April 29, 2010


I really would love to go to the NAEA conference next year! I've been to city, regional, & state conferences, but have never attended the national conference. I also would love to submit some possible sessions as a presenter. I love public speaking, and have led sessions locally. After 13 yrs of teaching, there are SO many different topics that could be covered. I need to narrow down my list so I can begin preparing. Yes, I know this years conference just finished...but I like to take my time and have several options. So what topics do you feel are important to you as an art educator, what do you see as possible strengths from my blog that could be expanded and shared, what do you feel has not been addressed in the past that you think I could put the Mr. E spin on???? You can comment or e-mail! THANKS!!!

April 23, 2010

Beginning of the End: Part 1

The end of the year is just around the corner, and I'm already preparing for next year. Today I went through all of my tempera paint...got rid of soured bottles(have you ever had any go bad...OH MY!), married bottles that were partially full, and took account of what I needed for next year(as always...blue & white!). I like to make my list now, so that at the beginning of the next year when my funds become available to me, I'm ready to order without a second thought!

April 17, 2010

Water Lilies - 4th Grade

Every spring I do an acrylic painting with my 4th graders on canvas board. It is kind
of a special project to say goodbye! Something that they will remember & keep. I pick
a different theme every year for their paintings, and this year I selected Monet's Water
Lilies. The students enjoyed looking at his work & learning about impressionism. I used
the Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists video for the lead in to the lesson.
Do you do any special projects for your exiting students(those going on to middle school/jr high)?
If so, I'd like to hear about it!!!

April 15, 2010


As most of you know, I am working on my Master of Arts in Teaching degree through the University of Idaho. Now in the last semester of the degree, I'm required to have a show of the art work I've been creating over the past two years. I've shared some of the pieces already on this blog, but thought you might enjoy seeing the show.



1st Grade

2nd Grade
3rd Grade

4th Grade

This is the work that will represent Tulip Grove Elementary for the Mayor's Art Show this year. I feel this is the most diverse work I've ever submitted! It will show off the amazing artists we have here at TGE, and all the fun projects we've been working on!

April 14, 2010

Clay Coil Pots 2nd Grade

Every year I do coil pots with my 2nd grade students. I've changed it up from time to time to keep it interesting for me. One year we created Canopic Jars(the kids loved the gross factor!). This year we used metallic acrylic paint. They LOVED it!! I am not sure my ELL student realize it really isn't gold?!?

April 13, 2010

4th Grade Art Show Work

My 4th graders worked on cities for a whole 9 weeks! We looked at realistic, futuristic, abstract...you name it...we did it! For most, the work selected for the art show was based off of Blips & Ifs by Stuart Davis and Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold.

3rd Grade Art Show Work

The students look at the work of Gustav Klimt. They really enjoyed his use of patterns and color. Tree of Life was our focus piece. The black tree image was created by tissue paper, Sharpie, and metallic paper. The pattern rainforest was created by watercolor and marker.

April 12, 2010

2nd Grade Art Show Work

The students looked at the work of Andy Warhol. They then created drawings representing their fav. candies/desserts. After incising a styrofoam plate, they printed their image several times using traditional printmaking techniques and materials.