Tuesday, March 20, 2018

CRES Students Shine in Local District and State Level Exhibits

Congratulations to the outstanding art students who tirelessly create beautiful masterpieces in art classes at CRES!

The images below are those of outstanding work selected for the local, district-wide Elementary Library Shows, The Best of Elementary Exhibits and Celebration of the Arts.  They will also be featured in the state level exhibit held in October at the Florida Art Education Association Digital Exhibit in St. Petersburg, FL. We are so proud of our Central Riverside artists!



Zion, Anastasia, Lily & 


Chinese Brush Painting- Bamboo for CRES Students

Students at Central Riverside learned painting techniques used by student artists on the other side of the world - China.  After viewing "Bamboo for Beginners," they they steadied their hands and practiced simple, elongated strokes.  Once they were happy with their brushstrokes they began to paint beautiful stalks of bamboo mush like the children in China must do in their art classes.

Chihuly Sculptures!

Students at Central Riverside Elementary learned about the world-renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly.  After seeing him in action in a video clip, they were excited to create their own version of a sculpture inspired by the artist. 

Instead of using hot, melted glass, my students used transparencies painted with acrylic paint.   

Using their knowledge of organic shapes, they cut random free form shapes in a elongated orientation. 

Next, they punched a hole in each end and threaded them onto dowel rods previously inserted vertically into a block of wood which served as a base. 

After each student artist was satisfied with their sculpture, they topped off the dowel rod with a wooden bead.

Black History Focus: Study of Kehinde Wiley, Presidential Portrait Artist.

During the month of February, 3rd grade students at Central Riverside learned about accomplished leaders in black history by creating a collage on the topic of leaders and their accomplishments.

The inspiration for this project was African-American artist, Kehinde Wiley, who recently painted President Obama’s presidential portrait, unveiled in February 2018.  

A common characteristic of his work is a floral background. His colorful style and the powerful statements made by his work were the starting points for their portrait collages. 

My first goal was for my students to learn to show self-expression in their art by striking a pose for a photograph that is indicative of their emotions and shows a personal statement related to the message they were trying to express. 
These 3rd graders learned earlier in the year that portraits are created in a variety of mediums, including photography. I referenced that prior lesson when they were posing for their photograph.  I told them to let their pose show expression and emotion. 
I created a slideshow that features a variety of leaders from black history along with some of their accomplishments. I asked the students to choose the accomplishments of their favorite leaders from black history to write out statements on their collage.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Creative Canvases for Kids: Inspiring Young Artists

Much thanks to Episcopal High School senior, Courtney Crawford who solicited donations to provide art supplies to some of my most deserving student artists at Central Riverside Elementary.  Each student wrote about their passion for the arts to earn their gift. Courtney started her own non-profit, Creative Canvases for Kids to support arts education. Much thanks to this inspiring your lady, Courtney Crawford. 

A Special Gift: Cummer In The Classroom

This year has brought CRES many blessings such as Cummer in the Classroom, a museum outreach program that allows our students and their families free access to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. 

CRES students take free field trips to receive curriculum based museum tours
at least twice per school year. Every student is provided a pass to the museum so that they may visit outside of school time with their families. This amazing program allows our students confidently step off the bus and walk through the Art Connections entrance with pride and familiarity, exclaiming “Hey, I’ve been here before! I love the Cummer Museum!” 

The learning continues with classroom visits with Museum Educator, Dulcie Hause, who  provides excellent arts education. Our Students become familiar with artwork and vocabulary when they are at school so they are prepared for their museum visit.  

Our entire school family benefits from Cummer in the Classroom. CRES teachers are offered professional development opportunities, lesson plans and free family passes to the museum.

We are so thankful to The Cummer Museum for including us in this wonderful program.

Learn more about the Cummer Museum at http://www.cummermuseum.org/ .

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.

The students were very willing to share their illustrations and describe how each color represented someone or something that was important to them.

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.