Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Art, curriculum and the grading process!!!

Last year, I wrote an in depth blog post on my philosophy of grading and the teaching of art, which is still pertinent.  To read on click here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Conferencing/Connecting/Open house!

What a strange year it has been in terms of transitions!  With a new art teacher, as well as a new administration, we have been working to streamline and rearrange communications and "open house" days, etc.  I believe more change is in store for next year :)

I would love to meet and connect with you all and therefore will be having "open house" hours in the art room next week--feel free to swing by, say "hi" and talk.   If I am not in my room, I will be next door working on communications/blogging and art shows with my fellow art teachers.

I will be available:

Tuesday Oct 24, from 4:30-6:30 and Wed, Oct 25 and Thurs Oct 26, from 3-4:30.  I hope this works for some of you!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Project number 1: Artbooks!

Project number 1 in the artroom:  completed (or mostly.  Some are demonstrating amazing perserverance and focus in finishing stellar books)!  Students created artbooks about themselves.  The 6th grade completed theirs in the style of a CHINESE PUZZLE BOOK (complete with secret compartment that I don't understand), and 7th graders executed 3-dimensional TUNNEL BOOKS.  I never cease to be amazed by the time, effort, and creativity they pour into their work.  The process required thoughtful planning: mapping how it will be made and where everything will go, prepping paper/backgrounds, working on foregrounds, and then building the books--a huge endeavor for a first project.  They really are amazing!  Swing by: they are in the display case by the artrooms and also in the library.  I snapped a few shots below:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


A quick little blurb about Artsonia:

Sorry I haven't gotten more information out to you sooner.  I commend many of you for being vigilant and not signing up for something without following up on it.  Artsonia is legitimate, and is a wonderful tool for art teachers and students to share their artwork--Its a program in which students upload their work to their portfolios and you as parents can access their work.  You then can order some great things with their artwork on it and the proceeds go to the school's art program.  Our new fabulous art educator introduced to it--she's been successfully using it for a decade at her old school.  I am still in the process of exploring how we will use it at the middle school level, but will put it into the hands of the students and have it be their (and their parents) choice as to how much they will use it.   

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the Art Room for the 2017-18 school year.  We are deep into our first art challenge of creating artbooks that tells an aspect of our own STORY--the 6th grade making Chinese Puzzle books, and the 7th grade making tunnel books.  These books allow for a lot of freedom in media choice and in going in student driven directions.  I am excited to see where the students take them.

Why start there?!  The theme for this year, as in every year, is story and how to tell our own story visually.  In 6th grade we discuss and explore the idea that although there are multiple narratives throughout history and cultures in the art world, oftentimes these multiple narratives get overlooked in favor of the traditional Western European Art narrative.  We spend 6th grade trying to explore every narrative but that one in order to see other "stories."  In 7th grade we start to interact more with the idea of how these stories build and inform other stories.

And, of course, this idea of story is mostly explored through MAKING and the Artist's Process. We make art, we discuss art, we plan, practice, create, refine... and then present.  I work hard to display student work, and also they keep EVERY FINISHED PIECE in a portfolio in their google drives.  Ask to see their portfolio some time.

I'm excited to start telling this year's STORY with the students.  Questions, comments, trials or tribulations?!  Feel free to contact me, Carin Lilly, clilly@cvsdvt.org

Monday, June 12, 2017

Zig zag juxtapositions!

2 drawings in one, sliced up and arranged in an accordian pattern--look from one way and see one artwork, look from the other side and see another.  These drawings needed to show some sort of visual contrast.

Soccer players:

Geometric vs organic:

Animals and color:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A little color for you on this gray day

Endangered Species Clay faces!

During the months of March and April, 6th and 7th graders embarked on a giant clay project:  each student created a clay face from an endangered animal of their choosing.  They used additive and subtractive methods of building with clay- shaping, sculpting and carving.  Once the clay was bisque fired, they jumped into painting and color mixing, and then used acrylic paints to paint their animal.  They could go realistic or be inspired by folk art animals. We had lemurs, dugongs, Asian elephants, sloths, river dolphins, red pandas... and some animals I had never even known of.  And as we went along, each of these pieces took on a life and personality of their own--they came to life.

The whole process was one that took immense attention to detail, patience and thoughtfulness.  And the results are stunning.  Students should be so proud.   Some stellar samples are below.  Meet these fun characters that were made to educate others about conserving and supporting.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Conferencing in Art

This spring, I would like to do something a little different.  Your child will present their portfolio of work and talk a little about what they've learned in art class and where they would like to go next with their learning.  I will be available after school from 3-4:30 Mondays in March.  Drop me an email at clilly@cssu.org to set up a time to meet.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

REVOLUTION: worth fighting for!

A giant collaborative project based off the work of Shepard Fairey, whose work is influenced by the style of traditional revolutionary propaganda posters.  Students took digital portraits and used the pixlr app to stylize their work after his or revolutionary posters.  The 7th graders then did a four color reduction block print of their photos.   The 6th graders created block prints answering the question:  What is worth fighting for?

A small group of students then came in and combined the words and images in order to leave a powerful visual statement of portraits and words.