Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mo's Gallery

Have you seen what's happening at the Delta Plaza right now?  Hundreds of pieces of student art have invaded the hallways!  Mo's Gallery (formerly known as The Monster Art Show) is now open for your viewing pleasure.  All of my begindergarten, first, second, and third graders have one project on display.  Students were able to help organize the show by choosing their art, labelling it, and putting the Velcro on the back.  Mr. Dykema's art students at the U arranged the artwork on boards and set up the boards at the mall.  The show will end on May 26th and all artwork will be returned to students the following week.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Youth In Art 2017

This past Wednesday was the reception for kindergarten-5th graders who had artwork on display at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba.  Art teachers, like myself, from throughout Delta County chose pieces of outstanding student art to be on exhibit for the month of March.  Awards were given by several groups in the community, including the DSISD, the MEA, GFWC, and others.  It was really exciting to see so many kids and their parents inside the art center!

Friday, January 13, 2017


Third graders enjoyed a lesson in block printing today!  Students embossed styrofoam printing plates with lines, patterns, and designs using a ballpoint pen.  We did not draw pictures, as the printed papers will be used as background in another project. I did not allow letters or numbers, either, because they would be reversed when printed.

We used water-soluble ink in four colors; red, white, blue, and yellow.  Students chose from precut papers in a variety of colors.  I warned them that printing yellow on yellow paper would not work out very well! Choose colors that have good contrast.
Students moved to the printing stations with their paper and their plate.  After each print, they had to wash off their plate with a damp paper towel at the washing station.  Some students worked very efficiently and were able to print more than 4, while others only got 2 or 3 done.  I was a little nervous about the procedures involved in this project, but the kids did great!  They loved it and 
enjoyed successful printing!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall Conference Schedule

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's art education, I will be available to meet during conferences.  There is no appointment necessary, just stop on by!

Lemmer:  Wednesday, November 9th from 4:00-6:00

Webster:  Thursday, November 10th from 1:00-2:15

Soo Hill:  Thursday, November 10th from 2:30-3:45

Friday, June 3, 2016

If the Dinosaurs Came Back

I read the story, "If the Dinosaurs Came Back" to my 1st graders.  We talked about how the illustrator used contrast between the colored dinosaurs and the black and white background.  Students drew an environment with Sharpie on day 1 - no pencils!
On day 2, students cut dinosaurs out of construction paper and glued them onto the background.  I gave students photocopied shapes to build their dinosaur, but I encouraged them to design their own.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Have you gone to the Monster Art Show yet?

These kids have!!! The Monster Art Show is on now at the Delta Plaza.  Projects will be on display until May 31st.  You don't want to miss it!
My son Gabe is in 6th grade at the U.  He drew this crazy-cool Day of the Dead skull!
My son Jack is in 2nd grade and drew this fabulously detailed haunted house!
My son Ty is in Begindergarten and painted a really weird monster!
Michael and his mom found his falling drawing!  Yikes!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Symmetryical Butterflies

I love butterfly projects!  I have one for just about every grade level.  Now that I'm teaching begindergarten, I needed new approach.  After talking to Mrs. Chernick about her plans to teach symmetry in math class, I knew just what to do!
I photocopied large butterflies onto 80 lb. paper and prefolded them so that the fold is right in the middle along the butterfly's body.  
Then I showed students how to make dots of color with the swabs - don't wipe the color, dab it.  Then after filling a small section, students folded the butterfly to transfer the color to the other wing to make it SYMMETRICAL!  Students had so much fun and were so proud of their beautiful work.
This little guy is so proud!  He happens to be my son, Ty! He loves coming to his mom's classroom for art now!