Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hungry? How about Chick Fila

I want to make sure you all know that many fine works of art are on display at Chick Fila.  If you stop by for breakfast or dinner, you can also walk the gallery and marvel at the amazing talent of the State Bridge Crossing artists. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

K-Kids art show 2013

Congratulations amazing artists!  State Bridge Crossing was well represented at Kings Ridge Christan school this afternoon with 26 entries.  I am so proud of all of the students who entered.  You listened on the announcements, you took the initiative to get an application, you brought back your signed application and you made exquisite artwork!  You can now say you were in a very special art show.  How cool is that?

 setting up the event
 and the doors are open

With great excitement, I am thrilled to say we had SEVEN students who received ribbons or honorable mentioned for their artwork and for their specific grade.  The competition was pretty tough too - there was spectacular artwork by all students!

 First place for second grade!

 Honorable mention for fifth grade!

 First place for first grade!

 Third place for first grade!

 Honorable mention for first grade!

 Honorable mention for first grade!

 Honorable mention for first grade!

On a personal note, I really enjoyed meeting (or seeing again) the parents (and siblings) who took the time and effort to attend this special event.  Thank you for being such and active role in your child's art education development. 

 Romina standing with all the winners K-12
On a last note, congratulations again to EVERYONE! I hope seeing some pictures of the show will inspire more students to participate next year. Way to go, sweet and awesome State Bridge Bobcats!  Here's a sample of some of the upper grade works.  For your inspiration!


Friday, March 15, 2013

Awesome trip to the High

Welcome to the High Museum of Art!
I had a fabulous night last night.  All Fulton County art teachers met at the High Museum for our Second Semester meeting.  Our amazing Fine Arts coordinator, Jes Booth, presented the State of Fine Arts where she kept us up to date about what is going on in our field (new standards, teachers leaving, eCourses about supporting Common Core).  She is such an inspirational and funny leader and every time I am around her, and all of the art teachers here with Fulton County, I am reminded about how blessed I am to have this incredible job in a system that actively values art education.
She also had lined up a guest artist to speak and make art with us!  Have you heard of Evereman?  Have you found one (they are usually ITP, not in the suburbs!)?  EVEREMAN gave an awesome talk (you can find his TED talk here: about his work, his "leave no trace" aesthetic, and about the Free Art Friday movement.  I highly encourage you to check out his website:
After all of that, we got a chance to tour the Frida and Diego exhibit.  I feel ashamed to say I had not seen it yet.  WOW.  What is there to say?  This is the first time so many of both Frida Kahlo's and Diego Rivera's art has been seen together in the United States.  The artwork, as well as their personal stories, is very moving, intimate, delicate and painful.  It was an emotional show - to be sure.  Check out at our fabulous museum:
Lastly, a super dear friend of mine, Ms. Mary Elfers, is officially leaving Fulton County.  We went to undergraduate school together, started teaching together and have spend the past six years meeting up and emailing each other about how to be better teachers with awesome lesson plans.  She's off to the clean air of Colorado.  With her amazing spirit, kind heart, love of art, generosity to children, and adventurous attitude, I have no doubt she will soar to amazing heights.  She has been a treasure to the students of Fulton County and a piece of gold to me.  I will miss her deeply.
The man himself - Evereman

super excited to have an Evereman
 He's picking up the wood that I just branded.

 Amazing new sculptures outside on the High's grounds.

 Mrs. Elder as Frida Kahlo

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The magnets are here!

Yippie!!!!!  Each student should have received a green Ziploc bag today with a magnet of his or her artwork, an order form, and a list of fun additional things you can also purchase.  As a reminder, if you'd like to keep your magnet, please send in $6 (cash or check).  If you do not want to pay for the magnet, please return the magnet.  If you would like to purchase additional items, please complete the order form and send it in with your money.  An easy way for transporting the magnets/ money/ order forms is to use the same green Ziploc bag. 
I know I am excited.  I hope you are too!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kindergarten Play sculptures

The Kindergarteners surprised me more than ever with this project.  Their creativity was amazing.  We discussed the difference between 2D shapes and 3D forms.  We looked at local artist, Kevin Cole's works and discussed how they have similarities to playgrounds.  Next, they used paper to create their own playgrounds.  Wow!

 I love the tunnel at the end of the slide.

What fun slides!

 Check out the monkey bars!

 Creating a tall person on her playground

 All green!

 Swings, monkey bars, a bench..oh my!

 What a fun sandbox!

I love the tire swing and balance beam.

Those are beds for dogs under the tunnel!

What great ziz-zag lines.

Super tall play forts!

I love how he's making them all connect.

 Great use of warm colors.