Friday, September 29, 2017

The Science of Happiness: The Color of Emotions

Could the increase in happiness be caused by simply doing something as fun as creating art? Can flexing your artistic muscles really make you happier?

To kick off the new school year, I presented a lesson that was a bit unusual for the elementary art room.  I practiced a bit of art therapy with my students to bring out their positive emotions when producing art.

 First, I asked my students to write out a list of people, places or things that made them happy or supported.  I asked them to assign a color to themselves and to each of the items on their list. They were given an outline of a body shape and were asked that they color it in with the different colors of the items on their list.  They were to begin by drawing a heart on the chest to represent themselves and work outward, using the colors of the things that they loved.


 
This activity placed them into a reflective state so then the students were invited to share their thoughts about their drawing
 with their classmates.
Here are some of their presentations.
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The students were very willing to share their illustrations and describe how each color represented someone or something that was important to them.
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But it was the last presentation that stole my heart.  It was performed by a sweet 2nd grade boy who shared his innermost feelings about his friends who moved away.  He stated that he missed them and missed how they supported him.



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Sunday, May 7, 2017

CRES Student Exhibit and Artwalk




















So proud of my student artists! Please enjoy this virtual tour of my student art exhibit at Central Riverside Elementary School​  featuring 100% participation - that's over 400 pieces of artwork - at least one from every student.        


Our opening reception for families is Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5, 2017

CRES Students at VSA Festival At the Cummer Museum


My Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)students from Central Riverside Elementary attended the VSA Festival at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  

 The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to the Jacksonville affiliate of VSA, an international organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual VSA Festival, which takes place in the spring of each year, invites Jacksonville-area students with disabilities to visit the Cummer Museum for a chance to experience art through all of their senses. Over the course of four days, nearly 1,800 children, 700 teachers and chaperones, and 1,300 volunteers fill the Museum to engage in art viewing in the galleries, movement, music in the gardens, and art-making activities throughout the entire Museum. The event allows each student to participate in the creative process and to demonstrate their own artistic abilities.

                   





Each year, the Cummer Museum uses 1,300 volunteers to help staff Art Stops, hands-on activities throughout the Galleries, and to guide groups of students through the Museum.  Here is my dearest friend, Sherry Goble and her colleagues from Blue Cross Blue Shield, taking time from their busy work day to volunteer at the VSA Festival. Thanks, Sherry!



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Award Winning Student Artwork from CRES

Congratulations to students at CRES who created masterpieces for exhibit at DCPS Celebration of the Arts, the Annual Library Shows, Best of ElementaryExhibit and the Florida Art Education Association Digital Exhibit 2017.










Saturday, January 28, 2017

Music, Color and Lines Evoke Feelings

Art students at Central Riverside Elementary painted while listening to a variety of music styles allowing the music to move their brushes across their papers, using their feelings create the lines.  They painted fluid, curved lines when the music was slow then painted quick, shorter brushstrokes when the music moved to a faster beat. 
After teacher lead conversations about how colors can evoke feelings, students used warm or cool colors to complete their paintings. Later, they compared their paintings describing their work as active, hot, or cool and relaxing. They also noticed that the warm and the cool colors are grouped together on the classroom color wheel.  

Check out this short video to hear some of the songs chosen to influence my students as they created art.  The Active Lines project was a success!


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Art Integration At It's Best at CRES

In art education circles, we all support arts integration in core subjects so I was thrilled to discover a classroom teacher getting her students excited about writing by integrating art.
I'd like to give a BIG shout out to my collegue, CRES first grade teacher, Mrs. Lisa Bond who fully embraced the concept of arts integration by creating this wonderful display of her students writing.


Central Riverside Elementary School's first grade classes visited two art museums in one week (heaven, right??) to MOCA (Museum of Modern Art) and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL.  Mrs. Bond took the opportunity to facilitate an amazing "Compare & Contrast" writing lesson, having her students create beautiful opinion pieces describing their experiences at both art museums. 


The highlights included the elevator at MOCA, the Cummer garden and Mrs. Cummer's living room.  The students' absolute favorite was, of course, Art Connections (better known as the play area) at the Cummer. 
I'm so thrilled to have such a creative thinking educator here at CRES!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mrs. Woodlief's Art Story

So, have you ever wondered how the arts can impact ones's life?  

I am honored to have been asked by the National Art Education Association to share how the arts changed my path and led me to a fulfilling career of teaching children the love of learning about and creating art.  Here is my story.

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