Wednesday, September 25, 2013

FLIPPLING the Art Classroom

You might be asking yourself what the title "Flipping the Art Classroom" means...

Glad you asked! With our shorter 47 minute classes this year, I want to maximize your studio time (the time in which you create artwork). WE ARE ARTISTS! Artists want to CREATE! In order to do this, classroom procedures are going to change. Drumroll please...

Lets discuss the "Flipped Classroom" model. Please take a moment to look at these images. Study them. Think about them. What do they mean to you? What could they mean for our classroom? (Click to enlarge).

Think you know what a "Flipped Classroom" is now? Let me explain further. Instead of lecturing about a particular artist, style, or technique, I will ask that you read about them, view slide shows, watch demonstration videos, look at past student samples, and more, ON YOUR OWN TIME (this is key). :) Many of you have devices or access to a home computer. All information will be located on our class website or blog. You can use Edmodo to communicate and collaborate with your classmates to LEARN the information. When you come to class we can have a brief discussion and then you're ready to START! Sound simple? It is, but it will take a bit of getting used to. In order for this to be successful, and to maximize studio time, you must be a self-motivated learner. This is a skill you will need in your other classes, in high school, in college, and the real world. :) Don't be afraid to ask questions about something you don't understand or something you want more information about. I'm always here and HAPPY to help.

If you do not have access to a computer, please let me know that you need to access my computer or a media center computer to catch up on the information. I can even let you look at it a day early (if it's ready to view).

Come to class next week prepared with any questions or concerns about this FLIPPED CLASSROOM model. :) I look forward to hearing what you think! Parents/guardians, I'd love to hear what you think as well. Write down questions with your student and we will discuss in class.

Monday, September 23, 2013

EDMODO in NeelsArtRoom

Edmodo is a wonderful resource for collaboration so let's use it! Here are some ways my students can use Edmodo in NeelsArtRoom. Please read the expectations first.

Expectation #1: You must write in a professional manner. Correct punctuation and complete sentences are a must. 
Expectation #2: All posts must be school appropriate. Discipline steps will apply if posts are inappropriate.
Expectation #3: EDMODO is a NO MEANNESS ZONE! All comments and criticism must be POSITIVE. 

We are a team of artists in NeelsArtRoom. Let's collaborate on Edmodo in these ways:

1. Communicate with your classmates about projects, classwork (missed or misunderstood). 
2. Virtual critiques (these will always begin IN class).
3. Post your own artwork (artwork completed on your own time). Your classmates May comment (just like we would during an in class critique to analyze and judge your piece.
4. Turn in sketchbook assignments. Take a photo and click "TURN IN"
5. Stay up to date on NeelsArtRoom blog posts. You are expected to read them when they are updated.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Like ART? I hope so!

Stop by Artomatic in downtown Frederick to see some of my own artwork!
The address is 115 E. Church Street. (Room 30) 

Over 350 artists are displaying their work in this building. You don't want to miss this amazing art exhibit...A few of your fellow classmates also have last year's art in the same room. AWESOME!

Visit for more information.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Artist Portfolios

Portfolios are a necessity in the art studio. These student portfolios exhibit creative lettering techniques. 6th graders learn about graffiti lettering, 7th grade students show off their knowledge of themes and 8th graders put their block letters into one-point perspective. 

  7th grade in progress...

  8th grade in progress...

6th grade in progress...


Monday, September 16, 2013


Elements of Art: 
Line, Shape, Color, Form, Value, Texture, Space
Principles of Design: 
Emphasis, Pattern, Rhythm, Unity/Harmony, Balance, Proportion, Movement, Variety

All artwork is made up of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Over the course of this year, we will discuss how the elements and principles relate to each and every piece of art we create. Below you will find a link to my Evernote document showcasing some of these vocabulary terms. You may use this document as a resource and study tool during projects and self-evaluations.

Elements of Art & Principles of Design

Do you like interactive websites? Click HERE to explore the elements of art.

Stay tuned for more blog posts containing study tools and resources...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Issues with Edmodo?? PLEASE READ!

There have been several issues with signing onto Edmodo. I think the biggest issue is that students incorrectly type their username or password when REGISTERING. When they try to sign back in it is not recognized. To overcome this issue, please RE-REGISTER at the very beginning with a NEW USERNAME and NEW PASSWORD. You also can not enter the same email address. If this doesn't work, please contact me.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Using Edmodo in the Art Classroom

Using EDMODO in Visual Art

In this post, I hope to clarify, provide information, and answer your questions about Edmodo use in the Visual Art classroom. Visit Edmodo for more information.

I intend to use Edmodo to create a collaborative classroom community where we can communicate about assignments, preview techniques, view PowerPoint presentations, critique artwork, involve parents/family, and even turn in sketchbook assignments. The possibilities are endless with Edmodo. Getting signed in may be the most difficult part for someone who is unfamiliar with this website and app. I have attached a link HERE that should help explain the process of getting connected (you will be directed to my class website).

I want to create a 21st century art classroom where we collaborate and connect with each other outside of class as well to expand our creativity. This can be done using Edmodo. I highly encourage all of my students to become familiar with the tools and features on their own and come to class with questions. I plan to host ELT Q&A sessions for students having trouble or anyone who needs to use Edmodo on MY classroom computer due to issues with internet/computer access at home. This can take place during ELT (or during studio time if needed). 

Please contact me via email with any questions @ 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Name Sculptures Take Over!

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Name Sculptures

We dove right in to a 3-d sculpture project! Students demonstrated prior knowledge of the ELEMENTS OF ART and put their problem solving skills to the creative test!