Thursday, June 12, 2014

Learning is Fun to Teach

links to student blogs

Brenna                                                 Kirstyn

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

HT ArtsXtravaganza!

Our K-12 ArtsXtravaganza was a great time! Thanks to all of the HT Arts students and their teachers, The VPA Guild and our incredible maintenance staff for making this event happen! 
You are Awesome!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

4th Marking Period & Final Exam Info

The end of the school year is upon us.

To keep you organized, here is the list of 4th marking period assignments for grading.
All assignments are due by midnight June 11th.
1. Story Pole
2. Time Capsule
3. Blog Post about Time Capsule

Your Final Exam is your Book and your Blog. 
• Books are due on June 12th for seniors, and June 13th for underclassmen
• Your Final Blog Post is due by midnight on June 11th
Each is worth 50% of your final exam grade

Exam sessions will provide students with an opportunity to look at each other's books and comment on each other's blogs using the iPads. Final exam assessments will be based on the book & blog.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Time Capsule

The students viewed the work of Andy Warhol and looked at artists who collect as part of their creative process. They were introduced to the idea of a time capsule in September - and knew they were going to be filling and sealing it in June. The sealed capsules are due on June 11th. Here are some that are already finished.

Here is the list of suggested contents. Students had the final say - only time will tell.

1. Something with “today’s” date on it.
2. What happened in the news this week? 
3. An item of HTHS nostalgia
4. A catalog page of a place where you like to shop (with prices) 
5. Homework, notes, test or project from a class you like
6. Your blog address
7. Something from your locker
8. The label from a popular food, candy or beverage 
9. An image of your cell phone 
10. Your favorite song 
11. A receipt or pricetag from something you purchased recently
12.  A ticket stub from a movie or concert
13. Pictures of yourself/best friends
14. Your locker combination & your cell phone #
15. Something from nature
16. A letter to yourself:   what your younger self wants to remind your older self

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Story Pole at Home in the Garden

My Story Pole found its home in the garden this weekend. Fresh water waiting for its first feathered art lover.  No signs of winter here! Photos of student story poles coming soon.

The Full Tree Bloomage occurred on April 23rd. - Late this year, but worth the wait!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Garden Love Story

The Creative Arts students are writing stories that will become the inspiration for their ceramic story poles. I decided to play along and write one about my garden.  Below is my story, along with a couple of photos of what inspired it. We are currently working on creating our story poles out of clay! Students will be posting their stories on their blogs.  More photos to come soon.

By the end of March, the tips of the hostas begin to push through the debris of winter’s wrath convincing me that spring really will come – on schedule, despite the nagging feelings that it will never arrive and we’ll all be doomed to more months of biting cold and dreary days. The hostas, daffodils and crocuses are the warriors of spring, fighting the lingering chill with bravery and fortitude. Their determination and sense of purpose inspires me and gives me hope. My garden gives me hope, keeping me grounded and connected to the power of the human touch.
Created with the love of our own hands, my husband and I built our garden and have been working, adding, and tending to it over the years. Every flowerbed is handmade, soil turned over, and nourished by shovelfuls of our own compost and sweat. Every stone in the curving paths, placed there by us with intention and careful consideration. Call it feng shui. Call it hard work. I call it our little slice of heaven.
Making things together and tending to our garden gives us pleasure and satisfaction. Along with the finches we feed, and the bees, birds and butterflies that visit us, we have cultivated our own plot within the Garden State. 

April 2003 - the garden love began. Still growing strong.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy Youth Art Month!

March is Youth Art Month!

To celebrate, art teachers from all over the state, are asked to select work for a local county show. This year, The Camden County YAM Show is on display through March 27th at the Rohrer Public Library. An artists reception is on March 22nd from 1 - 3pm. One of my students, Amelia Moore, also had her work selected to be on display for the NJ STate YAM show held in the State House in Trenton! Here is a postcard of my students' work that are featured at the county show.

Happy Youth Art Month everyone!! I'm proud of you!