Cougar Pride!

I am pleased to announce that this blog was nominated for a Fascination Award, specifically for the 2012's Most Fascinating Art Teacher blog!  Although we did not win the grand prize, the nomination is quite an honor!

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"Tall" Paintings

The sixth grade end of the year project in visual art was inspired by Holten Rower's artworkswhich are created by the variation of effects produced when paint is poured onto a three dimensional surface.

I asked my students to save their milk cartons from lunch.... We pressed in the top portions of the cartons, turned them upside down and hot glued them onto squares cut from a green tri-fold board. On top of the carton, a small disposable plastic cup was hot glued to add height and help with pouring accuracy. One of my classes used larger plastics cup in place of milk cartons. Students then poured acrylic paint over the top. At first I tried to use tempera mixed with glue then squeezed directly from the bottles. The glue bottle tops frequently became clogged so I decided to let the kids pour diluted acrylic paint out of small cups cups.  This project was very messy, but  extremely simple and my students response was overwhelmingly positive!



The entire school just completed a unit on healthy living. The students' resulting projects were displayed for public viewing during an exhibition called Think Show! In visual art, we focused on (healthy) food's role in famous works of art. The students drew their own Henri Matisse inspired fruit faces, and created Claes Oldenburg inspired food sculptures amongst other activities.


In partnership with the Hispanic Cultural Club, the visual art students are participating in various activities and creating a wide range of art to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month. On October 11 Kirby Middle School had the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival and Program to promote awareness of various Hispanic customs, arts and activities..

We are currently working on an altar that will be displayed at the Brooks Museum of Art in commemoration
and celebration
of Dia de los Muertos....