Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gifts from the heART bowl raffle to support Vermont FoodBank

Win one one these two beautiful hand painted bowls, filled with local and handmade goodies AND support the Vermont FoodBank at the same time!  Email me if you are interested in tickets-  $5/each or 5/$20. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bowls completed! Raffle for Vermont FoodBank in progress

After school art and community service club wrapped up yesterday. Each student painted a beautiful wooden bowl, which we finished with several coats of poly. We also made two additional bowls that will be filled with homemade and local goodies and will be raffled off to raise money for the Vermont FoodBank.   
Some of the gifts in the bowl include:
Hand painted tea towel
Life is Good mug from Lenny's
Lake Champlain Chocolates 
Baked Beads gift certificate 
Gifts fromThe Store
Maple Syrup from Tonewood 
And more! 

Tickets are $5/each or 5/$20. Please email me at if you would like to purchase tickets to support the Vermont FoodBank. 

Printed snowflake dishtowel made by our club - one if the gifts in the raffle prize! 

Kindergarten Gingerbread houses

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Visit to a Really Fun Art Room

Today the art teachers in our district met at Crossett Brook Middle School in Nan Hathaway's art room.  Nan has stations set up all around the room to allow for student choice.  I love this space and felt immediately inspired upon entering this room.  Then we started talking about assessment for three hours...
Idea books at each station with photographs of previous student work
Quotes and questions all around the art room 
What is the purpose of art?
Organization is key! 

Where do artists get their ideas?

After school art club: painted wooded bowls

Our after school art club has painted these beautiful turned wooden bowls, generously donated by Andrew Pearce and the Granville Bowl Mill.  We talked about analogous colors and color gradient.  After a lot of sanding and one or two coats of acrylic paint, we painted the bowls with several coats of a food-safe poly.  Each student in the club will take a bowl home.  We also will make two group bowls that we will raffle or sell to raise money for a local charity.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Lines and patterns

Kindergarten students helped make last weekend's "Country Christmas" festive with these colorful decorations. We practiced making different types of lines and patterns and experimented with the watercolor resist technique. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

United States Quarters by Grades 3 & 4

Third and fourth graders are studying the United States of America.  Each student is a member of a group that is focusing on one region of the country.  Students chose states from their regions and recreated the state quarters.  We used the U.S. Mint Education web page to see what the quarters look like.  Students did not trace and used their artistic licenses to choose colors for their quarters.