Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mâché snow peeps.

Third grade learned about "form".  They used nothing but paper to create a 3D snow person.  Since they were already working with paper mache for their piñatas I figured why not throw in this project as well.  Simple, messy, simply messy.  Kids loved it though.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Piñatas for Piñataville!

Third and fourth grade collaborated with each other and Music to create some serious piñatas for their upcoming musical.  Paper Mache was all over the was awesome.  The students also learned about culture and the art element of form.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gustav Klimt.

Fifth grade learned about Gustav Klimt and how he used gold to paint the "Tree of Life".  One of the best parts of being a visual arts educator is that I get to teach Art History.  Anyway, the students used fake gold to paint these beauties, I couldn't afford real gold. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey paint.

Kindergarten and first grade went through a lesson about what Art is.  We came to a conclusion that Art is creative and imaginative.....kind of like these turkeys.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day.

My classes for the last two days have learned about the artist Jasper Johns and created a collage of the American Flag in his inspiration.  A little cross over lesson with Veteran's Day.  you will see these up when you first come into the building.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Warm colors.

Third Grade has been studying color theory pretty hard.  On this one we discussed the warm colors and when to use them.  One of my goals this year is to get third graders to understand color really well and how to use it.

The warmth of Fall.

3rd Grade knows all about warm colors!  Sorry the vid is so blurry, I am working on that??!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dia de Muertos.


Grades 1-5 learned about the "Day of the Dead" and a little bit about the culture of Mexico.  I like teaching about this because it brings out the idea that when you lose somebody you love you can always and forever celebrate their life.  It is a very positive lesson.  This is the sugar skulls that the Fourth and Fifth Graders did. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

It's all about perspective.

Fourth grade did a color study where they had to paint a sunset.  We discussed how this color order makes sense.  They showed good use of space as they painted the sun first and then added the other colors in order from there.  We then talked about perspective and how we want to make our composition seem like we are looking up.  We painted ink trees from different angles and diluted the ink to create ghost trees that appear further back.  Fourth grade got it!  

Friday, October 17, 2014


First Grade and I talked about what it means to be nocturnal.  We discussed how we do not see owls to often due to the time of night they are around.  We used pattern (something that repeats) and oil pastels and paint to create these nocturnal creatures.  The students are always amazed when they see the oil pastels show through their paint....actually I am too.

Monday, October 13, 2014


After a class cleans up and leaves you never know what you might find left behind, maybe next time they will spell my name right!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall R.O.Y. Trees.

Second grade studied R.O.Y. (red, orange, yellow).  Which are warm colors, which also happen to be Fall colors.  We practiced certain painting techniques as well.  I am telling you, Westside is full of artists!