MY ART TEACHER BLOG... One of the MANY reasons why I LOVE my job...
SITE PAGES UPDATE!!! You may have noticed new work popping up on the blog. That is because I am doing a massive update on the pages so please don't forget to check back again soon for even more! Students were busy in the third quarter and we have many exciting projects underway for the fourth quarter to finish off the year on a high note!
ABOUT THE ART TEACHER:
My name is Erin Kelly and I teach high school art in upstate New York where I also grew up. This gives me a tremendous amount of pride each day as I return to my old high school to do what I love.
I was lucky to have been encouraged to pursue my passion for the arts from a young age so I strongly believe in the impact art education has on children's lives. It gives them tools to be creative thinkers in the world and see it with a critical lens.
This blog showcases the ongoing work of my students that I started in 2015. My goal is to preserve and share the amazing art done as they delve into the continuously evolving world of creative expression.
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped me to get here!
Welcome to Ms. Kelly’s NEW Art Room at JHS!
This piece of cardboard caught my eye the first day I began teaching art at JHS in 2015, it has a stencil I made in high school 13 years earlier airbrushed on it. It was such an amazing sign sitting right out in art room as if no time had passed.
Our NEW printing press!
I cannot wait to share my passion for printmaking with students. We will be utilizing printmaking across a variety of classes and combining it with different mediums including clay and digital art.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2018
My very sweet first day surprise! Thank you Mrs. Fisk, I learned from the best! ; )
SPECIAL DAY ALL AROUND
BIG FIRST DAY FOR MY SON CHARLIE TOO, HIGH SCHOOL FOR ME AND KINDERGARTEN FOR HIM!
I have been working on setting up various stations around the art room for each class. This sculpture station has an assortment of different materials as well as inspiration photos. Once the gallery space is complete there will be another area set up for the advanced class students, with easels and a critique/discussion area. Digital Art has their own array of technology on it's way and have been getting lots of great shots on the new cameras. Their station has a variety of props, accessories, gadgets and gizmos in what will soon be our Digital Lab. Stay tuned to see more!
A peak at our new gallery space and studio. Not quite done yet but soon we will be able to use it and CANNOT wait!
EXCITING THINGS TO COME HERE!
It is the former courtyard in the D wing just off the art room.
The first time seeing the room after all the stuff was put back in from storage at the end of the summer...
about a week before school started haha!
My son saying what a mess lol.
I saw through the mess to my new art room underneath though!
PAGES FOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES NOW ON BLOG!
Going forward I will be using the pages to showcase the work for my high school classes. Just click on the title up above to see more work of Studio Art, Drawing and Painting, Ceramics and Sculpture, Digital Art, and Advanced Art! Plus pages for our brand new art gallery and my own corner to share things with students, families, and the community. See below to go back at previous years. I am SO very excited that the very first group I had at Warren as an art teacher are now the freshman at JHS and I will continue to know the incoming classes for years to come!
THAT'S A WRAP ON THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!
As bittersweet as it was to leave Warren on the last day, I am excited that I am only going up the hill to be the high school art teacher this fall! I think anyone [and everyone] who knows me knows how excited I am about this. It is a dream come true to be able to teach advanced art making methods and integrate digital art into the curriculum for students of today's world. Of course I had to stop by the art room before leaving for the summer to see the massive construction already underway. Happy Summer!
Bittersweet goodbye to my first art room...Thank you Mrs. Lent and the rest of my Warren family!
ELEMENTARY ART SHOW 2018
Thank you to everyone who came out for our annual Elementary Art Show! It is always SO exciting to see it all come together. Our students are amazing artists. So proud of them! I hope they cherish their art posters for years to come! :)
TEXTILE ARTS WORKSHOP
This is an example I made from a lesson I am doing with a class stitching burlap with colored yarn and they are absolutely amazing! So proud of them!
On our staff development day I also led a workshop for teachers where they tried out this technique and everyone really enjoyed doing it. It's actually very relaxing once you get going with it! I even had a few teachers that asked to bring home the plastic sewing needles so they could do more.
GJSD STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY
ED CAMP 2018
Attention Ed Camp Participants: This is the link for the artist who inspired the lesson we are doing: http://www.elizabethpawle.com In progress student work will be on display as well as hands on individual and collaborative projects to take part in.
WARREN STREET KINDNESS PROJECT: WINTER 2018
In February, educators from Skidmore College’s Tang Museum visited Warren Street to do their suitcase program with the fourth through sixth grade classes in art. Students learned about Nigerian born artist Viktor Ekpuk, who had an exhibit at the Tang where he doodled with chalk all over the black gallery walls during a two week period. Classes watched this condensed down into a one minute time lapse video. After discussing Ekpuk’s art, they created their own small works in his style.
Next the students took what they learned from the visit further to make a display at Warren Street to use as a platform to promote kindness in their school. I got it started with a few quotes and some simple instructions on how to add to it with some brightly colored crayons left out on a desk by it. Students were eager to fill it with uplifting messages and doodles to make us all smile! We all love how it has turned out and helps to strengthen our message of kindness at Warren, especially with all the other projects focused on this as well.
RAINBOW PORTRAIT MURAL: WARREN FALL 2017
CLAY PROJECTS 2017-2018
The students have been very busy in the art room! All of my fifth and sixth grade students made clay projects and glazed them. I can't wait until the art show in May to show off these SERIOUSLY AMAZING little dragons, personal crests, and colorful cups!
Koi Fish Watercolors
Elementary Gelatin Prints
Hand Printed Stationary
This past fall we made each board member a set of hand printed stationary in recognition of School Board Appreciation Week. They recieved a set of cards and envelopes with colorful leaves and flowers printed on them. Students will also showcase their own prints using the process this spring at the art show!
See more about the gelatin printmaking process and a very special project we did in this video made by the students for Board of Education Appreciation Week!
High School Gelatin Prints : 2017
Students used materials that related to the history of Johnstown for this project. These included Knox Gelatin, local maps, blueprints of our schools, leather, and library cards. Students had a blast experimenting with the process while making connections between materials!
My teacher examples for this project
EVENING FOR EDUCATION DISPLAY 2017
Mini Exhibition at Blessed Sacrament School in Albany, 2016
Some favorite projects students did a great job with from last year in 2016-17! Love seeing how they improve from year to year!
This lesson was so much fun! Students used digital photography to record temporary candy sculptures and then learned how to edit the pictures on the computer. The results below are spectacular, especially when you consider that they are made by fourth graders! Their exit ticket for the lesson incorporated Candy Land for another twist on this delightfully playful lesson.