Boss Broyles

My office hours are:

  • just email me. I am tied to my email and check it often.

Schedule of Feedback Loops and Office Hours. Note B/D week vs. A/C week

The Broyles Design Group consists of these Skyward courses

Digital Photography | Art Special Projects | Fashion | Yearbook | Remote Art Special Projects

At a recent conference at SCAD, an art college, I realized the power of exploring the vast array of artistic careers available. Why shouldn’t students have to opportunity to start working towards their passions and figuring out what path will take them there.


We are also immersed in a digital culture where visual images dominate our world. It is now so important to know how to interpret images and create artworks that give a platform to student voice.


Even using various skills, techniques, and media, we can all still connect, share, and give feedback to support each other in the telling of stories, and the exploration of ideas and emotions.



Parent and Student, please go through this Orientation together. Let it load fully, it will.

Then, continue the learning journey here and get your next steps.

“Crisis is an opportunity riding a dangerous wind” - Chinese Proverb

Remote Art Learning:

For the 2020-2021 school year, River HomeLink will be participating in remote learning (and hybrid when we get there, but structure of class will not change).

Please check Google Classroom for all updates on class communication and the LynxArtLinks website for learning opportunities and an ever growing crowd-sourced library of art and tech resources.

Check your Google Classroom for more information (It will be updated by each Monday Morning).

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The Art resources are linked below on the LynxArtLinks webpage. I will be updating that site with opportunities and extension learning throughout these times.

If you find a great resource, please email me and I will add it to the site for others.

The LynxArtLinks link above will take you to the class site for all my classes.

Please email Ms. Broyles if you have any questions.

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PLEASE look at the WEEKLY UPDATES each week to stay on track.


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Parents: It is best practice to have your student log into Google Classroom [or you should have their login information as we are a team in the business in educating your child] and review assignments posted there.

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Classes are run as if the students have a job in a Design Studio.

All students have an online portfolio that will be updated and will be their Final for each semester

Each student will present, connect, and reflect on their artwork they have created on their Art Gallery page. In addition, there will be feedback loops, on a linked Padlet, that will have peer feedback and show planning, process, and finished work for peer critique.

The students are evaluated each month on their progress using this

20-21 Bi-weekly Student Self-Reflection Form!

Please fill out every A and C week.


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Problem-solving is the foundation of art and design work. The greatest skill I can teach you is how to run into a problem, evaluate resources, test solutions, and then share your learning to benefit others.

You can explore different media, or hone your skills in one area of expertise.

There will be skills that each of you will need to learn to be an active member of the Design Team. These skills will enhance any art, design, or tech class you take. They will also enhance your ability to work with others, and create ways to cultivate empathy and connection with your community.


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All assignments in Google Classroom

will need to be completed by the final semester deadline for credit to be earned.

*Just like a job, sometimes people need more time to work on projects,

so deadlines are fluid if the student needs it, except for the semester deadline.

I do have to put in grades after due dates, but catch up, do the work, and I will change the grade based on the work.

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5/12/20 New Habits. Sweeping Change. & Ninja Rabbits.

Sorry I missed a week of Musing posting… The pause button got stuck.

This past weekend I worked in the garden. Well, I bought the flowers, but I haven't put them in the ground or pots yet. I am planting an herb garden in a planter on my deck! I also helped my dad by holding boards level while he screwed them in. We are building raised bed boxes in our hillside to grow vegetables! It was fun helping my dad and I felt like I was doing something useful.

Here is my (most recent) “QuarenTime Coping Tip” that I started on the really nice (non-raining) mornings. It might make “sweeping” changes to your daily habits. I go out to water the plants on the deck and while I am there I sweep off the deck and stairs (yes, every morning). It reminds me of all the Japanese homeowners sweeping off their steps and watering their plants I would see on my walk to work during the summers in Tokyo. It is a nice calming habit... I know, I know,... sweeping?... but it is just a few minutes of time, each day, where I am taking care of my space. I am starting to claim that space as a new living area and want it to look nice. I will post photos once I get it "Elle Decor" ready (and yes, I typed and deleted a few different magazines to be featured in...)

What habits are you falling into? Are they habits you had before? Are they habits you wish to change?

