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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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What are some great web sites and open source programs for your classroom?

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Come check out my latest lens on Squidoo, where I incorporated a lot of the web 2.0 and open source software articles that I wrote on my Bo Gorcesky profile page on Associated Content.

This lil Squidoo covers articles on web 2.0 sources to help edit film such as Jaycut along with a video tutorial and other great digital storytelling tools. I also have several articles on the great educational social networking tool Edmodo.

I also discuss some great open source programs like GIMP, the free alternative to Photoshop. SO again, check out my latest Squidoo page on web 2.0 and open source software articles so that you can make your classroom a better one for the 21st century.

Confessions of a Fifth Year Teacher

Wanting More and Looking Out on the Horizon

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Another year has gone by as a teacher, but what I find interesting, perhaps almost concerning, is how little the number of students that I really made connections with or was really upset that I would not be seeing them anymore. I know in the past, the start of June had been a bittersweet time, but this year I didn’t give out books or write sappy messages of farewells, just a few posed pictures and brief comments in a yearbook or two.

Perhaps I was just running out of time towards the end of the school year, or that this is the school year that I have been much more diligent to NOT be in school as much…….

 

If you would like to read the rest of the article, check it out on the Yahoo Contributor network HERE

video – Art Olympics in the Black Water Middle School art classroom 2011


The Art Olympics was an event that I intially got to participate in Coastal Carolina University’s Gifted and Talented Summer Arts prorgram. Basically, you get a bunch of games together (we got most of our’s off of summer camp games sites). And then I could easily adapt them to the art students. You can watch the video to see some of the games and activites that we used and if you are a teacher, you can use my power point below

 

BWMS 8th grade Candyland Prom

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Listed below is a video that I created utilizing Picasa and royalty free music. A small select group of 8th graders created a variety of decorations for the 8th grade prom this year, which had it’s primary influence from the classic board game, “Candyland” and Katy Perry’s video of “California Girls.” 

I was very proud of the work that they came up with, especially how they were able to turn a cafeteria into a candy filled wonderland. The kids really enjoyed it too, as you can tell how decked out they were for the evening.

BWMS Art class field trip to Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum & MB State Park

67 Black Water Middle School sixth, seventh and eighth grade art students and ten chaperones visited the Burroughs and Chapin art museum where they were divided into three groups. 

One group studied with me on the grass outside the museum where they could create a sketch of the ocean or they created works inspired by Fok Art. Another group received a guided tour of the museum, which was for the majority of the students, a first time experience. Finally, a third group got to create portraits upstairs.

After all of the groups rotated, we visited the Myrtle Beach State Park for a picnic and then a sand sculpture competition, where the students would work in groups to create works inspired by Folk Art from their tour.

You can download pics from the field trip if you’d like, I tried to put some work of the students but not sure if Posterous could support them all. Also check out the Picasa made movie below with music from Free Play Music.

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