Pablo Picasso


Our first artist this year is Pablo Picasso.    Pablo lived form 1881-1973.   His full name was Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de  Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso.    WSHEWWW!   Is that a mouthful!  Thank goodness we can just call him  Picasso!

We learned that Pablo Picasso was one of the artists that developed the style of art called cubism.  At first we thought it was kind of strange but the more we looked at it,  the more we enjoyed it.

We also learned that when Picasso was very sad he would use a lot  of blue in his work.  They called this his  “blue period.”  After looking at his blue artwork, we thought that blue made his artwork look sad also. What do you think?


Pablo died at the age of 91 in 1973.  Although he is no longer alive,  he will live on for years to come because of his many styles of art.


Back to School!

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Woo, hoo! We are back to school! After a nice, long summer break we are back in session. It was great having the extra 2 weeks off this summer. I’m very excited to be back with the kids though and ready to get to work of some fantastic art projects.  This year we are starting off by studying Vincent van Gogh at Inman and Fantasy Space Art at Washington.

In the spirit of van Gogh,  I did some sewing this summer and made a “Starry Night”  blouse.  I wore it yesterday and the look on the kids faces when they saw it was priceless!  They were so excited.

I follow an art teacher website by Cassie Stephens and they are having a “What the Art Teacher Wore Back to School Contest”  this week.  Please take a minute to go on and vote for me at the following link:     The contest ends this coming week.     Thanks!!

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!

Inman Primary Art Expo 2014

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Washington Art Expo is Underway

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Washington Intermediate’s 2014 Art Expo is now underway.  If you have not yet attended,  we hope you will put it on your “TO-DO” list this week.  It runs from 8-4 daily and on Thursday,  April 3rd it runs until 7:00 P.M.

Here is a  link to a sneak preview,  but you will want to come and see everybody’s art up close.

Our Legacy Installations

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As an art teacher,  I have found a lot of interesting blogs and art websites that can be very helpful in the lines of professional development.  One of my favorite sites is the AOE or Art Of Education.  While reading it the other day,  I ran across an article that talked about “Legacy Installations”.  I quickly realized that we are already doing this right here in Red Oak,  Iowa.  In fact,  we have made these for the last 3 years.  While creating these works of art, the children get to experience working together as a team on a piece that will be displayed for years to come, it will be their legacy.  Some of the legacy installations we have made in the past include our bottle cap project and our Chihuly chandelier.  This year our  legacy installation is once again being made partially from recycled materials.   It’s in the form of woven tapestries that go along with the Character Counts program.

I posted about these magnificent works of student artwork a few weeks ago,  but I just wanted to give you an update on the progress we are making.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and plan on coming to our art shows later this spring to see just how beautiful they are.

I’m Lovin’ It!!!!

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It just makes my day to see children that love to make art.  The smiles on their faces as they come into my art room don’t go un-noticed.  It gives me a heart warmed feeling to know that no matter how great or limited their artistic talent might be,  they are enjoying creating and using their imaginations.

When we finished a project early I used to always try to have another project for them to start on right away.  This worked well for some children but too often there were issues with too many projects going on at once.  Now,  I try to give the children what we call “free drawing” time.  I always make sure I have plenty of drawing paper and pencils on hand.  I also have lots of “how to” drawing books for the children to use.  I tell the kids that drawing is kind of like reading,  you can never practice too much.

What I have noticed since I have added our “free drawing” time,  is that many of the kids that often were messing around and not getting their work done were now working harder than ever to have their free drawing time.  They used to depend on me for ideas on what I thought they should draw.  Now,  they are letting their imaginations and creativity kick in,  without needing my assistance and I couldn’t be happier.