Week 14 Weekly Blog Post

Choose a short musical selection.

A. I hear many Instruments, including tambourine, piano, drums, and some sort of brass piece. I can infer this piece is a christmas song, it evokes a communication with dancing such as “jingle,” it eludes to frosty air, and a sleigh. This gives me an image of christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. Reminds me of cold weather, dancing around with family and loved ones and enjoying the holidays.

B. I seem to pay more attention to the different kinds of instruments used now. When I typically listen to songs I never follow the different instruments used, but this time I am. It’s almost giving me more of a picture in my head, its setting the stage full of christmas cheer.

Visual Art. Choose a painting, poster, or reproduction of a piece of visual art.

A. My initial reaction of the piece, I was astonished. It is so beautiful yet has such a deep meaning.

B. The lines, the circles, the different colors, the vibrant colors, the neutral colors, the square and circle pattern in the background, the “reflection of the woman,” the woman’s hair, the way the hand reaches through the mirror, she looks pregnant (especially because there is a circle in her stomach area sticking out)?, the way her face is split in half in 2 different colors, the mirror looks oval shape, one hand is pressed up against the mirror, only the reflection has the color blue, eyes are different, body shape is different, arm looks like its supposed to extend into the real reflection but doesn’t, there is more of a variation of colors in the reflection, more green in the original side, and her face is at a different angle in the reflection.


Week 13 Weekly Blog Post

Go into your kitchen. What are all the connections you can make to math with things found in the kitchen? What are all the connections you can make to art with things found in your kitchen? How many connections incorporate math and art? Can any of them exist without one another? 

Math: refrigerator temperature F or C, measuring cups, ounces, weight, and cost of food.

Art: I believe cooking is simply an art form.

In order to cook or to create the art you need to incorporate math. Math is everywhere in a kitchen and it is inescapable. You need those measurements to follow a recipe and make the food. And when one is done cooking that art form is added to the fridge which is regulated by math.


Week 12 Blog Post

What organizations/entities do you think would want to collaborate in order to help facilitate the students’ perspectives? I would ask some artists to come in and explain how art relates to math, whether it’s dealing with shapes, angles, or symmetry.


What experiences have you had in the past either as a learner or an instructor with other organizations in terms of integrating art into the K12 curriculum? As an instructor I have experienced integrating arts into K12 by teaching STEM, by doing this we were able to teach students lessons by using art in PE.

Week 11 Weekly Blog Post

List all  of the potential arts connections in your community. What sources might you tap in addition to the ones on your initial list?

Museums, Teachers, Murals, Street art, VMFA, ICA, children’s museum, science museum, Performing art centers.

I would ask around for connections into another art community or other resources.

If you had access to an opera singer, what might you ask him or her to do in your classroom? How about a ballet dancer? A rapper? A graffiti artist? A bluegrass violinist? a Potter?

Opera singer: I would what motivates them and inspires them to sing.

Ballet Dancer: I would ask for them to create a dance that incorporates learning into the classroom.

Rapper: I would ask them to create a rap about an SOL topic in our classroom.

Graffiti Artist: I would ask them to explain what inspires them.

Bluegrass Violinist: I would ask them to explain what is special about a “bluegrass violinist.”

Potter: I would ask them to explain where clay originates and the history of  potting.

Week 10 Weekly Blog Post

  1. When you assess your students’ work, for whom is the assessment meant (yourself, the student, parents, or principal)? When I am teaching I feel that the assessment is meant for myself and the students. Assessment allows students and teachers to grasp the important concepts in the subject. But it also challenges the students “of what constitutes a ‘lower-‘ or ‘higher-functioning’ student.”
  2. What role do your students play in assessing their own work? This allows students to grasp their better understanding, it documents “the students world of contemplation and exploration.”
  3. To what extent do you vary the assessment tools in your classroom? When I am teaching tools that I will use in classroom will vary from student to student. But overall I want to make tools available to help better the students understanding through art instead of just the means of the english language. Those students that are typically more shy or lower achieving will get the opportunity to excel in the arts.

Week 8 Blog Post

How are art forms a kind of language?  In your opinion, what is the best mode for “playing with language”?  What is your preferred way to learn new language skills?  How can you adapt an art form to teach literacy while still adhering to a specific SOL?

Art form is a kind of language, it is a form of communication that goes beyond just written language or speaking. It’s channeling a different form that is activated from a different part of creativity. In my opinion the best mode for “playing with language” is that form that fits to the individual students the best. Some students find the form of singing the material easier, while others find art devices to help them learn. I personally really enjoy a catchy song to help the students memorize or learn the information. Being able to use that art form to adapt to a specific SOL isn’t tricky. Once you have a tune (try your best to make it a tune students know well), find a topic, be creative and have the students pitch in. Say our topic is math and we are learning PEMDAS, create a song that goes in the order of parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Now you have a song, but don’t forget the chorus!

Week 7 Blog post

  1. What are three ways in which you explore topics in science WITH the arts?Finding a leaf and having the students name the different parts. Have students go outside and observe the different colors in nature by writing down what they see. Lastly, exploring the effects of the sun on outdoor figures and what causes it do that.
  2. What are three ways in which you can explore the same topic THROUGH the arts?                                                                                                                                                               Exploring science through the arts is different, it is more interactive and the students create or incorporate arts to learn. Texture rubbing of a leaf to create a picture and label the different parts. Observing the different absorptive qualities of water colors on different materials and comparing those to the colors they saw in nature. Creating sun prints, leaving a certain material in the sun with some sort of figure over it to see if the sun changes the original print.
  3. I first began with the body, creating the head. Then I moved onto the wings, starting with the top section and moving down to the lower section. Next, I did the detail in the wings, that was the most intricate part, being able to keep both of them similar. I wonder how science can create such a beautiful creature from a simple caterpillar. 

Week 6 Blog Post

“Pompeii” Bastille –A conversation between two victims of the great Mt. Vesuvius eruption of 79AD

“Buffalo Soldier” Bob Marley – As the first African American U.S. Army units after the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers were some of America’s unsung heroes.

“Changes” Tupac- Even though slavery and racism have been abolished things will never change and African Americans are still looked down on. This was struggle for many decades throughout the 1900s even transferring into current time.


Week 5 Weekly Blog Post

The author talks a lot about the connection between creativity and student learning, in your opinion, how are intelligence and creativity related?  Are the notions of imagination and creativity captured within any SOLs you have found?  If so which ones, and in what ways?

The notions of creativity and student learning go hand and hand. I believe in any classroom it is essential to implicate both aspects. For young students, creativity is essential in the growth of their minds, being able to have that creativity and learning in the same classroom is important. In relationship to specific content a student might be triggered by that creative process to help himself or herself learn that material even better by making those connections to one another. When it comes to creativity being captured within the SOL I would have never thought the SOL would have any relationship to creativity. Until I began making those connections all the time in real world scenarios. For example, I was walking down the street and I saw an individual ride past me on a bike, I sat there and thought wow that connects to simple machines. I went back home and connected it to many grade levels SOL’s based on that topic, simple machines.

Week 4 Blog Post

What does it mean to be a learner?

A learner is like a piece of abstract art. Not knowing which lines connect and the purpose to this lines but they all go together. Each line or piece of the art is like an experience, so minuscule and small but it belongs to the picture as a whole. Every mistake that is painted back over shows a learners troubled times as they are corrected and forgot about. Abstract art is meant to show it’s simplicity and uniqueness in a messy way. To bring forth that no one or nothing will ever be perfect, but as a whole each piece of art/learner is beautiful in their own way.