Category Archives: Art is Elemental

A Breath of Fresh Air!

I just gotta say, kids are awesome! My students, in particular, are especially awesome. Six of my middle schoolers set up this year’s art installation, Aero for our Art is Elemental fire/air unit. My trust-worthy colleague and friend, and three … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day!

One of my middle school student’s parents works for the General Services Administration at the Federal Building in Philadelphia, and contacted me about doing an art display in her building in honor of Earth Day.  As a mom of one of … Continue reading

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Stars are in the Air

As a “Kiick-Off” to our middle school Art is Elemental fire/air unit, we looked at some famous skies in art history. Each of my current sixth and seventh grade students received a 2 inch square cut from Starry Night and … Continue reading

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What a Day!

Today, nine middle school students, seven high school students, and my colleague Mrs. Ellis, volunteered their time to set up the middle school art show and this year’s school wide art installation, “Tapped – a message from a bottle”. “Tapped” … Continue reading

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The Making of an Art Installation

Spring has sprung here in the Garden State, and ’tis the season for art shows and art installations!  I wanted to share some preview activities for the middle school installation, called “Tapped”.  This year’s middle school, Art is Elemental theme … Continue reading

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Water, Water Everywhere!

I realized that I haven’t written about the other half of my job in a while….(which would be my 500+ middle school students!)  It’s a whirlwind!  In the past, I’ve written about my Art is Elemental middle school cycle art … Continue reading

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Teaching by Example

When I started developing and writing the Art is Elemental curriculum, I became frighteningly aware of the waste and wastefulness in my work life. It inspired me to take action in my classroom. Last year I invested in a bunch … Continue reading

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iphoto books!

Creating a book to document, celebrate or share your students’ work is easy and fun to do! If you use a mac, your iphoto has options built right in! If you use a PC, there are lots of resources, like … Continue reading

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got ideas?

Every creative person I know understands that the creative process is a circuitous route. Looking at seemingly unrelated things can give you some of your greatest ideas! I’ve noticed that my best ideas have almost always come to me when … Continue reading

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when TRAsh becomes ART

The RMS Plastic Installations – JUNE 8, 2011 Inspired by the school-wide art theme, “Art is Elemental” the RMS students rescued plastic utensils from the garbage during their lunches from September to June. The dirty utensils were “thrown away” in … Continue reading

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