Thursday, September 15, 2022

September is for POP art!

We are back at it! Back to school and back to all things art! I like starting the semester with pop art for multiple reasons, but mainly because it gives our hallways a good "pop" of color. 

These are some of my notes for students to follow.  At first, they really don't like adding red to their pineapples, but after they do they can see what a difference it makes in creating a range of value on the bottom part.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


 Pinatas... In the thick of this project... I told myself this would be the last time I ever attempted this one... but now that they're finished, it's definitely one that's going on repeat!  The colors, the creativity, and the MESS!  Ha ha!  It looked like a party in my room every day for weeks!  I am so proud of how well my students accomplished the challenges that came with creating these!

Works in progress...

We ran of room to display these in the display case so we had to get creative!

This was my example, had to be a paint palette of course!!

Have a great summer!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Spring ceramics 2022!

Does it get any better than a beautiful glaze kiln opening like this one?!  My students this semester have created some of the most beautiful pieces of pottery that I've ever had the opportunity to fire.  I am so proud of how these turned out!


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Spring succulent paintings

We finished up these amazing succulent paintings this week!  I love these so much I may leave them up for the rest of the semester!  Although the portraits they are working on now will have to replace these soon.  I can't wait to share them!


Monday, September 20, 2021

Avocados, watermelons, and pineapples!

I am so happy to be back in my classroom and creating art!  We started the year with a bang on these POP art inspired projects!  6th grade created the watermelons, 7th grade created avocados, and 8th grade did the pineapples.  Students learned about the pop art movement and a few of the artists responsible for pioneering this amazing art technique. They also practiced creating value and form with color while blending paint.  Some of them even added a little splash of color with some splatter painting at the end. They all turned out so well and I am so glad to have art hanging in our halls again at NSMS!


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Giraffe paintings

Despite the challenges with remote learning this year, my students have really shined in art and I am so proud of them!  Our Starry Night video was recently featured on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's website! 

Since I had students purchase supplies for the Starry Night Snowmen project, I wanted them to be able to get as much use out of those supplies as possible, so we created another painting.  I supplied them with an optional printable template to help them get the lines in the correct places, and then walked them through the painting step by step.  They were allowed to create their giraffes in any colors they wished. Some students went with "traditional giraffe colors" while others went wild with color!