Venice was such a blast and full of fine art references and amazing modern art next to historical architecture. I kept thinking about the Venice-inspired art lessons I did this past school year with my students…the gondola/gondolier mixed media project with 4th graders, papier-mâché masks with 5th graders, 3D clay and 2D paper masks with 3rd graders. Amazing to go back and see the inspiration in person, and then to be reinspired for future art projects!Keith Haring-inspired fashion accessories
I am fortunate enough to spend my summers in Tuscany, and I am even luckier to host some first time visitors to Italy this year via my husband’s tour company Undiscovered Tuscany. http://www.utuscany.com
It is a privilege to be hosting some fellow Sylvania art teachers (two current, one retired) and a Sylvania schools secretary and her family. Here are some highlights from their first two days abroad….Beautiful poppies leading to the renovated farmhouse villas where our guests are staying. (The villas are over 600 years old!)Hitting the ground running with a trip to Pisa!
No art teacher’s journey is complete without a visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. I still get goosebumps seeing some of my all-time favorite paintings in person.
NEED I SAY MORE??! A genius ahead of his time…
The view from the villa swimming pool. Not too shabby (even on a hazy day)!
Who else wants to come visit me???
It’s time for this art teacher to head abroad! Here are some of my tried and true packing pro tips when going abroad with little children….Pack headphones and chargers in their own separate baggies so cords don’t get tangled.
Pack all activities in one bag and all the snacks/drinks/meds in the other bag so you don’t have to go searching through both bags to find those darn mini shopkins!Sneak some surprises in their carry on bags…like food stickers!Coloring is a great way to pass the time, but is made instantly more exciting with the purchase of fancy gel pens and sleek gel crayons!
Today was the special areas teachers last day of school, so we had to get AMPEd! Art, Music, and PE once again joined forces for all day team building activities by grade level. In 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades we played mash-up drawing game where one group drew a head (animal, person, or creature), then folded paper back so it couldn’t be seen and swapped paper with another group. Next, everyone draws a torso, fold paper back so it can’t be seen and swap with another group who draws the legs/feet (fins, wheels, whatever!) When I was in college these were called Beautiful Corpse drawings which is a bit morbid. We just called them Art Mash-Ups at school.😁 They were hilarious and fun!
Had the best afternoon on Monday because the Arbor Hill art students came over with their art teacher Mrs. Ardner to present some of my 1st and 2nd grade students with 3D versions of drawings they had made!! At the beginning of the school year, I read The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. My 1st and 2nd graders then had to create their own imaginary friends. I sent those drawings off to Arbor Hills where junior high students selected the drawing they would “magically” turn into a 3D sculpture. The results were AMAZING!! I am so happy with the results and seeing the students’ faces was priceless!! Some of the junior high students even wrote letters to their elementary buddies!!
Students have been working throughout the year on their Official Art Passports since we were art tourists this year. Inside the passports are color sheets (great fine motor practice!) representing the different countries we have traveled to and drawing challenges as well. It is fun to look back and remember where we have traveled and to check out our drawing and coloring skills. Students also loved making stickers (our version of having our passports stamped) to show off some highlights of each country!