Let Art COLOR Our World



Last September we started thinking about our yearly collaborative, building wide art project.  Although I didn’t know what we were going to do at the time exactly,  I did know that I was going to clear out several buckets of old crayons that had been laying around my room for years.  The kids started the long process of unwrapping crayons at that time.  We generally unwrapped crayons when they got done early on a project and had a few minutes to spare or if they were given some free time.

By January we had the greater majority of the crayons unwrapped.  Now we needed to start designing our project.  After looking for ideas and brainstorming, we decided to make a large mural for one of the display cases in our school’s front hallway.  Not  a lot of people enjoy decorating  our display cases so  the idea was welcomed with open  arms.   The students just had to figure out what the mural was going to be.

They had lots of great ideas that ranged everywhere from a water tower to a Starry Night rendition,  to even a picture of Inman Primary School.  After much thought and discussion,  we decided that a tiger face,  which happens to be our school mascot, would be the best choice.  We just needed to do a little more final designing.

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At this point,  all classrooms K-3 got to vote on their favorite design.  Unbelievable to me,   each class voted on the same design.

After that, we got a large piece of Masonite,  which would be our “canvas.”  I took the children’s  design  and painted it onto the Masonite.  Now all the kids had to do was start gluing.  Boy oh boy did it take a lot of glue!!!  We used a special,  extra sticky glue called “Tacky Glue.”  The project took an entire GALLON of Tacky Glue!!!


For the next week or so the kids glued on the background crayons.  Once that part was done,   we got to start on the tiger head.  To give our tiger a little more dimension I used a box cutter and cut the pieces for the tigers nose. I did this part myself to ensure the safety of the students.


The next part was the tiger’s fur.  We decided to crush some crayons for the fur to give it more texture.  This was a really fun part,  a little messy but well worth it. We placed crayons in between 2 boards and the kids stepped on the boards and they did the crushing.

We then filled in the tigers face.  It looked AMAZING!  We were very pleased.

Our final part of the mural was to fill in the word TIGERS with black.  This was one of the toughest parts of all since we found out that we didn’t have enough black crayons.  We searched our classrooms and our homes and just when we finally thought we had enough, we kept coming up short.  Then,  one of the kids came up with the brilliant idea of crushing the black crayons just like we did for the fur on the face so it wouldn’t take as many.  IT WORKED!

When we completed the project it was wonderful to see the smiles on the children’s faces and their sense of accomplishment.  Please take time to stop by Inman  Primary to look at this gorgeous piece of art.  The photos don’t do it justice.



Art Expo, 2015, A New Look!!


In the past our Spring Art Show at Inman Primary has included approximately 3,000 pieces of artwork from our students.  After a visit from the State Fire Marshall’s office,  however,  the IPS art show will be taking on a different look. This year’s art show will be online instead of in our school hallways.  Needless to say,  I was pretty disappointed at first,  but I do understand where he is coming from.  This is a drastic change but  the  safety of our students comes first.  If you have ever attended the Inman art expo,   you know that the artwork has completely covered almost every square inch of wall space available,

As an alternative plan,  we have decided to still hold an Art Expo online.  If you will take a look at the left hand side of this page,  you will notice the headings:  Kindergarten Creations,   Fabulous First Grade,  Sensational 2nd Grade,  Great 3rd Graders,  and Fantastic Fourth Grade.  Simply click on that link and it will take you to the students artwork.  Once you see the students teacher’s names,  it will take you into their class video.

Hope you enjoy the videos!

Earth Without Art is Just “Eh”

The 3rd Annual Art Expo at Inman Primary is going on now! It runs all week during the school day and on Thursday it runs from 8:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.. We hope you can attend. Please click on the following link for a quick preview. Enjoy!

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Mark Your Calendars, the Art Shows are Around the Corner

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The Red Oak Elementary Art Expos will be held again this spring.  Washington Intermediate will hold this annual event March 31—April 4 during the day and Thursday, April 3rd it will be from 8 AM to 7 PM.    Inman Primary will be holding their Art Expo April 14—April 17th during the school day.  Thursday April 17th it runs from 8 AM until 7 PM.  Please mark your calendars.  We hope to see you there.

Going “Out on a Limb”

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With the cold weather and winter winds blowing,  I have been encouraging the kids at school to use this “indoor time” to their advantage and make it their own special drawing and creativity time.  This past week the 3rd graders have been learning how to draw birds.  I have explained to them that if you can break items down into various shapes,  it makes it easier to draw them.

For the cardinals that the students drew this past week, they first had to imagine the body as an oval.  They then had to view the head as a circle.  Next came the long flat oval or “fat pancake”  that made the wing.  It didn’t take long for one of the children to view the tail feathers as a long skinny rectangle.

I’m hoping to have most of the cardinals posted on this blog,  under the 3rd grade link by the end of the week.


Inman Primary Art Show, 2013, A sneak peek.

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IPS Art Show 2013, Sneak Peek

Don’t forget our IPS art show going on this week. It runs from 8:00-4:00, and then on Friday, April 26th, from 8 A.M. – 8 P.M. Hope to see you there. Enjoy this sneak peek.

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!