January 17, 2021

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Affected

Have you ever used a marker, crayon, or oil pastels and had an unexpected color/mark appear?  These materials can often "pick up" color from use, misuse, and abuse. I always warn my student not to color marker over top of marker.  This can cause a transfer of color onto the tip of the marker that may have unappealing results for whoever uses that color next.  Crayons and oil pastels can easily pick up the "crumbs" of other colors while in use or storage. Just being together in a box is enough to cause a transfer of colors on to each other. If you are not careful, these seemingly harmless acts can affect a work of art.  

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:30

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

I have a very diverse group of friends & people that I associate.  I feel that just because I'm a Christian does not mean I must only spend time with other people that believe the same way I do.  How boring would that be?!?!  Plus, I feel that we must get outside of the church walls if we want to have an impact on the world around us.  Jesus made a point of spend time with those the "religious" people would not consider.  However, we must be very careful not to place ourselves in situations or with individuals that will have a negative impact on us. I would not place myself somewhere that I felt would cause me to struggle or would influence my ideas & attitudes in a negative way.  Many people will say, "But it is my ministry!"  The Lord would not place you in a ministry that would corrupt you & your character!  We must take responsibility....knowing ourselves, the people, & the situation well enough to know if we need to be in the midst of it.  Because if we are not careful...we will be affected by the influence.  So often people just assume they are unaffected by the company they keep, the places they spend their time, the music they listen to, the websites they visit, the things they read, or the things they listen to on radio, podcasts, or television.  Like the transfer of color that can happen so easily...we pick up things when we are unaware.  We must protect ourselves & those that look to us for guidance by making wise choices in all we do.  

January 15, 2021

Analogous Color Blending

Here is a fun lesson (great for virtual teaching!) to work on color blending using analogous colors.  I used the idea of "feathers", but this would also be great in the fall using leaves.  No matter the form it takes...focus on using analogous colors in order to create beautiful color blends.

January 14, 2021

Drawing An Animal & Habitat

Students have a lot of choice when it comes to selecting an animal & it's habitat!  This is a great time to bring in some of the science standards, and possibly writing standards.  They can write about their animal and where it lives.  


January 13, 2021

Op Art Fun (w/ Video)!

 My 3rd & 4th grade students love creating op art!!  This is a great entry level op art project where students can experience a ton of success! It is a great lesson for those teaching online! 

January 12, 2021

January 10, 2021

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: INFLUENCED

 As artists, we are influenced by a multitude of external sources.  We may take from our family, community, affiliations, education, interests, emotions, attitudes, entertainment, travels, or even other artists/artwork.  Not that we simply regurgitate those influences, but more so synthesize the information gathered through our own internal processes to produce works of art.  Often influences manifest themselves in style, content, and/or meaning.  

Van Gogh's fascination with Japanese art is extremely evident in many of his paintings.  Carmen Lomas Garza's work centers on her own family, community, and culture.  We see examples across time & place of movements in art, geographical proximity, and cultural changes impacting multiple artists in similar fashions.  As much as we would like to think of ourselves as completely unique/original, we are impacted by our life & experiences.

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 13:20

You were running a good race.  Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?  That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.  "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."   
Galatians 5:7-9

Influence is an extremely important concept in our journey of faith.  Both... WHO (OR WHAT) IS INFLUENCING US? & WHO ARE WE INFLUENCING?  These questions can often be glazed over because the answers are challenging to what we've become comfortable with in our lives.  Things we watch, things we read, things we listen to, people we spend time with, and places we frequent can influence us negatively or positively.  We must take a hard look at what we are allowing to impact our hearts & minds.  Though we may say, "IT DOESN'T IMPACT ME....I'M STRONGER THAN THAT!".....scripture warns us that "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." (Galatians 5:9) The negative influences in our life can quickly impact us though we might not see it in the beginning.  It seeps in and slowly starts to take hold of us.  In Proverbs we are encouraged to keep good company..."Walk with the wise and become wise."  Those we choose to surround ourselves with can & will impact us!  Also, we need to see that we are placing ourselves in situations where we can influence others.  Sometimes it is as simple as a smile.  Sometimes it is deep conversations about God & what He means to you as a believer.  We have the ability to positively influence our family, friends, co-works, and total strangers!  Are we seeing those opportunities?  Or are we shying away from the responsibility that God has given us.  

