I have been out for doctors appointments and professional development meetings, so I’ve had a sub in the art room multiple times this week. My third graders were so successful drawing portraits while partnered up with their classmates that I decided to continue the lesson with my other third grade class today. I called this a “Show What You Know” moment-students had to show why they know about facial proportions and crayon craftsmanship without any intervention from me. Each student worked with their face partner at their table, looking carefully and paying close attention to the details that made their friend unique. The next time I have a sub, they will work to complete a background for their portrait that tells more about their friend. Love this lesson so much and enjoyed watching my students work so carefully to do their best portrait drawing. [Read more…] about 3rd Grade Portraits of Our Friends
What do art teachers do on the weekends? Take their kids to art museums of course! Actually, considering our close proximity to the nation’s capital and a plethora of museums and galleries, I don’t think I do this nearly enough. These photos are from September 4th, our final summer art adventure before school started. [Read more…] about Art Teacher Field Trip: Robert Irwin’s All the Rules Will Change at the Hirschhorn Museum
Team costume contest at our Friday morning staff meeting. The OES art department went as Surrealists -Rene Magritte and Frida Kahlo, and we won! Our photo was features in the weekly employee news email that was sent to all FCPS employees. I received so many emails from fellow art teachers in the county complimenting our costumes. I feel like my costume design degree really paid off this week;)
A couple of my favorite artworks currently on display in the Fiber National 2016 show at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center. Mending Gold: Careful Attention by Brooks Stevens. This reminded me so much of working in my mother’s alterations show and really tugged at my heartstrings.
I also loved the collaborative concept in Windchimes, a group work by Christine Adams, Annabel Ebersole, Lisa Ellis, Paula Golden, Sandi Goldman, Barbara Hollinger, Bunnie Jordan, Vivian Mulholen, Carole Nicholas, and Ricki Selva.
If you are local, check it out. The Workhouse Arts Center is an amazing opportunity to see a wide variety of artwork on exhibit, as well as to tour studios and see artists at work.
Can’t decide which freebie is my favorite. I think the gelli plate is the winner, but it’s a close second for the Playcolor Pocket Poster Paints.
Another lovely cultural flag stitchery. 3rd graders created original flag designs that represented their cultural values. #arted #artteacher #oesart