Constitution Day, is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.
The pictures below are posters created with symbols representing the spirit of the Constitution in mind.
Constitution Day Poster design by students.
Student artworks by Elbert,11 years old
Below is a seascape as the sun sets, drawn by 11-year-old student Elbert.
Travel introduces children to many colors, perspectives and the beauty of nature. I think travel itself is a great teacher for children. After a five-week trip to Taiwan, Elbert sketched the surrounding environment while carrying a small sketchbook in his spare time. And I found that his skills jumped to an astonishing level. Elbert can now portray landscapes more realistically and sensibly.
Above all, he likes to depict architecture and machinery. I look forward to seeing how much more his serious portrayal skills will jump later.
Save the Frogs! , student's artworks!
Student's artworks by Sophia and Victoria
Every year, many children around the world participate in an art contest to save the frogs. My students also drew pictures with this theme. Below is information about that contest.
Art contests like these are valuable as they not only promote environmental awareness but also provide a platform for children to engage with important issues through art, fostering a sense of responsibility and care for the natural world.
If your students have created pictures for the contest, it can be an excellent opportunity for them to learn about environmental issues and make a positive impact through their artistic expression. I encourage you and your students to participate actively in such initiatives, as they play a crucial role in spreading awareness and advocating for the conservation of vulnerable species like frogs.
Stencil art with children!
Today, I would like to share Olivia's experience as a teaching assistant. Olivia taught young children the stencil art below.
First, draw a picture that will be the background with watercolor paint as shown below. At this time, draw the background naturally using the wet-on-wet technique and the gradation technique with watercolor paint and big flat brush.
Then, apply the stencil and paint the empty space with acrylic black color paint. At this time, make sure you know that you have to press and hold the stencil and draw at the same time.
After 2-3 minutes, slowly and carefully remove the stencil.
For the background, you can use the splatter technique as shown below to express a snowy landscape or an aurora borealis.
Following Olivia's teaching, the students creatively completed the night forest.
Below is information about stencils. Click to go to the corresponding Amazon store.
Teaching young children about art and allowing them to express their creativity can be a rewarding experience. Providing talented students with opportunities to explore their skills in teaching, alongside their artistic abilities, can be a valuable and enriching experience. It allows them to develop not only their artistic talents but also their leadership, communication, and mentoring skills.
Incorporating teaching into an artistic context can foster a sense of responsibility and encourage students to share their knowledge and passion with others. This combination of art and teaching can create a unique platform for self-expression and growth.
This experience can help them develop their teaching techniques, learn how to engage with different learners, and cultivate patience and adaptability.
Furthermore, it allows these talented students to explore a potential career path in art education. They can gain valuable insights into the teaching profession, build a portfolio of teaching experiences, and discover their own teaching style and approach.
Overall, combining artistic talent with teaching opportunities can nurture well-rounded individuals who not only excel in their artistic endeavors but also have the ability to inspire and empower others through education.
As an artist, teaching experience or career is very important. Because art is maximized through the integration and cooperation process of various fields, interest and passion for education positively activates art activities. In this respect, I personally expect many young artists to share their educational experiences and advance their careers.
Myungja Anna Koh