Thursday, November 12, 2015

Birthday Owls

Kaylie turned 10 and wanted to celebrate with an artists canvas painting party.  She picked the owl subject matter and the colors, and invited 10 friends.  They all did an amazing job, and had a lot of creative fun.

Mom and Kaylie and sister Sarina, made aprons for the girls to wear and take home.

Flowery Fun

Another great friend group got together and painted these sweet pink blossoms in a bucket.  Everyone did an amazing job and enjoyed girls' night out.  

Sheila and I showing off our masterpieces.

Fall Landscapes

Vanessa and her mom are equally talented artists.  Can you see Darth Vader in the background?
Awesome time together with friends.
The end result of a night of fun.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Gearing up for some art fairs and carnivals, gonna put my giraffe painting out in front of my booth to attract painters

Canvas Painting Party

Another great night of painting,  this painting came out so good.  I loved everyone of them.  Can't wait to do it again.  Jennifer at can walk you through a painting that you will be so excited to take home and hang.

Friday, July 10, 2015


A fun time was had by all, and everyone was so creative.  It's funny how we think there's no way we can do this or be creative, or draw a straight line for that matter, but until we try we don't realize our hidden abilities.  I hope everyone can discover some things they are quite capable of but didn't know it.  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Finding My Creative Spot

Finding my creative spot, enjoying summer and my new adventure.

More Mixed Collage

So it's summer and I have a few extra hours to spare, so I have really enjoyed being creative with paper, canvas and paint, and my favorite printing technique, bubble wrap.

Mixed Collage

I've really been inspired lately, though I love painting, I love paper just as much.  The plan was to paint on top of this part, but I am kinda liking it the way that it is.  I'm gonna look at it for a while and then decide.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Painting Parties

Who doesn't love to paint.  What a great way to spend a birthday, painting with friends. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

IceCream Bowls

The ice cream bowl fund raiser was a hit.  The kids really enjoyed glazing their bowls and couldn't wait to get them back.  

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lady Liberty

Fifth graders finished these Statue of Liberty pictures with the New York skyline behind them.  They used markers colored pencils sharpies and watercolors and collagedthe Statue of Liberty on in front.  We also learned how the statue was made and fund raised for and brought here to United States as a gift from France.  The understructure was actually designed by Gustav Eiffel who also designed the Eiffel Tower.


After school programming class did some really creative weaving this week.  I had tons of scrap strips given to me by the aides, and we twisted some, and used pipe cleaners and I even cut up some sparkly bulletin board border.  They really got into it.  What a fun project to get the creativity out.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Inspired by Matisse

We have been discussing still life's and Henri Matisse.  I love the bright colors and patterns that Matisse puts in his still life's.  Second and third graders made a collage vase with tissue paper and markers,  and drew and cut out and collaged flowers to go in the vase and set them on a  printed table.

Painting Ceramics

My school is fundraising, so the student artists are glazing ceramic pots, ice cream bowls to sell and buy.  We have been glazing and doping all week. No love the muted colors of the U fired glazes, and also the shiny brights of the finished pieces as well.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Shape and Texture

Junior kinders made shape and texture pizza today. We taled about shapes used on pizza and we talked texture, both real and implied.  Next the used yarn, tissue and contruction paper to top their slice.  We decided to put it all together to make it whole.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

1 Creative Spot

Been working on something new and creative.  I am up or some creativity and hard-working fun.  Lots of exciting things have been happening.  Can't wait to post about being published, waiting for the issue to come out so I can reference it.  Watch for it....

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Nest

Spring to me is a time of the year when everything is fresh and new.  I love to look up in the tree and see the green buds, and new leaves filling out.  I love listening to the birds chirp in the warmth of the sunlight.  These things inspire me to get out the paper scraps, vintage images, paint and anything else I think might go with Spring.  Things such as peat pots, Easter grass, bunnies, birds, eggs, mini-flowers and greenery, help to capture this time of year.   

For this little nest project, I used a peat pot that I had gotten a dozen of at the dollar store.  I painted the pot white, and then embellished it with vintage lace and a button with jute tied through it.  I then collaged some scrapbook paper prints and grass with a bunny image I had from a vintage Easter card.  (see page),  I also collaged together the letters NEST and wrapped them around a piece of string and tied them to pipe cleaners to make the banner across the top.  I glued it all together with a hot glue gun, and added Easter grass and some small silk florals in the front to make the nest Springy.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Auction Art

We are getting all of our collaborative group artwork together for an art auction coming up next week.  This one was by 3rd graders.  Each of the painted and decorated a heart that was collaged onto printed Valentines papers and collaged together in a square grid.

6th graders were inspired by MVP Mike Trout for this group project.  They each illustrated something Trout  or Angel, then they were collaged together to make a mosaic.

Also, 6th graders did a similar collage to the Angel one.  Seen here is #24 all things Kobe Bryant.

 Third graders study Native American Indians in social studies.  So I thought it was appropriate to have each student create a tepee for their Indians to dwell in.  They were then collaged onto torn papers in alternating greens and browns to give it the look of the plains.

 In Kindergarten we study Laurel Burch the artist and jewelry designer.  We can break her cats down into basic shapes and lines and create our own unique cats.  Each one different and artistically illustrated.
Strips of patterns were used to create this deer illustration.  The students each designed a strip of patterns, and then each pattern was collaged onto the shape of the deer head.

Our theme verse for the year, Psalm 133:1 was used to illustrate this picture of bird houses with their occupants all living together in unity in one tree.  Each student designed a bird house and then collaged it onto the collaged tree.  The letters were cut out of magazines and collaged onto the picture.

Color and radial symmetry were the inspiration for this piece of group art.  Each student took two analogous colors for the color wheel and created a radial symmetrical design on a 3 inch piece of paper.  Each piece was collage together in color wheel order giving it a sort of transitional effect.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


These were a huge hit with the early primary kids, they skied all the way back to their classroom.


Jr. Kinders learning about color theory, warm and cool and primary and secondary.

Great American's Day

What a great day at my school.  And what a great opportunity to learn about Gilbert Stuart, an American Portrait artist who painted the portrait of George used for the $1 bill.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I Heart Art

I erased the Christmas greeting on my chalk board easel and just wanted something simple and easy that expresses something important.  This is what I came up with.  And I love that little side table.  Two of my students gave it to me years ago.  The draw handle is the duck's beak. 

Valentine Lichtenstein

 I wanted to teach my students a lil pop art but also incorporate Valentines Day as well.  So this is what we came up with.  On a 4X9" piece of paper we wrote out the word love in block letters.  We divided the paper into 4 equal parts and drew out the letters, traced them with black sharpie and then colored them in with patterns in the primary colors.

Next we cut out the letters, it doesn't matter if they come apart or not.
 Then I gave them a handout that I copies an explosion, they added the benday dots around the edge with red or blue marker dots. and then cut that out.
Lastly we attached everything onto a primary colored paper with glue and added explosion  lines.