Thursday, September 12, 2013

I am computer-less!!!!!

It seems that I am extremely hard on my school issue HP laptop. I dropped it off with the techie wizards this morning and the message I got back from one of them sounds ominous......I'm supposed to go back tomorrow morning before school and have them explain what I am doing wrong!! I have used up all of the memory and couldn't figure out how to delete enough stuff or uninstall enough stuff  
to make a dent. I wish information/technology had been an option to declare as a major in the 70's when I was in college. I hate feeling stupid over a piece of mechanical equipment!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


It seems I forgot to mention my 3rd grade, Birds in Rainbow Flight in my last post. I'm sure most of you have seen and done a version of this mixed media project,but the kids really enjoyed it!

The First Two Weeks

I've only missed one school because of Labor Day and the classes I have seen have seen have been very productive. Instead of using a theme that revolves around a whole school idea, I planned lessons that were specific to each grade level. I wanted to use the art elements in a very colorful way.

The first three photos are first grade projects. I had the kids do a bleeding tissue background the first week and then add their ocean creatures with black Sharpie marker and  MetallicFX crayons from  Crayola.

The next two are watercolor resist by the second grade followed by
3D leaves created by my fourth grade classes using cons. paper strips and glue. This was a great opportunity to reinforce my mantra of, "Sticky, not wet!" when using glue. I always remind them that if the glue has been  spread and looks clear instead of white, it will dry twice as fast. I am planning on displaying these "leaves" in the display case by stringing them vertically with yarn. I'll post photos if it works out!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Back to Blogging

I've had an unusual year so far. Without boring anyone with tales of all my physical problems (I'm almost completely back to normal for a 59 year old) suffice it to say that I have missed my blog and all of those I follow. I just found out that Ted, of Art with Mr. E, has dropped me because  I haven't been posting! Ouch!Well, I will tell you one reason. My sweet Dad passed away on June 14th after a brave battle with Parkinson's and dementia. I helped my Mom move into a retirement community which she loves. I have been remodeling my house and trying to rest up for the new school year, which started for us on August 26th.
          I had a pretty good first week with a little over 800 kids at
       three schools. Other than having to eat lunch in the car while
       traveling between schools, I have a managable schedule. I will          post photos of our first projects next week. It's good to be back



Saturday, May 25, 2013

I'm Confused?!!

I have been gone from my blog since March of this year because I have been dealing with my elderly parent's needs. I am so glad that of the three of us kids, I chose to stay in the same town and state as my folks. I have a great relationship with my Mom and though my Dad has Parkinson's with Dementia, he still knows me most days.

I logged onto what I thought was Blogger tonite, and found that my blog had been moved to something called, Bloglovin. I will have to go back and read all of your previous posts since March to find out what the heck is going on. I have 1 1/2 days of school left, making up snow days AFTER Memorial Day-ARRGGHHHH! Hope that all of you already out for the Summer are taking along, exhale and are ready to enjoy some well deserved time off.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hundertwasser Landscapes

Geez, I hope I spelled that dude's name correctly..........It's a big mouthful of German, that's for sure! I'm sure I saw this on Pinterest but if this was your idea, please let me know and I'll give you a plug.

My 2nd graders loved this project

because, A) they love to paint

and B) because they fell in love with the metallic oil pastels

This was a good  review of warm/cool colors and the intro to using oil pastels which was new to them. I really like the way they turned out and most students were successful as well as very anxious to take them home and show Mom and Dad!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

One more Youth Art Month winner!!

I was sure one of my 5th graders had a good chance at winning the coveted YAM Billboard. Her beautiful marker drawing in the style of Canadian artist, Emily Carr, is exquisite. But to my surprise. they gave it to one of my 1st grade students from school #3. I can't wait to surprise her this Friday morning when she will be given the news, have her photo taken for the newspaper and receive a framed photo from the billboard company.

How cute is this?

I know this project has been floating around Pinterest for quite awhile, but it is the first time I've taught this lesson. Guess it's a keeper, huh?