This Sunday, September 17th is Austin Museum Day! What does this mean exactly? It means that a wide array of amazing indoor and outdoor museums are FREE for all - this is such a fantastic opportunity to explore all that Austin's thriving art scene has to offer and I encourage everyone to make it out!
Only time will tell. But what I will say is that we are quite inspired by Wayne Thiebaud and the completely cool Voo Doo Donuts! We shall keep you posted on our progress.
I hope everyone had a restful and adventure filled summer! I traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest during much of mine and fell completely in love with that part of the country. I feel refreshed and rejuvenated and so ready to see my art students and make a bunch of RAD art in our studio!
....Art Show for Austin ISD! I am convinced that AISD has the best fine arts department in the state and houses the best art teachers as well! I adore this event, getting to hang out with my fellow art teachers, and the opportunity to see and be inspired by all of the amazing student work!
I am SO grateful to get to be a part of it all.
....the awesome field trip Blanton Museum of Art!! This was our favorite one to date, thank you for such an amazing museum teacher and overall experience!
My 4th graders immediately laid down in order to enjoy their view and analyze what they were seeing! Also pictured, our amazing Blanton museum teacher!
We finished out fabulous field trip off with a little art making outside and picnic lunches!
....you're welcome. This project never ceases to bring out the smiles and laughter! The personality and story line my 2nd graders bring to this project is just the best! Printmaking, self-made textured papers, and action lines galore!
....Chinese New Year! My incredible 3rd graders created gorgeous Ming inspired vase still lifes using tertiary colors and their knowledge of shade and shadow. They have such a joyous and happy energy about them and I am, of course, so proud of my young artists!
....of a white winter! But, alas, Austin is not cooperating. So we shall console ourselves by admiring their wonderfully textured snowy landscapes!
....chocolate mugs. My 5th graders brought their A Game with their handle designs - I mean, check out those details!! More photos coming soon....
....super cool. (I know, but I had to.) My 1st graders sure know how to give their snowmen and snowwomen portraits amazing and hilarious personalities! SO proud of them!
....WOW! It is unclear how I am deserving of such kindness, but I'll take it Emily Cayton! Thank you SO much for your incredibly sweet shout out!
Now, y'all pretty please go check out Emily's work for this, the last weekend of E.A.S.T., because it is some serious radical beauty!
....art making experience! Our Ortega EAST was quite a happy little space filled with lots of creative creations! Pip cleaner crowns, glasses, butterfly wings, insect antennas, and loads of imaginative illustrations created with sidewalk chalk! Thank you to all who came out and a special thank you to my amazing fellow teachers and PTA who helped to make it happen! Oh, and last but certainly not least, thank you to my INCREDIBLE young artists!! So proud of you all :)
....is almost here! This is such a special two weekend long event - an incredible way to get out and explore all of the amazing artist studios throughout the east side of Austin. I hope everyone can make it out for Ortega's very special event! My young artists have been hard at work and are so excited to celebrate there new art installations.. here are the details:
When: Saturday, November 12th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (come and go as you please; folk dancing begins at 12)
Where: Ortega Elementary, in the outdoor space between the main building and the cafeteria.
Why: There will be new and amazing student artwork installed and displayed, free art activities, folk dancing performances, and free snacks!
How: For more information please visit http://east.bigmedium.org/
....for an incredible watercolor workshop! I loved every moment and am so excited to teach my own students the skills that you taught to us. I am also absolutely over the moon excited to reawaken my own watercolor practice - thank you thank you for your talent, knowledge, inspiration, and humor! Check out Jan's beautiful work here: http://janheaton.com/
....is some beautiful business! Here are just a handful of examples of my amazing students' color schemes for their final spirit animal artwork. They have each created two different color schemes and are en route to creating their fantastic final fundraiser portraits!
Is this Sunday, September 18th!
What does that mean, you ask? That means that you, your family, and friends can enjoy free access to exhibits and activities at Austin-area museums! So exciting!!
For more information, and a listing of participating museums, please visit:
P.S. You can find both of these inspiring outdoor art installations (seen in the images above) at
The Laguna Gloria!
....who your spirit animal is?? Because we do! Our annual fundraiser is upon us, and every grade level is creating a portrait of their spirit animal. They have been learning about the fascinating Native American culture and discovered the history/origin of the spirit animal. Taking inspiration from their newfound knowledge they have all researched various animals and chosen the one which they feel the most strongly for. It has been incredible observing their drawing skills with their animal/s grow and strengthen over the past few weeks.. I love the art making process and am so excited to see the final product!
....es! For the first many weeks in the art studio it's all about lines y'all. Soooooooo, for the first day in the studio my fantastic 1st - 5th graders created collaborative line sculptures! So much fun, and so many imaginative and creative ways in which they connected their lines and created entire paper line sculpture universes!
....to see what my brand new art students (ahem, lookin' at you my darling Kindergarten!) bring to their art studio table! These are a few examples from their very first day in the art studio, wherein they drew whateeeeeeeever they wanted to. Thus showing me what they are interested in, where they are in their art making ability, etc. I am very much looking forward to discovering their unique artistic style and watching them grow as young artists this year!
P.S. That individual artwork was created by Caleb. He told me that it is the art studio. And that the purple dot with arms and legs is me. I love that SO MUCH that I can hardly stand it!!!!
We definitely don't call it an office, we call it an art studio! I am so excited for this new school year and cannot wait to have this incredible studio space (I mean, check out those awesome windows!) filled with all of my AMAZING art students!
....how ADORABLE this is!!?! Because it is. It is adorable, and so sweet! Thank you so much to my wonderful students for this door decoration for Teacher Appreciation Month. I am utterly honored to be awarded Teacher of the Year for Ortega, one of the most special of schools!
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