Thursday, October 27, 2016

Doodle -4- Google

Just a reminder that the due date for turning Doodle -4- Google entries into me is Thursday, November 17th.  This contest is optional.

Students in grades 6th-8th who participate (with effort) will receive 3 sketchbook credits for the 2nd trimester.

Please make sure that you have filled out all of the information on the bottom of the form and that it is signed by a parent before turning it into me.

More information about the Doodle -4- Google contest can be found at

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sketchbooks Due Next Week

Sketchbooks for 6th-8th grade are due next week in Art class.  Please bring them to class on the day that you have art.  Sketchbook requirements can be found on the right hand side of the blog under the newsletter/syllabus section. 

Projects in Progress: Week of Oct. 17th

6th Grade Paintbrush People:  

Students have painted their base coats on their paintbrush people.  In a few weeks (working on a ceramic project simultaneously) they will complete the paint work on these adorable brushes.  

8th Grade Torn Paper Portraits:

A few students have completed their portraits and more will be completing them in the next week or so.  The results are nothing short of SPECTACULAR!


I came into school today, walked into my classroom and closed the door.  There was almost complete silence.  Middle school students were at an assembly and the only noise I could hear was the quiet humming of a leaf blower out on the school yard.  As a teacher, you get very few moments of complete silence.  I savored it.  I walked around my classroom, getting materials ready for my classes of the day and thinking of all that lay ahead today.

I went to the back of the classroom and picked up a few stray pencils off of the floor and as I was standing up I saw the Creative Compassion Project bin.  I paused.  I saw that the bin was starting to fill up.  I started rifling through the projects and my heart filled up with so much pride.

I saw worry dolls that 4th and 5th graders have been making that will some time this year be in the hands of a child, most likely their same age that is battling with cancer in a cancer hospital.  The bright colors and happy smiles drawn on the dolls such a token of hope.

I saw joke books, created with so much love and concern, with notes in the back of them for the recipients of them wishing them well and telling them that they are thought of and loved.

I saw notes to police officers thanking them for their service and for protecting us every day.

In the silence of my classroom, I was nearly in tears.  I am so blessed.  I am so blessed to be surrounded every day with children that understand what it means to be compassionate.  I am blessed to work in a school where parents and faculty instill these ideals in our children daily.

I could not be more proud of my students.

I hope that everyone today gets a little quiet moment to remember how lucky we really are.

Friday, October 14, 2016

It's Getting Spooky in the Art Room...

4th Grade Halloween "Inchies":  

Students are just finishing up their Halloween Inchies project.  This is one of my favorite Halloween projects and the students always seem to have fun making these little adorable squares of Halloween awesomeness.  It also helps that we listen to a Halloween playlist as we work to really get up in the spirit of things.  Next week we will be finishing up the final details and they will be ready to take home to add some festiveness to your home.  **Hint..these look adorable framed.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Art Teacher Find! Terrific Tuesday!

Super excited about my Halloween store find!  Hopefully it brings a little joy to the art room today! 

Monday, October 3, 2016

San Jose Landmark Map: Do you know the Way to San Jose?

4th Graders landmark collage is now gracing the hallway bulletin board.  Do you recognize any of these San Jose/Silicon Valley landmarks?