3rd Grade Portraits of Our Friends

I have been out for doctors appointments and professional development meetings, so I’ve had a sub in the art room multiple times this week. My  third graders were so successful drawing portraits while partnered up with their classmates that I decided to continue the lesson with my other third grade class today. I called this a “Show What You Know” moment-students had to show why they know about facial proportions and crayon craftsmanship without any intervention from me. Each student worked with their face partner at their table, looking carefully and paying close attention to the details that made their friend unique. The next time I have a sub, they will work to complete a background for their portrait that tells more about their friend. Love this lesson so much and enjoyed watching my students work so carefully to do their best portrait drawing.

Art Teacher Field Trip: Robert Irwin’s All the Rules Will Change at the Hirschhorn Museum

What do art teachers do on the weekends? Take their kids to art museums of course! Actually, considering our close proximity to the nation’s capital and a plethora of museums and galleries, I don’t think I do this nearly enough. These photos are from September 4th, our final summer art adventure before school started. We went to the Hirschhorn to see Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change before it closed. It was fun talking about art and what makes something a painting with my ex-art teacher best friend, her mom, and my son. My favorite was the giant scrim that created a false wall/optical illusion in the iconic circular building. We also enjoyed speculating about the number of markers it took to complete Linn Meyers Our View From Here. My son’s favorite piece was “Still Life with Spirit and Xitle” by Jimmie Durham which was located outside, before we even entered the museum.

Staff Meeting Costume Contest Success

Team costume contest at our Friday morning staff meeting. The OES art department went as Surrealists -Rene Magritte and Frida Kahlo, and we won! Our photo was features in the weekly employee news email that was sent to all FCPS employees. I received so many emails from fellow art teachers in the county complimenting our costumes. I feel like my costume design degree really paid off this week;)

Art Teacher Field Trip: Fiber National at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center

A couple of my favorite artworks currently on display in the Fiber National 2016 show at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.  Mending Gold: Careful Attention by Brooks Stevens. This reminded me so much of working in my mother’s alterations show and really tugged at my heartstrings.

I also loved the collaborative concept in Windchimes, a group work by Christine Adams, Annabel Ebersole, Lisa Ellis, Paula Golden, Sandi Goldman, Barbara Hollinger, Bunnie Jordan, Vivian Mulholen, Carole Nicholas, and Ricki Selva.

If you are local, check it out. The Workhouse Arts Center is an amazing opportunity to see a wide variety of artwork on exhibit, as well as to tour studios and see artists at work.