This year my 5th-grade artists looked at the work of Louise Nevelson and Betye Saar. Inspired by their work with found objects we started our own collection of bits and bobs. Each student started out with a cardboard base for stability and then we learned all about composition. We played with how we would arrange... Continue Reading →
Second Grade Leaf Plates
In Second Grade we started our ceramics unit by tying in their number corner's look at pinnate vs. palmate leaf types. The resource I used from the American Museum of Natural History's website is here. We left our campus and explored the amazing Capital Crescent Trail as a class. We collected various pinnate and palmate... Continue Reading →
Grade 4 Makes An Impression
I tried drawing from observation and impressionist style paint application with my 4th graders and they did a fantastic job! The results are phenomenal and I hope you enjoy some photos of their process and final pieces.
Becoming Kieth Haring
My Second graders started out the year learning about the term "Public Art". They looked at Kieth Haring and other artists and learned the term "Mural Art" as well. Once we had a good handle on this type of art we started on a journey to create a design with a variety of lines just... Continue Reading →
Art Club is a Wild Ride
To start the year off, my after-school art club made paper roller coasters. Part of my new job includes running two after-school art clubs. One for grades two and three, and another for grades four and five. It is an awesome opportunity to try out projects with the kids, and see what works and what... Continue Reading →
New, New Digs!
I have recently accepted a job at the Washington Episcopal School, just outside of DC in Bethesda Maryland as their elementary art teacher. I am following my children into what I hope will be their school until 8th grade! I am going to be teaching 2nd-5th grade art classes, and I couldn't be happier! The... Continue Reading →
Marbelizing Paper With Miss Katie!
Marbelized paper has always been a feature of the Deco Arts Camp, and I mean always. When Sinclair Hamilton founded the Decorative and Fine Arts Camp, now Deco Arts Camp, marbleizing paper was a project that was done from the beginning. Still, it's probably one of the projects that has also changed the most. We... Continue Reading →
Color Wheel Classic!
The color wheel is a staple of the Deco Arts Camp. There is nothing more beautiful than a gorgeous wheel of thoughtfully mixed colors and carefully painted shapes! The color wheel patterns are differentiated by a campers age, but ss campers return they have the opportunity to try the more complex color wheels and even... Continue Reading →
Book Nook Update!
The Deco Arts Camp book nook has been a huge hit so far! We love to see campers reading! Its been a great spot for early finishers or campers who need a break from a challenging painting project. It's good to see the room working as a second teacher.
Silk Screen Sensation!
This summer a new feature we added to the Deco Arts Camp was the opportunity to silk-screen T-shirts and aprons. Historically we've always silk-screened, but creating a useful keepsake is new! We do not use chemicals to "burn" the screens. Instead, we cut out stencils and use those stencils under our screen to create our... Continue Reading →