Beautification Day: Spring Edition

Hello!! Sorry for the gap in posts!

We have been wildly busy creating art of all kinds and working with a guest artist in the classroom! Before you get a peek at the artwork we’ve been creating, we wanted to show you a few pictures from our school’s spring beautification day!! This past Friday, April 10th we rolled up our sleeves and got to work outside the classroom, weeding and replanting our classroom flower bed!

Enjoy the pictures and come by to see our new and improved school grounds!!

Early morning weed pulling...note the overgrown flower bed!

Early morning weed pulling…note the overgrown flower bed!

Mimi isn't afraid to get her hands dirty!

Mimi isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Notice the huge pile of weeds behind Eric!

Notice the huge pile of weeds behind Eric!

Showing off those dirt covered/hard working hands!

Showing off those dirt covered/hard working hands!

We're getting there...pull by pull

We’re getting there…pull by pull

Karen and Amber working together to pull the last few weeds

Karen and Amber working together to pull the last few weeds

Our landscape team coming to the rescue with some gardening tools!

Our landscape team coming to the rescue with some gardening tools!

A crew of helpers arrived!

A crew of helpers arrived!

Brandon leading the team!

Brandon leading the team!

No dirt left unturned....

No dirt left unturned….

Mimi supervising the crew

Mimi supervising the crew

She's not sure about all that dirt yet...

She’s not sure about all that dirt yet…

Cameron trying his hand at some gardening work...

Cameron trying his hand at some gardening work…

Courtney sifting the dirt through the screen table

Courtney sifting the dirt through the screen table

Final touches on the mulch layer

Final touches on the mulch layer

And done!

And done!

We can't wait to watch these ferns grow!

We can’t wait to watch these ferns grow!

Art Roll Project: Our first BIG outdoor art event!!!

Friday, September 12th marked Beautification Day at Alden Road, but it was also the day of our first-ever outdoor art event: The Art Roll Project!!

Although there were storms everyday earlier in the week, we enjoyed a hot, sunny, and dry day on Friday for this large group project!

Classes around the school were able to sign up for time slots to join the regularly scheduled art classes in this large printmaking project in which we used pogo stampers (large stamps made from spring loaded pogo-like sticks), large print rollers and wheelchairs to paint paper and fabric spread out on the basketball court.

The result: one HUGE colorful art piece!!!

Enjoy the pictures featured here of this special day! *We’ll have more pictures posted soon, but hopefully these will peak your curiosity!

We are looking forward to this Thursday, the 18th which is our Open House!

All set up, now it's time for paint!

All set up, now it’s time for paint!

A bit later in the morning...

A bit later in the morning…

Our first testing of the large print roller with the wheelchair attachment...

Our first testing of the large print roller with the wheelchair attachment…

A student and I testing out the large roller that attaches to the front of a wheelchair...

Another student testing out the large roller…

Making a wide turn...

Making a wide turn…

and making sure we hit the corners!

and making sure we hit the corners!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Our lovely art assistant!

Our lovely art assistant!

Camera shy, but using the wheelchair as a painting tool!

Camera shy, but using the wheelchair as a painting tool!

One of the art classes hard at work!

One of the art classes hard at work!

A student using our large print roller!

A student using our large print roller!

Another student using the large print roller, while stylin in her sunglasses.

Another student using the large print roller, while stylin in her sunglasses.

Time for a paint refill on the large print roller!

Time for a paint refill on the large print roller!

Who needs expensive painter's booties when we have recycled plastic bags?!

Who needs expensive painter’s booties when we have recycled plastic bags?!

Another student ready to get to work on this hot, sunny day!

Another student ready to get to work on this hot, sunny day!

This student drove her chair (carefully) all over the canvas while adding her large print to the piece!

This student drove her chair (carefully) all over the canvas while adding her large print to the piece!

A wide shot of the full scene...

A wide shot of the full scene…

The final product!

The final product!

Another look at the final product!

Another look at the final product!

This massive piece has since been cut into smaller, frame-size pieces. Be on the lookout for this work to show up in various forms around the school!

Beautification Day is this Friday!

This week we make our final preparations for our first big art event of the year: the Art Roll Project!

The plan for this project is to use the basketball court outside as a large painting area. The court will be covered in paper and fabric which we will then roll (using both wheelchairs and print rollers that can be pushed while walking) and stamp with the print designs created in class! The effect will be large pieces of layered paintings incorporating multiple colors and designs.

Ten classes are scheduled to participate throughout the day. We can’t wait to see what is created on this exciting day!

A peek at some of the small and large foam prints ready for the Art Roll Project!

A peek at some of the small and large foam prints ready for the Art Roll Project!

A tall stack of round foam designs for our pogo stampers ready for the Art Roll Project!

A tall stack of round foam designs for our pogo stampers ready for the Art Roll Project!

The Start of a New School Year

We moved a few things around in the art room...and added some items like this portfolio cabinet to store our art!

We moved a few things around in the art room…and added some items like this portfolio cabinet to store our art!

Welcome to a new year in the Alden Road art class! The second week of school just ended and we haven’t posted yet because we’ve been so busy!! We promise to do better in the coming weeks!

Part of our class library moved to the entrance of the room, along with our stash of drawing paper and newspaper...

Part of our class library moved to the entrance of the room, along with our stash of drawing paper and newspaper…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far this year we have studied lines, shapes and patterns as well as Kandinsky and Mondrian. We have also begun to create t-shirt rugs for the upcoming Fall Fest Market Day (October 17th)!

Paper collage styled after modern artist, Mondrian created during our line study unit.

Paper collage styled after modern artist, Mondrian created during our line study unit.

One of two shape mural collages created by Mrs. Huffman's homeroom during our shape study unit. Now we just need to find a place to display it!

One of two shape mural collages created by Mrs. Huffman’s homeroom during our shape study unit. Now we just need to find a place to display it!

The second shape mural created by Mrs. Huffman's homeroom.

The second shape mural created by Mrs. Huffman’s homeroom.

A student's pattern pieces made from scrapbook paper.

A student’s pattern pieces made from scrapbook paper.

Another patterned piece.

Another patterned piece.

One of our new t-shirt rugs...

One of our new t-shirt rugs…

We have several rugs in progress with many color combinations!

We have several rugs in progress with many color combinations!

The first BIG art event of the school year is coming up on Friday, September 12th. This is Beautification Day at Alden Road. On Beautification Day, we will be taking our art projects outside!
The art class will be turning the basketball court into a painting and printmaking surface on Beautification Day for the “Art Roll Project.”

Some of the supplies we'll be using for the Art Roll Project!

Some of the supplies we’ll be using for the Art Roll Project!

We will be creating large paintings using pogo stampers, wheelchairs and large rolling printmaking equipment that can be pushed or attached to wheelchairs and rolled around on the canvas. We are CRAZY excited for this event and have already begun some of the prep work! Pictured here are peeks at some of our work so far and a glimpse at the equipment that will be used for the Art Roll Project.

A special thank you to The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for letting us borrow some of this incredible equipment!
We can’t wait to get started and to see what else this year brings! Visit our blog often for updates, pictures of our work, upcoming events or posts about events and resources for how visual art and therapeutic arts can benefit you!

Beautification Day (week) at Alden Road!

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This week was packed full of projects, activity and Beautification Day! Beautification Day is a school-wide project aimed at beautifying this wonderful place from the inside out! For the art class this meant recreating the bed outside from a mess … Continue reading