Thursday, March 28, 2019

Blanket Weaving In Process

When the knitting Unit is kicked off, the students really get into knitting. Once they are done with their knitted project, they think they are done with the unit. Then I teach them how to weave their individual strips together to weave blankets. Oh Man. Talk about excitement! The kids really get a sense of satisfaction of their hard work when they get to form the blankets. On average, it takes three 45 minute sessions to weave almost 200 strips into blankets. This year is no different. We should be done weaving our blankets by the end of the day Monday. :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sacramento Blankets for Kids Award

Today, Susan Berbec, from Sacramento Blankets for Kids, came to present to my 8th grade class for the 7th year in a row. Our 8th grade students have been knitting blankets for this organization for a long time, and knitting season is my FAVORITE season of the school year. This year, the organization surprised me with an Award of Dedication along with a Quilt at the presentation. It is an honor to lead my kids through this service-learning project and to have such a strong partnership with this local organization!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

8th Grade Cake Sculptures

Some may see these cakes as simply fun and decorative. Really they are a symbolic project and an example of visualization. 8th Grade Students set a goal, either academic, personal or social. Then, they designed a slice a cake to represent the celebration they would have when meeting that goal. It was very interesting to read the artist statements that accompanied their projects. I think the students took this opportunity for goal setting very seriously. So Proud!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

7th Grade Gets Looney!

Looney Tunes are a GREAT way to hook students into scale drawings. Add oil pastels and KABOOM! Check out these awesome characters. :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Big Day of Reading 2019

One Day. 87 8th Grade Students. 33 Ceiling Tiles. 33 Mural concepts based on Social Justice Books. This is the Big Day of Reading and look what my kiddos created in one school day. :)

Thursday, December 20, 2018

8th Grade Light Painting

8th grade wrapped up the Trick Photography unit with Light painting- the ULTIMATE team building activity. We use only smart devices for this activity. Two apps that were most successful included PABLO and Slow Shutter Cam. If you haven't tried this yet, wait no longer! Get some glow sticks, a dark space, and download those apps!

7th Grade Homeless Micrography Portraits

 Oh My Goodness. I am really overwhelmed with the level of empathy the 7th grade class has demonstrated through this extensive portrait project based on the Sacramento Homeless.

This project was inspired by Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, Doug Winter, and the words from the stories of these unsheltered people.

Friday, December 14, 2018

8th Grade Words in Nature Photography

Leading into winter break, nothing beats an outdoor photography project. This year the weather was crisp and clear and I thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors! Check out these amazing words the students created from images they took around campus.

Friday, December 7, 2018

8th Grade Forced Perspective

Nothin makes me happier than taking the kids OUTSIDE of the classroom for some teamwork and collaboration. Forced perspective if one of those projects that simply forces students to problem solve together, and it's fun, too!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

7th grade Humane Society Collages

The Humane Society was the first advocacy project that the 7th graders took on. Students chose a specific fight to represent with an animal collage created in the style of Deborah Shapiro. Once collages we created, the were published using their hashtags to advocate for each fight. So proud of these collages!





Friday, November 16, 2018

8th Grade Digital Interactions with Animals in the Wild

8th grade kicked off the Trick Photography Unit is this "wild" project inspired by Schoo Middle School Art Department. Although the uses GIMP, we opted for using a couple free apps on the iPad. This was a fun, 2-day project. :)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

8th Grade Embroidered Skulls

I am so proud of the 8th grade class and their stitch work with this project. Sewing is one of my favorite things to teach because there are SO MANY applications of this life-skill.

Friday, November 2, 2018

8th Grade Plaster Sugar Skull Masks

It's always amazing to see the progression of growth mindset students experience when it comes to the process of creating plaster face masks. Understandably, there is fear of the unknown, and the anxiety that comes with that runs high. Trusting another person with your face and breathing capacity is no joke. However, the students more than prevail and feel a huge sense of accomplishment that shines brightly on their completed masks!

Friday, October 19, 2018

7th Grade Skull Prints

These skull prints created by the 7th grade are so cool! I gotta add another printing project to the 8th grade curriculum. Printing is such an engaging process and I would love to have the kids revisit it again.