in.a.finch.

The River That Flows Both Ways

The River That Flows Both Ways, 2009

Moonlight (Venice, March 10, 2009)

Moonlight (Venice, March 10, 2009), 2009

Moon Dust (Apollo 17)

Moon Dust (Apollo 17), 2009

White (Niagara Falls obscured by mist, April 17th, 2006 5:30pm)

White (Niagara Falls Obscured By Mist, April 17, 2006 5:30 PM), 2006

 Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch utilizes light and colour in his installations to re-create moments of “light”. Most of his pieces specify a certain time and place in which he is attempting to re-create the light of that specific moment.

I recently used Finch’s work as an inspiration for my science class that I teach to 2 year olds. Even as young as they were, the students really began to experiment and think about how light and colour effect the way we visually interact with our environment.

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s’now.big.deal.

Oh my gosh. Can I just say I am so excited for what you are about to see? Seriously, I’m giddy.

In my Arts in the Elementary School course I took this term we had to make a stop-motion animation film–complete with story boards, backdrops, characters, everything. This is the result of 3 hours of hard work (I don’t want to give away the story just yet because you have to watch it!)

Maybe I’m obsessed because I thought it was so amazing–we seriously took over 400 frames to make this not-even-a-minute long clip–but I watched it probably five times on the camera when we made it. I was super impressed how our transitions turned out because when actually doing them I didn’t think it would look so great.

For those of you who didn’t get it… a synopsis: our story is entitled Efforts in Futility, where our protagonist is a snowman whom is self built. After an arduous journey he reaches his unintended final destination–to obtain a canonical carrot nose from a satirical “Pole” Foods grocery–where he melts before he is complete.

Complex, right? If you check out asteelpdx‘s account on youtube, you’ll find other groups who created films for the class as well. One of my personal favourites is theadventure: in which a man on a boat is swallowed by a whale, and it shows his adventures within the cavernous interior of said whale. They’re all great though, so watch them!

Enjoy!

swoon.

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swoon vs. cyclone, Brooklyn Museum

Today my post is actually something I have to do for school, but it was pretty amazing and inspiring so of course I had to share.

For my Art in the Elementary School Studio class we’ve been divided up into small groups and asked to research an artist to theoretically introduce to elementary-aged students and present ways in which to integrate the art with other subjects relevant to the students, as well as the artist.

So pretty easy right?  Haha, well… with the artist my partner and I are doing our research on, it is.

“Callie” Curry aka Swoon is an amazing Floridian turned New York street artist. Utilizing blockprinting and wheatpasting as her main medium, Swoon creates beautiful images of the people around here. (For a more in depth description of her work and intentions visit Philagrafika 2010)

We’re basing our research off of this clip, which along with the website mentioned above, I believe give a pretty great summation of what everyone is Swoon-ing over.

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Hand Plate

The sweet hand plate above is from Ardayclay (sorry it’s sold out!)

 

So as aforementioned in a few of my posts, my posting schedule has to change for some pretty cliché reasons, but I’ll still explain my way to redemption.

For those that don’t know (or haven’t read my i.am. page… ahem, yes you) I work at the Portland Children’s Museum as an Early Childhood Education instructor plus I’m attending Portland State University for my Masters degree in Arts Education with 45 hours of practicum to fulfill at Sunnyside Environmental School.

Needless to say I’m just a little bit busy, but definitely in a good way. Unfortunately that means that blogging has to be left for Sundays when I’m not working, schooling, or practicum-ing it up. Don’t be sad though because this means that I’ll actually have a posting schedule where-as before I would just randomly post whenever I could. Yay for organization!

 

 

peanut.

via *Peanut

Back-to-school came so suddenly it feels. I knew it was coming, but actually getting back into it seems like such an abrupt process. Especially being on a new campus, I definitely feel like a newbie.

Needless to say my posting schedule will change. Between work and school I’ll be a busy lady, but I’m hoping to blog more frequently than not. Not to worry, I will still post beautiful little gems like this image from *Peanut.

bug.a.boo.

Today starts off “Insect Week” at camp. I normally try to do crafts with the kiddies that corresponds with the theme, but I’m not a big bug-lover.

Fortunately! I found these sweet little origami butterflies on Etsy

Origami Butterflies in Shades of Yellow

Which inspired me to make some butterfly mobiles with the little ones. Photos to come later of how the project turns out.

big.news.

I am so excited.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen the Portland metropolitan area as their third partner community for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8. The program will use existing resources of four Portland-area school districts currently collaborating in The Right Brain Initiative (Gresham-Barlow, Hillsboro, North Clackamas, and Portland), along with those of local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center to create a plan for arts education specific to the community. The partnership will be coordinated locally by The Regional Arts & Culture Council.

The Regional Arts and Culture Council

This is such great news: Great news for Portland Public Schools, The Right Brain Initiative, Portland artists the Regional Arts and Culture Council, plus the Kennedy Center.

I did a job shadow with the great people at The Right Brain Initiative/Young Audiences office late this March and I fell in-love with their organization, which is partly why I’m so excited about this new initiative  between the Kennedy Center, RBI, RACC and Portland Public schools.

The Right Brain Initiative (RBI) is a non-profit organization that has created a partnership between public schools, local governments, businesses and foundations, and the cultural community which launched its programming in Portland area classrooms in January 2009. The program’s goal is to achieve a measurable impact on learning by integrating the community’s arts and cultural resources into the education of every K-8 student in the Portland metropolitan region’s school districts. The Right Brain Initiative is a project of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, with Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serving as Implementation Partner. For more information visit www.TheRightBrainInitiative.org, or their blog RBI

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was founded in 1971 with the intent to “contribute to the human spirit,” serve as a memorial to President Kennedy and functions as the nation’s busiest arts facility. By promoting and nurturing young artists and new works, creating performances and broadcasts, the center is also the nation’s leader in arts education. Their art program Any Given Child attempts to provide an equitable art and culture aspect to a child’s education by combining the resources of school districts, local arts foundations and the Kennedy Center.

I personally believe that arts education is fundamental to any child’s standard education. Organizations like the Kennedy Center and RBI have put these programs into place because studies show that an education rich with art and culture improves overall material retention in the classroom, as well as improved literacy. Check out RBI’s progress report, their first year evaluation of their implemented program in the schools, for a closer look at the effects of just a week long arts program on students learning.