Slideshow Problems….Arghhhhh! :(


I absolutely love sharing our students work with you through a system called “PhotoPeach”. Well, this last month the peaches evidently went bad. The company encountered a problem while upgrading their servers to accommodate the growing data and traffic. Some slideshows are not accessible at this time. I am also not able to add anything to the slideshows that currently exist, however, I will be making new slideshows for each classroom as new artwork is completed. You will simply have to view 2 slideshows instead of just one for your child. I sincerely apologize and hope you will continue to enjoy watching our students artwork on PhotoPeach. Thanks for your continues support!


Starry Nights Over Chautauqua is Completed

Starry Nights Over Chautauqua is Completed.

A Guest Artist

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On January 8, 2013, the students at Washington Intermediate School had a special guest artist visit them.  Her name was Amanda Hall and she is the niece to Mrs. Sims.  Amanda is a graduate student at Iowa State University.

The Red Oak elementary students have been studying famous glass blowing artist, Dale Chihuly in art class under the direction of Teresa Euken.  Since Ms. Hall works with glass blowing herself, Mrs. Sims was able to line up a special presentation for us.

We learned that Iowa State is one of the few universities which has a glass blowing facility in the country.   Glassblowers are also called “gaffers” and Iowa State has an Iowa Gaffer’s Guild.

One important part of glass blowing is the protective clothing that must be worn.  It includes protective eyewear, very large special mittens, long sleeves and long pants, and close toed shoes,  NO flip flops or sandals!

To melt glass, Ms. Hall told us it must be put in a large oven that gets to 1100 degrees Celsius.  First, the glass goes into this oven or furnace and then you remove the melty glass with a blow pipe.  As it cools, you can reheat it in another type of furnace called a “Glory Hole”.  We learned that the special stick that you put the glass into the “Glory Hole”  is called a “punty rod”.  One of the students commented that it looked as if they were roasting marshmallows instead of glass.  That’s when Ms. Hall told us they actually get to roast hotdogs in it sometimes.  We thought that sounded like fun!

We found out that the inside of the Glory Hole is made out of refractory clay, which comes from Mexico Missouri.  It is the same clay that is used on the space shuttle tiles and on the inside of fireplaces.

Once the glass comes out of the Glory Hole, it goes on a blow pipe and then you blow through it.  It’s kind of like blowing bubble gum.  If you want to give your project special features, you can use large tools that look like giant tweezers and giant scissors or even a tool called a “marble maker”.  We also found out that when it is time to add the color, they add a special type of glass called “frit” or a bar glass called “cullet”.

Ms. Hall did a great job teaching us about glass blowing and she even showed us some samples of her own work.  They were pretty cool.  We also got a better understanding of what Dale Chihuly, the artist that we are studying in art class must go through to make his beautiful creations.

Dates Set For The 2nd Annual Red Oak Art Expos

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I am pleased to announce that this coming February we will be holding the Washington Intermediate’s Art Show.  It will be held the week of February 4th with an evening Art Expo on Monday and Thursday until 8:00 P.M. during parent teacher conferences.

Inman Primary’s Art Show will be held the week of April 22.  The evening Art Expo will be held on April 26th until 8:00 P.M..   If you are interested in helping prepare for this event,  please be sure to let me know.  I have lots of labeling to do in advance.   It is also going to take quite a bit of time to set up the exhibits and your help would be appreciated!  Thank you!

2012 in review

A big thanks to everybody that has been following our art blog this past year.  Your support is very much appreciated!!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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