Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Cactus

Honestly I thought this would make great Holiday trees but when I saw the shapes of the leaves/branches I immediately thought of Christmas Cactus. 
I used heavy paper and put green tempera mixed with 1/3rd water in the plastic container in the top picture. I usually do the lines for the kids and then they BLOW and blow.  We're going to add tissue flowers next week.
Stay tuned for more pics.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Safe Places

The stars aligned this fall with a great intern, Miss Forsleff from Eastern Michigan,  a deep dive study of our kids in trauma and lots of extra odds and ends.  Miss Forsleff designed a 3rd grade project based on a "safe place".  Students designed a place that they could go, play, read that is a dream spot.  LOTS of popsicle sticks, glue, rocks, yarn and moss.

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.