Tuesday, December 16, 2014

KDL Plainfield Winter Art Show

North Oakview Art will be featured at the KDL Plainfield library location in the children's area from December 15 through the end of February! Selected artists will be notified that their Art is on display. Everyone is invited to view the artwork and while you're there, you can grab a good book to read during break. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nutcracker Unit

North 4th graders are so excited for our Unified Arts field trip to the Grand Rapids Ballet performance of The Nutcracker! Here are just a few of their finished paintings in which we learned about proportions, symmetry, and created themes for our nutcrackers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rousseau Rain Forests

The 2nd graders have been studying Henri Rousseau for that last four weeks and yesterday we finally put the finishing touches on our rain forest collages. To help us remember all the things that we needed to include in our jungles, we used the National Gallery of Art's online jungle creation site. I promised the kids that I would link it here so that they could continue creating at home with permission of parents. You can even print out your designs! You can also check out our growing gallery of rain forest collages on Artsonia.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Poppy-The Flower of Remembrance

1st-4th graders are learning about the flower of remembrance and how the poppy is a symbol for Veteran's Day. North Oakview Elementary will be hosting a Veteran's Day assembly to celebrate and honor our Veterans on November 10. Artists will be giving handmade poppy flower pins to all those in attendance. We will have close to 300 ready to give and already have some beautiful work created!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dot Day Success!

All of North Oakview celebrated Dot Day, based on the book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds, during the week of September 15th. This day was to celebrate creativity, can-do attitudes, and give students the opportunity to "make their mark". Art classes created their own "stained glass" dots that are being made into chains to hang in the library.

But dot activities were happening all around the building, not just in the Art room. In the library, students learned more about the author Peter H. Reynolds and read another book called "Ish".
Students played dot-themed games and exercises in P.E.
There is even a Dot song that was learned in music class.
You can see our positive, can-do attitude activities all through the halls of North. What a great start to the year!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

ArtPrize 2014

As an educator, I use ArtPrize in the classroom to start a conversation about "What is Art?" We talk about how Art is used as a form of communication, to express feelings/emotions, to provoke, to think about big ideas, and as an outlet for creativity. We also use Visual Thinking Strategies to talk about what Art means to us personally. There are no right or wrong answers as all students bring different background knowledge and experience to their viewing process. I emphasize that we are daily active decoders of visual language and constantly "reading" what artists create. ArtPrize is such an amazing local opportunity to use VTS and to be exposed to such a wide variety of Art. I challenge all of my elementary students to get out there, explore with their families, and ask the question "What is Art".

To find out more information about ArtPrize, click the link below. I hope to see you downtown at ArtPrize!

Northview Art Department

Northview Art teachers at our beginning of the year district kickoff! We all designed our own aprons based around artists that inspire us. We are so excited to start inspiring all of our young artists this school year!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to School-Art Newsletter

North Oakview 
Art News
September - 2014
I am excited to be teaching Art at North Oakview again this year!  There are many fun lessons planned for your student to be engaged in.  Because learning in Art class can be messy most days, please note which day of the week your child will have art and try to avoid new/nice clothing that day of the week. We will always wear Art smocks but it's good to be prepared for the day.

This is what you can expect your child to be learning in Art this year:
The elementary visual arts program enables students to see connections in the ever changing visual culture and how that impacts their lives.  Emphasis is placed on the process of exploring a variety of subject, media, technique and themes through studio activity, and discussion about works of art to develop critical thinking, communication and visual literacy skills.

Kindergarten- Our students will:
          develop independence
          explore a variety of art materials and use them safely and appropriately
          improve fine motor skills
          explore the basic elements of art: line, color, shape and texture
          describe what is seen, both literal and expressive, in selected works of art
          look at and discuss art from a variety of times and places

1st and 2nd Grade- Our students will:
          demonstrate independence
          accept diversity in art: historically, culturally and personally
          apply prior skill development
          participate in discussions about works of art: compare and contrast, communication of moods and emotion
          expand their understanding of the elements and principles of design
          explore universal themes such as environment, community, human issues and communication

3rd and 4th Grade- Our students will:
          know and apply the use of tools, materials, techniques and processes of art
          participate in discussions about works of art: compare and contrast, analyze and interpret the meaning of a work of art, communication of moods and emotion
          use visual art vocabulary when discussing art
          explore universal themes used by artists such as environment, community, human issues and communication
          apply problem solving and divergent thinking skills in the creative process
          recognize and appreciate diversity in art

I also plan to continue our participation on the art website Artsonia with which I photograph your student’s artwork and place it online for friends and family to view. If you are new to this program, you will be receiving a permission form to allow your child’s artwork to be shown online soon.  Our Artsonia website is at school.asp?id=8536

I am looking forward to another fun and successful school year filled with wonderful artwork to create, share and enjoy together! 
~Mrs. Haugen