Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Greek to Me!

In September, my Art Adventure students learned about Greek pottery and mythology. After a visit to the galleries at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to view samples of Greek pottery from the Museum's permanent collection, the students returned to the studio to create a collage Greek pottery still life in their own interpretation. This short instructional video deepens instruction and gives my student some background knowledge to be successful in their assignment.

Art beyond Sight: Self Portraits with Wiki Stix

This is the short instructional video I created to support the lesson taught last week in Art Adventures. My students celebrated Art Beyond Sight Month by creating a contour drawing self portrait using Wiki Stix (wax covered string) to allow those of low vision to see the art with their hands.

Please read the next post below for more details and pictures featuring my Art Adventures students as they try to experience making and sharing art as if they were blind.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Art Adventures: Texture Exploration

Every 2nd Saturday of each month I teach a children's art class at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens called Art Adventures for ages 6 - 12 years of age. This month we celebrated Art Beyond Sight month. My students learned to "see with their hands" in a touch tour of Art Connections to experience how someone of limited vision might see art.
After this experience, they returned to the studio where they created a wax string contour drawing of a self portrait. They were encouraged to return home with their artwork and share what they learned with a friend or family member.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Greetings from Mrs. Woodlief, Museum Educator

"You can't keep a good blogger down!" So, upon retirement from a 34 year long career as an art educator teaching at the elementary level for Duval County Public Schools, I also retired my blog, For four years, it was a very successful tool used to communicate with my students' parents and my art education colleagues. It was a way I could showcase my students' work and share my school's successes. Now that I am in a new career as a museum educator at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, I have found the need to create a new tool to communicate with my students and their stakeholders as well as document my new adventure.