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! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Circle Practice in Art

The Circle space in the art room

We are circling in and circling out of the art room this year!  The Circle practice is a way of being together that focuses on the basic concept that in a circle we are all equal.  It allows us all to have a voice in decision making and in sharing.  It reminds us that the circle is inclusive and unending - allowing for second and third tries.

Beginning the first day of art class in a circle was powerful.  I felt the energy move through from one participant to the next.  Together, each classroom created an agreements document  "What we need to have a positive, creative and productive art space" - each classroom's agreements are unique to the group that authored them. 

I had the chance to share this thought with my students: Our days are so busy. We rush from one thing to the next with hardly a thought of where we have come from or where we are going. In art: I demonstrate, we work, we clean up and then rush out. Many art classes pass and I realize that, except for attendance, I haven't spoken with many of the students ... this is not okay with me. Circling in includes a check-in round (how are you today?) and circling out includes a check-out round (how did it go in art today?) - carving out real time to connect with each other every art class. 


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Welcome back to school!

photo by Alex D (4 Leaver)

Welcome back to Lincoln Street School! I hope you all had a fantastic summer - I know I did. I had the opportunity to travel to Europe for the first time - and that was such an incredible trip! I am happy, however, to be back at school with all of you so that I can settle in to some art-making and learning :) 

Hooray for school!!!