Monday, October 13, 2014

Faux Chihuly Installation

 We tried something new!  We love the clay Chihuly lesson that I have done for a few years, but it is always good to branch out. I also had a student teacher, and needed to find a lesson that wasn't my type of lesson but one he could manage. This lesson was inspired by a few teachers on the Facebook Art teacher's page and one that I LIKED on twitter and it was actually a Middle School lesson. 

Thank you for sharing it since it was a good two day  4th grade lesson that works well for student teachers or new teachers.

We used  these transparencies because I found a bunch of them at my school to recycle.
We used sharpies and acrylic paint the first day to add color to the  organic shape. You just need a little bit of paint that is transparent! I also made this Prezi.

We even added more sharpie lines and patterns on the back of the transparency on the second day.

You need to have various forms for them to rubber band the transparency onto. If you want shiny side up then put it against the bottle or cup. Thicker transparencies might need higher heat. Yes a few got holes in them, but I did the melting. I really tried to sculpt them with the heat. 

Afterwards, we installed the art work to make a large collaborative installation. 

I was a great two day lesson and we brightened up the hallway with a beautiful art installation. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Star Parking this week for ME!

My principal awarded me the Star Parking spot this week. She said I am a Technology Pioneer. 
At first I thought she meant I was old... I am one of the older teachers on my campus. 
But she said, "No like the Pioneer Woman! "

(Yes, I have all her cookbooks and record her show every Saturday.. so I felt flattered with that comparison. My husband wishes I generated her income!)

But this technology shouldn't be so hard... 
I am learning Google. Google Docs and Google Drive and sharing Google Docs.  
In addition, I haven't been blogging much since I have set up a Google Site for my classroom. 
I need more time with it to see if it is worth the time, 
and to find out if anyone is looking at it. 
I tried to add a web counter and that isn't working .... yet. 

(but I did figure out tiny url thing.)

I am also working with our new librarian on Google Classroom for our PLN Technology team. 
That is pretty cool. She also set up a Pinterest Site for the teachers at our school.
 I have been pinning away!

I also have been working on my tweeting. I set up a class twitter last year and really enjoy the feedback I have gotten from this. But, my main frustration is that I can't use the school wifi and my phone to use it. I have to upload the pictures to my computer and then tweet from there. Otherwise, I get zapped with data on my personal phone. Every teacher is now being asked to set up a Twitter page, so I may have to make my voice heard a little louder on this issue. 

All of this has been in addition to Teaching. The kids have been fun $#&% and full of excitement with hugs everyday. I also have a student teacher. I always feel so bad when they look at me with puppy eyes as they find out I am not teaching the lesson. It's  very hard sharing your kids and your room. Three more weeks and we are back on track. 

Oh, I have to give a shout out to School Speciality. This was my order recently. 
The watercolors shook out of the box and were stuck and melted to the glaze. 
They are resending the order. 

I am not a complainer, but we have to speak up and be an advocate for our time and money as we pioneer our way through new technology, teachers, staff and not get stuck doing the 
same old thing!!! 

Have a Sparkling week!

Friday, August 29, 2014

cRaZy WeEk

I have been on overload this month and not posted at all. I have been on too many sites!

I have a twitter account for my class Skaggs Art
I went to Google Camp and learned about Google Docs and Classroom sites. 
I began to learn how to set up my 
school class site Art@ Skaggs
plus I belong to the Facebook Art Group and a TAEA group here in Texas. 
I wonder if all the sharing is really looked at.... but I try.

I also have a student teacher. Thank goodness he is a good one from my home school area! 

If you have ever had a student teacher you know what I mean. You have to be on your A game and I didn't really feel I was there. 
Yes, it was repetitious to make name tents and sketchbooks this week, 
but it works to get our acts together. 

As a team leader I feel so stretched at the beginning of the year. We have one new team member but he too seems to be on his A Game. Thank you PE!

We don't normally take a vaca right before the first week of school, but this month it was the only week we could make it work with my girls. 

They make me laugh!  We  had a great week on Sanibel Island in Florida.

My Zen moment.....

But on to the little things that made my week as a result of past efforts.

First... my first blogger friend Phyl. In blogger world she tagged me with her post on 
This was a post I wrote a last year ,  She took it and ran with it.
 Her post was outstanding and the artwork was even better. 
 That's what I love about blogging. We are all on our own island of Art. 
When we share what we have learned we all benefit.  Thank you Phyl. 

The second highlight of the week was an email I received from a former student. 

