September 29, 2014

Op Art: 4th Grade

Ms. Sanford, my SUPER student teacher, did an amazing job on this Op Art project! It is a great project for introducing point perspective, shading, reflection...and other art concepts.  If you haven't done this with your student yet...GO FOR IT!  

September 27, 2014

Kandinsky Inspired Fence


                Hoping to finish this next week....and put it up outside after fall break!!!  
                                                Stay tuned for progress pictures.

September 26, 2014

Blessed & Encouraged


Every year I am encouraged...and blessed by the art supply drive Dr.Ed does for my friend Julie and I.  The gifts help stretch the money we do receive from school farther!  I honesty would not be able to do all I do without the generousity of Dr. Ed & his practice members! Thank you Total Body Health Care!

September 25, 2014

TGE Art At The School Board

Last week my director asked if I would like to showcase some of my students' art for the upcoming board meeting.  We talked about how it would be displayed, how many pieces....blah blah blah.  I thought it was a nice I said yes!  I had till Sept 30.  Then I get a call/e-mail saying...that it was not the 30th, but the 23rd.  Hmm..big difference.  Scrambled to get the art mounted & ready...but over all was pleased with it.  Wanted to write a description of each lesson on the boards, but.....something had to give!  ha ha  These are mostly the projects done by my student teacher who has been with me since the start of the school year!  She has been a blessing...and the art room will seem a little empty after fall break! 


September 21, 2014

A Mr. E Painting Party

(I share about how I do painting there is a lot of text.  If you want to just skip to the pictures...feel free!!! ha ha)

Friday I "taught" a painting night at a local church (the children's pastor is a friend of mine).  I wasn't too sure about the evening....because the group was going to be large (about 50 people) &  mixed ages (from 4 to 80).  Both of those factors can make such an event challenging.  However, the everything went amazingly well.....though crazy....and I would totally do it again!!!

I know that many feel "painting parties" & such are questionable.  I personally do not believe in a factory mindset to painting.  I want people to paint something that uniquely them....not a paint by number hack.  Several of you had asked on Facebook how I plan & lead such an event.  So let me share how I "do" painting parties. 

PRE-PLANNING -  You have to know how many (or close to it) people will be attending.  Canvas can be purchased on the fly...but that is not convenient or cost effective.  Every event I've done...I've known in advance about how many would be in attendance.  I was able to purchase canvas on sale or with coupons over time(so far I've gotten the best deals at Michaels when they have multi packs on sale).  Size matters...for a couple reasons.  Larger canvas are more expensive..don't come in large multi packs...and can not be completed in the time frame of a painting party!  Acrylic paint does not go on sale very often!  I search Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo-Anns, and Wal-Mart for the best prices.  Wal-Mart has been good for acrylic.  They have a large selection of pretty good prices.  I get the bigger bottles in my "main colors"...and a TON of small ones so there is a great deal of variety in the work!  

THEME- Depending on the wheres & whos....your painting party will most likely need a theme.  The past two I've done were fall themed.  Now a theme is good...because "non-artists" need some guidance.  However, you want to leave it open that there is choice & creativity.  I create stencils for the theme.  I feel that this is "enough" of a crutch for the truly fearful, but still forces them to think about composition, color, and completing!  

SETTING UP-  You want people to be able to work in groups so that conversation & sharing of progress is easy to come by.  So make sure your tables and chairs are close enough together to accommodate that, but leaves them enough room to work.  Have a central supply station.  Here you will place brushes, paints, paint plates, paper towels, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, rulers(if they want to create a straight edge border), stencils...and anything else you might need.  I've started setting up my laptop and my iPad with Pinterest pulled up for those who might be "stuck".  I would ask the location where your having the party to provide cups or bowls for water.  

THE ACTUALLY PARTY-  My favorite part of the evening is telling everyone we'll not be doing step by step paintings...and that I will not be pre-drawing their canvas for them!! ha ha  You have to move them away from the factory method of painting parties..and empower them to create their own work of art.  Let them know the "crutches" you have for them....and that you will be walking around to encourage, inspire, and help!  Make sure to move around them room and talk to everyone.  Even if they seem like they have it going on.....ask them about their work and offer them help if they need it.  Don't spend too much time with one person...or one table.  Some people do need more encouragement than others....but you have a whole room to help!  
LISTEN-  I have so much fun at these events. People really open up.  It is like therapy.  I've learned amazing things about amazing people...just because I was willing to listen. Some people are sharing their fears and thoughts about art.  Some are sharing their fears and thoughts about life.  Just enjoy it.  Times like that are few and far between in our world.  Art has away of bringing out so much in people....WHAT A BLESSING!!

Well..I hope that helps.  If you have any more questions...just leave a comment.  

 At the end of the evening..this sweet woman came up to me and said..."Honey, thank you so much for this...I have leukemia...and to forget about my troubles for a couple hours has been wonderful!" 
WOW! There are no words!!!

This is my sweet girl, Margaret!  She always says she's an artist...just like daddy! 

Not everyone did a fall painting..and that was totally ok with me.  This teen loves Batman, and she wanted to do one of the characters.  It turned out super cool!!

This couple has 6 children!!!  They were so sweet...and the mom said she wanted to be an art teacher, but was told not to do it because there were hardly ever jobs for art teachers.

The dads ROCKED IT!!!  I loved seeing them get into their painting...what 
great role models for the kids!!!  

September 18, 2014

A Funny From The Art Room....


NOT MY ART ROOM!!  WHICH MAKES IT FUNNY TO ME!!(not so much if it happened in my room!!!)  Pam was teaching a contour lesson with her students...and when she went to clean up..she found this!  I hope she wasn't planning on eating that for lunch!!

Have any funny stories or pictures to share??  
Send them my way...and I may put them up on

September 17, 2014

September 15, 2014

Collage Owls: Kindergarten

This picture above is one of my new fav. pieces!!  I love the owl doing a headstand....even though it wasn't on purpose...I feel it is brilliant!! ha ha  

This year I switched over from doing fish/under the sea with birds!  The kids are enjoying it, and I like a change of pace in stories & projects.  

Intro to collage is all about scissor safty, glue use, and creating objects with shapes.  The kids did a great job...and personalities do seem to come through!!  Hope you enjoy!