Friday, September 23, 2016

Busy Start to School

Just because I haven't posted since the beginning of school certainly does not mean that we have not been busy learning and creating some awesome work.

We kicked off our first art club with a six week session of knitting. Fourth and fifth grade students will also have the opportunity to participate in six-week sessions of 3-D Art, Art Journaling and Up-Cycled Art later his year.

We celebrated International Dot Day by making a large artwork with 600+ dots. Each student added a dot to the artwork during their weekly art time.

We have been learning and reviewing our elements of art, as well as our class room procedures. Each grade level is working on an artwork with a different theme to submit for our Square 1 Art designs for this year. We are working on self-portraits; family and animal portraits; line and shape designs; and nature-themed artworks. The students always get excited and it is great fundraiser for the art program.

These are just a few quick examples. The fourth and fifth grade projects are a bit more detailed and they are still working on the finals after brainstorming with thumbnail sketches and planning through rough drafts. I will try to get a few shots of those before the work has to be mailed mid-October (which will be here before I know it) :)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

3, 2, 1

Getting ready to blast off into a new school year. Number 28 for me. Hard to believe. I am excited at the many possibilities each new year brings.              Bring on '16-'17! 


Friday, May 6, 2016


Both third and fourth graders have finished up the year working on self-portraits.

Third graders were inspired by the works of folk artist Howard Finster who included text and images in his works. 

While fourth graders worked to draw from observation and convey strong emotions in facial features, color and imagery. The portraits remained as pencil line drawings, allowing the background to speak to the feeling. The students worked through thumbnail sketches and word lists to plan their final works. I was quite impressed.