Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Painted Lines

I'm teaching this lesson in two different ways for NSE and PKE. At PKE I'm teaching it as "princess and the pea". Every line represents the mattress with a princess or prince at the top. NSE is creating the pictures below as a much more standard line design approach. I wanted to compare and experience the process at the same time instead of reflecting in a year how one approach compared to the other.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March is Reading Month challenge

Love, LOVE love to paint.  Thought I'd take on the Classroom door decorating challenge with the super hero theme.

Friday, February 17, 2017


How cool are these?
I love working with classroom teachers and Kristi brought this idea to me. Students painted in art then added craypas and cut letters in their class.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Intern Betty!

Last fall I was so lucky, again, to have a fabulous student intern. The time passed so quickly. As most of you who have had an intern can agree, an intern in the art room is a blessing.

Betty came from Eastern Michigan University and just graduated on Saturday. I am so proud of how hard she worked. She had such great insight into the students and came prepared with lots ideas, tools and powerpoints!  I think Betty beat me into work every day!  Thank you Betty for spending your time with Clarkston Schools. Lucky district that gets you! Comment if you have an art position in your district, (Michigan)
Betty sent this to me on Saturday after her graduation. She made one for North Sashabaw too. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

More Christmas Cacti

A quick look at what our beautiful oops look like. Remember originally my plan was to make Christmas trees and then I thought nope, they look more like a cactus. A teacher shared that I could have made each student's art part of a branch for one large tree. Maybe next year.

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.