Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Doily Swag

Saw something similar at a craft fair, and almost bought one, but knew I had doilies at home in the old trunk.  Bought bias tape and cut the doilies with a straight edge and tucked them into the bias tape and sewed.  Love the wintery, and summery feel.  Perfect for the front window.

Creatively Sidetracked

Feeling creatively side tracked isn't such a bad thing, except when you only have a few short days left of vacation an a million things left to do.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

I can't believe the thrift stores are charging an arm and a leg for ugly Christmas sweaters.  So I made my own with a little felt, yarn and felt balls.

Luke 2:11. Today, in the town of David a savior has been born to you.  He is Christ The Lord.  These were a lot of fun and came out really good.  

Doily Snowmen

I love just giving the kids the pieces and giving the the freedom of creativity.  I love how they all look so different even with the same parts.  Let it snow!

Nut Crackers

Do your kids even know what a nut cracker is?  How about a halo?  We have had discussions about these things in the art room.  What a blessing to learn about these Christmas symbols and be creative in the process.  

Christmas Art

I've been feeling so creative this Christmas season.  We have been pumping out the Christmas art from the art room.  Looking forward to more winter art after vacation.

Art Tree

Our school's Christmas program had a tree theme so each kid made a Christmas tree drawing, and I add some nutcrackers and nativities, and displayed them all together in a triangle shape with a star on the top.  For the curvy look on the bottom I attached the pieces onto a piece of yarn and adjusted it just so that they would hang evenly.  Merry Christmas.

Washi Tags

This is a fun and easy no mess craft.  I bought some Washi tape and made some cardboard tags and had some wood tags.  The kids really enjoyed making these gift tags for family and friends.  Here's what you need:

Assorted Washi tape
Cardboard or wooden tags
Ribbon or twine

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Give Thanks

Kinders made these watercolor turkeys, drawn out first and traced with pastels.  I use the liquid water colors.  They are so much more vibrant.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


We studied Joan Miro, and his surreal paintings and sculptures, then created these cardboard sculptures that we painted on one side and drew on the other.  The kids really enjoyed the different options they had, putting them together.

Clipper Ships

I got this idea from Deep Space Sparkle.  Our 5th graders go to the pilgrim ship in Dana Point, so we looked at different tall ships and the differences in them and then painted these, one week was the water color back ground, and the next week was the ship and sails.

Turkey Feathers

Collaborative project, each student designs a feather for the turkey tail.  I put this on the door, so the kids can see it on the way in or out of the art room.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dio De Los Muertos

Went to a Dio De Los Muertos celebration, what a really cool thing, learned a lot about Latin American culture.

Made this for a friend's son who was getting engaged, how cute would engagement pictures be with these?


Ampersands are my new favorite obsession, I think I need a collection

Fall Art

My second and third graders made scarecrows in after school programming last week. I looked on-line for ideas and I didn't see any really super cute ones, so I combined a few that I saw and like.  I did a directed drawing lesson and since my sink isn't yet installed we colored them with crayons.  They came out cute I thought....

Bug Collections

Jr k's and K's drew and cut out bugs.  Together we drew spiders, lady bugs, beetles and butterflies.  Next we colored and cut them out and collected them on clear contact paper which attached to jar shapes.  

Fall Color Wheels

We studied the color wheel and color theory and created these color wheels.  Part one was the border which we stamped with our own made styrofoam stamps and black tempera, part two was the leaf shapes and oil pastel veins, and glued.

Ocean Mural

My students have been working on a mural project for the Wyland foundation & the theme is ocean is life and we just finished it last week I'm so excited to see how well it does.  So glad it's complete.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pete the Cat

Our Pete the Cats....


So much for these cute guys scaring off the birds.  Directed drawing lesson with 2nd and 3rds, black sharpie and crayon.

Dwelling in Unity

These are the windows on my new room.  I was so excited for the end result of these, couldn't wait to put them up and display the crayon resists that illustrate out theme verse for the year.  "How good and pleasant it is when God's people dwell together in unity." Psalm 133:1


It's a pumpkin kind of day.  Although it's been 90 degrees here in So Cal, it was crisp over the weekend in MA.  Hence some Fall gourd inspiration.  I love teaching observational drawing in the fall and using gourds, leaves and acorns as still life.  And if u run out of bulletin board space, make cardboard prisms.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oh Summer How I Miss You So

I can't believe it's gone and won't be back for a while.  It was an amazing summer.  One that will stand out forever.

I love a new sharpener.

My colored pencils are sharp for once.  I love having a sharpener that works.

Post-it Notes

Kinders went over classroom expectations, then had a few minutes to create a colorful, circular post-it note masterpiece.

I will work hard for...

My yearbook class made signs about what they would work hard for.  Some said good grades, some said money and food.  All will work hard this year.