Tuesday, August 23, 2016

And they are off...

Whoa there!  It's been a whirlwind of the past two and 1/2 weeks!  Each grade spent the first two weeks in art learning (or reinforcing) the Art Room rule / procedures/ and expectations.  But that's not all!  They also created their very first piece of art.  Two weeks did not give all the grades time to finish, so they'll remain in their newly-made sketchbook to work on throughout the year.  The second graders created some really cool monochromatic self-portraits that I cannot wait to hang in the halls. I know you're on the edge of your seat to see the final product, but you'll have to wait just a bit!

We're now onto our first "REAL" lesson.  Man, the students seem to get more excited and creative every year!  I can't wait to update you on what's going on!  Stay tuned...

Monday, August 1, 2016

Welcome Back!

I'm here, where are you?

I know this is going to be an awesome year in art here at State Bridge and I'm so excited to see all of your smiling, tan faces in just a few days.  I had a great summer teaching three art camps, traveling to the beach and Colorado, and making quality time to hang out with all my family here.

I have some new ideas to try out this year that I'm super stoked about!  I also have a few contemporary artists I found out about this summer that I'd love to create lessons for...so stay tuned!

I know you'll ask (kidding!) but my little baby is growing up so fast!  Here are a few fun shots of him:

 3 Fulton County Art teachers and their future artists
                                           Such a great visit with a former FC art teacher, and my friend from college who's now a high school teacher in the Denver area.

Before you leave, check out this cool (short) video:

Enjoy the beautiful weather and I'll meet back up with you once we begin.

Mrs. Elder

Friday, May 27, 2016

Goodbye for now!

     What a year!  It was my first full year teaching while having a baby at home.  We have all new administration this year.  And, we've started the process of integrating the ARTS into classrooms as we become a STEAM school!  How cool is that?  The students have remained my steady rocks and are continually why I come back to this job each August with such joy and anticipation.  I'm really overwhelmed by the love, I hope, my students have for me and the love, I know, I have for each of them.

     This summer,  I'm going back to teaching art camp at a super cool place called Out of the Box Studio - but only for two weeks.  We're taking a few trips (including Luke's first plane ride).  But what I'm most excited about is nurturing my own little artist and spending quality time with him, as well as my husband and parents.

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     I wish many blessings upon each of you and I look forward to talking to you again in August!

Fourth Grade stitching

I think this is a cool project.  Both boys and girls really flourish with this project and most of them are really hesitant in the beginning.  Because of the end-of-the-year shenanigans, some classes spent four weeks on this and some only spent two.  I adapted by making the burlap loom larger with some classes and those classes also had more stipulations (must be symmetrical, certain amount of shapes ...) while some classes had much smaller looms and could choose to do a design or a letter.  Overall, I know the students enjoyed it and I think they look pretty good!



We'll end with Mario...how amazing!