Tag Archives: community-based art education

Lettering

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Fourth grade students have been working on a lettering project.

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Each forth grade class has been working on a character word that will be displayed in the school.

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Each class has six groups, and each group is responsible for one of the letters in the word.

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Everyone has been busy working on the background and the subject, which is the letter.

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Students have been using and learning about complementary colors as they explore masking out the letter they paint.

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The project is teaching the students to work cooperatively.

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Here are a couple of examples of the students’ work before we begin to add texture to the background of their work.

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Arbor Day

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Fifth grade students recently participated in the City of Willard’s Arbor Day poster contest.

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The poster contest was sponsored by the Willard Tree Commission.

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Students were given the theme “Trees are good for life.”

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After learning about Arbor Day, students created three ideas and picked their best idea for their poster.

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Lettering was a large part of the students’ design for their posters.

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Everyone had a variety of materials to choose from to create their poster.

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I was very proud of the hard work most everyone put into their posters.

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This was a great project for the students to become aware of their community and environment and how they have a part in their local community.

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Students also learned about the process it takes to come up with an idea and turn it into a poster to educate their community.

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Here are some examples of their posters:

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Art Field trip

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On the last week of school the Art Junction hosted several field trips for the Willard City Schools Elementary Art Department.

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Kindergarten and first grade students viewed “The Last Richmond School Art Show” which featured art work from the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students at Richmond.

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Students enjoyed viewing and engaging all of the various art work.

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Richmond students also had the opportunity to visit their exhibit.

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It was a great learning experience for students to see the sculpture, digital photography and paintings on exhibit.

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I hope you take the time to view and engage local art exhibits at the Art Junction.

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Gallery visit

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Third graders visited the Art Junction this fall to view the Charles Casto Retrospective exhibition.

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Students and teachers had a great time viewing the work of local art pioneer Charles Casto.

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Everyone enjoyed seeing the various examples and exhibits of the artist’s varied work from sculpture, drawings and paintings to examples of his carvings.

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Students had many questions about the life of the artist who was the first art teacher at the Willard City Schools.

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The third graders enjoyed seeing the art work of former students of the artist.

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Some of Charles’ former students have become professional artists, such as Don Moore and Steve Axtel, while others have made art a serious pursuit or hobby.

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It was a great field trip for the students to connect with local art in their community and to learn about the art history of their town.

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Take the time to support the arts in your local community by visiting a gallery, museum, concert or theatrical production.  It will grow your visual perception of the world you live in!

Visiting an art gallery

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Second grade students visited The Art Junction to view the landscape exhibition in October.

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Second grade students are learning about landscapes in art class, so, to incorporate this lesson with their local community, they visited an art gallery.

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Students had the opportunity to learn about landscape art through viewing the work of local artists who have created landscapes.

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Landscape art is the depiction in art of landscapes, natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition.

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In other works landscape backgrounds for figures can still form an important part of the work. Sky is almost always included in the view, and weather is often an element of the composition.

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Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

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Students had a great opportunity to see many types of landscapes from their local environment and experience what it’s like to visit an art gallery.

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Students enjoyed their visit and learning about art outside of the school building.

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It’s important for students to learn that art is not just a subject in school but a pursuit that can be followed over a lifetime.

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The Art Junction’s Landscape exhibit was a great learning experience for the second grade students to learn about landscapes and to see how artists create and exhibit them.

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Visiting an art gallery

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The last week of school kindergarten and first grade students had the opportunity to visit the local art gallery in New Haven.

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Students viewed the art exhibition of the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from Richmond School.

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This was the students’ first visit to an art gallery, so they had a brief gallery talk from the director about the Art Junction.

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Students viewed the 5th grade sculptures.

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There was much for the students to see.

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Students enjoyed interacting with the outdoor mural at the Art junction.

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Students enjoyed seeing art in their community.

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This was a great opportunity for students to see art in a local setting by student artists.

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Everyone enjoyed their visit to the Art Junction!

Redrawing an old clock

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Richmond School are learning about the history of their hometown of Willard, Ohio, formerly known as Chicago Junction, Ohio.

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Students are recreating the old clock tower that used to reside on top of the old city hall of Willard that was torn down last year.

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Students have been viewing old photographs of the clock tower, as well as images of the proposed new clock tower to be built, for their drawings.

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Students recreated their version of the clock tower to bring awareness of the rebuilding project to the Willard community.

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Students are refining their current drawing skills as they are working on this community art project.

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Students are working in groups as they learn to cooperate with each other while following directions from Mr. Casto.

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The work of the students is progressing and moving forward on the first step of this project.

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The next step will be to refine their images and ink them in with permanent marker.

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The students have worked hard on the first step of this project.