#NVAS – How do you THINK about the #VISUAL ARTS

Art Classes Teach
What are you learning in your art class? What do you WANT to learn?

 “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” – Anges Martin, Art In America (p.124, 1996)


Follow along with the http://WHSoc20.WordPress.com 30 Day Blog Challenge – Mr. Korb’s Online discussion group.


Sketchbooks Due:

  • 1st Hour: Tuesday
  • 2nd Hour: Friday
  • 3rd Hour: Thursday
  • 4th Hour: Wednesday
  • 6th Hour: Monday


Studio Art 360 – Critique Sketches, Demo Cardboard Constructions, National Visual Arts Standards

Hope you do not EARN THIS grade – Not a chance if you continue to FOCUS on the GOALS!


  • 10.1P: Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.
  • What is the difference between shape and form? Please be descriptive in your definition.

What do you envision as the biggest challenge with your letter? If you see this as the problem… how do you feel you might be able to solve that challenge?

AP Studio Art: 1 week Magazine Article Assignment, 1 week concentration work

What marks and materials are you using? This is CHARCOAL. How can you try this if you aren’t already. We will look at a variety of materials this week…


  • 2.1Ad: Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.
  • Four parts to this week’s project. What are you most comfortable with? Pencil, Charcoal, Pastel, or Paint? Why?

What materials have you used today? How are the projects coming along?

Painting: Collage, Critique, Sketch, Research…

Winslow Homer – a MASTER of the WATERCOLOR!http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/10.228.1


  • 2.1Ac: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.
  • What challenges did you have with the watercolors last week when it came to OBSERVATION of the REAL WORLD around you.

What are 5 images you gathered today that say something about you?

Here are the artists to research: Winslow Homer, Charles Demuth, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Dong Kingman, Reginald Marsh, Charles Sheeler, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keefe, James Whistler, or Andrew Wyeth


#WHSoc20 and #Feedback from the #SchoolYear

Taylor Gray
Taylor Gray – What a GREAT view of your community. Thanks Taylor for doing your part in making my school year one of the BEST ones yet! Mr. Korb!

Sunday night and I sit in the family room eating my popcorn, sitting back and watching the Tony Awards with my daughter. She’s beginning her first day of summer vacation with rehearsals for her show choir and I begin my first days of summer vacation in 3 days… oh well. My blog may take a hit as the summer begins, fewer posts yes, but more specific to educational topics versus the “Day to Day” stuff that happens in my classroom

It was a great year (give or take 5.5% of it) and I begin by thanking my students. Now that is not some trite comment that “every teacher says to their classes,” but is TRULY who I owe my thanks to. Yes, many great things have happened that were not necessarily on behalf of the direct actions of my students: ASCD Presentation in Los Angeles (via this website and my good friend and collaborator Janie Pollock), University of Melbourne, Australia Presentation (again… this website and Janie Pollock), EXCITING trip to Washington D.C. for National Teacher’s Appreciation Social (Thank you to Dr. Jill Biden and her staff), development of #WHSoc20 with the other 20 teachers from the Washington D.C. trip, new construction of a gallery space in our school to highlight the  the importance and elevate the standing of the visual arts in our society… and I could REALLY go on.

With all that I have been able to accomplish, all the highlights, it is the writing of my students (and the artwork) that really makes me proud. I provide a survey at the end of the year for kids to offer me feedback about my courses, lessons, classroom practices, and the like. I was surprised by a few of the responses and not surprised by others. The ones that REALLY stood out were less about me and more about what the kids took away from the courses. Those are what I share with you below. Please… if you have read this far, take the time to read even further… offer me YOUR feedback and I will share it with them.

Lastly, Wednesday, June 11 at 8:00pm CST on Twitter using #WHSoc20 you can join the conversation about the BEST ASPECTS of THIS year from a number of educators from across the country. We all met at the White House this spring and are doing what we can to spread the great news and practices in education… I hope you can join us…

Students Comments:

Q: Is there anything about this class that frustrates you?

