Recycling Markers at Arlington

Dear Parents,


I’m excited to tell you about a very special program I’m coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing new program devised to turn used markers into energy!


Arlington Elementary students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!


Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. (They can be any markers- highlighters, dry erase, etc.) A drop-off box will be located outside the art room for your child to deposit the markers.


Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.


Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!




Clara Crosby

Art Teacher

Look what we did on the first day of school!

Look what we did on the first day of school!

Look what we did on the first day of art class! (5 photos)
Each student made a self-portrait in the color of their table that they sit at in art class. 4th and 5th grade used analogous colors (colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) so that the colors would blend better like on the color wheel. We did our best to use good facial proportions. Students’ names are on the back so that you can try to find them at back to school night. We hope you love our artwork. We sure do! (I got this idea from

There is always something happening at the IMA!

There is always something happening at the IMA!

Wind Sculpture

Wind Sculpture

Click on the link to see for yourself!

Creativity takes time!

45 minutes weekly – Is this enough time for ART?

Road trip to DC!

Road trip to DC!

Want to go with me to the White House?!  Let’s go!  Click on the link above for one of the best virtual field trips ever!  While you are there, click on Decor and Art to see ALL of the incredible artwork inside!  It is like a museum!  Hmmmm….now, where should we go for lunch?

Meet me at The IMA, fellow art teachers!

Meet me at the IMA, fellow art teachers!

I already started the first book, Priceless – How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures and it is a good read.  Just click on the link above to find out the details.

Top Ten Qualities of a Good Principal (in no particular order)

  1. Puts children first and knows most of their names.  Sincerely cares about EACH child.
  2. Cares about his staff, not just the teachers – but ALL staff.  Creates a family atmosphere.
  3. Role models excellence in work ethic and integrity.
  4. Admits when they are wrong.
  5. Has a sense of humor.
  6. Does everything within their power to allow you to be the best you can be.
  7. Communicates clearly.
  8. Boldly points out your strengths and quietly encourages your weaknesses.
  9. Has big ideas, not big agendas.
  10. Loves and nurtures the arts.

We will be getting a new principal when school starts up again in July.  If I were doing the hiring these are the qualities I would look for to fill the position. These are the qualities that come to mind if you asked me to describe the leader that we have had in David Henriott at Arlington Elementary for the past 10 years.  Thank you, Mr. Henriott!

Tie-Dye Week – This is Happening EVERY year!

IMG_3690 IMG_3689 IMG_3688 IMG_3685 IMG_3687 IMG_3683 IMG_3684 IMG_3679 IMG_3682In celebration and honor of our 5th grade “seniors” I am always going to have tie-dye week the second to the last week of school. (It can’t be the last week because of all the events going on for students that week, such as Award’s Day, Survivor Day and so on. It has been such a fun week that I completely forgot to take pictures of the students as they tie-dyed their t-shirts, but today I caught a couple of the staff as they wandered down after school.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Click on the link to find some fun art activities to put on your summer vacation calendar!


  • Ask for a Family Guide at the Welcome Desk on Floor 2 for tips and fun suggestions to help structure your visit.
  • Hunt for colors, shapes, or farm animals with young children.
  • Challenge older kids to a quick look at an object before recalling what they saw.
  • Play a game. Pick up an Art Search & Find game at the Welcome Desk.
  • Talk about what you see. Explore the galleries on a Family Tour and get an up close look at objects on a Hold It! hands-on cart during the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month.
  • Visit the African Activity Art Space on the Floor 3 in the African Art Galleries for interactive activities for families and adults.
  • Be inspired in Star Studio - a free, interactive space, for families to imagine, explore, create, share, and collaborate with art in new ways. Activities in Star Studio are self-guided. Work with a Teaching Artist during scheduled programs. To learn more about programs in the Star Studio classroom, please check the IMA calendar.
  • Make something. From April to October, participate in Art in the Park on Sundays, noon–4 pm.


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