Correction: Distance Learning Art

Yesterday’s post stated that students will have 40 minutes x 2 a week, allocated to art. My apologies. This was an error.

Grades 1-5 are allocated 20 minutes x 2 a week. Therefore they are expected to spend a total of 40 minutes per week on art.

Students are of course welcomed to spend as much time as they like on their art. The 40 minutes is the minimum requirement. However, they should be helped to manage their time, ensuring they spend the correct amount of time on other subjects too.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Distance Learning: Art

Dear Parents

On Tuesday 17 March, students will bring home their art portfolio. This is the collection of art pieces they have created this school year. Please know this is a working document which they will need for their Distance Learning. Therefore, they should store it safely upon arriving home, and await instructions for the work next week.

From 23rd March, Students will receive activites for art twice a week. Activites are designed for 40 minutes each time. Students may want to, and can, spend more time on their art. However they should of course manage their time with other subjects. Please see here, to know which days they are expected to work on art. The information will come via their classroom teacher. Every time they work on their art, students should document their progress on Seesaw.

Art

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
G1

G5

G3

G2

G1

G4

G3

G5

G4

G2

As mentioned above, please keep the portfolio in an accessible place. Some of the distance learning will probably involve working on, photographing, or reflecting upon the work in the folder. It is therefore, very important to keep until 1 May, as it is important to your child’s art program.

Preparing at home for Distance Learning Art

  • Please help them find a workspace – a kitchen table for example.
  • They have been provided an ‘art pack’ which contains a sketchbook and pencil only. They should try to return this to school in August.
  • Online activities will be created in a way that ensures students only need a pencil and paper. However if there are more art materials such as paints, crayons, markers and larger paper in the house, students are encouraged to use them. This is far more fun and interesting for them!

Thank you for your support in these times. Feel free to email me with any questions on Helen.Arnold@aas.ru

 

 

Open House: 19 August 2019

Welcome back to school! I shall be your child’s art teacher for this school year. Returning students already know me as ‘Miss Helen’. Please be sure to subscribe to the ES Art Blog today. By doing so you will receive a notification via email approximately once a month, of posts which are intended to provide you a deeper understanding of our program, and in turn will allow you more meaningful conversations with your child about his/her learning. Feel free to visit the art room today, to say hello! For now, I provide you with some basic ‘need to know’ information. Wishing you a great school year ahead!

IB PYP Visual Arts Statement

Visual art is integral to the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). It is a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Elementary art classes provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives. The students are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, focusing their attention on the creative process rather than the final product. (IBO)

The ES Visual Arts Program at AAS is created through the (US) National Core Arts Standards, and within the IB PYP Framework.

Scheduling & Reporting

Grades 1-5 come to art once every six day schedule, for one hour. 

School reports are issued in January and June. In Art we follow the (US) National Core Art Standards. These are

  • Create
  • Responding
  • Connecting
  • Presenting

Details of this curriculum can be found at https://www.nationalartsstandards.org

In the January report you may find that only one or two of these Standards have been assessed and reported on. By the end of the school year, you will have received a report on all four Standards.

Being Prepared

“To be creative you actually have to do something.” (Ken Robinson)

There is so much more to art than ‘making’. Two Standards in our art curriculum are Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning

Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. The best preparation for art is the experience of REAL LIFE! We are so lucky in Moscow to have access to an abundance of art exhibitions. Please expose your child to as much possible. In addition to this, the more exposure to cultural events, travel, places of interest, every day play and exploration, strong relationships and the outdoors (just a few examples), the greater the pool of inspiration. There are also plenty of art books, stories about art, stories about artists – all great to include in your home reading, many of which you can find in our school library. If possible, provide a safe space in your home which may spur creativity, complete with scissors, markers, paper, glue, play doh, etc. Model your own interest in art and creativity. It is likely your child will follow. Artists need inspiration and the greatest inspiration comes from real life experience!

Student artwork and Seesaw

Most artwork is stored at school the entire year. It does not come home on a regular basis. The various reasons for this include:

  • It is needed for assessment purposes.
  • It is needed for exhibitions which might happen later in the year
  • It is needed for bulletin boards to not only celebrate student learning, but also inform our community of our learning process.
  • It may be needed for parent/teacher meetings
  • It allows students time to refine unfinished work at a later date

And finally, a portfolio of work which comes home at the end of the year, encourages more meaningful conversation and reflection between student and parent, than when pieces come home sporadically.

If you would like to view your child’s art work at any point in the year, in the art room, you are very welcome to do so. The student may share it with you at any time in the classroom. If you need a specific appointment with me, please email to arrange a convenient time.

Please also note that our approach to art/creativity focusses highly on process over product. It is unlikely that you will see a high number of refined, completed artworks.

SeeSaw: All students will be expected to bring their iPad to art. Seesaw will be used for students to document and present their work. Parents are encouraged to comment in a constructive, positive way to support student learning. Your child’s homeroom teacher will provide more detailed information regards Seesaw

All about me: I am from the UK, and have enjoyed over 20 years international school experience, teaching in Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, Germany, England and now Russia. The majority of my work has been with Elementary School students, in addition to my eight years working in Middle and High School. It’s a small world and I love the strong connections we all make through our multicultural classroom, growing together with deeper understanding, openness and respect for individual and collective qualities within our fabulous international community. Moscow is also such a delight. As I begin my fourth year here, I continue to view the city, it’s art galleries, theatre, concert halls, open air shows, architecture and parks with awe. This is an exciting and beautiful place to be!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at helen.arnold@aas.ru

Fifth Grade: Artist Statements

Next week is the last for Fifth Grade Art for a while. A gallery of completed work shall be posted soon. As part of the Curriculum Standard ‘Create’ students are required to:

Create artist statements using art vocabulary to describe personal choices in art making (Create: Reflect/Refine. Continue: VA: Cr3.1.5a)

As mentioned in previous posts, students have been encouraged to foster the habit of documenting their process via Seesaw. Feedback has been provided to all who have done so, as a means to guide students towards this final task, and encourage the use of art specific vocabulary. A student who is exceeding expectations will speak or write in depth, covering the following areas.

