Saturday, November 14, 2015

Someone said it better than me...

I try to stay pretty neutral about online postings because I figure it isn't worth my time to get all wrapped up and argue with people around the world.

Today I just about broke my "silence."

A friend posted an article on Facebook about a sculpture that had anti-Semitic messages on in. In all fairness you can read the article here:

For some reason his ability to tear apart an artists work without even thinking for a moment that their is more (or less) to the story than he is making was crazy to me. The people posting had me getting more and more worked up. They were ready to ruin the artists entire career and label him a hate filled Anti-Semitic based on one other persons idea. I had my response ready but didn't hit the "submit."

For some reason it was really sitting wrong with me so later I searched for the article to reread it. When I did so I found it but I also found this really great article that brings perspective to the situation much better than I ever could. You should read it here!

It just really has me thinking about everyone being a little more kind and a little less judgmental. We know there are REALLY bad things in the world that we should be upset about. However, we should probably make sure that we are upset about the "right" things.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mural Making

For my second section of Beautifying NMS Aftershock we decided the weather was getting a bit unpredictable for doing another project outside. Instead we decided to create a mural inside our building.

We started by brainstorming our ideas and working together to create an image. We blew it up on the Smartboard and traced the images onto large sheets of white paper.  

Students traced the image with sharpies before painting the black areas. After the 5th and 6th graders finished the black I found a lot of "smears." We fixed it by painting the panther grey. 

When it was all painted, we glued the pieces together and fixed up a few spots. We installed it downstairs with a black border around it.

I think it turned out pretty good.