I am trying to remember and take stock on why I didn't have time for things like sweeping my porch before. What did I spend my time doing? One thing for me was the tv. My head injury broke me of my bad habit of spending the whole day watching tv on a regular basis. A few weeks ago I felt myself needing some downtime and fell right back into that habit for a few days. It was soothing as it was a familiar stress reliever. But last night, after dinner, I put the fireplace on the tv and got out my collage stuff and started making a collage in my sketchbook (that hasn't really been touched... being honest…{I am also chuckling as I can hear me in my teacher-voice saying… “I went to CollEge to learn collAge”}).

I enjoyed myself so much and felt recharged in a more positive way. I am happy that I recognized myself falling back into the old normal. I am trying to find ways to remind myself to keep these “positive” habits going when the "normal" resumes. Honestly, I don't want "normal as it was''. I want the “better normal” with me choosing how to spend my time in productive ways.

Maybe we can help each other with this. I am going to write a letter “to myself in 6 months” reminding myself of the old habits I have broken, or want to continue trying to break. To remind myself of the positive things I have noticed in my life because of this QuarenTime. To remind myself to keep going on the goals I set out for myself. To tell myself how proud I am of me! I will put it away and set a reminder on my calendar to read it in 6 months!


4/22/20 Musings from Boss Broyles

Pause. Play. Slow Forward.

I have been thinking about the idea of PAUSE. A temporary stop. Temporary inaction especially caused by uncertainty. A break in a verse. A brief suspension of the voice to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts. A button that stops the show, so I can move my attention to something else.

So many things are on pause right now. I wouldn't have thought that I would need anymore pause in my timeline. Yet, this week, a pause was required. Although Life is different right now, Life is still happening. Sometimes the stress of it all can overload the system and a pause must be taken.

On Wednesday, I closed my computer... after so many meetings and gotta catch up on this, and gotta plan that, and oh, gotta design this, and oh, don't forget to do that... and I paused. Spending my days in Fast Forward was not the way I want my show to be played. I took a deep breath...took a nap...and ate dinner with my family.

Pause.

It is temporary. It is not Stop, or Delete.

Play.

I am going to play with some art. I am going to play with some words. I am going to play Wii with my dad.

I am going to move forward, but a SLOW FORWARD. Like what happens when you move forward from a PAUSE in a show.

How do you know when you need to PAUSE? What do you do to enable the system reset during the PAUSE? and How do you move out of the PAUSE without jumping right back into Fast Forward?

Take a PAUSE. The show will go on.

4/15/20 Musings from Boss Broyles

Growth.

I love having flowers in the house. It brings calm to me. I recently grew some Paper-white flower bulbs in my house. My dad laughed when he saw the dish I had them in... apparently, I had them upside down. Well, now I knew why they weren't growing. Checking the water, adding a little bit more each day to keep it level with the bottom, gave me something to take care of each day which felt good. Eventually, they started to grow roots that helped them stand up in the tray and reach for the light. Some days they grew more than others. They also all grew on their own schedule. There was one bulb that grew so slowly. I almost thought is was not going to make it, but it just needed some time, and is the only one left now. Each day the leaves would be facing a different direction as I kept turning the dish. I liked seeing them change and flex, and I had to come to terms with my notion of just trying to get them to stand up straight. They did what they wanted. I eventually tied them all together for support because they were growing so tall and needed to lean on each other to not topple over! This experience has allowed me to think of GROWTH.

How do you define GROWTH? What helps you to keep GROWING? How would you like to GROW during this time we have (in any way)? Specifically in art or technology, How would you like to GROW during this time?

4/9/20 Musings from Boss Broyles~

Home.

So I found this photo of an Interior Design project I did a few years back at SCAD Hong Kong Educators Forum. The idea was to think about what Home meant to each of us (coupled with the different notions of Home (limited living quarters) we were exploring in Hong Kong's Sham Shui Po area.

This brought joy to me today as I, we, have resigned to stay in our homes. I go back to the conversations we had about what makes a home...family, love, memories, personal artifacts, warm feelings for some (distant feelings of others)... and what we mean when we answer the question... Where is home? Is it where you are from? Is it where you are? When does home feel like home?

I hope you are settling into your notion of home. It is more than the clean doorknobs and the neatly folded laundry. Home is the experiences, the memories shared, and the collective togetherness of all things.

Take some time to think about what Home means to you and what you can do today to better it.