An Art Exchange, what’s that?

Have you ever had a pen pal, you know how excited you get when you send out the letter and wait for the return with the answers of all your questions… information about a place far from where you live??   I do, my first pen pal was in elementary school I do not really remember the details but I remember anticipating when that letter would arrive just for me.

Well through the wonders of Twitter, I connected with Erin Eddy, an art teacher at Chatsworth School in New Jersey, who was looking for someone to exchange mandalas.  I responded to her tweet and then she emailed me her plans for the mandalas.

In the meantime, I started working on Mandala designs as a fun unit on radial symmetry in Grade 1/2  and the cultural use of Mandalas in Ms Bonnie’s Grade 4/5 art classes.

After receiving the plans from Erin Eddy, I saw what concepts and designs her students would be using to create their mandalas.  Ours would be a bit different than her students, but they would create a wonderful quilt of color, line and shape when displayed together.

 

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Here is a closer look at some of the sections:

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Here are a few Chatsworth School Mandalas:

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Here are a few of our Voyager Mandalas:

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Cultural Celebration

During academy specials times, students at Voyager Public Charter School took a trip around the world. Equipped with passports and a set itinerary  classes traveled to different countries, cultures, activities and food stops. They could try an art activity, play games, speak different languages, eat snack, and learn about different parts of the world; all thanks to the help of our wonderful parents!

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So much happening at Voyager!

It has been very busy getting ready for the cultural Celebration coming on Friday, March 14th.  Posts have been delayed, so that the big surprise of all the cultural artwork we have been creating across the classes can be revealed this week!

 

Here is a look at our helping with Students Rebuild, Typhoon Haiyan Challenge where we created art to help raise funds to support and rebuild after the typhoon that struck in the Philippines.  For each of the drawings that Students Rebuild gathers, $1 will be donated to Save the Children from the Bezos Family Foundation to restore the schools and homes in the area of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Hayian.

We submitted over 250 drawings and we made their map of contributors!

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If you want more information about Students Rebuild, check out their site.

http://www.studentsrebuild.org/find-challenge/haiyan-challenge

Students Rebuild Map

Art Contests… Interested?

Sometimes art contests are brought to the attention of the Art Teacher or Art Department of a school… well here are two very different art contests that are open to students:

23rd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment

Theme: Food Waste

“Save the Planet- Save Food, Wasting Food is Wasting the Planet”

http://unep.org/tunza/children/documents/23rd%20Painting%20competition.pdf

and

2014 International Aviation ART CONTEST

Theme: “Flying Saves Lives”

http://www.activemerchandiser.com/JQCatalogView.aspx?CatalogOID=158308&SupplierID=404412&OpenPage=1&Format=0&SearchCriteria=&Ticket=&IsLink=true&rand=845531035

If you are interested, let me know and I will help get you more information!

Thanks

Ms Kelli