Some of you have been asking about our new edition. She is doing well...though feeding time is a bit rough. She has lost a pound since being born. Her check up went well though & the doctor isn't to worried...and we don't have to go back for two weeks...so that is good news. My wife is doing well. This being our smallest of the three(at 8.5lbs)...she is bouncing back physically quicker than the others. I am taking a week off to be home with them. We have 10 sick days a year that roll over...and I almost never take off. So a week out of my 160+ days is not a problem. Thanks for asking!!!
April 28, 2014
April 25, 2014
Caroline Joy Is Here!
NO NOT YET!!!
April 24, 2014
PERSON WHO JUST WROTE ME AN E-MAIL!!!!
Hey guys..sorry for this very pointed post. However, I just had someone wrote me a great e-mail asking a question...BUT THE E-MAIL IS LOST IN CYBER SPACE?!?!?!!? I've looked through all my folders, trash, spam...EVERYTHING! So if you are the person who wrote me an e-mail concerning a move from elementary to middle/high school...PLEASE WRITE ME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so sorry I lost the e-mail!
April 23, 2014
Abstraction With Focal Point: 3rd Grade
I love abstract art, but I don't always love kids creating abstract art! ha ha Sometimes it seems that they are just trying to copy what they see...and aren't listening to the questions that lead them to abstract art. Know what I mean? For this lesson I reviewed the Elements of Art & Principles of Design, looking both at realistic & abstract art. We then focused on Focal Point, Balance, and Color. During week one I had them create at drawing of an abstract piece with the above mentioned items. They used marker and crayon to color it. During week two...I gave them the first 15 min. to finish up their work. Then I dropped the bomb!!! "YOU ARE NOW GOING TO CUT UP YOUR ART AND REASSEMBLE IT INTO A NEW PIECE!" The gasps were hysterical. We first reviewed Focal Point & Balance (color was already taken care of at this point). They cut their pieces up & had time to arrange, rearrange, and rearrange again before gluing. Once they came up with an arrangement they were happy with and fulfilled their Focal Point & Balance requirement...they glued their work down. They did not have to use all of the original piece & overlapping was encouraged. I then allowed them to use black crayon to outline, shade, segment, connect...WHATEVER! The kids really enjoyed this project after getting over the shock of cutting up their work! ha ha
April 20, 2014
April 19, 2014
BABY WATCH 2014
Hey friends...I took this picture of my wife today. It really could be any time now that Caroline Joy hatches!! My wife is more than done!! ha ha She's not due till May 5th...but they believe she is about 9 lbs right now!!! Yep..we have big babies! Eli & Margaret are very excited to see their baby sister. The other day Eli(2 yrs old) was talking to my wife's belly..."Caroline, come out and play Legos with me!". Love it!!!! Stay tuned!
Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs!
April 17, 2014
SUMMER ART CAMP IN NASHVILLE!
IF YOU ARE IN THE NASHVILLE AREA...YOUR KIDS HAVE GOT TO COME TO ART AL SOL THIS SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I use to teach at another location for Art al Sol, and it was such a GREAT experience. All day art with kids that want to be there creating!!!!!! HOW FUN IS THAT! Plus, we get to do projects that we're not always able to do in class during the school year!!!!!! LOOK AT THE INFO BELOW AND SIGN UP TODAY!!! (plus, if enough kids sign up...I'll get to teach at this location too!!!)
FOLLOW THE LINK TO SIGN UP!!!
“Art al Sol” is a five day visual arts summer camp program for students who are interested in exploring the visual arts and being challenged with arts activities that are not readily available in the art classroom. Students need to be present for the entire five day session. At 2:00 p.m. on the final day of each session, students will host a reception to show family and friends what they have made and learned during Art al Sol.
This program requires students to be self-disciplined and have the ability to work independently. If the instructors find a student lacks the maturity to handle the camp schedule of activities, the student’s parents will be asked to withdraw the student. Fees are non-refundable.
$150 (non-refundable) Camp Fees are used to cover the cost of the t-shirt, art supplies and teachers’ salaries. Please make checks payable toMetro Nashville Public Schools.
Send Application and Fee to:
Visual and Performing Arts B - 308
2601 Bransford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204
Visual and Performing Arts B - 308
2601 Bransford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204
|Date:||Session I - June 16 - 20, 2014|
Session II - June 23- 27, 2014
|Early Bird - March 14|
Application and Payment May 1, 2013
|Locations:||Hillsboro High School|
3812 Hillsboro Road
Nashville, TN 37215
|Ages:||Session I - Ages 8-10|
Session II - Ages 10 - 16
April 15, 2014
New Evaluation System
I've been busy trying to finish up my portfolio for the new arts evaluation system we're doing in MNPS(and a chunk of TN). I have loved reflecting on my teaching...and seeing the gains my students have made!! Here is an example from Kindergarten. The first picture is from Aug...and the second from Jan!!!
