Monday, October 22, 2018

Autumn Beauty

 October's Bright Blue Weather
by Helen Hunt Jackson

    O SUNS and skies and clouds of June, 
        And flowers of June together, 
    Ye cannot rival for one hour 
        October's bright blue weather;

    When loud the bumble-bee makes haste, 
        Belated, thriftless vagrant, 
    And Golden-Rod is dying fast, 
        And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

    When Gentians roll their fringes tight 
        To save them for the morning, 
    And chestnuts fall from satin burrs 
        Without a sound of warning;

    When on the ground red apples lie 
        In piles like jewels shining, 
    And redder still on old stone walls 
        Are leaves of woodbine twining;

    When all the lovely wayside things 
        Their white-winged seeds are sowing, 
    And in the fields, still green and fair, 
        Late aftermaths are growing;

    When springs run low, and on the brooks, 
        In idle golden freighting, 
    Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush 
        Of woods, for winter waiting;

    When comrades seek sweet country haunts, 
        By twos and twos together, 
    And count like misers, hour by hour, 
        October's bright blue weather.

    O suns and skies and flowers of June, 
        Count all your boasts together, 
    Love loveth best of all the year 
        October's bright blue weather.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Circle Practice

Circle practice is something I believe in. It helps all participants practice listening and offers a chance for all to be heard.

I can't stress enough how important these skills are. I tell my students that these two skills - listening to others & expressing oneself - are two of the most valuable skills you can have ... in all aspects of your life.

In Circle, we create a space that fosters healthy communication and compassion. I believe in that.

Monday, October 8, 2018


maple leaves pave the walkway...

There is so much beauty in Nature ... especially this time of year. The scents, the sounds, the colors!

I can think of nothing I enjoy more than going outside in autumn and seeing all the warm colors.

The leaves range from the brightest of yellows to the richest of reds.

A treat for the eyes :)

Monday, October 1, 2018

Your Best Self

a best-self design by an LSS 5th grade student
What qualities do you have when you are your best self? I ask my students this as we work together to create an art space that is positive, creative & productive. Imagine every person walking into the art room as their best self ... what would that look like?

With this in mind, students have been designing artwork that expresses the top qualities they have when at their very best. The designs are as diverse as the students and the qualities they list are such a portrait of who they really are.

Who are you when you are your best self? I am patient, flexible and have a great sense of humor. I am a good listener and am very compassionate. It's good to list these qualities - it's a good reminder when I don't bring my best self into the art space. And ... as often as I own that, my students kindly point me back in the right direction because they know my "best-self" list :)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Observational Drawing

How we see is a big part of art making.  Taking the time to stop and look isn't something we do often - we glance, we skim. It's challenging to be observant when there is so much happening all the time!

Participating in an observational drawing activity is a time for students to slow down and really look. It gives them permission to stare and record all the details. It creates space for being present and really seeing.

That's how we see. We take the time.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

LSS Open House: 20 September 2018

Lincoln Street School 
Open House is this Thursday, 9/20/18,  
6pm - 7:30pm.

The Unified Arts Team is ready to share exciting new programing and practices with you!

So be sure to pop in to Art, Music, PE & Library as you plan your evening on Thursday - we'll all be there with bells on :)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Open Art Program

#nosuchthingastrash  I see beauty in everything!

Open Art is a program at Lincoln Street School where students can come into the art room and work on self directed art projects or continue on a project we're working on in class. It's a time to catch up, connect, create. It's also a time for me to have quiet, one-on-one time with the students of LSS. I love my Open Art time!

Here are the agreements I make with LSS students about Open Art:

  • Open Art starts the Tuesday after open house (25 September 2018)
  • Tuesdays: grade 5, Wednesdays: grade 4, Thursdays: grade 3, Friday by invitation only      (there is never Open Art on Mondays)
  • Open Art is a quiet & focused art making time. 
  • I invite a "core group" to work with me in Open Art. Core group is a responsible and hardworking group of students who help me with daily tasks. They are usually grade 5 students and are chosen by me as needed. Core group students are invited to Open Art Tuesday - Friday but are not obligated to come all 4 days.
I'm looking to the start of another great Open Art program!