Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kim, Kyle & Cathy - Maclay Visual Arts

Blessed to work with a great Visual Arts Team this past semester at Maclay School! This is a super cool bulletin board Cathy (Lower School) Art Teacher created for the Maclay students upon their return to school after the Christmas Break. 3-D board inspired by Van Gogh. Love it! Can't go wrong with Vincent in the winter! Thanks, Cathy, for guiding me in the Maclay way as I got settled in the Middle School Art Room. You are a true blessing. I love the way your elementary curriculum spirals into mine in middle school.
As I entered the next chapter of my 24th year of teaching, I was lucky to share the McKenzie Center at Maclay School with Kyle (Upper School) Art Teacher. She inspired me and my 10th grade daughter this past semester. This lesson is of our iconic Oak Tree on Maclay's Campus with a Sonia Delaunay twist to it. Great canvas lesson and everyone was successful. I have watched Kyle do great things to grow the Upper School Art Program. I love her ideas and that we are so compatible as we spiral curriculums and use each other as a sounding board!

Looking forward to great things for all of our Maclay art students in 2015! Here is to our Visual Arts is going to be ever so fabulous!

And let me get an AMEN to that =)
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Melted Baby Food Jars - will use later for Maclay School Auction Mosaic Mirror

Melted these baby food jars in ceramic kiln at 015.
Will use later for Maclay School Auction Mosaic Mirror.
Stay tuned....will post final piece after the Christmas Break.
'Tis the season...MERRY MERRY MERRY 1969

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Polar Bears....bbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

third grade
easy directions at Whimsy Workshop Teaching (thanks so much!)
kids loved this activity
messy because using chalk pastels, but fun

Jim Dine + ChaLk pasTels = loVe, BiRds, & skUlls

Quick one day project for middle school (8th grade)
Throw a Jim Dine video up on the big screen
Show some examples of his work (crows, skulls, hearts)
Provide chalk and 18 x 24 paper


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fused Glass Christmas Tree (Maclay Middle School Art)

Fused glass Christmas Tree. Middle School students practiced cutting glass and each kid added a layer to the tree. It is held together and fired with high fire wire. We glued the pieces with Elmer's Glue to hold them in place. Fired / Fused in glass kiln at R3. We are going to frame for an auction piece. 
- 1969

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tie Dye Christmas Tree & Homemade Ornaments For 50th Wedding Anniversary

So when you have 2 creative daughters that are both art teachers, and their parents are having their 50th wedding anniversary...just what do you do? Buy  TIE DYE CHRISTMAS tree and make way super cool ornaments for the tree as a trip down memory lane. This was last year, our parental units made it to 51st this past December 1! Wowzy! Blessed, 1969

Friday, December 12, 2014

The NuTCrAcKeRs by 4th Grade

The Nutcrackers
Idea from smART Class (thanks!)
Kids drew by looking at a picture of a nutcracker
Kids painted with tempera and water color
(finished in one 40-minute period plus a few minutes)

(play "The Nutcracker" song, too!)


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Baby Jesus with a Van Gogh sky



love this idea borrowed from Deborah Batson 
5th Grade
oil pastels on black paper
did find it necessary to cover the entire paper with oil pastels including the inside of the barn with black...just would not work until the entire piece had the oil on it....did not flow at all
Carry On, folks.