We begin yet another exciting year here at Windsor. What makes it even more exciting is that we're back in the Art Room! With all the temporary chaotic changes last year during construction, it's time to get back into the "Art Zone." To help us with this we will be focusing on learning to be present and getting grounded.
Students listened to the story, "What Does it Mean to be Present?" We discussed what it truly means to be present and why this is important in not only the art room, but life! After the story we did a meditation exercise to help us get our minds and bodies ready for art. Then we spent the rest of class making art!
It's been a very exciting week back in the art room. Kindergarteners are learning the ropes, while the primary grades and intermediate grades dive into special projects. The primary grades listened to Ms. K read the story "Schools First Day of School," by Adam Rex. We then talked about how in the story some students made choices that affected the school in a negative way. We want to make sure nothing like that happens to Windsor this year, so we drew pictures of Windsor and wrote letters to Windsor saying what we will do to take care of Windsor this year.
While the primary grades work on their Windsor pictures, the intermediate grades are getting started on a game. Based off Pokemon Go, we will be having a Wildcat Go. The older students are working in teams to create unique Pokemon that will have to be hunted and caught throughout Windsor during our fall Wildcat Way Walkabout. The Pokemon will be located in areas specific to the Wildcat Way and will help remind the students of the expectations in those areas. It should be a lot of fun!
I can't speak for every art teacher, but I can tell you what I did over the summer! In June, Arlington Heights School District entered the Frontier Days parade float contest for the first time ever. I helped design and make the float, and we won! I also taught a delicious art class at South for summer school, and took some classes of my own. My classes weren't quite as fun, but I finally earned my Masters degree. I also went to the beach a lot, swam in my pool, and hunted Pokemon. I can't wait to hear how you spent your summer! Don't forget to check my Twitter (https://twitter.com/mskartroom) to see all the amazing things that get created in the art room this year.
I was so happy to see many Wildcat artists at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Art Show last night. Thank you for all of your hard work! The District 25 Art Show will be on display until the end of May, so be sure to stop by and take a look at all the talent. You can view my Twitter post from the event here: https://twitter.com/mskartroom/status/728408766287335426