Monday, September 26, 2016

A day in the Life

A day in the life of an elementary student.  I am enjoying the beginning of the school year and embracing the task of documenting the life at NSE.  I thought being the art teacher was the best job in the world but sneaking around classrooms, cafeterias and the playground with my camera has been so much fun.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clay Fish

Help! everyone outta the water!!  

I just love Clay! This little guy will probably end up in a garden somewhere.  I put a hole on the bottom so a small rod can be inserted of various heights so it can swim among the flowers.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Back to School...almost

Wonderful news for our upper elementary! Our district has approved ONE HOUR art!  After years and years of 30 minute art.  Lower elementary is going to stay 30 minutes (for now ;) but they do have an hour of music.
What does this mean? well it's all good but we are going to have to work through how this extended times looks and feels for both the students and teachers.  So excited to finally have this happen.

It was also a busy summer as my youngest is heading off to college next week.  That's 3 kiddos almost cooked.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Snowboard in the Hands of Barrett Christy , Or should I say FEET


Instagram from Barrett Christy


And, an awesome video. 
HOW COOL is THIS?   So honored to work with an athlete who is so generous with her time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Expressions in art

How do artists use expressions to convey meaning?  First graders explored different emotions by Rockwell and Picasso. We placed our hands on our faces and noticed how they changed when we were happy, surprised, mad, sad, etc.  Then they observed their own expressions in a mirror and drew three different emotions.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Valentine paintings

I really like this lesson. It involves skills such as folding, planning, pattern, repetition, color theory and is very popular with the students.
Starting by folding a 12 x 18  in half, then in half, then in half so they can see 8 sections. Each section gets a heart or other shape, each shape is filled with a small repeating shape. The area around the shape is filled with a different line. The lines and shape must be original to each section. Students are encouraged to use different colors for every section.
P.S. The use of sponges on trays is a new idea to keep paints and artwork a bit cleaner, so far it seems to help.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Crazy Hair day!

Live for CRAZY HAIR DAY!   

It's like the moon and stars align when ONE of my three buildings celebrates Crazy Hair Day.   I did this for my daughter when she was in 6th grade, 10+ years ago.  The secret is an empty water bottle or if your hair is really long a 2 liter empty bottle.  Just pull it up and secure with an elastic band, add pipe cleaner flowers and you're good to go!