Ms Carter,

I don’t know if you remember me, but I’m *%@# from Weatherford Elementary. I attended there from 1999-2005. I am currently majoring in Art Education at Texas Tech, after realizing what I really wanted to do was inspire children the way you inspired me. I was wondering if I could visit your classroom one afternoon during the week of December 9th or 16th to see you in action now that I’m all grown up. It was because of you that I never stopped loving art and pushing the boundaries of creativity.

Thank you,


Tears and goose bumps!

With all the crazy beginning of the year back to school events, I realize that the love of art, and the passion we share with our students, in emails, in our art, and with technology keeps us all connected by a common love of the heART!  

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

A little Vacation

From the looks of things in Blogger world, we are all on vacation. 
I haven't posted in a while or even scanned Bloglovin. Down time is a good thing.

I spent last weekend visiting the Portland area and catching up with my Brother and his family. 
It was rewarding to be Aunt Beth for the weekend. 

I had to brush up on my songs with this one.

I tried to make it up to the top of the falls with these two......

My brother's family planned two day trips  with me to the Falls and Mount Hood. 

While I was away it was over 100 each day in Texas. I sure planned this trip well!

The view from the top of Mount Hood was picture perfect!

I have one more trip planned to the Sun Shine state with my family! I am anxious to feel the sand between my toes! 

Google Camp on Monday! Too bad it isn't in CA! 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Popular Bulletin Boards

Did you know that Art teachers have other school jobs besides just teaching art? 
One of my responsibilities is the display areas in the main hallway on my campus. I have this huge board outside my classroom door that is usually my first display of the school year. 
Last year our District theme was "Be Bold Be Bright"... so I added the Art part. 

This summer I added our Statues of Liberty.
(but forgot to take a picture of it on the board)

Below are some of my favorites from years past.
 You might wonder why I would spend this 100 degree Saturday in Texas writing a blog post.
 (Yes, it's the first 100 degree day this summer)
I was motivated when I discovered last night that the I am an Artist board was 
listed on BuzzFeed this week! Nothing like a little attention to make my day. 

This Kandinsky displayed 1st grade lesson is my most popular post,
and displayed on the same wall space that has brought 
a lot of traffic to this blog.

Here are a few more on the same space from years past. 

Another version.....

The first version.....



In addition to this board the other side of the hallway has these wonderful painted frames to display art work inside with sticky tack. 

There is another set of display cases along with this one to showcase 3D art work. 

I loved this one from October and November 2013.

I always have my student teacher's showcase the lesson they write and teach too.
 Here was this year's Super Hero display assembles by my super student teacher. 

Needless to say,
 I love being an advocate for the Art program as well as my students. 
I proudly display their work all year long. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patriotic Art

4 more days of Summer School. Whoo Hoo!
 One of the benefits of teaching in the summer is fun Patriotic art lessons. 
Another perk is teaching with fellow art teachers on the same campus. 
This summer I am lucky enough to work with one of my best friends, Mari. 
This is her super cool firework sculpture lesson that she taught to her 
kindergarten student's today. 

The directions for this lesson is based on the lesson I do with my students when we make Mother's day flower sculptures which is here.
Instead of using one sheet of 12 x 18 paper,
 they used two patriotic colored papers, putting one inside the other after folding and cutting. 
(She did the stapling)

Mari had a buffet of materials for them to pick from and to bedazzle their firework sculpture. 

The little guys twisted, folded, glued and stuck on many sparkling items. 

They were super excited to take these home today.
I really think this would be a great lesson for Veteran's day or Memorial day too. 
Thanks Mari! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Royal Selfies

We finished up this monumental lesson today. This lesson took a good three hours to complete. The kids were champions for taking it on and finishing so nicely. We were all happy. 

This is another lesson that I grabbed and ran with from Cassie Stephens. She did this with 1st graders, my student's were a year older.  I did modify the lesson. We used construction paper for the faces and head and neck tracers. We used oil pastels for the face without using pencil first. Yikes.
We also did not paint the paper that we wove for the royal tunic. They used 

These metallic sticks are amazing! I plan to order more for my classroom this fall. 
No mess and you can even paint over them with great results too. 

I was challenged with my hair color mixing ability, since I am not the hair expert. They loved painting the hair, but I would recommend premixing some colors like blond and black/brown. 
I monitored the class,  and helped with the styling! 

My co teacher made tracers for the crowns and we used metallic scrapbook paper for the crowns instead of painting them. I had a lot of jewels for them to pick from so that they could
 bedazzle themselves silly.  

A few pictures from my trip to London in 2004

 (My oldest daughter, 10 years ago)

We are leaving London today for Paris. See you on the other side of the pond!