October 30, 2013

More Radial Design Paintings: 2nd Grade

New batch of the radial design project!  Some are more successful than others in regards to the radial part! ha ha  Yet, there is still something about them that is very fetching!!  I can't wait to see how the rest of the classes do with them!!!

October 29, 2013

Completed Radial Design Paintings: 2nd Grade

I love this project!!! 
On the first day they draw & begin blocking in color(we're using a fall theme for our paint choices).  On day two they are allowed to select two colors to finish off any white spaces...and are given black & a thin brush to outline.  There are many who have to "redefine" their shape/spaces with the black.  The end result though is almost always WONDERFUL!  
 Even when the first day painting doesn't seem to be going great...once they add the black
 lines it takes on a whole new life.  I find them so interesting! 
I feel this was two days well spent!

October 28, 2013


This past weekend was our annual TAEA Conference.  It goes between East, Middle, and West TN.  This year...it was right here in Nashville!!  I was really sad to see the small turn out (just a little over 100).  This is something I've been thinking a lot about. There are over 90 elementary art teachers in Nashville alone!!  Yet, there were only 5 art teachers from Metro Nashville Public Schools.  Why do they not attend?  Why are they not members of our state organization??  I'm going to be taking over as the Elementary Division Rep in January....and I'd love to see more of "my people" join.  hmmm  

Anyways?!?!  Those of us that did attend....HAD A BLAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I loved EVERYTHING.  The workshops...the lectures...the felllowship!!! 
Here are a few pictures from our two day conference!! 

I'm a little addicted!!!  They called this finger weaving...but it is actually a crocheting technique!!  It is about 6 ft look!!  It is made of four bands I crocheted...then took yarn and sewed together.  I made another one the next day during the lectures I attended!! You'll see a picture of that at the bottom.   

This was the Zentangle workshop I attended.  The presenter knew I had a Zentangle named after me...kind of freaky! ha ha  She was GREAT!!  

This is our TAEA President! 
 So much that goes into a conference!!!!!  She was buzzin' about the whole weekend making sure everything was running smoothly!

Day 2 I took a basket wrapping class.  I've done basket wrapping with a summer art camp before, but never just for my own enjoyment.  It was fun to try fabric as well as different types of yarn.

The others were created by other people in the class! SO MUCH FUN!!!

This is the second scarf I created!!!  I think I'm going to be making some
 Christmas presents this year!! ha ha

October 27, 2013

Edingers in the Art Room

 On Wed. my wife will often drop off the kiddos while she goes to meetings or sets up things at church (she works part time as the children's ministry leader).  So the kids love to look at my books or paint.  I love the time with them in my art room!!!  

                                   ART BY MARGARET                              ART BY ELI

October 24, 2013

TAEA iPhone App!!!

WE HAVE AN APP!!!!!!!!!!!
Go to the link below and get your free app for your iPhone/iPad!!!

October 23, 2013

The Start of Radial Design Paintings: 2nd Grade

So Fall Break is over...my student teacher is gone (now replaced by two practicum students from MTSU 2 days a week)....and I'm getting back in the groove of things.  I feel like I've been MIA (and my stats are showing it).  My second grade students are starting their radial design paintings.  These large (12 x 18) paintings are a fav. of my students every year.  We break it up into 2 or 3 days.  Day 1 we look at radial design...draw out our designs...and begin blocking in color.  Day 2 we'll continue to fill in all spaces and refine areas that might need more attention.   If time allows we'll also begin outlining all shapes/lines with black.  It is fun & graphic when complete (not the bad kind of graphic..hee hee).  Stay tuned for continued painted goodness!!! 

October 14, 2013



Fall 2013 State Conference

Join us for the Fall 2013 State Conference, October 24th, 25th, and 26th at Watkins College of Art , Design, and Film! 

Registration can be completed online beginning September 13 through October 14, 2013. Follow this link: www.regonline.com/2013TAEA 
Click the images or the link below to save and download a copy of the flyer!
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