December 03, 2021

Kindergarten Snow People

 I love my kindergarteners! They have grown so much already this year. We've been working on cutting & gluing skills a good bit.  I think their snow people turned out absolutely adorable!

December 02, 2021

Winter Bulletin Board 2021

At the bottom of this post you will see a variety of winter boards I have done.  It is not all of them, but a cross section of a variety I've done with my students.  However, I was kind of over the villages, snowmen, and such.  This year I wanted to do something different.  Something I've never done before.  I decided to go for an icy feel, but used flowers as the theme.  I'm also still trying to build some skills that were not covered/not reinforced due to many of our student(200+) being virtual for a year and a half. Cutting and gluing really suffered!  So I'm providing opportunities to work on some of the missed skills. I really love the way it turned out. 

Here are the boards from past years! The ones at the bottom were my first couple years doing them....I feel they've improved a great deal over time.  I've learned how to assign parts to different classes, and bring in a variety of ideas, techniques, and skill development.

I loved this board!  It had such a story book feel to it! 
I was tired of all the bright colors...and thought it would be fun to do black & white/gray tones.

This one was inspired by the Little White Owl (This was the first year I had read it to my students, and thought it would be super fun for a board! I think this was 2013)\

November 29, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 29


Part of one of my fav shows as a kid!!! #turkeyaday21 Day 29!!!! #turkeyaday #artchallenge

November 28, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 28

 If you don't follow art YouTubers ...this turkey may not make a lot of sense. It represents one of my favorites, NerdECrafter!!!

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Safe

Art is often a safe place for people to retreat & find sanctuary. It is a place to "be".  The artist is able to find rest and restoration in the midst of creation.  Art can also be a safe(ish) place where one comes to define and defend their ideas and beliefs. It is a place to stand one's ground while pushing boundaries (and buttons!)  Art can be safety for comfort and confronting. It depends on the needs of the artist what that safety will bring.

 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."Psalm 91:2

What does it mean for the Lord to be both a refuge and a fortress? God as our refuge is a safe place where one finds comfort from pursuit, danger, and the troubles of this world. God as our fortress allows us to face the world in the midst of the battles that rage in and around us.  It is not safety from the struggles, but safety in the midst of them. The key is..."in whom I trust".  To trust the Lord is to know him.  When we know him we experience his powerful love.  That personal relationship can be both a place to run to for refuge & a mighty fortress to face the battles of this world. I pray you feel safe in the Lord to be all he has called you to be. 

November 23, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 23

Day 23 of #turkeyaday21  Do you know this iconic character of book & the small screen? #turkeyaday #artchallenge #novartchallenge 


November 20, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 20

 A friend of mine made a request for this turkey.  I don't usually take requests, but she has been going through a lot.  I thought if I could make her smile...then sure!! 

Do you know this turkey?

November 19, 2021

#turkeyaday21 : Day 19

This character was not part of the original group, but came along later!  As soon as I saw him, I purchased him for my classroom. 


November 18, 2021

Mondo Llama Brushes

 I’m not one to totally slam a brand. There are so many factors in every situation.  There are bad batches, factors in transportation (things being too hot, too cold, or getting bounced around in shipping), and operator error.  I will say I’ve liked Mondo Llama’s crayons, markers, and colored pencils (not my favorite...but I’d for sure recommended them to my students for at home use!).  


I was given some gift cards to Target from someone in the community that likes to support the arts. I went on line and saw that Mondo Llama had brushes. I ordered about a class set worth. Within a week I regretted my decision. After a couple days of using them...their was a plastic like coating start bubbling up on the handle. A couple days later their were large areas of paint pealing off.   Now you might be thinking I left my brushes in water. No, I learned not to make that mistake over 20 years ago when I first started teaching.  There is just something up with these brushes. I terribly disappointed. The brush itself is nice, but the handles....not so much.  

#turkeyaday21: Day 18

When SNL was really funny! 

November 17, 2021

Winged Creatures in Collage

I gave the students a second day to work on their collage. After the first day they just felt unfinished, plus, I knew we were going to be taking our characters from the collage and turning them into main characters for a narrative drawing. I wanted the students to spend extra time with this so they felt more at ease creating a story to go with them. 


#turkeyaday21: Day 17

 Day 17!!  Turkeys just wanna have fun!! 😉 #turkeyaday21 #turkeyaday #artchallenge #novartchallenge 

November 16, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 16

This was bit after my time...but thought many of you would know it right off the bat! 
Over half way done with Turkey-A-Day. 
Hope you have been enjoying it! 


#turkeyaday21: Day 15

If you were a kid in the 80' might remember this turkey!


November 14, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 14

 Day 14...blub..bluub...bluuuub! 

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Give

 Have you ever heard of FREE ART FRIDAYS?  It is a wonderful movement happening in major cities across the United States where artists "hide" artwork.   They place it in public areas in their city & leave clues on social media of where it can be found.  The recipient then posts their find back on social media (hopefully).  There is no financial gain for the artist from this experience (except maybe a bit of publicity).  It is possible there won't even be the satisfaction of having someone post & show their appreciation for the artwork found.  It is simply another outlet for artists to share their gifts and talents with others. There is a joy & excitement to give a part of what you have been given, with no reciprocation. 

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:  'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'
Acts 20:35  

We all have gifts, talents, training, and skills that can provide a living, meet needs, or gives great joy. Some are blessed to have all of that rolled into one.  However, we can look around our communities and see that there are those not about to make a living, needs that are going unmet, and people that seem so far removed from joy.  We can be so caught up in our own world that we do not see those struggling around us.  We may be jaded from past negative experiences, and feel that people need to take care of their own issues.  We may be overwhelmed by the enormity and level of need/distress that we feel unable to make a difference.  God has not called us to solve all the problems in the world.  He has called us to be available to do His will, and to use the gifts/talents/training/skills He has given us for His glory and honor.  

All that we have is a gift from God.  He has modeled for us how to give. He came and gave His life on the cross for our sins.  We can't out give God!  Ask Him what He would have you do.  Can you cut back on eating out so that you can give to a food pantry?  Can you give up going to the movies on the weekend so you can volunteer at the homeless shelter?  Can you take family time and put it to good use helping out the refugees in your community?  How can you use your gifts & talents to help your community?  Pray about it. 
Step out in faith...and GIVE!


November 12, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 12

      I AM THAT HERO     


Kindergartners Watercolor Painting for the 1st Time!

You could have heard a pin drop! 
 These kiddos were AMAZING!!

My kindergarten students have worked with watercolor pencils & used wet brushes on washable marker marks, but this was the first time we used pan watercolors.  They did incredibly well! Not just no spills, but really applying the tips, tricks, and techniques! 

November 11, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 11

Ok..this one turned out just like I had pictured in my mind!! 😂 Not nearly as creepy as yesterday!  Happy Day 11 #turkeyaday #turkeyaday21 #novartchallenge


November 10, 2021

#turkeyaday21: Day 10

 Do ya'll every get an idea in your head, and think that will be cute. Then you do it...and it is a think of nightmares and horror?  Well, this "turkey" kind of fits that! ha ha  Hope you enjoy and don't have nightmares!