I can't help but put a huge amount of thought and love into my first bulletin board design of the year. All art teachers do. It's our way of communicating a message of "Let's do this!" to our young artists. I had been seeing a lot of awesome board designs from Tech teachers who were putting creative spins on apps and iPhone home screen icons. I decided I wanted to make my iPhone 3-D and use famous artist quotes for the messages. I used a FREE online site called "iPhone Text Generator" to create pretend text messages to myself from the likes of President Obama and Salvador Dali!
As for the bright and beautiful emoji artwork, I had the students make it themselves for their very first art project. We talked about expression, pictographs, and the original creator of the emoji concept, Shigetaka Kurita. I handed each student a 4 inch diameter circle and had them design an original emoji from scratch. They could use elements from existing emojis but their emotive icon should attempt to express something completely new. This project was a really great fit with 7th and 8th graders who roll deep in their phone/text culture.
Sunny is an art teacher who is living the dream. The only thing she enjoys more than her curious students are the adventures she has with her loving husband and cat in the fabulous city of Philadelphia!
Artful Artsy Amy
The Department of Making + Doing
The Philadelphia Museum of Art