January 06, 2021

Crayola creatED Writing Art-Inspired Stories Pre-K-2nd

 As a  "THANK YOU" for participating in a recent Webinar with Crayola, they sent me several products to try out.  I received their Crayola creatED series!  I have three children (ages 6, 9, and 11) are the target ages to try out these boxes by Crayola.  For our first project I had them work together using the lesson found in the pre-K - 2nd box. 

The hardest part of this lesson was having my kids agree on a theme for their story! ha ha  Unicorns, Llamas, and Godzilla would have made for a very interesting adventure, but they finally agreed on creating a story about our cat, Ali.  They talked about different ideas of what she could do in their story, and decided to have her home alone and getting into trouble.  
(Bonus points if you can tell me the segment of the story that was originally Godzilla! ha ha)


ps...I do like the boxes!  They have the product and easy to follow lesson plans.  The lessons are connected with the national art standards and pull in cross curricular elements. They have Writing, Math, and STEAM.  The price point (last time I looked) was $19.95.  If you are home schooling, a parent dealing the teaching your child at home during the pandemic, or just wanting a fun arty activity to do for family time....I think they are great!  

January 04, 2021

Puzzles of Color

Over the pandemic puzzles have become a must have!  I saw a segment on CBS about Puzzles of Color.  It is an African American owned company (brother & sister team), and they create puzzles using the art of African American artists! The images are stunning. 
If you enjoy puzzles...please check them out! 

January 03, 2021

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Change

Are you in an artistic rut? Are you bored or frustrated with yourself for doing the same thing over and over?  Maybe you are comfortable with a medium, set of colors, style, or subject matter.  Sometimes when we become comfortable we fear trying new things because we don't want to become uncomfortable.  We fear not being successful.  We fear being misunderstood.  We fear the struggle.  We fear starting over.  These fears may be very real, but we should not let them keep us in the rut we find ourselves.  Change is a natural part of the artistic journey.  Picasso didn't pop out the Picasso you might think of artistically.  In fact, the work you might closely associate with Picasso...I may not.   He grew, developed...CHANGED!  He wasn't afraid to try new things.  Because of this, his body of work is prolific, interesting, and diverse.  If he would have been unwilling to change, I doubt we would think of his impact on the art world the same way.  

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43: 18-19

Change has never been easy.  We see here in Isaiah a reminder to God's people that they need to leave behind the things of the past. The writer is reminding them that God is "doing a new thing!"  Do you ever find yourself clinging to the past?      I COULD NEVER DO THAT. I'VE NEVER DONE THAT. I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH. SOMEONE ELSE WOULD DO BETTER THAN I COULD.  I'VE TRIED AND DIDN'T DO A GOOD JOB.  We look to our past/past experiences/lack there of experiences to move forward....or not.  God is calling you out of what was into what is in Him.  Our life of faith is all about change.  We don't need to fear being uncomfortable, unsuccessful, misunderstood, or the struggle.  God is with us as we face change.  He desires us to trust Him.  What change(s) are you having trouble trusting God with in your life?  

January 01, 2021

Faber Castell Watercolor Gel Sticks

This product is so interesting!! Have you all tried it before? It is similar to watercolor crayons, but has its own characteristics. Check out my product review & let me know what you think of it! 

Faber-Castell Watercolor Gel Sticks


December 31, 2020

Happy New Year!

After an “interesting” 2020...I hope that your 2021 is amazing!


December 30, 2020

Faber Castell Gel Crayons Review

Check out my review of the Faber Castell Gel Crayons? 
They are unlike any crayons I’ve ever used! 


December 29, 2020

What are you working on?

I'm working on yo-yo's for another wall hanging. I have about 150 so far! 


December 26, 2020

Question for You

 Anyone used these before?? They seemed "dry" to me, but the color blended out well. My sweet 11 yrs old daughter got them for me for Christmas. 

December 20, 2020

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Not Alone

Artists are often portrayed as loners, outsiders, or not fitting into mainstream society.  Though some artists may desire to be left to their own devices, it is more the exception than the rule.  I would say most creatives desire to feel connected and that they are not alone.  Artist communities, co-ops, and organizations provide opportunities for those involved in creative pursuits.  They give a since of belonging while facilitating feedback, resources, inspiration, and often offering outlets to share one's work.  Though some will forgo "formal" groups , they will still seek out connection so
 they are not alone.  


