art, whether it's in the morning before homeroom, during class time, at lunch, during MIADS, or after school. We make the impossible happen and we love it!
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