Friday, September 15, 2017

Mixing paints and Star Spangled Banner

My new kindergarten students had a great time mixing yellow and magenta paint to make orange pumpkins!


On Monday at 12, we paused class so we could listen to Ms. Durand sing the Star Spangled Banner over the intercom.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Welcome new and returning Pecatonica Elementary families!

Miss Hoffman and I got together for the first day of school and created "Total Eclipse of the Art" with her class!  Oh what fun to use Chalk pastels!  They turned out great!


We are beginning the school year with a message of peace by making our pinwheels for peace.  On the International Day of Peace, September 21st, PES students will "plant" their pinwheels in the front lawn of the school as a collaborative school wide display!  The 2017-18 school year is off to a great start!

Friday, May 19, 2017

As we wrap up the year...

It's been a wonderful school year teaching your children!   Some of your kindergarteners might have come home claiming to have eaten their last art projects and they DID!  We made color wheels with cookies, but were only given the three primary colors- red, yellow and blue.  The children mixed those colors to make secondary colors- orange, green and violet.  Then we are them!  Yum!


Students in grades 1-4 enjoyed the "Inventors Studio" and creating with recyclable materials.


Our 4th graders brought home their glass fusing pieces!  So beautiful!  It's like Christmas morning when I open the glass kiln!


Some of our third graders finished their "Ugly Dolls" in time and some are taking them home to finish.  They are adorable!


A brand new unit I introduced this year to our 4th graders is needle felting.  I think they liked it!  They made donuts out of a sock!


I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing everyone and meeting our newest kindergarten friends again in August!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Artome Art Show was a huge success!

On April 27, 2017, Pecatonica families came out in full force to support the elementary school Book Fair and Art Show (in addition to the 5th Grade Wax Museum down at the middle school).  This was the first year we hired the company Artome for our art show and WOW!  I am impressed!

For the past few months, students have been planning for their art show masterpieces, which were created and attached to Artome's provided special paper.  We labeled each piece and shipped them off in early April.  On the afternoon of April 27, Artome representatives arrived with each individual student's artwork framed and ready to hang!  They set up and organized display racks in the cafeteria while I pretty much stayed out of their way!  It was fabulous!

Families started rolling in about 20 minutes to 5 and we were steady throughout the evening until 7pm.  We sold over 100 frames!  Each frame sold gave a kickback of $6 to the Dragonfly Studio to purchase more art supplies!  Families also enjoyed Mrs. Bell's delicious sugar cookies, which she gave from the goodness of her heart and our rainbow-backdrop photo booth was very popular!

Overall, it was a fabulous evening and I look forward to working with Artome again for our next show!
Link to Photos from the Art Show

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Masks, pranks and 3D Studio!


We thought it would be funny to prank the school nurses after getting messy with some red paint.  We got them, Mrs. K and Mrs. Folk!


They built a garage with our new blocks from a PEF grant!


Lots of building and problem solving to make the structure sturdy!