Cookie People around the world

Tree in a Landscape Pastel Project

Black Lines White Circles

Elements of art hands on...

Mr. Bones Part I

What does a skeleton look like? If I wanted to see a skeleton where would I go?

Monster Selfie

Fun way to introduce shading and guide students through the process of making a 2-D drawing look more
3-D.Lots of creative, personal expression and skill building

Impossible House

Fun drawing project using shapes, rulers and lots of imagination.

My Monster Hair Day

Some days are bad hair days and some are Monster Hair days. Student continue to explore the structure of the human face, in this project with a more "cartoon" approach. Using a U shape format adding monster hair and other wacky additions this fun one day drawing project allows for lots of creative expression and would work well with a creative writing element.


Kinder A is for Artist

3rd and 2nd/3rd grade, 2 Pumpkin projects at one time

Pumpkin time, pumpkins big, pumpkins small. Drawing, painting, color blending and collage!

4th grade, Sugar Skulls

4th 5th blend, Creating a Landscape

Inspired by the work of Georgia O'Keeffe...

2nd grade Travels to Russia

Such a fun new project with lots of skill building, vocabulary and connects to common core themes in literature!

Special Pre K and DHH Kinder

This is me...what are the parts of the face?

Mixed K-2nd fun with colors

color blending for pumpkins and apples...2 days 2 paint projects, plus we tasted 2 different colors/kinds of apples and did a little compare and contrast.

1st grade Spiders are (almost) everywhere

...but not in the Antarctic.
Day one student drew the spider web following a series of direct drawing instructions. Using vocabulary such as vertical, diagonal, horizontal, intersecting and connecting, the artists created their own web using crayon and filling the page. A rainbow color wash was added and the last step sea salt to give it that dewy twilight twinkle.

Day two, we read spider facts and learned about their body structure and how they are not insects, then it was time to make a spider. Using a variety of collage papers in prints and solids students created the two body parts of spider and the 8 legs.

5th grade Up Up and Away

Connecting to classroom Science standards and building on VAPA standards regarding student understanding of a Landscape, this mixed media project offers lots of creative expression within a structured step by step framework. 3 Part project...

6th grade Little Altars

This culturally connected project, builds on 6th grade world history standards and connects to Common Core objectives, allowing for lots of discussion, observation and hands on learning experiences.


Two Days of Going in Circles

We spent Thursday and Friday painting circles in the Lubin Art Studio. Every grade, every student and teacher visited and worked for 10+ minutes creating circles, solid and colorful, dots, dashes and small connecting lines. The guidelines were simple. Our shape is the circle, all circles must touch and or connect. You can paint or add to your neighbors design but you can not wipe out or completely cover the image. No words, faces, animals or letters. Repeat patterns or colors and look for ways to build on existing elements. Silent or whisper voices. Mindfulness! Amazing results.

A visit with Kinder

Sometimes our youngest artists need just a little extra time to feel comfortable with a new teacher that is why this year I decided to visit the Kinder classes in their home rooms before they signed up to journey to  the art studio. I was able to introduce myself, talk just a little bit about art, show the print of Starry Nights and introduce our first element of art the line (a dot that went for a walk) We found lines everywhere and drew them in the air with our fingers. In the end they made pasta pictures with plates of cooked lines (spaghetti) and they could even eat their art if they wanted to! What a great way to start a New Art Year!

Community Building Circle Painting

Our first project for the the 2014-15 school year will be community based project involving the entire school. Every class is invited to the art studio for a 10-15 minute silent painting sessions to create banners filled with color and circles...Welcome to your First Art Adventure of the New School Year Circle Painting 

* " Hiep Nguyen created the first Circle Painting when he returned to his native country Vietnam in 1999. Driven by his desire to connect with neighborhood children in the mountain town of Dalat,Hiep invited them to paint circles with him in his studio. To his surprise, the children kept coming back for more,sometimes even with their friends and families. This experience inspired Hiep to continue exploring the circle theme as a way to create and connect with others.

 Circle Painting’s first breakthrough took place in 2007 when Hiep was invited by the Southeast Asian Leadership Network, a service learning organization from Stanford university, to train 100 youth leaders and to help integrating art into their community service projects."


This project introduces vocabulary such as community, mural, concentric and balance, builds on curricular themes of Unity and connects to the work of numerous art masters such as Kandinsky and Hundertwasser.

I am so excited to see how this turns out...Let the Grand Art Adventure Begin!

Welcome to our 2014-15 Art Adventure

This year I have decided to have an art teacher mission statement. With so much emphasis being put on a Common Core/Essential Questions approach to education I feel it is important that I  have clear(er) target direction and a map to guide me-after all this year's theme is "Art Adventure". And so, to keep us all from getting lost I will post this in the art room and update it as need be, but for now here it is...

Ms. Janes Art Room Mission Statement

My pledge to all apprentice who enter:

“I will work hard to guide you in developing your creative voice and seek to nurture a life long love and appreciation of the arts through; discussion, observation, a variety of hands on experiences, skill building and reflection.”

·        The study of Other Artists, Cultures and Historic Periods are key to a strong foundation for creative growth.

·        Questions lead to Discovery, which can lead to Answers, which in turn often leads to more Questions.

·        Your Voice, your Vision and your Point of View are Valued.

·        Mistakes and Accidents are okay- these are signs that you are willing to try, willing to risk and there begins your great journey into Creativity.

·        Art is complex, building skills, mastering techniques- part process and part product; remember it is called an Art Work because it takes Work


Drawing in the Garden

The last few days of school all classes were invited to spend some time sitting and drawing in our lovely Peace Garden. What a great way to wrap up another wonderful art year!

May Student Art Show

Our annual Student Art Show (2013-14) over 1,000 pieces of art on display!

2nd grade Spring Cherry prints, Kinder Rainbow Robots, 4th grade Fall Trees, 3rd grade American Gothic Pop 

Kinder Sunflowers, 1st grade tigers and winter trees, 4th-6th Day of the Dead inspired art. 

2nd/3rd Imagination Architecture 

3rd grade American Gothic Pop and 5th grade Picasso faces with feeling.

2nd/3rd color "wheel" landscape, 2nd grade sea turtles, Special Needs Rainbow Umbrella, 6th grade 3-D take a line

1st grade paper faces with 5th/6th clay faces, fun with lines Kinder,
color "wheel" landscapes 2nd/3rd and famous portraits 5th 

2nd grade Mr. Bones, 5th grade Royals, Kinder Fall leaves, 3rd silly winter hat, Alverez class  Loud Lions.