Friday, September 21, 2018

Beautiful Hands

Kindergarten artists read "Beautiful hands by Kathryn Otoshi and Bret Baumgarten.  They traced their hands and colored them with construction paper crayons, then painted with liquid watercolors in warm or cool colors.  They observed the watercolor resist technique.

Monday, August 27, 2018

My Art-filled Summer

Welcome Back Artists!

I am excited to be back at school after a busy summer of artistic adventures!

Early in the summer, I hosted Summer Art Camp at Waitsfield School.  We explored a wide variety of arts media including clay, Shibori dying, mural painting, book making and more!

Mid-summer I traveled with my family to Italy. There I got to experience some of the most famous works of art up close and personal!  In Florence I visited Michelangelo's statue of David and several other well known works. I also took many photos in hopes of inspiring my own artwork upon my return. 

I wrapped up the summer with a course hosted by Shelburne Farms called "Climate Creative."  During this class, a group of educators discussed how we can use the arts and other creative methods to teach about climate change and help students learn about environmental issues.  It was so inspiring to be surrounded by many other arts teachers and passionate educators. This project will continue into the fall and will culminate with a final project or show. 

During the Climate Creative course, I visited Burlington City Arts and saw an exciting exhibit of work by artist Cristal Wagner. Her work included a installation made of colorful plastic woven on wire forms. It reminded me of being inside a giant technicolor coral reef.  The exhibit also included mind blowing sculptures made from cut paper. (click through the Instagram post to see all images of work from this show!)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wool Felted Masterpieces- Recreating Famous Paintings using Wool Felting

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6th Annual Bridge Street Art Fair

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Painted Indian Elephants

Third and fourth graders were studying India in their classroom and were learning about the different festivals and holidays.  The tradition of painting elephants for the Elephant Festival in Jaipur was particularly interesting to students. We looked at many images, including photographs from this National Geographic article.  Artists filled their painted elephants with as many different patterns and colors as possible using Sharpie markers, liquid watercolor paint and Crayola construction paper crayons.