Wednesday, October 31, 2012


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The effect of chalk on top of paint is so soft, they almost glow.

3rd and 4th grade artists

3rd and 4th grade artists

The first day we drew the compositions and learned how to make tints by adding white paint to any color.
The second day we added chalk by blending it lightly with q-tips.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Assemblage With Old Watercolor Sets

This was a wonderfully challenging project; you could actually see the thinking going on.

The Ever-Changing
by Reese

My assemblage is about a person's journey through life.  Sometimes we are struggling, sometimes we feel like we have the world in our hands, at other times maybe we are just at peace.  The silver piece represents how there is always hope and dreams in us. 

My assemblage is about being lost in the moment of doing something you love. 
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We've used old watercolor sets for the base of our assemblages. The materials were simple in nature but could be transformed depending on the artistry each student brought to the challenge. Hot glue or modpodge  was used to adhere the materials to the shallow boxes.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spooky Foam Characters

This student chose black foam on black paper.  I decided to have fun with the image since you couldn't see it very well once photographed.  
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hole puncher

You may use the yarn in any way you wish, you may create any type of character-

...when they were finished, they wrote character descriptions and/or stories.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Endless Possibilities

2nd grade artist,  watercolor and marker collage
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4th grade student, collage with water-colored paper and marker

2nd and 3rd grade artists, these were all made from our painted watercolor charts

 When we grow up we start to believe that if you have lemons, go ahead, finish it... you make lemonade.  Children have the gift of believing they can travel, become, soar, navigate and dream with a painted sheet of paper.
 Note to self:  Keep your eyes on the lemons.- 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cut Paper Collage

The week after torn collage, we did cut paper collage.  I just love to see Kinder cut paper, they are so engaged.  I demonstrated cutting strips into rectangles, rectangles into triangles and how to cut round shapes by turning the paper not the scissors.  They really absorbed everything so easily.  To see a lot more, click on this link.

Making Tints

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One of the objectives for this lesson was to understand how to make tints.   The palette included the secondary colors plus white.  They could paint any type of plant life they imagined as long as it was large.
 The last day we added gold paint to the background which I feel added an ethereal quality to the paintings. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

  Robert Kennedy 

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Our color charts were transformed into dreamy landscapes against a night sky.

These are a mix of Kinder, First and Second
They all loved it!

Friday, October 5, 2012


 We all know him, whether it's from childhood memories or you may know him now.  He may be thinking, I'm the quiet student.  The new one.  Let me show you what makes me happy, my strengths.    
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The patience and craftsmanship this student has is truly wonderful.  Therein lies his strengths.

 It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.

Vincent van Gogh