Art room week in review

 Every have one of those weeks where you think it’s Friday… but then you realize it’s only Thursday?!  WAAAAAAHHHH

Well aside from that harsh realization it was a great week in the art room.  I’m loving the 4th graders Matisse inspired letter collages.  Some of the kids incorporated pop up paper cutting.  The “Y” in Brady to the left pops up and has a second, different Y underneath.  I love how kids take what you teach them, run away with it, and make it their own.

Third graders splatter painted in either warm or cool colors and let me tell you, there is no joy like that of a child splatter painting.  They literally giggle and smile through this entire lesson.  I kind of hate splatter painting just because it’s a mess… But the kids love it so much I can’t resist.   And these trees… First graders look at Van Gogh’s tree paintings and discuss his color use.  We then used mixed media techniques to create these babies.  The kids used chalk pastels to color the sky, and painted paper to assemble the leaves on the trees and grass.  I love how the chalk creates depth and allows you to see the line quality that is so unique to each student.  This lesson is a new one to me and I’m beyond happy with the results.


The other week I shared with you how kindergarteners created mobiles after viewing Mondrian’s art, and my love of taking 2-dimensional art and making it 3-dimensions… so this week another twist:  Matisse organic mobiles.  2nd graders learned about Matisse, his process and his use of organic shapes.  They created 2-dimensional organic shape collages.  After these were complete the students turned their collages into mobiles.

I think that this method keeps kids on their toes, makes them think outside the box and also… kids just LOVE sculpture.  It’s something about the construction… there’s a certain wow factor that sculpture allows.

So, here’s to a new week… Welcome Monday and all the new messes, art and fun you bring!

With love,



Art room week in review

 Finally… back to normal.  After feeling yucky, sinusy, soar throaty the past couple weeks, I’m finally feeling like myself!  WOOHOO!  Health is a funny thing.  You take it for granted.  You forget how hard it is to function day-to-day when you just don’t feel good.

So, this week, I am feeling very grateful for my health.  I need to remember what a lucky person I am to feel normal most of the time!

With that little note of gratitude… on to art!  The photo to the left is the beginning of a kindergarten painting inspired by “Press Here” by Herve Tulet.  This book is one of my favorites.  I love childrens’ books, but this one stands out amongst all the books I love!  It is interactive and magical.  I have never read this book and had one single student bored.  They “OOOOOOO” and “AHHHHHH” as each page turns.  We painted and stamped circles after reading the book and next week we’ll paint in with the primary colors.

Fourth graders started a collage lesson based on Henri Matisse’s book “JAZZ”.  We looked at how Matisse use lettering in his art; we compared his art to contemporary bill boards with lettering; and finally we started our own collages using the letters we know best :  Our names.  I don’t really know why, but kids LOVE creating anything that includes their names. This lesson is a crowd pleaser!IMG_3294

Third graders continued their study of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work with a focus on craftsmanship.  We viewed her fall leaf paintings and discussed how she utilized overlapping in her composition to create depth.  Then we drew our own leaves.  We used black glue (Black paint+Glue+Blender) to trace our lines. The final step was the paint with watercolors.  We learned about warm and cool colors as we painted.

This is a lesson that I repeat year after year because the results are just so lovely.  Each of these is unique and beautiful in its own way.    

And this boy…  I swear I saw him moments before I snapped this picture and he was clean!!  I asked him what happened to his hands and his answer had me laughing so hard…. “Ummm, Art?”  The way he answered me with a little apologetic question in his voice cracked me up.

Sometimes art just happens.  I county myself as lucky… lucky in so many ways.  Lucky for my health, lucky that I get to be a witness to art happening all around me… lucky to be sure.

With love,


Climbing and costumes…  

Like peas and carrots, right?  Well, maybe not exactly.  And I didn’t do both at the same time… just in the same weekend.

A good friend has a climbing wall in their home and we finally got around to bringing O.  It was so fun to watch him play around.  G was pretty proud of his little climber.

We may or may not have put fruit snacks on the top hold of each route… a little bribery never hurt a situation like this…

E44EE930-1F1C-445F-B995-7D8C9C9EE71FAnd costumes… SO FUN!  The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has a movie costume exhibit and I went with a couple of friends to the opening.  It was as ritzy as we get here in Winchester:  Women in gowns, men in tuxedos, champagne…

It was really interesting to see costumes worn in movies.  Actors and actresses are all so little!  I swear half of these costumes were children’s sizes!  And the details… You really can’t see it all on screen…

I have a Jane Austen movie addiction and there were costumes from “Sense and Sensibility”!!!  I was pretty excited!  The exhibit is currently open, so I’d urge anyone to go if they have the chance.  I threw together a few pictures to share.

So with that… Happy Sunday.  Hope everyone survive the cold rain!  I hear next week the sun will be back in full force!

With love,