Rania Matar in 2nd Grade

Rania Matar is a photographer from Lebanon. She likes to document the bedrooms of young girls, some from the U.S., some from the refugee camps in Lebanon. Students looked at multiple images and discussed the differences between the rooms….what was on the walls, the size and color of the rooms, and where things were placed….

Figurative Collages dance into Kindergarten

“Creativity takes courage.” I love this Matisse quote. Trying is very trying sometimes. Ability level and personal style in Kindergarten are so wildly different, but that is my favorite thing about this grade level. There is no way to predict what will spin its way from the mind to the scissors to the finished product….

Considering New Monuments in 5th Grade

Here in Richmond, we have a lot of Monuments. If you take a bike ride with your family, you might pass by a Monument of Robert E. Lee. On your drive to the grocery store, you might speed by Jefferson Davis. These monuments are mostly Southern Civil War references and were erected long ago, after…

Second Grade: The Stealth Pencil in Collage Making

In a collage, your drawn lines are a secret between you and your paper. No one else knows that you drew any lines, because they are hidden on the back of your cut out image locked, sub rosa, in a silent pact with you and some dried glue. There are lots of amazing illustrated books on…

Color Mixing Magic in Kindergarten

There is an everyday magic that you can create with your hands. Starting out with two separate colors and ending up with a third new one is kind of a game changer in Kindergarten. We put out the primary colors this week and our Kindergarten friends got to discover all of the colors that can…

Welcome back to Art at Fox 2016-2017

I have included here my back to school newsletter. In it you can find information about my summer, our 2016 Student Teacher from VCU and multiple volunteer opportunities. Happy reading, and welcome back, friends.

Connecting to the larger Art World Through Art Carpets

We at Fox in Richmond, Virginia invite you, all over the city and the world, to join us in creating a temporary art carpet of connection on October 14th. Our purpose is to demonstrate the way that art can function as a language that connects us across borders and through classroom, home, and business doors….

Gnome Home Build 10am to 12pm, September 27, 2014 Art and Nature Event, Belle Isle Bring yourself and a parent to Belle Isle and join other students and their families from William Fox Elementary. We will build gnome, elf and fairy houses out of natural materials like grass, leaves, sticks and rocks. We will build…

Papier-mâché

If anything is a metaphor for  real life, its papier-mâché. In using this material you have to collaborate, you have to get messy, you have to make layers and layers for it to hold up. You have to have patience. You have to have long range vision, you cannot complete it in one day. For…

Earth Day 2014….Be the Bee

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb Today is earth day, and we are celebrating at Fox by turning the lights out and wearing blue and green. I have seen straight lines of little children all day decorated in the colors of the…

A Mystery 500 years in the Making (4th Grade)

1514 was a long time ago. 500 years to be exact. But in 1514 Albrecht Dürer created a masterwork that is still the object of speculation. Melencolia I is arguably one of the most famous prints in existence. This 18 by 24 copper engraving is jam packed with objects that peak our curiosity. Some of the items that…