“Woman in a Hat”

2nd Graders did observational drawings based on the Picasso print “Woman in a Hat with Pompoms and a Printed Blouse” They did not draw with pencil first. They could only use markers.

This was difficult for some as they could not erase mistakes.

They did a great job.

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Topo Hands

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Students created a line design of their hands using various colors of Sharpie and felt tip pens. Using the idea of a topographic map they tried to give the illusion of the hand being 3D. They added pattern to one of the hands.

Steve Roden inspired, coded paintings

Steve Roden creates his paintings after he has created a code. He will listen to a piece of music and using his code,he “paints the music”

5th Graders created their own codes using the color wheel. The pure hues spell out a word or a phrase that relates to the overall theme of their art. In order to have their coded messages stand out, and be visible to their viewers they mixed tints of colors and completed their paintings. Students also learned that artist use contrast to add visual interest to their work. Black and White contrasts the colored areas.

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STAY within the lines!

6th Graders are getting ready to do their self portraits using a variety of images and mixed media.  We started by doing a black outline of themselves using a recycled laminate film over the xerox copy of themselves.  Leave it to kids, as we were passing out the images, several kids put the line drawing over their faces….messing around…and OHHHHHH   I had to go take a photo of the results.  Tomorrow I will be asking them,

 “Where do artists get their ideas?”

Check out the likeness. 


Are you  just about finished with your Reflections entry? 

Remember that the deadline to turn in your work is OCTOBER 24!

It is that time of the year again to begin thinking about this years Reflections competitions

The theme for this year’s Reflections program is “Diversity Means…”.

You will find all the information at:


Music by the birds

I know that Mrs. Hope would love this video.  My brother found it and sent it to me and I immediately wanted to add this.

 Even birds can play music.


The Count down!

Well it is just about time!  I had a great summer doing art and gardening, not to mention keeping busy with all the animals!  I took a pastel class with Mrs. Starkey ( my favorite sub!) It was fun being the art student again.

I also invited to join a group of local artist’s creating in a great studio space!

 These are a few of the shrines that we made during one of our sessions.

I also had some aspiring artists up to the ranch for pastels on the mountain!

We did not get finished, but they are a great start.  Way to go teachers! 

Hope my job is not in danger!

Now to put that energy back to work getting ready for my young artists.

 Do I rearrange the tables, paint the chairs, cut paper?  Re-acquaint with staff, make my calendar, class-lists, up-date my computer and everyone’s new emails,groups and times, try to get into my storeroom, take down art, put up new art, order supplies, or…………….where do I start?

Maybe I should paint something on the wall!

6 days and counting!