Monday, April 22, 2013

West Zone District Art Show!

Friday night was opening night for the art show and was it crowded!  Many of my art students came and brought their family and friends to see all the beautiful works of art.  I gave students an art spirit stick if they attended regardless if they had artwork hanging in the show.  We use spirit sticks as rewards and motivators on our campus.  You can look up what a spirit stick is at  All our students wear a lanyard with a student I.D. at school so theses are a fun way to bling up the lanyard!:)

Here are some pictures of my students and their work.  I asked permission to post their pictures on my blog from each parent.

 51 works of art on exhibit!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

4th grade Klimt inspired "Tree of Life"

In 4th grade, I started a project with the kids that is inspired by Klimt and his "Tree of Life".  I showed them a short PowerPoint on Klimt and we discussed his use of gold tones, shapes, patterns, and colors.  We also spent some time talking about life.  We discussed what influences our life, what is important to us, and what we see in our future.  We spent time looking, thinking, and talking about what we liked and found interesting in Klimt's Tree of Life.

Students created a watercolor wash background.  Next, students painted with Gold metallic paint to create their tree.  Once the tree was completed, students traced around the outline of the tree with Gold Sharpie paint pens.  The next step is to create patterns on the ground, tree, and in the branches.  These patterns need to incorporate something that represents your life.  Some students chose to create sport symbols, hearts, foods, and mustaches onto their trees.  The art is turning out great!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring Is Here!

Wow!  Since coming back from Spring Break, it seems that time has flown by!  Busy is the one word I would use to describe my life!  I have chosen 51 works of art to hang in our West Zone Elementary Art Show and have worked over the last couple of weeks to get those ready to hang.  I will go after school today and hang the work and then Friday evening is our Grand Opening.  The show will be open to the public for the next week from 1-5pm daily, except for Monday, when the MCL Grand is closed. 

I also completed the yearbook.  That was a labor of love.  I can't wait to see the fruits of my labor when it is published and delivered to our school in about 5 weeks!  I am praying that there aren't any glaring mistakes and that everyone enjoys the finished project.  I was a nervous wreck that last few days while finishing the dedication pages.  My yearbook club kids did a fantastic job of helping take photos, edit layouts, and proof all the pages.  I was amazed at their abilities to find mistakes, organize information, and take outstanding photos!

I am also working with a fairly new company called Artome' to put on a schoolwide art show and fundraiser.  This company will send you the paper, mat and frame all student work, set up your show, take down your show, and then unframe any unsold mat/frames and send those works back to you.  The stress is making sure everyone has a nice finished product to frame!  About half my students are working directly on the paper given and the other half are working on paper I will attach to the Artome' paper.  Our schoolwide show is May 21. 

Here is a look at what we are currently working on in first grade.  We studied Jasper Johns and then each student used his concept of looking at numbers in a new way to create their own original work of art.  We started by just choosing a number to focus on, then using sharpie to outline our design.  Next, we used primary color tempera cakes to paint our art.  Lastly, we used our oil pastels to make our numbers "pop" and add another dimension and texture to our artwork.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

West Zone Art Show

The West Zone Elementary Art Show will be on exhibit at the MCL Grand Theater in Old Town Lewisville starting this Friday evening.  The grand opening is Friday evening from 7-9pm.  The address for the MCL Grand Theater is 100 N. Charles Street, Lewisville, TX. 

If you can't make it on Friday night, the MCL Grand is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday from 1-5pm. 

I hope to see you there!  I will post pictures of Opening night on Friday!