BFA HS Student Artists Paint Silk Scarves to Give and Keep!

Target 1. Student-Centered Learning – FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

High School students in Emily Garland’s Painting class at BFA decided to make special handcrafted gifts this holiday season. The class has enjoyed extended experiences with a variety of artistic painting techniques throughout the year. Students were challenged in this most recent project to design and paint silk scarves.

Kaitlyn K (Grade 12) begins her design.

Kaitlyn K (Grade 12) develops her design.

Most of the students decided to paint a personal image and create a one-of-a-kind silk scarf to give as a gift for a family member or friend.

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Emily P (Grade 11) applies colors.

However, these young artists soon realized they had become very attached to their artwork, making it difficult to imagine parting with their intended gifts.

Chloe G (Grade 10) works on her design.

Chloe G (Grade 10) works on her design.

After discussion, the class decided that they would each paint two silk scarves – one to give and one to keep!

Victoria B Grade 11

Victoria B (Grade 11) paints her silk scarf.

“There is some really interesting artistic growth happening in this class – it is exciting to see!”, shared BFA Art Teacher Emily Garland.

Completed scarves by Mrs. Garland (left) and Gracie B (Grade 9).

Completed scarves by Mrs. Garland (left) and Gracie B (Grade 9).

The students admired their completed work!

Students admire their completed colorful compositions!

The class loved developing their own creative works of art! They were so pleased with their completed pieces. And students were especially happy to keep one silk scarf for themselves to enjoy long after the holidays are over!

Students model their completed works of art!

Students model their works of art!

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GEMS Students Share Learning of Latin Folk Art with Piñatas

Target 1. Student-Centered Learning – FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

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Students in Senora Mathieu’s Spanish class just completed a study of Latin American Folk Art. To share their learning, they created their very own piñatas. The project took 9 days to complete!

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Students planned the designs, used balloons, paper mâché, crepe paper and paint to create their unique piñatas. Among the designs are a star, a sun, an ice cream cone, a minion, a panda, a pig, Mike (from Monsters University), and an Angry Bird.

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They also researched the history and cultural significance of this ancient celebratory craft. Students reflected on skills needed to complete this project, which include “patience, motivation, creativity and teamwork” among others.

The students have enjoyed displaying their artistic expressions for others to admire!

School Art – Making Learning Visible

Target 1Student-Centered Learning
FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students.

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

photo 3 (5)Walking down a hallway in any of the schools in FWSU is a visual delight. Students art work adorns our hallways and brightens the mood of any passer by. The work displayed changes with the seasons and also with the whimsy of the artists. (GEMS art work featured in this post)photo 1 (4)

Our young artists often surprise with their creativity and imagination!

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But most of all, our artists inspire both visitors to our schools and students about the beauty of the world around us.photo 2 (6)

There are is so much to see in our school when we slow down and observe.

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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Pablo Picasso 

GEMS Among Student Artists Featured at Statehouse

Target 4: Engaged Community PartnersFWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action StepDevelop partnerships with global partners to carry out a project related to units of study.

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Every other year, the Vermont Art Teacher’s Association sponsors a school art show at the Statehouse in Montpelier during the month of March. Their aim is to help educate and inspire our lawmakers to celebrate and support our students’ art.

The theme for this year’s Youth Art Month was “Hope Flags.” Students created messages with images and words about their hopes for themselves, their communities, and the greater world around us. Many of the students created flags depicting what is important to them and what they hope for more of in the future. All of the artwork was mounted on 5”x7” felt flags.

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Students in Ms. Hogg’s Art Class worked on these flags during the two art lessons leading up to February vacation. The students did excellent work! Schools from all over Vermont participated in this show and the space was limited. Congratulations to the 30 students’ whose flags were exhibited in the Statehouse alongside students from all over Vermont!

GEMS Middle School Playwrights Weave Creative Drama

Recently GEMS 6th students worked hard to develop two dramatic productions as part of a playwright class. Both plays were skillfully written by students and then adapted for student performances. The class teaches students how to write plays and develop important skills such as speaking and performing before an audience, as well as the basics of bringing drama to life.

Cast of Birthday Wishes

The 6th Grade cast of “Birthday Wishes” written by student-playwright Leanne Lewber. The play centers around a child who receives a birthday wish to be transported to Candy Land – and then must find their way back home!

Students spent weeks learning the scripts and memorizing their lines. After many rehearsals, students invited their classmates, teachers, and parents to attend their performances.

Cast of Pegasi, Unicorns, Very Old President

The 6th Grade cast of “Pegasi, Unicorns, and a Very Old President” written by student-playwright Hazel Douglass-Biddle. This futuristic work features the story of several disenfranchised individuals who must enlist the help of others to once again become part of society.

Congratulations to the students for all of their work – both plays were a success!

Spotlight on Student Art: Visit the Virtual Art Gallery!

Target 4: Engaged Community Partners – FWSU staff and students will collaborate,innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action Step – Plan and manage instruction around problems relevant to students and their community and develop solutions for authentic audiences.

Have you heard about the FWSU Virtual Student Art Gallery? We have been displaying student artwork digitally on our FWSU Facebook since it launched back in October, and posting about it again in January. Using technology, BFA and GEMS Art Teachers share artwork by their students, offering them an authentic audience for their pieces.

Here is a sample of some the works that have been featured:

Student Artist: AMANDA V, Grade 11- Acrylic Fauvist Painting on Canvas

Student Artist: AMANDA V, Grade 11
– Acrylic Fauvist Painting on Canvas

Student Artists: MARIAH J, Grade 8

Student Artists: MARIAH J, Grade 8

Student Artist: GIANNA R, Grade 6

Student Artist: GIANNA R, Grade 6

Student Artist: SYLAS T, Grade 3Beautiful Landscape"I used four pieces of masking tape. I bent it a little bit to make my birch trees. Then I painted fall colors and when I took the masking tape off, it was white just like a birch tree! Next, I added birch tree textures but NOT in a pattern. I put a black line and a grey line on the left side of each tree to show the shadow. I used a sponge to dab in leaves at the top of the trees and then I splatter painted all over the picture. Last, I added grass on the foreground. I really, really like my picture!"

Student Artist: SYLAS T, Grade 3
Beautiful Landscape

Student Artist: ANNA S, Grade 5[ NATURE'S FAVORITE COLORS ] "I was inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and her painting of Oriental Poppies. She includes only the most important details and is really creative with color. I didn't use the colors of the actual flower. I chose these colors because they are all the different colors of the rainbow."

Student Artist: ANNA S, Grade 5
Nature’s Favorite Colors

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A Focus on Art: Have you visited the FWSU Virtual Student Art Gallery?

Target 4: Engaged Community Partners – FWSU staff and students will collaborate,innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action Step – Plan and manage instruction around problems relevant to students and their community and develop solutions for authentic audiences.

Have you heard about the FWSU Virtual Student Art Gallery? We have been displaying student artwork digitally on our FWSU Facebook since launching the feature back in October. Using technology, Art teachers from across district share great works by their students, giving our young people a voice beyond the classroom walls.

Here is a sample of some the works that have been featured:

GEMS_04_William R_Grade 5

William R, Grade 5

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Damian D, Grade 3

Colynn G - Grade 9

Colynn G, Grade 9

Plaster mask created by 7th grader

Jshauna T, Grade 7

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Mackenzie M, Grade 4

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