Dear Friends:



ImageCheck it out!! ^ We’ve really made the move to Beijing as final as can be! It almost feels like what I would imagine setting a wedding date would be like! It feels surreal and magical… In 23 days we will be heading off to start our careers and a life together. I can’t wait to meet my students and co-workers! I’m so excited to get organized and settled into an apartment. It’s going to be different, that’s for sure! The anticipation is the worst! 

I know, I know. I was supposed to post while we were on the road. But sadly there has been limited time to blog and post photos. I will be spending time this week organizing and setting up a post to re-cap the trip and what has been happening since we have made it out west. But, for those of you who supported us at the yard sale and in our personal lives, THANK YOU SO MUCH. We were able to use the money we made at the yard sale for gas. We made it to North Dakota with it! 🙂 

I am currently visiting Seattle and we will be back in Medford, OR on Thursday. Please stay tuned and check back for the long overdue posts about our road trip and summer. 





Forced Perspective



So sadly I have been wildly busy and with that, I feel terrible for not posting these awesome photo’s that the studio art kiddos did while I was lucky to sub for them! Most of these kiddos finished their assigned paintings and were given free time to work on anything creative so I took the opportunity to do something random and fun (and outdoors) with them. 


What they came up with was hilarious and creative! Enjoy! ImageImageImageImageImage


Visual Culture- The “F” word in the classroom!

Ok, so yesterday we talked about some brainstorming ideas. I wanted to post some search ideas:,mod=14&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 

Super easy google search with lots of links to sort through.

Hannah was talking about Barbie, this is just one example of an image she could use for the history section of the V.A. worksheet

The blog that had the really excellent post where the author analyzed advertisements from today.

Another blog/site for research information about Italian women and the effect that advertisements and the media has had on them. 


Feel free to post in the comment section any links or sites that you found, which may be helpful to others! 

5th Grade Dale Chihuly inspired art installation

IMG_0872 IMG_0832 IMG_0833 IMG_0834 IMG_0832 IMG_0833 IMG_0834 IMG_0835 IMG_0836 IMG_0842 IMG_0841 IMG_0840 IMG_0839 IMG_0838 IMG_0837 IMG_0843 IMG_0850 IMG_0851 IMG_0852 IMG_0853 IMG_0866 IMG_0867 IMG_0868 IMG_0869 IMG_0870 IMG_0871 IMG_0873 IMG_0879 IMG_0878 IMG_0877 IMG_0876 IMG_0875 IMG_0874ImageImpressed, proud and excited are all euphemisms for how I feel when I look at the images of my students work with this project. These artists really went to town with the choices they were given and made the most of their time in the art room. I introduced them to the artist Dale Chihuly who is a Seattle based glass artist. Since we don’t have a hot shop or any access to working with glass, I gave them some options to create work inspired by his pieces. We talked a lot about the elements and principles that are incorporated into his work. The lines and colors that he chooses for his pieces, some colors are complementary, others are contrasting, and some look unified. The proportion and scale of his works was also something of importance that we discussed, the fact that he makes large scale installations, composed of lots of smaller pieces. Most importantly though, we talked about how Chihuly, like any artist, makes choices. Careful and thoughtful choices when creating his work. I showed students the sketches that Chihuly created before executing pieces. Ultimately I left it up to my students to decide what they wanted to make within a few options; they could create paintings or drawings based on looking at Chihuly’s work. Create a mock Macchia piece out of coffee filters using watercolors crayons and watercolor paints, or create paper mache versions of Chihuly’s sphere’s from the Niijima floats.

Students loved this project, and I think this may have been one of my favorite projects to give!

It’s been a few weeks!



Wow! I can’t believe that I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks, but then again, student teaching at an elementary school has been really busy for me! I think eventually I will get a handle on remembering to take lots of pictures and post them at least once a week. I’ve been working with the students at Scio Central School, and they are amazing! They come to the art room excited to be here and create! It’s amazing to me what they are able to do and what their brains are working through.

Here are some first graders working on their dinosaur paintings, they first drew out their assigned dino (they were learning about them for the science fair so they each had a specific dino to draw) Then they went over what they drew with a black marker and they finally painted them in with tempera paint. I encouraged them to use a lot of bright colors and have fun with it! And they really did!!




Last week of teaching at CRHS

So sad to report that I have finished my 7 week placement at the C-R high school! I had an amazing time working with you kiddos and I really hope I get to substitute for you throughout the year! Good luck with everything!!


Kidlets are hard at work!

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This student teaching experience has been hands down a zillion times better than anything I could have ever asked for! I have amazing students that work hard (most of the time). I really hope that my next placement is just as surprising and exciting!

More photos to come at the end of the week!