  • The only thing that frustrates me is that I can’t be in art class all day.
  • It doesn’t have anything to do with Mr. Korb but it does with some of the students. Some of them are so disrespectful to each other and to the supplies they are given. It’s ridiculous.
  • That it is over.
  • there can be conflicts in what he see and i see and we
  • can butt heads on somethings
  • Only that I won’t be in class anymore [Insert Tears here.
  • Sometimes it feels like there is a lot of work put on me for projects.
  • Nothing really frustrates me, I like the fact that Mr. Korb gave us the opportunity to pick what we wanted to do for the projects.
  • that I can’t really take your great class (This one struck me with a 🙂 because I think she [Kira Baird – contact me at my email address, I’d love to talk!] is from NYC.

I wanted to go through more of the questions but… I will be saving them for the next post – Q: What do you like best about this class and / or teacher?

Thank you ALL for taking my classes and allowing me the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD for another year… Please send me your comments and thoughts! Subscribe and share the idea to subscribe. I have plans to share a lot this summer as I work on two articles on education and all that I have done and what can be done in the classroom… any classroom.


#Friday in the #Art Room! RESOLUTION!

TODAY’S Schedule

  • 1 – 7:25-8:06
  • 2 – 8:11-8:52
  • 3 – 8:57-9:38
  • 4 – 9:43-10:24
  • 6 – 10:29-11:10
  • 5A lunch – 11:15-11:51 (36 minutes)
  • 5B lunch – 11:56-12:33 (37 minutes)
  • 5C lunch – 12:38-1:14 (36 minutes)
  • 5AB class – 11:15-12:33
  • 5BC class – 11:56-1:14
  • 5AC class – 11:15-11:51 & 12:38-1:14
  • 7 – 1:19-2:00
  • 8 – 2:05-2:46

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.” —Norman Vincent Peal

Art Foundations: What does your collage MEAN? COLLABORATIVE PRESENTATION – HERE!

One More BEARDEN – GREAT SENSE OF SPACE! http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/i/partypictures/02_21_10/jk/IMG_7362.jpg


  1. How does your collage reflect the challenges our society has with Bullying? Reflect and Explain today…

How has taking the time to reflect on the tasks of creating the collage and discussing the MEANING of the collage helped you to better understand the larger meaning and ideas behind your work?

Drawing: How are you part of your COMMUNITY?

Hale Woodruff and a Lithograph – Are you SIMPLIFYING your work? http://www.a-r-t.com/kelley/web/thumbnails/_06N1023.jpg


  1. Continue to create the COMMUNITY based artworks that describe your place and time in your community. A: Reflect for 3 minutes with your current work – WRITE OUT what is working and what is NOT working right now… TAKE 3 MINUTES.

What was the most successful aspect of the work today? What is holding you back? How can you realize the image you have in your head on the paper in front of you? If you are NOT PLANNED you are not going to have as a successful work that you could.

AP Studio Art: How are you a part of the COLLABORATION?

Marshmallow Art – http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/02/17/article-2561205-1B9287D800000578-714_634x314.jpg


  1. Look at the qualities of art from the Renaissance and what was happening then (in the church because of your choice in painting) and analyze the current work of art in regard to similarities and differences in meaning. What was Michelangelo trying to say and what are you trying to say?

What’s the best thing about the work you are producing here? What is holding you back?

#Art in the #Classroom – What are you taking away?

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.” —Norman Vincent Peal


Romare Bearden and Collage: http://michaeldcommunications.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/75-collage-FAther.jpg


  1. Resolve visual compositions to explain your views on the ideas of Bullying.

What are you needing to do TONIGHT to be DONE? How does your work look from ARMS LENGTH? Is it readable? Does it make sense? Can you add anything?

