....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!
....by my fantastic 3rd graders. Soon to be constructed into Sam Gilliam inspired 3-dimensional painting sculptures! Finished product photos coming soon.
....are not going to last long around here! I just know my fabulous 4th and 5th graders are going to LOVE them - so excited to start seeing their weavings coming to life over the next few weeks!
....Kindergarten lion portraits. The different ways in which each student approaches their art making never ceases to interest me.
Thank you so much to Big Medium for asking me to host the art making project for their most recent Community Breakfast! It was a lovely morning filled with art making inspired by The Contemporary's Mark Mothersbaugh exhibit, the Native American rattle, and maracas! Music and ART coming together yet again for lots of joyful fun!
Oh and I cannot forget to say a BIG thank you to one of my favorite friends for helping and joining me on this day - Jenn Schroeder - thank you for being the awesome you and the amazing art teacher you are!!
District wide Art Show in full effect! Above are my Kindergartners Wildly Colorful Lions and Eric Carle inspired Flower Gardens; showing off comfortably next to my 1st graders Spectacular Seascapes - well done my talented young artists, well done!!
And guess whose Haute Chocoloate Mugs were chosen for the 3-D artwork displays!? My fantastic 5th graders that's who! The glazes turned out to be quite stunning, we will definitely be using those two colorways again.
....happening in my 3rd graders art studio today! Lots and lots of color theory and overlapping of textures and hues.. next up is turning these beauties into 3-dimensional sculptural paintings!
....the greatness that is my 2nd graders winter cardinal portraits! Hilarious facial expressions and personalities abound = Lovelovelovelovelove!
....my fantastic 5th graders are rockin' out their Haute Chocolate Mugs!! SO much individuality and personal style - makes me so proud to get to be their art teacher!
Now time for some firing and glazing.
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