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.

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web

Every year when 3rd grade reads Charlotte’s Web they hang up the banner that my husband painted. I just love that this happens every year. I love traditions. Lots of changes are happening at our school. I know change can be good, but it can still make you sad. Seeing this made my today a little better.

Why Haven’t I Been Blogging?

The answer is that I wasn’t sure it was necessary to have a Facebook page AND a blog.  I was not sure if anyone was even reading the blog, so I just let it go.  I am learning that I can do both and the each has its own benefits.  So, I will keep up the blog and link it to the Facebook page.  That will help parents to be able to go to the blog via the Facebook page link for Summer Art Challenges, art games, wish lists, etc…

So,  welcome back to the blog!!

Help our school win $50,000 for our art and music program!!

Help Arlington Elementary win $50,000 for their Music and Art Program!

I am so proud to share that my school is a finalist in the Clorox Power a Bright Future Grant Program!

All we need now are your votes!!  There are two ways to vote every day until December 19th.

Go to this link to vote online:


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Vote twice a day until December 19th!

The Whole School is Painting Like Kandinsky!!

Wassily Kandinsky was born on December 16, 1866, in Moscow, Russia. His father was a tea merchant and his mother was a homemaker.

At an early age, Wassily exhibited a very special gift called synaesthesia cognate. This gift gave him the ability to hear colors and see sounds. This special gift was encouraged by his father who enrolled him in private drawing lessons as well as lessons in piano and cello.Between 1886 and 1892 Kandinsky studied law and economics at the University of Moscow. In 1889 he and a team studied the life of the people in the Vologda district in northwestern Russia. He was impressed by their folk art and the interior decorations of the village houses. Their art influenced his early style.In 1893 he accepted a law faculty position at the University of Moscow. Three years later, when Kandinsky was thirty years old, he decided to become an artist. He left his promising career in law to attend art school in Munich, Germany.

His art was greatly influenced by an exhibition of French impressionist artists. The Impressionists used color and light to show their subjects rather than painting in fine detail. The works of Claude Monet interested Kandinsky very much. Subject matter played a secondary role to color in his paintings, and reality and fairy tale seemed to blend together. This approach would influence Kandinsky’s work for the rest of his life.In 1901 Kandinsky founded the “Falanga” artistic movement and school where he shared his ideas about art. His paintings from that period, like The Blue Rider (1903), show his use of color to express an emotional experience rather than reflect nature.By 1913 Kandinsky was producing the some of the first completely abstract (non-representational) compositions in the history of art. They made no reference to the natural world and were inspired by pieces of music such as Composition VII (1913).

In 1914 Kandinsky returned to Russia. Two years later he married Nina Andreevskaia, the daughter of a Czarist colonel. From 1918 to 1921, he devoted much of his time to painting and teaching color analysis.Between 1922 and 1933, geometrical elements became increasingly important to Kandinsky – particularly circles, half-circles, the angle, straight lines and curves. One of his first works to include these geometric shapes was On White II (1923).

When Nazis closed the Bauhaus school in 1933, Kandinsky moved to France. He remained there for the rest of his life.Wassily Kandinsky died on December 13, 1944, in his studio in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He is recognized today as the pioneer of abstract art. His non-representational paintings paved the way for the development of the Abstract Expressionist movement that dominated American painting after World War II.

These are from Kindergarten:

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5th Grade Lighthouses

The fifth grade students studied Edward Hopper’s lighthouse paintings, noticing his incredible use of value. The students did a superb job of imagining a light source and adding value to their own lighthouses using colored pencil as their medium. Beautiful!

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