Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Break, and Spring Work

I have been making the most of my week off with a few days at the beach and a few days resting, gardening, movie watching, and a little shopping. Today held my only stressful moment of the week, when my dogs decided to dig a hole under the backyard fence and greet me covered in red clay mud. That was awesome.

My family visited Seagrove Beach, Florida, and I dropped some Free Art pieces by some local artists during my trip. I am looking forward to our own Free Art Friday at a Dolvin coming up May 9. Interested in the Free Art Movement? More to come on that soon, and check my labels on the sidebar for previous posts and my Instagram and Twitter.

I am also thrilled to report that the microscopic sedum seeds I ordered for my 5th grade pots are sprouting nicely! I was worried about the seeds, they were so tiny they were like dust.

Before we left for break, we had a lot of good stuff going on, liiiiike...
Adding checkerboard pattern to our 5th grade weavings

Expanding our radial symmetry stitchery in 4th grade

Glaze firing the 3rd grade coil pots

Getting started on our kindergarten Prehistoric art unit with Dino fossil paintings

5th graders working on the first steps of our face jug/cups

4th grade - Ms. Townsend's class is uploading their art to the online gallery Artsonia. I am trying this out with one class to see how it works and if the pilot goes smoothly we will expand across the grades next year. Really excited about the idea of digital portfolios!

3rd graders made observational seashell drawings using contour line and magnifying glasses

And this last one really made my day. My 2nd grader Lainey told me that she had been researching Ruby Bridges for a classroom report, and she came across this painting online. She was excited to know the artist, Norman Rockwell, and she had remembered him from our recent project where we compared and combined his work with that of Jackson Pollock, which you can read about in my post "The Connoisseur." I love seeing connections made!
More posts to come about all these lessons. I hope everyone had a fantastic break! "Is having" I mean! "Is having!" :) not over yet


  1. I can't wait to read more about the Free Art Movement you wrote about. All the art projects look like a lot of fun. I finally got to spend sometime out in my garden bed today weeding out the old stuff from fall. Glad I got it done before wind shifted off the lake.

    1. Thanks Stacie! I did some gardening too - it's one of my fave spring break activities. Nice that you are on a lake! Will be posting more about Free Art Friday in the next few weeks - our big day is May 9!

  2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the glaze on the coil pots, Hope!!!

    1. Blick glazes again, Laura, they are a great deal. One color inside, one color out. A few moans but mostly happy faces.

  3. Great projects! Love the radial symmetry embroidery project. Also hoping all the succulents are growing well. Sounds like you had a great spring break.

    1. Hi Rina, the succulents are so beautiful and I haven't lost ANY since I learned to keep them out of my dogs' reach - ha! Will be posting pics of them in their clay pots in the next few weeks!

  4. Oh, I am SOOOO excited about that embroidery! I cannot wait to see the end results! So trying that next year!


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