Friday, January 11, 2019

Doodle 4 Google Contest

Last Year's 2018 Doodle 4 Google Winner: Sarah Gomez-Lane

All students are welcome to participate in the Doodle 4 Google contest this year.  While we are not working on them in-class this year, I still would like to promote the contest in hopes that many will still give it a go.

I will keep a handout with the theme, deadline, and contest rules as well as entry forms in the Art room.  Students are welcome to come get them at any time.  You may also look up the contest information online at :

This year they are allowing you to submit the artwork electronically as well, which should make the process very easy for you to do at home.  If you decide to mail it in, the website has that information as well.

I will not be collecting these from students.  Each student who chooses to participate will have to turn it in either electronically or mail it from home.

As an incentive to the middle school students, I will give them 3 sketchbook credits for the 3rd trimester if they decide to participate and include a copy of their sketch in their sketchbook on the sketchbook due date.  They MUST show considerable amount of effort.  I will not accept it for sketchbook credits if they did not put forth their best effort.

I will be sharing all of this information with students in grades 3rd-8th starting next week. 

Quick reference: 

2019 Contest Theme:  When I Grow Up, I Hope…
Google Contest Due Date:  March 18th, 2019

        National Winner

The National Winner’s artwork will be displayed on for one day. He or she will also receive:
  • A $30,000 college scholarship
  • A $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization
  • A trip to Google headquarters in California
  • Google hardware
  • Fun Googley swag

National Finalists

The four National Finalists, who do not become the National Winner, will have their doodles featured on the Doodle for Google gallery. Each National Finalist will receive:
  • A $5,000 college scholarship
  • A trip to Google headquarters in California
  • Google hardware

How to enter

We're excited to see some amazing doodles this year. Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The contest is open for entries until March 18, 2019 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT), so here's some information to help you get started:
  1. Download or print the entry form.
  2. Doodle:
  3. Artists create their doodles using any materials they want.
  4. Write:
    1. Doodle description - Write an artist statement to tell us a bit more about what you have drawn and how it represents something that inspires you.
    2. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.
  5. Submit:
    1. Entry form doodles: If the doodle is created directly on our entry form, you can either upload them to our site as a .jpg or .png (visit the enter tab) or mail them in (address listed on the enter tab).

      For regular U.S. mail 
      Doodle 4 Google (US)
      Google LLC P.O. Box 391840 Mountain View, CA 94039-9899

      For overnight, mail 

      Doodle 4 Google (US) 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043
    2. Detached doodles: If the doodle wasn't created directly on our entry form, take a high res digital photo or scan of the doodle in good lighting and combine it with the entry form.

What materials can be used on the doodle?
This is the third year that students may create a doodle using any medium or materials. However, please note that doodles will be reviewed and scanned in a two-dimensional (2D) format. If students create a three-dimensional (3D) doodle, please make sure to take a photograph and enter the photograph rather than the original. Original 2D scannable doodles made with materials such as paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal, cray-pas, or a 2D collage will be accepted. Computer-generated images will also be accepted. For more information, see the How it works page.

Do doodles have to be drawn directly on the entry form?
No. As long as you are able to take a photo of the doodle and combine it with the completed entry form, parents and teachers can enter a doodle created on any material. Parents, teachers, or non-profit leaders can combine the doodle and the entry form by printing hard copies or by digitally editing the photo and the entry form. For more information, check out the How it works page, and when you're done, use the Enter page to send us completed doodles.

Can I enter the contest online?
Yes. Parents, non-profit leaders, and teachers can also enter 2D and 3D doodles online. See the How it works page for detailed instructions, and use the Enter page to enter a doodle via the digital submission form.

Can I tape the doodle to the entry form?
Yes. If the doodle is drawn on another sheet of paper, you can tape it to the official entry form. Just be sure that the tape is clear, the doodle fits above the description, and the information on the bottom of the entry form is visible.

Judging criteria

Doodles will be judged on the following parameters:
  1. Artistic merit:
  2. Based on artistic skill
  3. Creativity:
  4. Representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle
  5. Theme communication:
  6. How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

Doodles will be grouped and judged by the following 5 grade groups:
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-7
  • Grades 8-9
  • Grades 10-12

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Traveling Gnome: Vacation Polaroids

Do you remember the Travelocity, traveling gnome?

8th Graders are taking the gnome on a vacation around the world!  Some students are starting to finish their traveling gnome watercolor project and they are just so cute!  I kept them hanging up in my classroom the whole day today because they made me laugh so much.  The 8th graders used so much creativity and imagination in deciding on the location their traveling gnome was going to be going. 

I can't wait for these to all be completed so I can hang them up in the hallway on display. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Winter Birch Landscapes

5th Graders just completed their winter birch tree landscapes and I could imagine every single one of these framed and hanging in a home somewhere.  Just stunning!!!!

Their color choices for the sunsets and textures of the birch trees all came out so beautiful.  Well done, 5th Grade!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Doodle 4 Google and San Jose Public Library Project

In the next week or so I will be providing information as well as the template for the annual Doodle 4 Google contest.  This year we will not be working on them during class time but I will provide all of the information for all of the classes and provide the materials in the art room should any student want to participate this year.

As motivation, I will be giving 6th-8th grade students 3 sketchbook credits for the 3rd trimester if they spend time on it and turn in a project that shows significant effort.  More info to come!!!

Super exciting news to come this week as well! We will be collaborating with the San Jose Public Library on an activity that will be rolled out for World Book Day on April 23rd.  It will involve participation from all students in grades K-8th grade and will also include any staff members or parents that would also like to participate.  I am still ironing out all of the details but stay tuned!!!!!!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Congratulations to Naretu Academy in Kenya!!!!

