The Art Show

Sorry so quiet! The end of the school year is ALWAYS madness. This year I moved the art show out of my classroom and into the gym. We just had waaaay too much artwork to nicely display it the way we had. It was hard, but I picked a few of my favorite pieces to share with you. Another year down!

Some of the high school art contests we participate in set up in this way. I thought it would be an easy way to setup/teardown quickly and was very easy to organize by class and to build upon through the day.

Anamorphic…..look at the reflection, not the paper!

Handmade Paper Pulp Paintings.

Gloss Medium Photo Transfer, Watercolor

Pop Art Mixed Media: Colored Pencil, Sharpie, Pencil, Watercolor

Gloss Medium Photo Transfer, Watercolor

Reductive Linoleum Print

Classroom Contour: Tempera, Sharpie

Special Place Oil Painting

Cut Paper, Elmers Glue Resist


Something interesting and kind of life affirming happened at the art show. About half way through, a sparrow flew in through the open door and circled around the ceiling of the gym for AT LEAST an hour. It was exhausted and couldn’t figure out how to land anywhere. All the kids and I were really depressed about it…just watching it struggle. Eventually, it grabbed onto one of the gym lights near a window and didn’t move anymore. I figured it had finally freaked itself out for good. After we got things cleaned up, one of the science teachers and I killed the gym lights and tossed a ball of paper up to see if we could knock it down. All of a sudden it took off and smacked into a window and caught itself on it. We grabbed a trash can and finally captured it. We released it outside and it immediately took off, but it did a 180 and flew back towards the school. It met another sparrow who had been waiting right outside the window it was resting near. They took off together side by side.

Art Educator Workshop

This was my third Art Educator Workshop. It’s a great day where all the area teachers get together to network, exchange lesson plans, catch up on important art ed issues, and do some kind of art workshop. This year we got to paint alongside Yan Sun. It was fantastic to watch everyone paint from a model…something I haven’t done in years.

I’m trying to get more comfortable with watercolor and didn’t want to worry about hue…just shades and washes.¬†Yan was so cute, he didn’t quite understand why I did this and asked, “You know her skin isn’t blue?” Um yes, I know. :)

Some of the other’s were beautiful:


Back to School

Well folks, the time has come. Summer is dwindling down. After spending nine hours in the classroom yesterday, I got much accomplished. I think I’m ready.

It’s like Christmas!

This is the third time I’ve received product packaging as stuffing in my art order. Tootsie Rolls, Dum Dums and now Cough Drops. Neat.

The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock*

*or so they say.

There once was a clock. The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock (which doesn’t seem to be true, but oh well. It’s still really big). It was built in 1972 in Wilmot at the Alpine Alpa Restaurant. A millionaire in Sugarcreek bought it up and we are preparing to put it downtown. It sat alone for a long time. And it really showed. My Art Club kids were asked to restore the figures. After coming up with names and back stories for all of the band members, we got down to business.

This was taken with Holga, but it best shows the wear and tear.

Lookin snazzy!

In it’s previous state….can’t wait to see it in action again.