I am titling this entry as “The Flood” because I feel like I have a lot to share about this week.  Where do I even begin??  Also just a side note – I am going to try really hard to not use as many exclamation marks – I just can’t help it sometimes…

This week 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students made their fish even MORE fancy by outlining with oil pastel.  If you haven’t used oil pastels before – you should try them.  The best way to describe them is like smooth/creamy crayons.  They smear and blend very easy and they’re extremely bright.  I looooove using oil pastels whenever I can.  Check out the results below:

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This week I also introduced certain grades to something called Zentangle.  This is such a cool genre of art that is becoming all the rage in the art classrooms.  Essentially, it’s fancy doodling and it’s done strictly with black skinny markers (although you can use larger markers depending on the size of the project and design).  My students in the past have loved it and I can tell the Hillel Torah students do as well.  🙂  Here is 5th grade trying their hand at it.

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8th Graders were naturals.  They really, REALLY impressed me.

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and parents if you want to try it yourself…here’s a step-by-step guide and the book I use…

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My club group, The Art Stars, completed their first project:  The Surrealist Collages.  wpid-wp-1445010855341.jpg wpid-wp-1445010865022.jpg

How cool are those??!   Might I add – they are very proud of them.


This week I had the pleasure of meeting several parents face to face at the Open School Nights.  I had several parents come up to me and tell me how much their children are enjoying art and it sincerely warms my heart.  I also passed out handouts explaining what the students are learning in art and how they learn it, so if you were unable to make it out on either night I am going to attach it right here in this post.   If you click on the hyperlinks below you will be able to see it.  🙂

k-4 art handout              5-8 art handout

Lastly,  I am asking that students in grades 3-8 have a sketchbook for art.  It makes all the world of a difference when it comes to giving the students illustration demos, practicing for a more challenging art project, taking notes on the elements of art, and just having all their art knowledge in one place.  My students normally LOVE having a sketchbook because they’re able to come home and show their parents what they learned to draw for the day and they can keep practicing.  I ask for a spiraled sketchbook instead of a sketchpad because they are more sturdy and can last for several years if taken care of.  You can find sketchbooks at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Big Lots, Michaels, Dick Blick, Hobby Lobby, and Utrecht to list a few places.  I have also had students find some shnazzy sketchbooks at TJ Maxx and Marshalls but those last 2 places are never a guarantee.

Skizzenbuch mit Ringspirale, 80 Blatt, DIN A3 [Spielzeug]

Here is what they may look like.

Thank you all for viewing the blog and a special thanks for mentioning me in the PTA facebook post!  I was super honored!  (there goes those exclamation marks again…)

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