Monday, February 28, 2011

Jim Dine Hearts (Kindergarten)

Here is a lesson Kindergarten just finished.  We made hearts like the artist Jim Dine!  First we talked about the artist and I showed students some of his work, we talked about the colors we found in the hearts and the textures, of the hearts.
Here's an example of Jim Dine's artwork.
Next I introduced Kindergaten to a new art medium, oil pastels.  We found out they were way messy but so much fun to color with!  1,000 times better than crayons or markers!  I gave each table a template to trace the heart with, then we colored our hearts with red, then pink, then white.  This is how we layer color to get a great texture effect for our hearts.
Here's are the heart templates and oil pastels.
Then we colored around the heart with all sorts of different colors.  We added white to help blend and layer the colors.  When we finished with that we drew a black line around the heart similar to artist Jim Dine.  All the hearts turned out GREAT!  Even though we had very messy hands and smocks it was totally worth it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mr. Tray

Don't worry Tray man, it's Friday. You can rest your weary head, or um body.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rally To Save Texas Schools

Looks like I'm heading to Austin on the 12th of March to rally for education. Any of my fellow Texas teachers going?

Save Austin Schools

Friday, February 18, 2011

How to Draw a Sheep

Sheep Soccer

Sheep should not be allowed in water parks.

Dinosaur Sheep is too scared to save this sheep.  But super sheep will!

Cutest sheep EVER!

This will not end well.

Floating sheep?  Sheep sitting in chairs?  Sheep in a hot tub?  What's this world coming to?

Another adorable sheep.

Stick man is going to attempt the pull the tablecloth trick without knocking over the sheep.

Sheep eating a dog named Wow's dog food.  Cute person btw.

Sheep in space.

Is that an alien horse in that there coral?

I wouldn't drink the water if I were you.

Skateboarding sheep.

Adorable sheep feet.  Have no clue whats going on though.

I want to go to sheep school.

I am so happy when my sheep can milk itself.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Arlington ISD Heading To Austin

So I have heard that the Arlington ISD is heading to Austin to protest the education budget cuts.  I think this is awesome and I totally want to get the FWISD teachers and parents in on this...however, they plan to protest during SXSW, one of the largest music/movie festivals in the US.  Having been before it's almost impossible to get hotels.  A day trip may be too hard for everyone, it's a 4 hour drive from DFW.  Any thoughts?  Of course calling our lovely Rick Perry would help too, but man, you can really make a statement with live art teacher bodies.  Come on brain!  Work!

If you would like to make a call to Gov. Perry's office the number is 800-252-9600.

Here's the link to the Arlington story.

Monday, February 14, 2011


A valentine from a lovely 3rd grader.  I'm finally a princess!  YAY!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Puppy Bowl

The Super Bowl is in town, but I don't watch sports.  I do however, watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.  Stella does to.  She was rooting for the terriers to win.  Happy Super Bowl day!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 4

OK, so I am going crazy.  We got lots of snow last night and this morning, but the good news is...the sun is finally out and the roads look drivable!  I'm about to head out the door and do normal people stuff!  YAY!  No more cabin fever!

I made a snow stella!

Poor Abbey.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How To Draw A Monster

Silly Alternative Monster.

So a monster, Domo and space ship walk into a bar...

Slam dunking a friend, don't be a bully Monster.

I reckon I better get to scarin' these country folk now.  If only I could find all of my little monster cowboy boots.

It took many, many lonely years but little Monster finally found his place in a world where he fit in.

I shall dismantle your silly little bed while you sleep, stupid humans.

Even monsters are disgusted by the sight of jello.

A monster on the streets of London, well, floating above the streets of London.

OH NO!  Don't throw the boy in the bubble into that volcano looking thing!

Stick figure people make me ANGRY...GRRRRRRRRRR!

I'm always mistaking cheese for someone else.

Texan Monster


Texas Rangers monsters shouldn't play baseball with human heads, it ain't right!

Monster speak.

Don't eat the cat Mr. Bossy Pants.

Hot dogs again?

Monster size that sandwich please good sir.

I ain't afraid of no ghost, well, maybe just a little.