December 01, 2016

#TURKEYADAY16 : IN REVIEW

Some of you may have seen my #turkeyaday16 art challenge.  Seems mostly it was a challenge for me...because I didn't have many participate.  That is ok though...I was crackin' myself up all month long! ha ha  Here are all the turkeys for your viewing pleasure!  

When I first started the challenge...I was only planning on doing a week of art related turkeys.  I was thinking that there were so many other fun subjects to put my turkey in...how could I just keep it to one topic.  However, as the week progressed...I had so many art related ideas to create...I just couldn't bring myself to switch to another topic!!! ha ha  
















Check back in February...I think there will be a return of the #aheartaday challenge from last year!   

Odd Saved Draft Posts: ONE

       

???So here was a mystery post in my "DRAFT" folder of blogger???
DO YOU ALL REMEMBER ME POSTING THIS??
It was from a year ago?  So strange??  It was a mixed media project where I had the kindergarten students created painted paper backgrounds one week...and then do collage birds the next.  I loved this project!!  So fun & colorful!  Anyways?!? Maybe this is a repeat..maybe not.  I had 5 drafts??  So..guess you'll be seeing a few odd posts like this?!?! HA HA

November 30, 2016

The Little White Owl: Kindergarten



I recently posted my "go-to" winter books for kindergarten!  
This week I'm reading The Little White Owl.


I have some amazing...I mean AMAZING kindergarten artists!!!!  I had them cut out the ovals for the eyes from white paper so they really POPPED on the page.  We drew our picture first.  They were instructed to make a fun pattern on the belly of the owls.  We then used construction paper crayons to color.  I really push "finishing" their work craftsmanship wise....so that it truly looks completed.  I love the results!!!






This owl has seen things!!!!

November 28, 2016

Practicum Students' Poster/Display

I've long worked with the art education department at MTSU (Middle TN State University).  I've had a majority of my student teachers come from there, and who knows how many practicum students!!!  They truly have a wonderful program that well prepares their student for the world of art education.
As part of their stay with me (they send me three at a time..twice a week... for about 5 weeks),  they have to create a bulletin board/display.  I'm kind of possessive about my bulletin boards...so have them make posters for my wall.  Here are this year's offerings!! 










November 27, 2016

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Strong & Weak

We don't like to exploit our weaknesses. We have a difficult time embracing our struggles.  However, both can fuel the artist with amazing inspiration!  The weakness explored through the arts can become a great strength.  The despair of one's struggle can find peace through the process of creation.  Sometimes artists get stereotyped as dark, brooding, moody, and always struggling with something.  Maybe they are just more in touch with this part of life & are working through it instead of glazing over the deep hurts that are apart of all of our lives. 


But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Unfortunately many believers live life on the surface.  They have become skilled at wearing masks to cover their struggles & masters of acting as not to appear weak.  Somewhere along the line the lie was accepted & adopted that Christians should be "perfect".  You go to church and find that everyone is "fine"(said with a shallow half smile).   People do not share their hurts, discuss their struggles, or admit their weaknesses.  Yet in 2 Cor. 12: 9-10 we are confronted with the fact that the very thing so many are trying to hide....is exactly what God wants us to bring to him.  When we can bring these things to the Lord & admit that we need him...his strength can be experienced.  The community of believers can become stronger when we live life together...sharing our struggles & weaknesses with one another.  We can experience the Lord in a new way when we can free ourselves of the masks & acting....and live an authentic life....no matter how imperfect!!

November 23, 2016

Mini Matisse's ATC Swap 2016

Here are this year's offerings for the 2nd Annual Mini-Matisse ATC Swap!
I had all grades work on different aspects of the cards.  Can't wait to see what we get back from the swap!! The kids loved seeing other students' work from all over the world last year!!  








November 20, 2016

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Layers

I love creating & teaching collage. There is something so soothing to me about cutting paper. I also love the amount of texture, color, and pattern that can be infused in the work.  When I teach collage, one of the greatest struggles for young artists is planning the layers to their work.  They get so excited about one component that they forget that their are things behind & around it.  This creates greater challenges when things are done without considering the whole.  Even when the background is not what we would consider the "star" of the show, it must be considered for the overall success of the work.  Every layer of a collage is important to the larger picture.


There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, aa time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.  
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

Our lives are all about the layers.  We have experiences that may seem to be something we'd rather forget, but those events allow us to value & embrace the good in our lives.  It isn't that we wish negative, challenging, difficult times upon ourselves & others.  Those times are part of all of our lives.  We will experience pain, sickness, and even death.  How will we deal this these things?  Often we return in our hearts & minds to the good times...when life was not such a struggle.  Remember such things gives us hope for tomorrow.  When our lives are going well & we are experience joy & success.....how do we reflect on those experiences?  We remember where we came from & the challenges we've overcome.  When life is neither high nor low....we look at our struggles to push us toward greater things....or the successes to motivate us to new heights.   We can not fixate on the positive, negative, or current situations.  Doing so denies the larger picture God is creating through our lives.  There is a season for everything.  Those seasons all play a part in knowing God & making God known. As we share our stories of his faithfulness in our lives(good & bad)...God is glorified.  The layers that make up our life are all important....and must be considered as we grow in him. 




November 19, 2016

Books in the Art Room: Winter

Fall has been fun..but it is time to turn our attentions to winter!  It will be here before we know it.  I do my best to have WINTER books & not CHRISTMAS.  I stay away from holidays as much as possible since they are a day...and seasons last for months (so the art is relevant longer!).  Plus..not everyone celebrates the same holidays...or in some cases..ANY holidays. 

So here are some of the winter books I use in my classroom!