Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Beauty, Hope and Joy

We in the arts...have the great and good gift of dealing with beauty, with joy and hope...We do this in a world that is sometimes unimaginably ugly.   What can we now do?  Nothing more than to keep doing what we do; to continue to be part of what makes life good, what makes it worthwhile, what gives hope and joy and brings smiles to faces.
From Barry's Blog: News, Advice and Opinion for the Arts Administrator

Monday, December 17, 2012

Birds and Birches

First and second graders looked at the beautiful and fun collage illustrations in Lois Ehlert's book "Snowballs."
We used liquid watercolor paint with oil pastel resist to make colorful papers, which we used to cut out our birds. We used sheet music for our birch trees and added shading and detail with black oil pastels. 

Thank you to the art blog www.deepspacesparkle.com for the inspiration for this lesson.