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Clay Every Day Summer Workshop

Clay Every Day Summer Workshop

I don’t know where the time has gone, but tomorrow is our last day of Clay Every Day already. It has been an incredible week of art making and friendship forming. We’ve been meeting every morning from 9 -12. Monday was ferociously hot and humid (at one point 90 degrees). My three small fans did […]

A Half Year of the Every Day Drawing Challenge

A Half Year of the Every Day Drawing Challenge

A half year finished, a half year to go! Six months, 180 drawings done…WOW! As I look at this gallery of 30 images, I realize that it is an eclectic group ranging from stained glass to cake! I appreciate the Every Day Drawing Challenge tasks more and more as the year goes by because working from […]

Last Day of School!

I can’t believe it…this year went by quickly. I still have some lessons to share, the Every Day Drawing Challenge to post, and some reflecting to do, but I know those pieces will all benefit from a little separation from school and a chance to rewind…so stay tuned! Until then…enjoy your vacation!

May – Another Month of the Every Day Drawing Challenge – Complete!

May – Another Month of the Every Day Drawing Challenge – Complete!

As we move from May to June we go from spring to summer, just like that! I started this challenge on a cold New Year’s Day, which seems like such a long time ago. It has been 5 months and 150 drawings, to be exact. I am looking forward to the Every Day Drawing Challenge […]

VOTE FOR MICHAEL!

VOTE FOR MICHAEL!

I didn’t expect to be posting again today, but I just got the great news that our own Michael22342 has been selected as a finalist for this week’s “Artist of the Week” award for the 4th-6th age group on Artsonia.  YAY Michael! But we need your help! The finalist who receives the most online votes between […]

Snowflakes For Sandy Hook

Snowflakes For Sandy Hook

When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. […]

It Is Here

It Is Here

I was working upstairs in my studio last night watching the interfaith service for the victims of the  Sandy Hook tragedy when I heard my son and his girlfriend come home. They were returning from a work holiday party and were joyful and boisterous. My son hollered greetings up the stairway and I knew if […]

5th Grade Family Portraits on Artsonia

I love this project. I love seeing how the kids choose to portray their families. From mothers with arms around their children, to the sayings on the T-shirts, the braces on the smiling teeth of older siblings, and the variety of pets included, these family portraits make me smile! We started by looking at family portraits from […]

6th Grade Snow Figures on Artsonia

We began by making crayon rubbings of texture plates to create a bank of texture papers. Once we had enough, we created snow figure collages with them. Students were encouraged to make a snow figure of any sort, the only criteria being that the figure must look “at home” in a snow setting. Once the […]

Art Supply Gift Guide

Follow this link to a comprehensive gift guide for art materials for kids. The list is broken into groups for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. I like it and recommend it as a good reference. Each item links to Amazon.com for a description and easy ordering. Thank you, The Art of Education! Here is the […]

Better Paper = Less Ironing

Lately I have been spending a lot of time ironing artwork to flatten it out. Note to self: Buy better paper next year! Artwork by Jordan R.

“It’s Snowing” And Other Technology Awesomeness

Who is the first one to shout, “It’s snowing!” upon seeing snow out the artroom windows? Honestly, it is usually me (I still feel that same excitement that I felt as a child). So let me be the first to shout, “It’s snowing on the blog!” And it is expected to do so through January […]

Ladies and Gentlemen: Shea T.’s Dot Journal

While walking around the room during a class today, I noticed that Shea T. not only had the one required sketchbook with her, but another.  When I asked her about it, she said, “Oh, that’s not a sketchbook, that’s my Dot Journal.” Of course I was curious and asked her to show me. She explained that she uses […]

6th Grade Art On Artsonia!

6th Grade Art On Artsonia!

Another batch of art has been posted to Artsonia! The new exhibit, “Sequencing Illustrations“, is a display of wonderful work that offers a glimpse into the the everyday lives of the kids. Sixth grade students used watercolor pencils to create illustrations showing the sequence of events of a routine or activity that they know well. […]

Don’t Try This At Home!

Don’t Try This At Home!

Leave it to the art teacher! What a glorious mess we made in art club today… We started with this: And ended up with this: With a lot of this in between: See you next Wednesday, Art Club!

I LOVE THE GLUE SPONGE!

I LOVE THE GLUE SPONGE!

It is the best thing ever. I learned about this last weekend from another art educator’s blog that I found on Pinterest: Mrs. Humpal’s Room I’ve been teaching for 15 years now and had never seen this idea until last weekend. I’m not kidding when I tell you that I couldn’t wait to get to […]

HELLO My Name Is:

HELLO My Name Is:

So I was given this spectacular blue monster at the Massachusetts Art Educators Association conference a couple of weeks ago. I brought him into school as another mascot for the art room. I had just planned to hang him somewhere so he could keep us company. But the children demanded more. “What’s his name? What’s his […]

No School…Carve A Ghoul!

Well, Hurricane Sandy has left her mark around here with power outages and toppled trees. We lost power at my house just before 4:00 yesterday and it is still out as I write this post from school. I took advantage of the free day yesterday to make some clay trays and then explore different types […]

Our 6th Grade Students’ ScratchArt Animals on Artsonia

Click on any photo below to see a gallery of the fabulous ScratchArt Animals created by our 6th grade students…they look awesome!