Are you feeling alone?  Have those you trusted abandoned you?  Do you feel like others won't understand or accept you...so you are isolating yourself?  Whatever the reason might be for your feelings of being alone....YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  So many in this world...RIGHT NOW...are experiencing the same feelings.  They might be hurt, misunderstood, rejected, or in the midst of a struggle...just like you.  These are shared human experiences.  Around you right now are people who care about you, and desire to be there for you (even if you don't feel like there is in this moment).  If you are someone who has a personal relationship with the Lord...he is there for you in the midst of what you're going through.  In Isaiah, he tells his people "I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and I tell you, "Don't be afraid. I will help you.".  Doesn't this bring a sense of reassurance to you in the midst of your struggles?  Doesn't this bring comfort to your heart, mind, and soul?  Doesn't this remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE?  God loves you. He cares for you.  He is with you.  

December 15, 2020

Crayola Gel Pen: Product Review

I have wanted to try gel pens for awhile now. Check out my review of Crayola's Gel Pens. 
 I'd also love to hear tips, tricks, and how you use them in your art!  Leave a comment & let me know!!

December 14, 2020

December 09, 2020

Crayola Webinar!!

Join me next week!!! I just discovered Crayola was doing these...and now I get to be a part of the fun!!!! (ps..They called me a teacher influencer...I never said that....that was their words...I'm just an art teacher walking the same road we all are!)  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X9bVOQfoTqm7G5_I5Gkpgw?platform=hootsuite&utm_SeptTW=hootsuite

December 06, 2020

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: Get The Word Out!

Each Sunday I do a devotional here on my blog connecting art and faith. The rest of the week it is all art/art education.  If my Sunday posts are not your thing...please feel free to skip over them and view the posts related to art/art education.  Thank you for visiting! 

Some artists have no problem promoting their work.  Others may struggle with shameless self promotion.  Either way, it is imperative that positive information and affirmation is shared in order to promote the art and artist.  One of the best ways to do this is "word of mouth".  When someone likes your art work & believes in what you are doing...it is hard to keep them quiet (Not that you want to do that! ha ha).  They will share pictures of your work, talk about your work, and encourage everyone they meet to purchase your art.  They want others to know what they know, experience what they've experienced, and to share in the connection that they have. Even if no one else seems to care, they will continue to share because of the impact it has made on them.  

 How often do "things" speak for us without a word spoken.  Our attitude, actions, investments, relationships, entertainment, and work ethic can share more about our heart than our words ever could. We share in various forms those things we most value.  If our lives have truly been changed by the Lord....shouldn't that be evident?    Shouldn't our words and our deeds reflect the impact of his love in our life?  Not that we would be "Bible Thumping" or trying to force people to believe what we believe, but a natural byproduct of knowing God is making him known.  We are excited about the love, security, and peace that comes with that personal relationship.  It's hard not to want to share that with others.  Just like talking about our family, job, or hobbies just comes naturally, so will the impact of God in our lives. 

What keeps you from telling others about your relationship with God?   What is preventing you 
from letting others know about what he has done in your life?  

December 04, 2020

My Favorite Collaborative Winter Bulletin Board

 During a "normal" year I always do a huge collaborative bulletin board with all my students. Each class/grade level takes on a "piece" of the picture. One class did the sky, one grade level did the buildings..etc. Then they all come together into a huge display that is at the front of the school as you enter our building .
This one popped up in my Facebook memories.
One of my favorites. I do not "do" holidays in my classroom because of a deep desire to be inclusive of all my students. I had done so many BRIGHT & COLORFUL boards in the past, I really wanted to show the students that "black & white" could be beautiful. This winter board will forever hold a special place in my heart!

December 03, 2020

Un-Snow People Behavior

 I thought these works were turning out so cute! Unfortunately we won’t be able to have our finish up day because we’ve gone virtual again.

November 30, 2020

#turkeyaday 2020

I decided to do "turkey portraits" for this year's #turkeyaday.  Here is a review of what I created.  If you missed out & want to do a no stress art challenge....check back in February for #heartaday2020!