The students were challenged with creating a realistic drawing of simple popcorn using a white pencil to show value and form. The students then had to transform the popcorn shape into a drawing of an object, person, place or thing. Their ideas are unique and creative and they demonstrated their great skill with colored pencils.
In our art department we are always trying to push students to think in different and creative ways. This assignment challenged students to look at everyday objects in new ways.
Students examined the art of artist Victor Nunes and then created their own Creative Illustrations with everyday objects.
Special Thanks to Art Educator Laura Johnson of ArtRoomOnline for sharing this great lesson found HERE
Here are three articles that describe and show Victor Nunes designs:
Art Camp is now FULL! Thanks for all of your interest!
This summer students entering grades 6-8 for the 2018/2019 school year can enjoy time to create art and have some fun at the Burlington High School Art Department.
The art camp will consist of time to create, design, and explore art techniques. This includes drawing and painting. Students will use their imagination and observation skills to create one of-a-kind masterpieces. They will work collaboratively in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with many opportunities for self-expression.
Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 16-19, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Christina Chang
Location: Burlington High School
Transportation: Arranged by parents
To enroll your child please complete the attached Information
Form and tuition payment to Burlington Public Schools and mail to:
Attention: Rosemary DeSousa
123 Cambridge Street,
Burlington, MA 01803.
Space is limited - please register as soon as possible.
This year at BHS we created and are utilizing the following essential questions to promote the BHS core values and mission statement.
BHS Essential Questions (2017-18)
School wide question of the year: What is the power of one?
Freshman Year: What makes up my identity, and how does my identity impact my role as a community member?
Sophomore Year: Why is it crucial to question our assumptions and seek multiple perspectives?
Junior Year: Why is it important to work toward establishing equity rather than equality?
Senior Year: How can I use my skills, knowledge, and resources to better my community?
For my Design class which is made up of mostly freshmen I created two sketchbook assignments using the essential questions:
What is my identity? And How does my identity impact my community?
The lesson is linked up HERE
Here are some students samples from their sketchbooks
We are fortunate to live in the Boston area where there are lots of great art museums.
Here is a link to list of museums:
Explore Art Museums
Your local library has museum passes to cover the cost of admission. Check them out HERE
And if you go, complete this sheet and return it after the break
Art Museum Visit
This year we had wonderful training on Keys to Literacy. I learned helpful techniques to better engage students in reading and writing in my classroom.
Here is a link to the schools systems blog with loads of resources and samples:
I was a test plot for the Scholastic Art Magazine this year and worked to incorporate readings and discussions from these magazines. The students found the articles interesting and engaging. I would highly recommend the magazine as it offered insight into contemporary and historic artists and gave the students relevant articles and high quality images of a wide variety of works of art.
Below is the template that I used for two column notes and a student sample based on an article about the sculpture " Fearless Girl".
Wilfredo, a Junior in High School (Burlington High School) was diagnosed with Mixed-Phenotype Acute Leukemia and he has started treatment.
Wilfredo started to create his own paper cranes but needed many more to complete a Thousand Origami Cranes (千羽鶴 Senbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes (折鶴 orizuru) held together by strings.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. Some stories believe you are granted happiness and eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.
Thanks to a full team effort at BHS of students and staff made cranes, and a huge thank you to the ART STUDENTS and Art Club as they were able to string the 1,000 beautiful cranes that were delivered to Wilfredo and he was granted his wish.
Congratulations to the wonderful students who participated in the 2018 Tenacity Challenge held at Bedford High School.
The Tenacity Challenge competition consisted of four events centered around the theme of tenacity and leadership.
Oluwamayowa (Maya) Ariyo
Sasha Ford Festi
Cindy Nshuti Niyonzima
The wonderful day ended with an inspiring talk from
Former Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, David J. Johns. He is the former executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The Initiative works across federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students
Special thanks to Principal Mark Sullivan, Todd Whitten, Social Studies Department Chair, Abigail Abbott, Martha Simon, School Committee member, Carlton Williams, ACLU, and Patricia Tilburg, Professor at Davidson University, for helping the students prepare for the challenge.
Special thanks for Laura Johnson of ArtRoomOnline for sharing this great lesson on Knolling. Check out her great classroom blog and Pinterest page for lots of inspiration.
Knolling is “the process of arranging related objects in parallel or 90-degree angles as a method of organization.” Wikipedia.
Check out these cool Knolling pieces from 9th graders in Design.
Christina Chang teaches art and design at Burlington High School.