Drawing: COMMUNITY and YOU

Whose work is THIS? Benton? http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/People-of-Chilmark-Benton-1920-lrg.jpg


  1. 1.1 apply ____________ (What’s your media?), using the_______________ (What’s your STYLE like? Thomas Hart Benton? Andrew Wyeth? Other?), and __________________ (What’s your compositional approach – Straight on view? Bird’s Eye View?) with skill confidence and awareness so that your ideas are executed well.

What did Thomas Hart Benton and the other American Regionalists teach you about society, community, and Composition? How did they reflect their communities? How are you?

AP Studio Art: Collaboration

Collaboration on HUGE projects! http://www.warhol.org/uploadedImages/Warhol_Site/Warhol/Content/Education/Resources_and_Lessons/Aesthetics_Unit(1)/Images/07062012_EDU_sfaireymural_collab_large.jpg


  1. Solve the ideas of your COLLABORATIVE work using the SKILLS you have developed to continue this composition.

How are you feeling about your contribution to the larger group project? Seriously – how are you feeling? What HAVE you contributed? Do you feel a part of the process? How can you add more, step up?

#WHSoc20 TONIGHT! #EE and #Feedback – 8:00CST!

Join the White House Social 20 TONIGHT at #WHSoc20 on Twitter to discuss the ideas of Educator Effectiveness and Feedback in the classroom!


Sorry things didn’t work in OUR classroom yesterday – let’s get things back to the way we have always had it!


May 28 Schedule for assembly

  • 1 hour: 7:25-7:57
  • 2 hour: 8:02 – 8:34
  • 3 hour: 8:39 – 9:11 
  • 4 hour: 9:16-9:48
  • Assembly: 10:01 – 10:48
  • 5A Lunch: 10:53 – 11:16
  • 5B Lunch: 11:16- 11:43 
  • 5C Lunch: 11:43 – 12:10  
  • 6 hour: 12:15 – 1:02  
  • 7 hour: 1:07 – 1:54  
  • 8 hour: 1:59 – 2:46

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.”
—Norman Vincent Peal

What problems you may bear can be the seeds to larger learning and growth in your days! http://cdn2.simplyflynow.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/4/files/2013/03/inspirational-motivational-image-quotes-quotations-roxanajonescom-the-seed-that-became-a-tree.jpg

Art Foundations: What’s your message? What’s your collage about? How are your images working?

Romare BEarden – What’s the message you see? What might this be about? what are the techniques he used> http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,839580,00.html


  1. 3.2 apply subjects of BULLYING, symbols you have gathered, and ideas about how you are thinking in art and use skill to solve visual challenges (and REAL challenges).

What is the social topic that you feel is important enough to make an artwork about? How are you using the abstract ideas of collage to create your image and successfully express your ideas?

Drawing: COMMUNITY! What are you contributing? What are your plans? How much time have we got?

John Steuart Curry – Our Good Earth – https://korbartwuhs.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/17486-19442bjohn2bsteuart2bcurry2b2528american2bregionalist2bpainter252c2b189725e225802593194625292bback2bhome2bat2bthe2bfarm2b1944.jpg


  1. apply media, techniques, and processes with 1.1.1 skill 1.1.2 confidence 1.1.3 and awareness so that your ideas are executed well. What media, process and techniques are you using? What sense of confidence is helping you approach this work?

How have you been able to improve your drawing and idea skills more in the past year? What do you know about COMMUNITY? How can you use it and alter it to develop a unique and intriguing composition. What did Thomas Hart Benton and Other Regionalists teach you about society, community, and Composition? How did they reflect their communities?

AP Studio Art: Final Group Work – What are you contributing? Do I need to nag?

GROUP WORK! What are you contributing? Are you in the mix? Are you on the outskirts? http://artsphere.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/greece2-e1349220621814.jpg


  1. Compare aspects of the visual arts with aspects of works form the past. What is YOUR message about creation and the ideas Michelangelo put forward similar and different – Compare and contrast!

How are you feeling about your contribution to the larger group project? Seriously – how are you feeling? What HAVE you contributed?

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