April 12, 2014
Jasper Johns Inspired
April 11, 2014
Coil Pots: 2nd Grade
Coil Pot Time!!! I love creating coil pots!! In college I made one that was 25 lbs of clay!!! I have placed a link to my coil pot posts from the past...and one is a step by step if you are not a clay person!! I hope it helps!!
April 10, 2014
Picasso Me: Kindergarten
My kindergarten classes are great this year! I decided I'd do some Picasso inspired self portraits with them this week. We discussed Dora-Maar, and how she did not look "normal". We talked about the different perspectives showed in the work..and the unusual color choices. I was amazed by how many found the humor in making themselves "not normal". In the past, my kindergarten students had a hard time grasping anything other than realism. This group is all in...and I'm excited to introduce them to some other abstracted works!!!
April 09, 2014
Ticonderoga Pencil Sharpener!
You probably have read about my dislike of electric pencil sharpeners. I just haven't found one that lasted for any length of time. They all over heat once I sharpen a dozen pencils?!?!?! However, my favorite pencil company now has an electric pencil sharpener!!! I sharpened a dozen pencils to perfection in the blink of an eye. My only "issue" is that the holding tank for the pencil shavings is a bit small for sharpening mass amounts of pencils. Twelve made it pretty packed...two dozen I had to empty it twice. My hope is they make a classroom size one!! None the less..it is a good product made by a great company. It will be sold on Amazon from what I understand in the next month or so...keep an eye out for it!
April 08, 2014
Finishing Our Clay Facades: 4th Grade
We ran out of time last nine weeks to finish our clay facades...so we kicked off the new nine weeks finishing them up. I had my students use a gouache to paint their clay, and then we used a tempera varnish to finish them off. I feel the tempera varnish is a more economical way to complete the pieces. A little goes a long way..and I find it over all a little cheaper to purchase than clear acrylic. With no hood on my kiln....and limited budget....glaze is not a great option for me at this time!
April 04, 2014
Mr. E Asks 3: Phil Hansen
After Phil Hansen's session at NAEA San Diego, I asked him if I could do a mini-interview with him via e-mail. He told me that would be great...and then was whisked off to do a book signing. I wasn't sure if he'd really remember...or have time for my questions. He is a busy guy & all!!! True to his word...he replied to my e-mail (The day after I sent it!!!! WOW!!! He continues to impress me!!!!!). He is much more than his TED talk....that is only a nice introduction. I'm so glad I was able to meet him, and look forward to his future work, his site gbaacademy.com, and hopefully meet up with him again. He's the type of guy you wanna grab some Starbucks with & just hang out.
So here is my first ever...
MR. E ASKS 3: Phil Hansen
Question 1: What has been your favorite unusual media to work with?
Phil: Working with the worms was my favorite unusual media by far. If you can even call it a medium. ha! It was such a challenge to learn the best way and how to capture it on camera.
Question 2: Do you duplicate media or do you move on after mastering something new?
Phil: I occasionally use a media multiple times. this is most often seen in the text work I do. I find it to be the most challenging and engaging work I do.
Question 3: If you were to speak to a frustrated artist...what word
of advice/inspiration would you give them?
Phil: Simply keep pushing and you'll break through, have an epiphany, or discover a new direction at some point. This really can't be understated. Fighting our own fatigue/block/struggles is a fight worth having!
THANK YOU SO MUCH PHIL HANSEN!!! I SO APPRECIATE YOUR TIME, THOUGHT, AND WILLINGNESS TO SHARE!!!!
Make sure to check out his book
April 03, 2014
While going through my stuff....
I was going through one of my school bags I took to San Diego, and found these!! Haha! This is Donna Staten...you may know her as the Art Ed Queen of Pinterest!!!! We were having a great time in Faber-Castell's Photo Booth!!! If you've never been to the National Convention...it is a whole lot of fun! You get to spend time with some great people too!!! Thanks for snappin' some pics with me Donna!!!!!
Those of you who attended NAEA San Diego...don't forget to fill out your survey!!
I would love to do a large session!!! So, if any of you have yet to fill out the survey..there is a section where you can recommend people you'd like to hear at general sessions, super sessions, and such. WRITE ME IN!!! :) ha ha I'm not above asking!! ha ha I really would love to do a large session!!!!!
Also if you came to my session on A Blog People Want To Read at the convention...PLEASE FILL OUT THE RATING ON THE CONVENTION APP!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!
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