Stars are in the Air

As a “Kiick-Off” to our middle school Art is Elemental fire/air unit, we looked at some famous skies in art history. Each of my current sixth and seventh grade students received a 2 inch square cut from Starry Night and re-interpreted the image in acrylic paint on to the inflated packing material that came in the boxes of art supplies that I unpacked this summer! Put back together like a puzzle, our nine-foot wide, air filled version of Starry Night is currently on display in one of the  art showcases in our school’s lobby. Click here to learn more about my middle school fire/air unit.  This year’s Art is Elemental topic has an environmental focus on air quality, air pollution, alternative energy sources, fossils fuels (extraction & burning) and petroleum based products like plastics.

About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.
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