Sunday, May 27, 2012

Last Hicksville Art Show :(

Here are photos of my last art show at Hicksville.  I love, love, love this school and how very supportive it is to the art program.  Thank you to all of the teachers and students who helped me set everything up and take everything down.  Thank you to Mr. Hoffman for helping with the directory and barcodes for all of the frames.  Thank you to the parents and the community for constantly supporting the elementary art program!  Finally, thank you to the students who always have their creative juices flowing!  I am going to miss this place! 

This was the artwork directory.  Parents could come to this wall and see all of the artworks that their child had in the art show.  I had this at the beginning of the hallway for people to view before they got to the artwork.  

Mr. Ferrell discussing his artwork with students.

Hayden, Izzie, and Lex

Artwork goes all the way down the hall.

I love this picture!

Sidney and her peacock.

Austin with his patterned mountains.

Alaina with her spring trees.

Kora and Ayla....very talented sisters!

Brayden and his owl.

Will and I with the bottle cap mural!

Going Up!!

I love how this turned out, the trim really finishes it off!  My favorite part was hearing the kids oh and ah when they saw it for the first time.  Thank you Eric Bassette for all of your help!

Many things have happened since my last post....
**I've accepted a new position with Continental Schools.  This was a bittersweet and emotional decision, I'll be leaving my home away from home Hicksville family and in August I'll start teaching k-12 art at Continental.

**I held my last art show at Hicksville.  We raised over $3,600 by selling our students framed artworks!!  Unfortunately I won't be around to spend the earnings!  Lucky for Hicksville's new art teacher! :)

**One of my students artworks has been chosen in a contest called "All Kids Can Create" to be displayed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Washington D.C.!!  Only 102 artworks have been chosen nationwide!  I am so proud of him!
Photos will soon follow....

Friday, May 4, 2012

We used around 13,000 bottle caps!!

In just over two days my k-6 students, some of our teachers, and I completed a 96 square foot bottle cap mural!!  It could not have went any smoother!  The photos below will show you our step-by-step process.

 This box sits outside of my classroom door.  The kids drop off any caps as they collect them.
 This is my back counter in my room.  Boxes full of caps.
 Students separate the bottle caps according to color.
 This is the sketch that I came up with.  I tried to draw it according to what colors we had the most of.  I knew I had lots of white, blue, and green.
 This wall above the exit doors is where the mural will be mounted.  I love the idea of having it so high.  This way no little wondering hands will be able to touch it! :)
 Here's me in action drawing the mural.  

 When the drawing was finished I painted it with acrylic paint.  
 Here are my students in action.  First we covered the entire mural just to make sure we had enough of each color.  Good thing we did because we ran out of blue for the sky.  When the entire piece was covered then we began to glue the caps down.

 This is our finished product....and what a production it was!  It will be displayed on the stage at our art show and then permanently displayed on the wall outside of my classroom.  Congratulations to all of my students on doing such a wonderful job!!