Art Educators Exhibt

It has been an excellent summer but I am very excited to get back into the school groove with all our gators!

Here is a brief glimpse of our annual Art Educators Exhibit. Every year the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum hosts an exhibit for our district’s art teachers to show their personal artwork.

This year I entered four pieces. I also snapped some pictures of my favorite pieces by my coworkers!

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The Grinch

Every year on the last week before Christmas break I have each class follow the How to Draw The Grinch from Art Projects for Kids. I make sure to add emphasis on their option to change the drawing and color it however they want. I don’t get many pictures because most don’t finish and instead take it home to finish but I love the variety every year. I even had one little friend who was not a fan of The Grinch who choose to color hers all black. Here is a small sample of this year’s Grinchy Goodness!

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The Greening

Louisiana Wildlife was the theme for this year’s annual Greening at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. We made some paper alligators and gave them some festive origami Santa hats for our ornaments this year. I don’t have an art club this year like I have in the past so instead we drew names from a hat to decide who got to go on the field trip. Students were even able to earn extra chances by displaying good behavior in class!

Once there we went straight into the skit which you can read more about here. After the skit we decorated our tree and then played some quiet games while waiting our turn in the craft station. I love this trip every year its so exciting to see how all the other teachers and students interpret the theme and how all the trees come together.

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An “Art Break” for our staff!

In October we had a Professional Development day for teachers to dive deep into their data and work together to plan ways to continue supporting and bettering our school. Thanks to an amazing idea from another art teacher (THANK YOU Christine!) we split up into groups and the teachers rotated through different stations throughout the day.

Our awesome librarian Mrs. McInnis and I lead our teachers through creating a large collaborative Zentangled version of our school. I started by tracing the outline of the school onto an 18″x 24″ piece of manila tag board. Then I traced over that with an extra fine point sharpie. img_8856

I went through all my markers and colored pencils and created boxes labeled for each different area of the image. The colors being sorted out ahead of time made our day go much more smoothly. The day before I went down the side and did a small sample of each different area.

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Mrs. McInnis printed and laminated (she really is amazing) a huge stack of zentangle designs for our teachers to get ideas. As each group came in we would do a mini demonstration and then they would get to work. Most groups stayed past their 45 minute allotment and we even had a few teachers come back in at the end of the day to do more because they loved it so much. At the end of the day we had almost completed it. There was just enough space left for the teachers and aides who were not present and for the administration.

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Over the next few weeks I tracked down everyone else and we now have an amazing masterpiece to hand in our school created by the whole staff!

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This is by far one of the coolest things I have ever gotten to do as a teacher. I can’t wait to come up with something fun for us for next year!

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Governor’s Mansion Ornaments

I was honored this year to be able to choose a few students to create ornaments that will decorate trees in the Governor’s mansion down in Baton Rouge this year. Five students were given wooden ornaments, sharpies, and liquid watercolors. Each student spent some time sketching ideas on newsprint and all five discussed color choices and concepts with each other before beginning on their final design.

They were especially excited that their extended family and relatives in south Louisiana will have an opportunity to go and see their art work!

It is truly amazing to work in such a creative state that encourages and supports the arts for all ages.

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