The Art Show was fantastic! It was great to see all of the parents and students discussing and enjoying the artworks. I also observed our local newspaper reporter getting some great interviews from students! We were very busy and it was wonderful to see all of our families as well as hear all of the great stories. Thank you for supporting the Arts! Don't forget to stop by again in late March for our K-2 artists!
Welcome back to a new school year and... a new school! All of the changes in Norridge District 80 have been amazing. This summer, I watched the school come to life in a new form with the hard work of teachers...and their friends and families. It has been amazing to watch the transformation.
As I am renewing my website to reflect my new class assignments, room and building, and even adding in my new role as Restorative Justice Dean, I realize I have been on-and-off about keeping up with a blog. It's hard to remember to update it with all of the cool and amazing projects we have done!
I'll try to add even more updates this year, and maybe some oldies-but-goodies from past years.
Thanks for all of your support and enthusiasm!
Visit Americans for the Arts.
A really nice presentation produced for Springfield (Illinois) Public Schools. The original post can be found here:
Produced for the 1900 Art Gallery & Reception for Springfield Public Schools, Thursday, March 4, 2013.
video by Dave Heinzel
produced by Elizabeth Marcy
music by Radiohead
featuring audio from: Ken Robinson, Elliot Eisner, Mike Huckabee, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Gilbert, Steve Jobs, Thelma Golden
thanks: Les Boston, Jill Grove, Cindy Huffman, Kevi Jackson, Sue Krumrei, Carrie Logsdon, Lisa Long, Amy Minch, Jake Stapleton
Here are some other nice art advocacy and arts integration/STEAM resources:
The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities
Studio Habits of Mind article
RISD's page on STEM to STEAM
A nice article on the congressional STEAM caucus
Welcome back to school, and to curriculum night! Please stop by and say hello! I am including a PDF of the handouts here, in case you aren't able to make it.
Have a great night!
Hello, and welcome back to school! I'm so excited to see familiar faces and meet the new families in the district! I'm looking forward to a great year full of creativity! Stay tuned to find out more about Museum Day Live!
I'll be posting links to many other resources for the district art program, and ways to explore in the area.
Looking forward to a great year!
Pride night was so much fun! We had a great turnout and Ms. Matocha, Mrs. Jablonski and I were kept very busy painting hundreds of designs! We had some great help from some of the junior high kids, too! Thank you all for a great night!
Pride Night 2014 is almost here, so here is a Slideshow of our past Art Shows and Pride-Night Displays!
Take a look- there are 3 art shows here:
At the end of school last year, when classes had a chance or when students finished a project, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades worked collaboratively on giant murals. In one of the pictures, you can see some of the now-second grade artists who collaborated on this Joan Miró inspired mural last year. Joan Miró was a Spanish artist whose work is often called Surrealism even though he never joined or followed any group style. Last year, 4th graders worked on the Georges Seurat mural, and 2nd graders worked on the Henri Rousseau Sleeping Gypsy Mural.