Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Art/Science #fieldtrip student gallery and YouTube montage #artsed #horry #k12


Our second time has come to go to the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge out in Georgetown, SC.

(You can watch the full video with every photo taken from our trip at the bottom of this post)

About 45 art students from my sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes came along with three Science teachers and a few other parent chaperones to help find the connection between art and science.


The students got to pet reptiles, go on a nature hike and then learn about atmospheric perspective.


We sat around afterwards and hit a little picnic, and it wasn’t too long before they checked out the gift shop and ran around to play freeze tag.


All in all a great time and thank sos much to Mr. Parameter, Mrs. Zuleg and Mrs. Trotta for being so open to incorporate their Science class material into this field trip.

Bwms 8th grade made tutorials to weave plarn with plastic bags and student gallery #artsed #horry #crafts

8th grade bwms art students were challenged by weaving crafts using only recycled goods. Due to the fact there is an abundance of plastic bags in our refills, I heard of these great craft of using plarn, which is basically links of plastic bags woven together to make yarn that can be woven with.


The first time I saw this done, it was on a YouTube video uploaded by Make Magazine. This lady in the video demonstrates the possibilities what can be made by plarn, and also a brief insight into how much garbage is created by these bags

In the past, I used to do the plarn project on a coil basket, where the students would wrap the plarn around a coiled plastic bag. But when I attended a recent arts/crafts festival, one of the local artists was working on a loom and she told me how easy it was for elementary kids to make one on cardboard.  SO I was able to find this great resource on Craft Stylish: How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom.


And since I recently got my IPad2, I wanted to check out the photo/video sharing capabilities. I was able to record a few of the students to explain the project, and to  possibly use their videos as future tutorials for other classes.

Check out the student tutorials below to make your own plarn work:


Plarn bag demo 1:Little British boy demonstrates how to cut plastic bag

One of my bwms students leads a demo on how to take a plastic bag and cut it into loops prior to turning into plarn

Plarn bag demo 2: Little British boy opens bag strips to show loops

My bwms student shows how to take the strips and they open up as loops

Plarn bag demo 3: Turn your loops into a plarn chain

My bwms student shows you how to connect the cut out loops from the plastic bag and start 

linking them together into a plarn chain



Plarn bag demo 4: Wrap plarn around the cardboard loom



One of my bwms art students demonstrates how to take a plarn chain and wrap it around a pre- cut cardboard loom

Plarn bag 5 demo: complete loom and do the first weave

My bwms student demonstrates how to complete the wrapping on the cardboard loom and then start the weaving process with the remaining plarn

Plarn bag demo 6: more detailed weaving

My bwms student gives more detailed instruction on what to do after weaving your first row of plarn and to continue the process through your loom

Plarn bag demo 7: remove woven plarn square from loom

My bwms student shows off a completed woven plarn piece and how to remove it off of the cardboard loom


Plarn bag demo 8: complete the woven plarn square

My bwms student shows how to take the woven work off of the loom and tie the ends so the wont become undone. Our plan next is to take all of the squares and combine them into a much larger bag or possibly a hat









7th grade student gallery of @BigHugeLabs Medieval Movie Posters #artsed #edtech #web20 #history

Since 7th grade BWMS art students are preparing their costumes for our Medieval themed newspaper fashion show, they should know a little something about Medieval artwork.


 To help bridge the connection between art history, social studies and costume design, students got to huge one of the various photo editing tools at Big Huge labs: Movie Poster maker

The site has great resources for teachers, such as creating accounts for your students so they don’t need an email.


If students have access to Facebook, they can also import their pictures from there and create more works of art with the other Big Huge Lab sites.

Check out some of the other works of art that my students made below as they had to imagine themselves as a Medieval movie producer and incorporate a piece of art to attract people to see it.








7th grade student gallery of Mai’Nada Comics Sketch #edtech #web20 #artsed #digitalstorytelling

7th grade BWMS art students got to experiment with the Comics Sketch tool on the Mai’Nada web site. 

I thought this would be a great web site for students to create an illustrated version of their formerlly created comic strips.


Alex’s work


What the site actually does is it records every single “pencil stroke” that is created in the drawing, and then plays it back in an embeddable movie.

Users can add several panels like a comic strip, or just focus on one of them. The students can then embed their comic strip, such as onto Edmodo – but I wasn’t able to get their work off of the Edmodo site afterwards.

Students do not have to create a username to start working, but then their work can get lost as some times the site just hangs up. My afternoon class had a few students that got to use the site, but only two of them could remember their log in info.

I think it is a nice site, but it could be very powerful with a stylus pen and if you wanted to show the individual steps on creating a detailed sketch.


Rebekkah’s work


7th grade student gallery of @HansolHuh TypeDrawing contour sketches #mlearning #edapp #edtech #artsed

7th grade BWMS art students learned about the basics of line when it came to Contour drawing in class


Students learned the basics of Contour drawing and Blind Contour, to help them focus on the edges of their subject, to not pick up their pencil/marker and to increase their observation skills.

Students first did some basic contour sketches of their hand, and then they received their Ipod to use the free version of TypeDrawing


After receiving their Ipod, students were show the basics of the app, including typing in words to help describe their subject (whether a self-portrait or a neighbor), pick some colors and then be sure to export their image.


Some students even had time to download a picture of their favorite celebrity, and then import it as a background image. The students got a firmer grasp on contour drawing by tracing the edges of the celebrity, and then dropping the opacity of the image down to nothing so they could see just their sketch.