Halfway through…

The second quarter has come to an end, that means we are halfway through the school year already. It’s hard to believe! Second quarter was full of fun! Students created so many amazing things, using their skills and imagination. 8th grade gt students completed their mantle of the expert art presentations which were amazing.  …

Mandalas for Beginners

The last learn to paint session I held was on circle designs. Participants learned about mandalas and techniques to create their own one of a kind sacred circle. This session was a bit different than my other learn to paint parties. Each guest was able to choose from an array of supplies to complete their art. There were even multiple resources artists…

Reflect and Create again

2015 was a year of progress, it felt as though I sprinted to the end! Everything moved forward and fast. I like to write down all of the amazing things I’ve done in an ending year as  a reminder to be grateful for what I have and to be excited for what’s to come in the…

Poinsettias

A poinsettia is more than just a beautiful red petaled Christmas plant! Did you know that it is indigenous to Mexico and Central America! The Aztecs used the petals to produce a red dye and the white sap from the steam is an antipyretic medication… which means its a FEVER reducer! The Aztecs call the plant…

First quarter down…

What an eventful first quarter it has been! My student artists have completed a variety of projects, focusing on the Elements and Principles of Art along with other techniques. They have had multiple opportunities to be Ceeqers and to really personalize their learning. Our first big project was our locker name tags. It was a…

Hampton National Historic Site, Artist in Residence

I have recently been honored by being elected to the Board of Directors for the Historic Hampton Inc. non-profit organization. HHI works with the National Parks Service for the Historic Hampton Site. Their mission: …to promote directly the historical, scientific, educational and interpretive activities of Hampton National Historic Site and to accept gifts, contributions, or…

MAEA Conference 2015

The 2015 MAEA conference was definitely a nice experience for me. When I arrived at Centennial High School, in Ellicott City, I was happy that there was plenty of parking available because there were a LOT of teachers attending the conference. Teaching artists lined the halls with their own personal art for sale, and there…

I can and I WILL…

Wow, September just FLEW by!! I was absent the first two weeks of school because of a family emergency, my other half is feeling a lot better today. Not being at work those days was a big challenge for me, not only with taking care of Theo, but missing school. Its tough when you’re gone for…

Learning to Paint…

Ive decided to go at the paint nights from a little different angle. Instead of covering up our mistakes with wine, we will learn to paint and then create our own masterpiece using the techniques! My most recent endeavor is “Learn to paint: Tree edition”.  I created multiple examples of how we can blend colors…

Impossibility is relevant to no thing…

…possibility is relative all things… This has been such a busy two weeks!! Now that school has officially started, in back in the grind of it all. Our week long professional development was pretty awesome. Working side by side at school with some amazing teachers! My room is all organized and I am loving it!!…

….2….1…BLAST OFF

Tomorrow is the first day of my 8th year teaching, and I’m so ready to get in there and get this thing started! I have some plans drawn up for my room, I have been talking with my new room buddy ( I will have a floater, Language arts homeroom in my room), and I’ve…