Friday, February 12, 2010

1st Annual Art Show - A Grand Success!

70+ colorful frames
70+ pieces of beautiful art work 
30+ proud parents
24 excited young artists
10 new art lessons
9 master artists to study
8 new mediums
7 pages of labels
6 times putting back up the art that fell. again.
5 selections of classical cds to create gallery opening "ambience"
4 rolls of masking tape
3 cheese and fruit platters
2 extra last minute projects for my boys (they call themselves "art slaves" now)
1 crazified art-show-slave-driver/very proud art teacher!

1 full day of beautiful art, yummy refreshments, proud parents and proud students - all worth it!

(P.S. My Dad came to my art show! How great is that?)

Georgia O'Keefe Studies - the students chose a master painting by O'Keefe and used this piece to inspire their own version of her flowers.  The kids learned how to blend paint to create the subtle variations in color and shades in these beautiful flower works.

More Georgia O'Keefe

I was most excited about this piece.  The students learned about the art of Vincent Van Gogh and were given a printed piece of his painting "Starry Night".  Each student at our school was able to look at their model and create one tile in this version of Van Gogh's painting.  It ended up working out very well and it was so beautiful!

We had to create some "Wild Things" in honor of the new movie. :)  "Let the Wild Rumpus Start!"

More art show...

Wax Resist snowflakes, Paul Klee Landscapes and Table Printmaking...

Gorgeous African Masks - paper mache, raffia and modge podge

Some examples of our figure and gesture drawing exercises.

Well, there you have it. I'm already thinking about next year...but for now, bring on the February vacation!


  1. Wow. I am so impressed with your students! I really really really love that Van Gogh patchwork. That is just cool. You are clearly a great teacher, and it looks like you have fun doing it. Congratulations on the art show :)

    ~dinane (a.k.a. Mimic's mom)

  2. Thanks dinane! I'm glad you liked the Van Gogh... I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, as each kid was working on theirs, but it all came together. :)

  3. Hi Kerrie, how did you get the great shape for the African masks? Love your work!

    1. Hi Keryn, I had the kids used a plastic mask to paper mache on top of (you can just buy them at or your local craft story) ..usually I would have my students use plaster casting and use each other as models, but these kids have special needs and have sensory issues with having stuff on their face. :) Hope that helps!