Monday, February 14, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!

What a nice Monday surprise! One of my favorite blogs, Painted Paper,, mentioned MY blog as one of her most inspirational sites. It was such a nice compliment and I'm honored.

Stylish Blogger Award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award. (Thank you, Painted Paper!)

2. Share 7 things about yourself.
I was the first elementary art teacher hired into our district-they never had an elementary art program before! I have also worked teaching art at the Toledo Museum of Art. I love to cook and try new foods! Last year at this time I was busy planning my summer wedding. This year, I am busy planning for our new baby to arrive at the beginning of summer! I live and work in Michigan. I love to collect and find inspiration in children's literature!

3. Award 10-15 recently discovered great bloggers.
I love,,,,,,,,,

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Museum Inspirations

For many years I was fortunate enough to teach Saturday and summer classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Working with so many children who had a passion for art and had chosen to take the classes was an awesome and fulfilling experience. I also met and collaborated with so many wonderful area art teachers. I truly believe that my years at the museum taught me more than any college course ever could have! Because I worked with small class sizes, we were able to do some pretty cool projects. Here are a few of my favorites.

 This first work of art was inspired by the still life collection. Second and third graders used chalk pastels dipped in white tempera paint. The results were vibrant!

Students were able to visit the African galleries and look at various examples of African textiles. In the classroom they used fabric, ribbon, raffia, and stamps to create the wall hangings.

Butterfield horse inspired by the sculpture infront of the museum

Calder Circus: This project was made in another class by one of the most talented art teachers I know! Lisa had her students use cork, tissue, wire, etc. to recreate Calder's circus. If you look closely you can see the tiger jumping through the ring of fire and the figure on the horse!
Students used foam board and paper mache to create these Egyptian pharaoh faces!