We make the road by walking

It has been really difficult for me to plan things out for special needs students that really feel like they make a connection and are really fun. Last year I started pulling them as a whole class during one of my planning times so that we could have some art time just the 6 or…

2nd Grade Cyanotypes

Second graders in art this week made cyanotypes. We tried it two different ways. We did it with paper with one class and with fabric in another, and we found that the watercolor paper treated with cyanotype stuff worked much better than the fabric. At Lewis Ginter Botanical garden they have an exhibit up this…

the Skein Scene

In 5th grade students are investigating using natural materials to make their own dye and then dying large skeins of wool in order to weave with it later. Students have to use measuring spoons, beets, cabbage, coffee and onion skins to create different colors. We used 1 thrift store crock pot, a rice cooker and…

4th Grade Clay Coiling battle

I have long struggled with the student desire to keep everything that they make with clay, even before they have really learned to sculpt effectively or score and slip. Each precious pinch of the malleable mound was deemed gold by the artist and tears were often shed over the idea of not keeping these mystery…

Gnome Home Build at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Gnome Home Build 2017-2018 is right around the corner, friends! It is going to be a little bit different this year for Fox. Normally we host it on Belle Isle, but this year we are going to be guest artists at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Students who want to build gnome homes need to pre-register…

How to Watercolor “En Plein Air”

First of all, and I would argue, most importantly, decide what you are going to wear. You are basically going to be sitting for a couple of hours by the water, so there are not hard fast rules, but you do want to cultivate a certain vibe. My feeling is that if you want to…

Make Your Own Planner: Predict the Future

After bawling my way through Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman this summer, my nephew asked me, “if I could have any super power what would it be?”. Would it be the power of flight? Super speed? Super strength? I finally decided that being able to predict the future would be my go to Super Power. Knowing…

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…