2018/19 First Semester Online Newsletter...
I am your host, Mel Arnstein and we're off to a really great start this year. Can I just say wow!? I have met some really cool kids who are new to the art room and welcomed back some returners who just can't stay away. I love seeing student's skills grow. I especially love to see my students challenge themselves in a variety of ways based off of what they learn in my classroom.
Welcome back Track 4! We are off to a good start. Some things to remember!
- 7th & 8th Grade Visual Arts students have homework. These assignments are located on Google Classroom. All Visual Arts students have signed into their WakeIDs and joined their visual arts classroom online. I am working with students who use their personal devices to ensure they can log into the necessary Google apps in order to access their assignments.
- Google Apps - Classroom, Drive, & Docs.
- Some students have expressed to me they have had trouble logging in, but are also struggling to communicate this at an appropriate time, thus getting further and further behind.
- All parents have been invited to receive an email summary of Google Classroom assignments. If you are not receiving these, please email me and let me know and we will get it sorted.
- If I sound like I'm harping about homework, my goal is to help more of my student adopt better working habits as they transition up into high school regardless of whether or not they continue in the arts. So far I am coordinating with core teachers to have students attend working lunch in my room to further assist them with using the apps, ensuring their personal devices are connected as well as to help trouble-shoot any issues they are having but have not communicated them.
Now onto the art...
8th Grade, Track 1
For this project, students had to draw their shoe as a subject. They were tasked with incorporating the elements of Line, Shape, & Texture while composing their piece adhering to the principles of Movement & Balance.
This 8th grader's observation skills are off the charts. His shoe is drawn beautifully and he incorporated feedback along the way really well.
7th Grade, Track 2
7th graders also had to draw their shoe while also solving the problem of incorporating the same elements and principles as 8th grade.
A hard worker is hard to come by sometimes. Like most, this 7th grader has her own struggles, but since working with her I have seen a work ethic begin to blossom. She was very unsure of her drawing, but after we talked about what hurdles she just needed to jump, she hopped to it and this is her fantastic result. Such a great use of strong continuous line.
2018 Semester Happenings...
- This semester I am partnering with Mr. Barnes, the ECMS Band Director, to collaborate and bring our students to the NC Symphony in October to view their production of Edgar Allen Poe inspired orchestral music. Students in both of our 7th and 8th grade classes will collaborate together in order to learn how artists in different fields find inspiration in literary works. The field trip will take place on October 26th when we take students to the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center. Please keep an eye out for more details and information that will be sent home with students concerning the trip. Also, we will be in need of chaperones, so if you are interested in chaperoning this semester's trip, please make sure you have applied to be a volunteer with Wake Co. Public Schools.
- The Fine Arts Department (Art, Band, Drama, ESL, & Spanish) will be hosting a Fall Festival at ECMS. We are in the beginning stages of planning this event, but I plan to arrange an exhibition of student artwork, including artwork created as a culmination of our study of Edgar Alan Poe.
- Please stay tuned on more information forth coming...
As always, email me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. I am looking forward to sharing so much more as the year goes on. As a final note: Artwork from Project 1 is now on view in the hallway of the 500 building. New works will rotated out in the front office for your viewing pleasure.