  • the art form
  • in which ways and from whom did they find inspiration
  • an explanation of their use of contrast, movement and space in the work
  • challenges met during the process
  • strategies employed to overcome the challenges met

A handful of students have already completed their Statements. Here are some great examples.

Listen to Soheun 5FR here.

Well done also to Sona 5FS (Link to image and Audio)

and well done to Mikayil 5FS (Link to image and Audio)

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back to School: 2018-19

Welcome back Penguin Artists and Parents: Grades 1-5

Welcome back to school! I shall be your child’s art teacher for this school year. My name is Helen Arnold and returning students already know me as ‘Miss Helen’. Please be sure to subscribe to the ES Art Blog today. By doing so you will receive a notification via email approximately once a month, of posts which are intended to provide you with a deeper understanding of our program, and in turn will allow you more meaningful conversations with your child about his/her learning. Feel free to visit the art room during Open House (Monday), to say hello! For now, I provide you with some basic ‘need to know’ information. Wishing you a great school year ahead!

IB PYP Visual Arts Statement

Visual art is integral to the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). It is a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Elementary art classes provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives. The students are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, focusing their attention on the creative process rather than the final product. (IBO)

The ES Visual Arts Program at AAS is created through the (US) National Core Arts Standards, and within the IB PYP Framework.

Scheduling & Reporting

First Grade come to art once a week for 45 minutes the whole year. All other grades are working on a six week rotation. Grades 2-5 will receive 2 x 40 minute blocks per week for six weeks at a time. I shall be starting the year working with Grades 1,2 and 3, and later, 1,4 and 5.

School reports are issued in January and June. In Art we follow the (US) National Core Art Standards. These are Create, Present, Responding and Connecting. Details of this curriculum can be found at

https://www.nationalartsstandards.org

In the January report you may find that only one or two of these Standards have been assessed and reported on. By the end of the school year, you will have received a report on all four Standards.

Student Art Work & Seesaw

Most artwork is stored at school the entire year. It does not come home on a regular basis. The various reasons for this include:

  • It is needed for assessment purposes.
  • It is needed for exhibitions which might happen later in the year
  • It is needed for bulletin boards to not only celebrate student learning, but also inform our community of our learning process.
  • It may be needed for parent/teacher meetings
  • It allows students time to return to, reflect upon and finish work at a later date 
  • And finally, a portfolio of work which comes home at the end of the year, encourages more meaningful conversation and reflection between student and parent, than when pieces come home sporadically.

If you would like to view your child’s art work at any point in the year, in the art room, you are very welcome to do so. The student may share it with you at any time in the classroom. If you need a specific appointment with me, please email to arrange a convenient time.

SeeSaw: All students will be expected to bring their iPad to art. Seesaw will be used for students to document and present their work. Parents are encouraged to comment in a constructive, positive way to support student learning. Your child’s homeroom teacher will provide more detailed information regards Seesaw during your Open House meeting on Monday.

Being Prepared

“To be creative you actually have to do something.” (Ken Robinson)

There is so much more to art than ‘making’. Two Standards in our art curriculum are:

Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning

Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

The best preparation for art is the experience of REAL LIFE! We are so lucky in Moscow to have access to an abundance of art exhibitions. Please expose your child to as much possible. In addition to this, the more exposure to cultural events, travel, places of interest, every day play and exploration, strong relationships and the outdoors (just a few examples), the greater the pool of inspiration. There are also plenty of art books, stories about art, stories about artists – all great to include in your home reading, many of which you can find in our school library. If possible, provide a safe space in your home which may spur creativity, complete with scissors, markers, paper, glue, play doh, etc. Model your own interest in art and creativity. It is likely your child will follow. Artists need inspiration and the greatest inspiration comes from real life experience!

All about me

I am from the UK, and have enjoyed a over 20 years international school experience, teaching in Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, Germany, England and now Russia. The majority of my work has been with Elementary School students, in addition to  eight years working in Middle and High School. It’s a small world and I love the strong connections we all make through our multicultural classroom, growing together with deeper understanding, openness and respect for individual and collective qualities within our fabulous international community. Moscow is also such a delight. As I begin my third year here, I continue to view the city, it’s art galleries, theatre, concert halls, open air shows, architecture, parks, the river and frequent firework displays with awe. This is an exciting and beautiful place to be!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at helen.arnold@aas.ru

 

 

 

 

 

Third & Fourth Grade: Present

Third Grade: Sharing the Planet, Printmaking Unit, displayed near ES Office

Fourth Grade: Who We Are: Form & Construction Unit, displayed near ES Office

SLC Gallery

Many thanks to all for supporting students in the art room or South Cafeteria today. Herewith some photos of a successful day. If you recognise yourself here and would like an non-blurred version of the photo, please email me at Helen.Arnold@aas.ru   The photos will be kept until next Friday.