Friday, September 28, 2012

Abstract Trees Grade 5

Interpretation of a tree, done with oil pastels on black paper. I showed students abstract trees by Piet Mondrian. I showed them how to draw organic shapes that remind us of trees, and discussed the meaning of abstract art. Much more fun than worksheets!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Still Life Collage- 4th Grade

We made these look 3-d by crumpling the paper. Fruit looks like it's falling off table to create tension, like Cezanne!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

How About Investing in Arts for Allentown School Children?

I posted this comment in response to Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's Facebook post about investing in the arts in Allentown during the city's 250th Anniversary Celebration. Our city leaders boast about a multi-million dollar expansion to our Art Museum, an Arts Walk, The Baum School of Art, Symphony Hall, public sculptures, an Arts Park, many arts organizations and groups. The arts are flourishing in Allentown. The wealthy are investing in the arts, while our city school children are being denied the opportunities available to suburban Parkland school children. Why aren't the wealthy philanthropists and business leaders investing in our children? And who is working to pressure legislators into fully funding our schools?

How about investing in Allentown school children? Don't they deserve the same arts education as Parkland? ASD elementary students see a certified art teacher only 9 times per year due to budget cuts, teacher lay-offs, excessive testing- approved by our school board. The legislators found money to fully restore the arts programs in Upper Darby SD, why not Allentown? If the arts are flourishing in our city, they should also be flourishing in our city schools. Our kids deserve high quality arts taught by certified teachers. Parents, don't look the other way on these inequities. Demand fully funded arts programs and a well rounded curriculum for our children.

Photo- Art Club Show, Muhlenberg Elementary School