The National Arts Education Association sent us this video in an email this morning. It's a great reminder about how important an arts education is.
My colleague, Emma Beauchamp, and I (Doretta Ruzzier) are looking forward to meeting many parents at Back to School Night on Thursday, 9/8. If you are not able to come and are curious about what your child will be learning In their Art class please check their Google Classroom where you will find the syllabuses for all of our classes.
Please check our blog often as we will be posting students work in progress and finished work. Mr. Finnane will usually alert you to new posts via the weekly WildCat Wrap.
For Your Information:
YES funds credentialed art teachers at every elementary school and Pre-Period 6th Grade Art at White Hill Middle School. YES also funds all art supplies for every art class K-8. The Mission of the district art program is to provide children in Kindergarten through 8th grade with an enriched, developmentally appropriate and challenging art curriculum that inspires creativity and self-expression, builds self-confidence, and develops problem solving and divergent thinking and helps students become lifelong learners. Students become familiar with a variety of art media, tools, techniques, appreciation for and the development of the language of art and develop the ability to employ the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in their work. The program also emphasizes the importance of art in history and contemporary society.
Student art is displayed in a professional manner to honor and celebrate the work of students and present to the community the impact of student learning. Students are recognized as unique individuals with their own ideas, cultural, familial and social values, and are encouraged to make joyful discoveries and connections in their work through this personal lens.
Art Going Home
At the end of the school year we look forward to sending home your student’s artwork in a collection that will show exploration of various media, their process, and their progression of skills throughout the year. During the school year teachers keep the majority of work to be able to assess students’ growth and exhibit the work. One goal of the RVSD Art program is to showcase students art in the community; students get excited and get positive feedback from having their work on display at school and around the community in various exhibits. Student work will occasionally go home for every grade, and each school has an Art Blog showcasing our student’s in-process and finished work which gives an inside look at what is happening in the art room. Please contact your child’s art teacher if you would like to visit the art room or to volunteer. Thank you so much for your support of the YES Foundation!
The following message is now on the YES Website:
"At the end of the school year we look forward to sending home your student's artwork in a collection that will show exploration of various media, their process, and their progression of skills throughout the year. During the school year teachers keep the majority of work to be able to assess students’ growth and exhibit the work. One goal of the RVSD Art program is to showcase students art in the community; students get excited and get positive feedback from having their work on display at school and around the community in various exhibits. Student work will occasionally go home for every grade, and each school has an Art Blog showcasing our student's in-process and finished work which gives an inside look at what is happening in the art room. Please contact your child's art teacher if you would like to visit the art room or to volunteer. Thank you so much for your support of the YES Foundation! "
I am hoping that you have had the chance to look through the wonderful art your child has brought home.
Wishing you all a wonderful, restful and art filled summer!
Doretta Ruzzier & Emma Beauchamp
This is it for the 2015-2016 school year. There has been a whirlwind of activity in the art rooms the past few weeks with finishing work, running the kilns around the clock, and packing up art to take it home. In between I found a few minutes to take some photos of my students' final pieces. In Advanced Studio Art the last 3-D project was to make a sculpture using 100 of the same object. You will see here some of the creative ideas kids came up with. In Ceramics classes students had to make a "Big Idea" project where they created a final work using the hand-building techniques they'd learned, build it 8 inches or bigger, and showed their expertise of technique including good craftsmanship on the glazing. There are also some photos of the "Food project"; for that one students had to recreate a food item in clay realistically. Enjoy and don't get too hungry!
Advanced Studio Art is an elective class for 7th and 8th graders. These paper cuttings were inspired by artist Nikki McClure. Students were challenged to think about negative and positive space and how to remove the negative space while still maintaining the stability of the piece. Look at these images and imagine every colored part is a piece of black that was cut out. Behind the black "web" is a colored paper. The result is a high contrast art work that encourages students to think about the essential image and what feeling or mood it evokes. The word that was added was intended to add meaning and emphasis. Students did a great job gaining expertise with the xacto blades and I am very proud of their results.
For the last few weeks students in Ms. Ruzzier's Ceramic class worked on creating Ceramic Foods. (We have Ceramic class before lunch several days a week and it was hard not to get too hungry as these delightful pieces were being made!)
The art rooms were packed at our annual White Hill Open House on March 31st. If you weren't able to come by here are some photos of the amazing art that was displayed in our art rooms.
Our blog site has been quiet recently because Ms. Emma and Ms. Ruzzier have been very busy preparing for some exciting upcoming events.
March is the month for the annual Ross Valley Student Art Exhibit at the Fairfax Library. See a copy of the flyer below.
Thursday, March 31st is Open House at White Hill and we invite you all to stop by rooms 501 and 502 to see the amazing art our students have been creating this year.
Ms. Emma and her Yearbook and Graphic Art class are working very hard to get the yearbook to the publisher this month. The yearbook will make its debut to the White Hill community in early June.
And thanks to the YES Foundation Ms. Emma and Ms. Ruzzier will be attending the National Art Educators Association annual conference in Chicago this month.
March is a busy month in the WH art rooms and we hope to see many of you at the Fairfax Library and Open House.
In the Sixth Grade Enrichment Art Class students are given a taste of classes they could choose as an elective in 7th and 8th grades. We do a ceramics project to let them see if that would be something that would interest them and also because it is a wonderful medium to expose our students to. My students are seen below working on a pinch pot creature. I will post again after their pieces have been glazed and glaze fired.
Though it was a cold and rainy night the art rooms at White Hill were full of warmth and creativity last Thursday evening. Many families braved stormy weather to join Ms. Emma and Ms. Ruzzier to create art together. Siblings, parents, friends and White Hill students came together for our second annual Family Art Night!