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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Illuminated Initials

The following are "Illuminated Initials" done by my 3rd grade students. They looked at and learned about Illuminated manuscripts and about personal symbols.  Combined, they created a work of art that represented themselves.  They also learned about a few principles of art as well.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Empty Bowls Workshop

For the last several years I have been part of a workshop to create pottery pieces for the silent auction at the Lutheran Social Services Empty Bowls Luncheon.  This year I was able to get through three pieces.  It is always fun but a great lesson in giving away for those less fortunate.

4th grade reviewing SHAPE, LINE, and PATTERN

My students, once again had a blast doing this project.  First we reviewed geometric shapes by discussing what makes a shape geometric.  Then we sprayed them with water and watched them bleed into organic shapes.  Using marker we enhanced the new organic shape, then filled in our background with line pattern (after reviewing the 5 categories of line).  Finally. We added a little touch of complementary color for emphasis.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Geometric to Organic Shape

This is always a good way to review shape with my 4th grade students.  Using water color markers they make geometric shapes.  Then spray with water and let them bleed. Next they outline with sharpie marker.  Will post again when the next step is completed!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Classes in full force producing Art To Remember!

All of our classes at CCE are working feverishly to complete their art work for our Art To Remember fundraiser.  This will help with special supplies and to bring in guest artists during our Cultural Arts week.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

After School Art class finishes strong!

My after school art students had to choose an artist, whose work they admired, and reproduce a piece of of their work.  This was their last project of the year and they really finished well.  They had to really study the piece and try to use the painting techniques used by that particular artist.  These are just a few  of the pieces.

Friday, May 29, 2015


My 2nd grade students learned about symmetrical balance as well as reviewed butterfly facts.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Personal Crests

Third graders learn about symbolism by creating personal crests.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring has sprung

My first grade class has been working on collage.  They used watercolor in the background first to make the sky.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Color mixing in Kindergarten

My K students are learning about mixing primary colors to make secondary colors! We are using science as we discover the effects of mixing these primary colors to see what our new color will be. They are then applying these secondary colors to their projects by mixing them themselves.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Found object sculpture workshop

This past weekend I attended a workshop where we had to create literacy sculptures out of found objects.  You walk in, there is stuff everywhere, and we had to figure out how to put it together.  It is not easy!  In fact, it really stretches your "problem solving" muscle.  Here are two of the three sculptures I was able to put together.   

Friday, February 6, 2015

1st graders are moving!

My first grade students have been working on moving people.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

From the Mouths of Babes.........

This was something that my husband found on the internet and it was so cute, I just had to share: "When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said 'You mean they forgot?'" by Howard Ikemoto.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

5th grade Work in DEPTH

Creating DEPTH on a two dimensional surface is a tricky thing. These 5th grade students worked through the process of making things look farther away.

5th grade learning about Complements.

In this project, 5th grade students were reviewing COMPLEMENTARY COLOR. Those are colors that are OPPOSITE in nature and placed OPPOSITE each other on the color wheel.