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!


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.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Art Beyond Sight: EDGE Students Learn About Students with Disabilities Through Art

Blindfolded student creates self portraits using Wiki Stix, strings coated with wax.
These students are showing each other their art by allowing the other to feel the lines of their drawing.  
This video explains to my students how blind students can make art.

Supporting the Arts through EDGE
The EDGE program, (short for Enhancing, Developing, and Generating Excellence) is an enrichment class offered at Central Riverside Elementary School as part of our Magnet Program. 

Start of a Great New Year of Art at CRES

Welcome to the Art Classroom at Central Riverside Elementary School.
This is me, Art Teacher, Mrs. Woodlief with help from my special friend, Arturo.

One of my goals is to give students confidence so they can take their art learning out of the classroom.  I want them to share their art experiences by talking about and teaching others what they have learned.  I want to encourage creative thinking and want them to apply what they have learned back in their classroom and at home.

We have gotten off to a great start this year creating and learning about art.  This year, I hope to continue integrating core subjects into the art learning that takes place as well and teaching students even more about art history and the artists who have impacted it. I want to do my part in educating the whole child.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

CRES Girls Learn to be Architects!

A very special group of 2nd grade girls from Central Riverside took part in “I can be…an Architect,” managed and organized by my fellow art educator, Ayonna Patterson, a community advocate for educational opportunities for girls.

The purpose of this career day workshop was to give a basic understanding of the Architecture profession and to inspire girls to dream about what they can become. 

The first stop on our trip was to “Breaking Ground,’ a construction company owned and run by women! The “junior architects” studied blueprints for buildings, learned about “green construction” and visited the roof to explore a rooftop garden.

Reading blueprints

Learning about the rooftop garden

Next stop: the Karpeles Manuscript Museum where students were treated to a day of creative design! Wearing pink hard hats, the girls sat at tables to plan a dream house design assisted by a real architect/volunteer!  Each girl created a floor plan by cutting out room modules and affixing them onto graph paper. After a pizza lunch, they were presented with a bag full of children’s books, creative tools and other goodies.

Much thanks to AIA, a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, FAMU School of Architecture and Ms. Ayonna Paterson, director and organizer of this fantastic event!
Ayonna Patterson, Event Organizer