Friday, May 14, 2010

Cool Links

I wanted to add a list of some of my favorite (and most used) art links. Some are instructional and others are just plain fun. Enjoy!

Art Research Sites




Online Art News Sources

Art Daily

Art News

The Art Newspaper

Museum and Gallery Sites

National Gallery of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

American Visionary Museum



Museum of Fine Art, Boston

T.W. Wood Gallery

(If you're planning a trip, please feel free to contact me about fun art stops along the way!)

Art Education Sites

National Art Education Association

Vermont Art Teacher Association

Art Responding Through Technology

Art Games/Online Art Making

Mondrimat- Paint like Piet Mondrain!

Mr. Picassohead

Paint like Jackson Pollock

Free Rice- Famous Paintings

Design a City

Make a Collage (You need the Shockwave player. Get it here.)

Color in Motion (Very Cool!)

Create Art Like Basquait

The Artist's Toolkit

Be an Art Historian

Design Like Frank Lloyd Wright

Also Very Cool...

Compose Music

Other Music Activities

I'm always adding to this list, so check back often. Also, if you know of a great site/blog let me know! Email me at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2010 Congressional Art Show

Two students, Hannah Lazerick and Jamie Cyr had work entered in this year's competition. We spent yesterday checking out the amazing work from all around the state at the T.W.Wood Art Gallery.
Congressman Welch speaking to the participants.

Jamie and Hannah at the awards ceremony.

Jamie and her pen and ink tree piece.

Hannah and her stone wall photograph.

The program.

8th Grade World Mural

The 8th graders this trimester are working on a gigantic World Map out on the basketball court. Basically a big stencil, the map is created by connecting dots of paint and then filling in with colors. We hope to have it finished by the end
of school (as long as we don't have too many more "snow" days!)

Pictures are slightly out of order...This is the final stenciling day, before we start connecting the dots...

Making lots of dots.
Actually the first day of the project. We are working on top of an old outline of the United States. It was quite windy this day- hence the need for sitting on the stencil!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Video of a Vollis Simpson Whirligig

You can learn more about Vollis' work here.

NAEA Conference Pictures

The Seltzer Tower...right outside my hotel.

Street Art!

I believe this is (was?) a movie theater.
A "jewel" encrusted mannequin at the American Visionary Art Museum. My students know my fondness for mannequins...If you're ever in Baltimore GO TO THE AVAM- it's amazing!

The last day I was in Baltimore it was cool and sunny. I took the opportunity before I had to be at the airport to do some serious tourist photography.

More Conference pictures can be seen here.

What's Happening in the Art Room These Days?

Ah, the year is winding down (up?) The art room is alive with activity from start of the day until the end. Here is a quick update of what we're doing:

Photography- Students have created Photo Stories using Microsoft Photo Story 3 (get it for FREE here). Today we're viewing and critiquing their work. Students also learned about macro photography and are working on 26 image books to share with our Kindergarten classes.

7th Grade Art- This new class is embarking on a 'round the World look at art and artists. Students are making sketchbook-passports to keep notes and artwork in. In addition, this class will be painting a huge world map on the basketball court by the playground. We're all really looking forward to some nice(r) weather (i.e. NO SNOW!) so we can start. ***A Special Thanks to Danville PTG and Vermont Tennis Courts for donating supplies and funding for the World Map project!***

Principles of Design- My lone P of D student is working away on the Sol LeWitt inspired wall mural in the art hallway. A complex pattern of black and white interspersed with vibrant rainbow colors, this project is sure to brighten up our school!

Pencil & Paintbrush- (Danville's literary and arts magazine) is desperately seeking submissions for it's Spring issue. Please contact me, or leave work in the submission folders around school. May 7th is our deadline to publish before the end of the year! You can email submissions to

Introduction to Art- Oh, what a class! I have to say, they have LOTS of energy...We're working on graphite self-portraits which are coming out beautifully. Students have been researching an artist for their Altered Book project (a combination of the dread Research Project, and my love of altered art.) We will be showing the finished books in the library before the end of school.

Other news:

The Yearbook will be here by May 27th!!!!! Copies are still available for purchase ($40 gets you the FULL COLOR, 84 page masterpiece.) The Yearbook Club has been both a joy and a bear this year. We are all looking forward to having it back as a class for the 2010-11 school year. ***PARENTS: We need your 2010 Spring Sports photos for NEXT YEAR'S book. Please contact me if you're able to share your photos with the yearbook***

I just got back from the NAEA's (National Art Education Association) National Conference in Baltimore. I learned so much....I almost wish we had more school to try out some new lesson plans! (Notice I said "almost"?) Pictures will be coming...

Danville School will be having our Annual K-12 Art Show at Catamount Arts in May. Dates are tentative, but we are looking at the 17th through the 31st. An opening reception will be held for all parents, teachers, and art lovers. More info to come....

Ms Brehm (elementary art) will be traveling to Japan this summer as part of the UVM Asian Studies program. We can't wait to see what interesting art ideas she'll bring back!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Arts Festival is in Full Swing!

Rachael Rice is here working with students on recycled/reused art projects. Here are some pictures: