Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2016 legacy mural

That's a wrap!

The 5th grade legacy mural is complete. All 6 classes left a positive mark on our school community by adding some color to one of our Zamo walls. This year's theme celebrates our Zamorano Way- Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible.

I want to thank our administration, teachers, and community members for continuing to support our public art program. I'm already looking forward to next year as we will be honoring the 30th anniversary of the opening of the special place we call Zamorano Fine Arts Academy.

 Monday morning.

 Wednesday morning.

Last student on the wall.
 Done Thursday afternoon!

 Old man putting the date on the wall.

 Some time lapse silliness.

This year, with the help of Mr. Soria, we set up a GoPro 
and did a time lapse video of the painting process.

Special thanks also goes out to Will Walmsley, who was out there every day 
outlining, outlining, and outlining.

Friday, July 8, 2016

assembly time!

I'm wrapping up my last full week with rotation classes before moving on to mural painting with our 5ths and classes with Zamorano Way grade level winners, so I thought it would be fun to explore another digital app with our students. 

This week, kids are experimenting with the Assembly app. It's a very engaging and kids of all ages (and adults;) can have success with it. This week, 2nds, 3rds, and 5ths have all played with this app. Before starting the lesson we briefly look at a few of Josh Brill's illustrations discuss his use of computer programs when he designs. We look at his use of geometric shapes to create a wide variety of animal illustrations. 

We also revisit a couple collage projects kids have done this year. When introducing the Assembly app, I emphasize that using it is like creating a collage without the mess- no glue caps to put on, no cut paper scraps to clean up. If students don't like their design, they can delete it. They aren't wasting supplies. There is a freedom to fail present, which can be liberating for kids and adults alike.

I put together a quick tutorial video that I share with the kids that shows them the basics of shape manipulation in the app. After that, they partner up and experiment and play with multiple designs throughout the period. There are only a few rules with this project- that they work well with and respect their design teammate, they create a creature of some sort, and they must include a minimum of 11 shapes in their final design.

When teams have a design they are satisfied with, they save it in their ipad camera roll, so that I can transfer it to my computer and email their files to their classroom teachers. After saving an image, they are free to erase their design and continue experimenting. 

I love the variety of designs that have has been produced this week. There has been some great teamwork on display as well.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

celebration 2016!

We recently held the 29th addition of our annual Celebration of Art at Zamorano and it was a wonderful event as always! It's always a treat to see so many of our kids with their families touring the exhibit and participating in a variety of hands on art activities.

It also so interesting to see how the work done with our the different members of our art team comes together. Even though we have different styles and approaches and it is really cool to see how the groups of work complement and play off of one another when mixed together throughout our auditorium.

Our classroom teachers rocked their class displays like they always do and they led our school community through a great assortment of hands on activities during the Celebration.

Our music department shined bright by opening the night with performances from both our band and orchestra.

We had the honor of hosting a variety of VIPS including a couple members of the SDUSD school board, descendants of Agustin Zamorano (who our school is named after), directors of the Arts 4 Learning team, and the editor of Arts and Activities.

We even had, for the first time in my 15 years at Zamo, media coverage of our event, as 2 local news stations broadcasted from the event and interviewed members of our school community.

I say it a lot, and I'll say it again- I am so fortunate to teach at a school where everyone recognizes the importance of arts education. Zamo is such a special place! Big thanks to everyone that made this night the success it was, with a special shout out to our Karen Reyes and our PTF, parent volunteers, and Chris Bess for doing so much prep work leading up to the event.

Go Zamo!

 Repurposed Libs Elliott paper quilt project and the cubes that held our digital animation monitor.

I ran into some technical difficulties with showcasing our students' digital animations, but it was on display. Now I have a whole year to work out the kinks:)

I printed out some QR codes for projects at each grade level. If someone scanned the code with their phone it would take them to the blog post I wrote about the project.

 One of my favorite projects of the year! Done by Kathi Arinduque with a 5th grade class.
Albums, VHS tapes, and cassettes!

 Relief clay flowers done with Kathi and Danielle Guimond.

 Traditional & digital photos done with Danielle.

A variety of portraits, including digital self portraits done with computer teacher Susana Martinez.

 Delicious burgers done with Melony Vance.

 Paper mache birds done by Kathy Crawford and her class!

 Upcycled fashion items by 5th graders done with Danielle.

Arts integration work done by 2nd graders & 3rd graders that was co-taught by Brandie Maddalena and Danielle Guimond with our grade level teachers. This was the first year of our involvement with SDUSD's art integration grant. Our 2nd & 3rd grade teams worked with teaching artists Brandie and Danielle every week to integration art and ELA content. Next year our 4th grade students will be involved as well!

 Each teacher did a class display on our south campus, so that each student was represented. We had a wide variety of fabulous teacher led projects!

 Our exhibit is up for open for 3 days, so all classes come down to tour the exhibit 
with their teachers. 

This provides a quieter time to look at the work and to pick a favorite 
and write the responsible artist a fan letter!

TK students taking a tour with their teacher.

NBC San Diego interviewing one of our 5th grade artists.
A link to the coverage is right here:)
 Getting Cubist like Picasso.

 Making shrinky dink jewelry.

 The magic of relief prints!

 Collaborating on a mural with Ms. Vance!

 The longest line of the night, as usual, goes to button making! (we need to get 1 or 2 more of those makers, for real:)

 Spin art!

Old man Masse and Maryellen, the editor of Arts & Activities