5th Grade Paints the Past

A tradition of illustrating the memories of Grand Oaks residents by our fifth grade takes place each year. The tradition entails three visits by our students to interview the senior citizens. Sounds beautiful and easy, but sometimes there is a need to reschedule or student may have to sacrifice an idea. This experience overall holds great meaning for the student and the senior. In visiting one day, I was able to witness the great calm as a student heard some challenges experienced in one’s life and the pride of knowing exactly how to find the senior and share the special collection of ballerina slippers. Our students became great listeners, illustrators and caring individuals.  Their skill in teamwork and creating art with meaning is outstanding!



Sunhee, Sage, Tate, Alienor


Noel, Matthew and Rebecca


Ravi and Ben


Cameron, Neeka, Xavier


Lauren Petrilla


Anna, Alden Lucas W


Ivan, Katrina , Isarra


Elias, Winn, Alexandra


Faustine, Ximena, Lauren L


Kyla, Maria, Devin, Michael


Juliette Emile Aaron Luca


Gabe and Cyrus


Danee, Natalia, Marco



DC3 studio workshop at Mann

DC3 Collaborative is a group of 10 schools in our district that gather multiple times a year.  When we gather we observe and share, then we go right back to our classrooms to incorporate best practices.  The art teachers in our collaborative also have time to share approaches and we do that best by doing!  I hosted the art teachers one of the professional development days by setting up a printmaking workshop.  

Karen and Marie combine expressive painting and printmaking after seeing cultural textiles.

Karen and Marie combine expressive painting and printmaking after seeing cultural textiles.

Maureen & Natalie explore additional media other than printing ink.

Maureen & Natalie explore additional media other than printing ink.


Polly incorporates symmetry of living creatures into her tooling.

Polly incorporates symmetry of living creatures into her tooling.

The Porch Project accepted by Kickstarter!


Hello artsaysthat subscribers,

I’m writing to share The Porch Project as my final artwork at the Corcoran College of Art and Design to be completed April 2014. The Porch Project started to emerge in my very first graduate course.  Throughout the program I have learned to apply personal meaning into my work the value in connecting my work to a community.  As part of the Corcoran Community and Horace Mann community, I created The Porch Project recently accepted by Kickstarter.
There are rewards for each level by participating (scroll down right side) in this project by November 4th.
My sincerest thank you for checking out The Porch Project!

10 Thesis Lessons

These are the 10 contemporary artists from the Corcoran Gallery of Art collection that I chose to practice in my elementary classroom studio below.  The awareness of these artists and the new art experiences were influenced by Olivia Gude’s Principles of Possibility and the use of thinking strategy:  See, Think, Wonder.  Each art experience was practiced with my K-5 students in the spring of 2013.

Contemporary art awareness was cultivated by two questions:  Where do the ideas for these artworks come from?  What materials would best represent the idea? Be the end of the school year,  my students responded to contemporary art with understanding, excitement and creativity.  In myself, a transformation in my methods and ability to facilitate conversation and not feel the need to fill up with my knowledge as I did in the past was starting to emerge and feel fantastic.  This experience of literally dropping everything to just try something new with every grade level through these artists has allowed me to never look back to my old ways and guide my students through their innate abilities.  Click on an artist below to see the PDF art exploration.  I’ll continue to use these contemporary art explorations as a foundation and always to spark something new.

Raymond Saunders        Kerry James Marshall

William Christenberry        Diebenkorn-PB

 Sam Gilliam PB         Martin Puryear and Ellsworth Kelly

Chris Martin         Joan Mitchell               Jessica Stockholder                  Warhol-Mao

Garden Sculpture Series

Spring Art News’13


Wylie Garden growing beautifully!


Big Nest fits a family!


Twig fort suits two!


Garden signs get a fresh coat!


Tony mixing new colors!


Carolyn and Jon move from tell me specifics to creative leaps!


Totally cute twosome!


Geoff’s on the lime!