For those who follow the Art blog, you know hard hard we have been working to raise money for Sabore and the new school in Kenya! 

Well, today is the day!  Today was the very first day of school for the children at Naretu Academy. 

Below are pictures shared by both Therese and Sabore!  I hope that sometime today you send a prayer or a positive thought their way and to the children who I am sure were both anxious and excited to begin their very first day of school! 

All of the money the 5th graders raised went to the building of the kitchen, which is almost completed.  And all of the money from the sale of the bracelets and keychains went to school supplies for the children and the school. 

Therese took with her on this trip to Kenya the artworks and notes from our SFC 5th grade students from a few years ago to hang in the brand new school (more pics to come). 

I hope these pictures bring you some joy today on our first day back!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Back in Business!

We sold out of the first batch of bracelets from Sabore's village in Kenya but I just met with Therese after school today to get another batch of bracelets AND KEYCHAINS (they are just the cutest)!!!!  I will be selling them tomorrow and all of next week before Christmas break.  They are $5/piece and ALL proceeds are going to buying school supplies for the Naretu Academy, the first school in Sabore's village, that opens on January 7th!!!

The money we raised for our free dress fundraiser that was matched by VMware has helped tremendously.  They broke ground just the other day on the kitchen for the school so that the students will have a nutritious meal when they are attending school.  I can not even tell you how exciting this feels.  We have been with them from the start and to see all of these donations making a difference in the lives of not only children but women is just simply amazing.

If we sell out of this next batch of bracelets and keychains, we will have raised another $700 dollars that will be used for buying school supplies for the students.  Thank you!

Students may come to my classroom at recess and lunch to purchase them.  Middle school students will also see me on yard duty in the morning before school starts patrolling the middle school area clutching my basket of bracelets and keychains and may also purchase them then.

Once this batch is done, we will have to wait until Sabore returns from Kenya with more bracelets and keychains as we will have depleted their jewelry stash here in the states :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Oldies But Goodies...

I like to call these "CLASSIC" SFC Christmas projects.  If you have had any other children go through SFC, they most likely made one of these projects with me. 

While I rotate and change a lot of my projects on a yearly basis, I almost never get rid of these two classic projects.  They always turn out so beautifully and I see them as keepsakes that can be saved for years to come. 

2nd Graders just completed their Advent candles.  They were made using oil pastels and students used an overlay of white oil pastel to create the highlights which really make these candles "pop."  

3rd Graders just finished their Nativity silhouette projects.  Students learned about tints and shades and what a focal point is.  They emphasized the focal point by keeping a circle of white on their paper and placing baby Jesus near this spot and by adding a glitter star above the baby Jesus. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

Kindergarten's Baby Jesus Ornaments

I'm not going to lie, I was really worried that this project wasn't going to turn out but boy was I wrong!!  These came out WAY cuter than I expected.  So much love went into this project by the Kindergartners.  They sure do love baby Jesus!!!  They really wanted to make sure that every detail was just so.  Here are some pictures that I was able to get. 

I have a feeling that these will be that special ornament that makes it onto the tree well into their adult years.  A keepsake for sure!

6th Grade Roy Lichtenstein: Pop-Art Meets First World Problems

6th graders are just starting to finish up their Roy Lichtenstein inspired pop-art projects.

We spent some time learning about the art and style and life of Roy Lichtenstein and how he drew inspiration for his art from comic books.  Students learned about benday dots and how they were used in many of his artworks to create values and to replicate the printing style of early comics.

Students had to find a portrait of someone in distress and use it to create a Roy Lichtenstein inspired artwork.  The projects were made using transparencies, sharpies, and paint.

To create a parody of his work, students had to think of a 1st World Problem and use that in their thought/speaking bubble.

Below are pictures of some of the completed projects.  More pictures to come!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Maasai Bracelet Sale

I have a bracelet that I wear quite frequently that was a gift from Sabore and Therese a few years ago and a lot of students ask me where I got it.  Today I asked Therese to bring a bag of small beaded bracelets from Sabore's village that are handmade by the women of his tribe.  I will be selling these bracelets in the art room with ALL proceeds going to the buying of school supplies for the new school.  They are $5 each and come in many many colors.  Any students are able to come to my room at any time in the morning, at recess, or at lunch to purchase one if they feel inclined to do so.  They make great gifts as well.  If we run out, I'll put another order in with Sabore and Therese.

Sabore's Visit Today!!!

Sabore and Therese came to visit the 5th graders and 7th graders (as they had scheduling conflicts that prevented them from meeting Sabore when they were in 5th as well as 6th grade) and he spent an hour in the church with all of us talking about what it was like to grow up as a Maasai child and warrior and his life as a Maasai elder.  He talked about why they are building wells and what that means for the people, especially the women, in his tribe and updated us on the new school that is almost completed and will be opening on January 7th.

Students spent a good 20+ minutes asking him very thoughtful questions and unfortunately we ran out of time to get to all of the questions as there were just so many!!!  I was so proud of the students for how engaged they were and the quality of their questions and enthusiasm.

A fifth grade student presented Sabore with the check from the fundraiser and we gave them some of our completed 5th grade Maasai art projects (I will give them the rest of them when I see Therese in a few weeks).  Sabore and Therese presented me with a shuka which is a traditional cloth worn by the women in the tribe.  I was quite honored!!

It was such a wonderful day!  I hope that for the 5th and 7th grade families that your dinner tables were filled with lots of exciting stories from today and that you got to learn about Sabore and his amazing organization as well.