We've been enjoying the beautiful weather while working on clay this year on our art patio. We have a great patio space and thought why not have art outdoors. (Specially clay, because it gets super dusty in the artroom.)
The weather has cooperated most of the time. In two weeks we've only had a few sprinkles. Enjoy the pictures below to see a few photos of what we are learning about and working on.
5th grade - Clay bird/fairy houses
4th grade - Clay Chinese takout boxes and fortune cookies
3rd grade - Clay plate and Chinese pagoda picture frame
2nd grade - Clay dragons
1st grade - Clay fish with base (Thanks Cassie Stevens)
Kindergarten - Clay Chinese pinch pot cup and Initial plaque
We hope to be getting picnic tables soon for our outdoor art space. They are part of an Eagle project for a Boy Scout. He is preparing outdoor art spaces for both art teacher in our school for his Eagle project. Check back and we'll have photos as soon as they are installed! We can't wait! :-)
From Thanksgiving to Christmas was a blur in my classroom. No, literally. Clay dust in a room makes it hard to see (and breathe) sometimes. We created the most clay pieces that has ever been created using over 1000 lb of clay! Yikes! I even had to beg for a couple of extra shelving units to help hold them all.
Despite the dust cloud and breathing issues the projects turned out super! I'll be busy firing them over the next couple of months. Students are eager to glaze them.
I did however, think ahead and did Kindergarten and 1st grade ahead of 2nd - 5th. So theirs is DONE!! Can I get an Amen?! They are soooo cute! I love them! A shout out and thanks goes to Cassie Stephens for a couple of the new projects that we did. I think these new projects are some of my favs too!
Yep! You read it right. This is my first ever blog from right her at my desk. I started out with Artsonia last year at my school and this year started this beautiful webpage to showcase our students amazing art and I'm now delving into blogging. Thanks to Cassie Stevens, Laura Lohman and Ginger Pacer's influence. (Thanks ladies!)
I am formally known to my students as the "Art Ninja Master". We are all art ninjas in my art room which allows for some fun call backs and activities when we are lining up. (I'll explain that one in another post.)
This year so far our students have completed a DOT day project, their printmaking, and all are either working or finishing up some painting projects. I'll delve into those in separate posts as well to show some details and photos. (I LOVE photos!! Ok, so yea, maybe because I'm a photographer too.)
This is my 18th year of teaching but only my 2nd in K-5. Let me explain. I started out formally trained in art at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. It was a fantastic education and anyone wanting to go into the art field should definitely check it out! After graduation I jumped into advertising and graphic design and held a position of art director at a few companies in Columbus. When I was at one of those jobs an opportunity came knocking at my door and I wound up teaching at my alma mater. (A pretty sweet deal.) I taught at CCAD for 16 years and loved it. Being immersed in art education as a coulee instructor has taught me so much and working in the field as a professional artist has be awesome. I haven't stopped doing art and you can still find me creating a logo or doing some page layout for someone here and there.
To keep my blog somewhat short (ok, maybe I've already passed the short part) I'll whittle down all of my other experiences. I've been a professional photographer, taught art at an art camp (my art camp) for 10 years, subbed in the schools for 5 years and now here I am.
I look at K-5 education with the thought that I can help these children learn all of their content areas using the visual arts. Helping them to see the world differently and having an appreciation for what they see. I absolutely love the ah-ha moments when a kindergartener says, "I didn't know you could mix those to colors to get that one."
So stay tuned, visit often, learn a little and enjoy what we've been creating.