Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happiness in each new tab...

A while back a blog post came through my reader that seemed interesting (you can read it here). Richard Bryne was sharing the awesome Google Chrome extension that allows you to enjoy a new art image every time you open a new tab.

It is really pretty awesome.

I have really enjoyed all the different images that come through.  Here is today's:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Animated Drawings

So I have a cousin who is a CRAZY, TALENTED artist.  Her name is Catherine Meier and she makes the most beautiful drawings of the prairie and she animates them (you can check her out here).

Our 6th grade classes started our latest project by watching her "Plains Projection."  The students then drew the prairie, focusing on the sky and grass that surrounds our town.  When they were done, we used the app iMotionPro to make something appear in their drawings.  As this was their first time with stop motion drawing so their drawings are a bit short.

I put their drawings together into iMovie to make these fun video's.  

Here is Tuesday's

and Friday's.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Radial Printmaking

My students do their printmaking on Nasco's Safety Kut which has two usable sides.  We used the first side for our Joan Miro Microscopic prints.  For the back side I had the students "start at a corner" and make a design.  We then printed their design 4 times to create a radial design. I love them...

Sunday, March 15, 2015


I can't believe what I just did....

I just finished planning out the remainder of the 2014/2015 school year.  I mean like, put it on the calendar planned it out.

That is crazy.

It feels like the year just started.  Wow.

Well, hold on because here goes the last 9 weeks.

Monday, March 9, 2015


inspirARTion is a free Google app that I have fallen in love with.  
You can download it at the Google store.

I love that this app is designed for helping students draw images using the lines of symmetry.  You can select the horizontal line of symmetry, the vertical line of symmetry or several number of multiple axis' for radial symmetry.  The students love creating with it and I love seeing what they do.  Here are a few projects we have done with it. 

You can check out lessons we have done on artsonia:

Thursday, February 26, 2015


So I have never been a big fan of the "give something up for lent" thing.  I have heard enough people talk about giving up things they know are bad for themselves in attempt to loose weight or because they want the extra $3.00 a day in their pocket.  Pretty sure that wasn't the point. 

Last year I heard about a "take something up for lent" challenge and I kinda liked it.  Rather than depriving yourself, add one thing to your 40 days that you don't currently do.  I added bible study into the my day last year.  Doing it for 40 days without missing didn't prove doable but it was soooo much better than giving something up.  

Yesterday a friend shared her bible study with me and here it is:

Rest in my presences, allowing Me to take charge of this day.  Do not bolt into the day like a racehorse suddenly released.  Instead, walk purposefully with Me, letting Me direct your course one step at a time.  Thank Me for each blessing along the way; this brings joy to both you and Me. 
 A grateful heart protects you from negative thinking.  
Thankfulness enables you to see the abundance I shower upon you daily.  Your prayers and petitions are winged into heaven's throne room when they are permeated with thanksgiving.  In everything give thanks, for this is My will for you. 

And so it is with her message that I am challenging people to add having a grateful heart this Lenten season.  I will be marking my "grateful's" on twitter with the hashtag #40daysgrateful.  I won't claim to be perfect but I think that being grateful for the blessings in my life and for the biggest gift of Christ dying on the cross will help me see the abundance I am showered with each day. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Undercover teachers

Today I had to be gone for the afternoon.  We had Crisis Response Team Training at Central Office.

As of yesterday morning I still didn't have a sub.

By the end of the day I had a sub.  It wasn't one of the 3 I had requested but it was going to work.

This morning I was notified that my sub had called in sick.

At 10:45 my sub's sub came in my door...

oh my....

My heart sank.  How as this going to work?  My kids were going to eat her alive.  I had written out some good plans, created a PowerPoint slide show for the sub to work through and was really prepared but I doubted she could handle it.  She added to my fears when she said, "This seems really well put together.  We have about 45 minutes per class?  Well if all else fails, I will just tell stories."

Oh no!

At that moment I took a deep breath, counted to 10 and called in the "undercover teachers."  I pulled the 2 best students from each class and met with them.  I told them what the plan was, where to find stuff and gave them the task of "teaching the class" without "teaching the class."  They were excited and giggly.

I stopped back up after school (I didn't want to start my Friday off with a shock) and things looked o-k-a-y.  The printmaking blocks were in a messy pile and some of the liquid watercolors were looking a little "mixed" but that was all.  I can handle that.

I can't wait to check with my undercover teachers and see how it really went.