Thursday, September 7, 2017

Goooo Unicats!!!

There was talk about changing our mascot to a magical creature called the Unicat. So I jumped on it and made a poster.....turns out we are going to stay with the Wildcats instead.  It was nice to dream though:)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Have a wonderful summer!

Fifth Grade Rock Garden.

Fifth grade always ends with a rock painting lesson. Each student leaves Westside by painting a rock and leaving it in the courtyard as a gift and a reminder of their experience as a wildcat. I tell them they can come back is thirty years and look for it......after they stop in the art room and say hi to the 70 year old Mr. Cleveland:) 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Go Cards.

Second grade finished their unit on community by painting cardinals at night.  We chose the cardinal because in our community if you go to High School here in Sun Prairie you all become a cardinal.  Go Cards!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mouse Paint.

You want a simple way to teach Kindegarten how to mix primary colors to create secondary colors?  Here is the book that you need.  Unfortunately the book does not teach the kinders how to clean up the paint afterwards:) You are on your own for that!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Alphabetical color theory.

Kindergarten learned about color and how to mix colors by the layering technique.  They also proved to me that they do in fact know their alphabet.  Our goal was to create 26 different colors on our paper.  This was a fun experiment.  Some students even started to name the new colors they created.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A blast from the past.

I read this book to my first graders.  I remember checking this book out in elementary school when I was a kid.  I was two years old when this book was published.  I loved teaching a lesson using this fine piece of literature.

If the dinosaurs came back....

First grade did a cut and paste project based on the book by Bernard Most "If the Dinosaurs Came Back".  Contrast, overlapping to create depth, using a straight edge, and drawing from observation were all applied during this project.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pinch pot time!

Kindergarten students learned the difference between 2-D and 3-D art.  We also discovered that some art can even be functional.  They created a pinch pot and learned the basic clay building process.  They were, needless to say, excited!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


A lot of elementary art does not turn out the way the little artist means for it to turn out.  I do not teach so that the students produce perfection.  I teach process and experience.  I love the process of creating art.  If art was suppose to turn out well all the time my class would be stressful (and waste a whole lot of paper because they would constantly start over).  Anyway this zebra spoke to is my favorite one:)   

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Kindergarten learned about the process of collage.  We also learned a bit about Zebras and Africa and the importance of a local zoo.  Can you tell what shapes we learned about in this project?  We are working on our drawing skills by breaking it down into shapes:)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pi Day Activity.


Happy Birthday to good old Albert Einstein. Pi Day. I did this activity with my fourth graders. Not all things turn out perfect:) I think this is Einstein?  Basically each student got a square to enlarge using only a black crayon.  In the end we came together as a team and put it together. E=mc2!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Fifth graders had to do a sculpture assessment.  We used clay to sculpt cubes the best they can.  they sculpted a sphere first and then transformed the sphere into a cube.  Then later the students had to come up with a design and a game to play with the cube.  I call them game cubes.  Needless to say this was educational fun:)  I will share more later.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Character study.

Third grade has been studying characters in their classroom so I have collaborated with them and taught the students about portraiture.  We learned how to make our characters come to life in a different way other than literature.  They also did a "wordle" with our wonderful media specialist.  Collaboration is a strong tool for the kids to learn.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Of course we have been doing different variations of heart art this week.  February is a good month to do this kind of thing.  The two artists that have inspired us this month are Chris Uphues and Jim Dine.  Our school has also declared February as nothing but kindness month.....which really should be every month if you think about it:) 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


First graders explored imagination and Pablo Picasso at the same time. The students put together these simple collages.  The only rule I gave them is that I did not want the pig to look the way it was suppose to.  They succeeded:)