Venice 2017

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 

Melting Dali clocks

Support sculpture modern art (only there until November!)

The Scream-inspired maskgondolas wverywhere!

Mona Lisa pillowcase…I neeeeeed it!

Miro and Kandinsky bedding 

Mona Lisa mask

Mask made to look like Van Gogh 

Love the moon/sun masks

Etching on foil?? I don’t know what it is, but I like it!


Mona Lisa and More Meets Undiscovered Tuscany

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.
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!

Leaning Tower selfies galore! Lol!

View of the cathedral from the baptistery.

Love the juxtaposition of modern art vs. historical architecture. 

A visit to the breathtaking Duomo in Florence.Artist: Botticelli 

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.

Not a bad view from the Uffizi cafe!

Artist: Michelangelo 

Inspired by this strange piece which turned out to be a cover put on paintings to protect them when being transported. Amazing!!

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

NEED I SAY MORE??! A genius ahead of his time…

Ready to enjoy lunch at Ristorante Pinocchio located near Mercato Centrale. So much shopping can be done just within steps of this place!

Brunelleschi admiring his work (which happens to be the awe-inspiring dome of the cathedral aka Duomo). Just taught my 2nd graders about Brunelleschi and his dome this year!

Enjoying their first gelato in Italy at the inaugural opening of Ettamo Gelato. Highly recommend! It is also located near Mercato Centrale.

Enjoying an early morning breakfast in their third day before heading off to Siena and San Gimignano.

Art teacher friends and colleagues

The view from the villa swimming pool. Not too shabby (even on a hazy day)!

Who else wants to come visit me???


Always on the lookout for art teacher surprises while traveling abroad. Today, we happened across some street art (or at least billboards of street art) for the street artist known only as Banksy on a random street in a small town in Tuscany.

Afternoon Art

Making art during our summer hours because art can be done anywhere!! 

​Bought these gel crayons at Barnes & Noble, and they have been a big hit during our summer travels! They are like oil pastels, but without the messy hands. You can also do rainbow color transfers with them aka ART MAGIC!

Summer Travels 2017

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!