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January 20, 2020

 Roderic O'conor was born into one of Ireland's most weathly and distinquished families. He attended an exclusive private school in England where he excelled and his  path as a Victorian gentleman was set from an early age. It was a shock when he 


January 13, 2020

Suzanne was born Marie Clémentine Valadon in a small town to an unwed mother who worked as a Laundress. They relocated to a poor neighborhood in Paris when she was five where she attended a convent school until age eleven. She left to take a variety of jobs including i...

December 26, 2019

Happy Holidays!

I hope  you enjoyed the end of term project and your gift. As a continuation of our lesson in Folk Art, we featured Woodland Creatures and combined various techniques of printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage. Quite a feat in a short amount of time....

December 15, 2019

Holidays are a perfect time to look at Folk Art from around the world. This week we looked at images of birds, flower motifs, and wildlife that primarily make up the designs. Many of our holiday designs and imagery can be traced to the Folk Art of rural areas of the wo...

December 9, 2019

 This week we celebrated the season and harvest time, by looking at the work of the artist Paul Cezanne. Born in Aix, France he is regarded as the master of modern still life paintings. His father was the co-founder of a French banking firm and had high expectations fo...

November 23, 2019

Alfred Sisley was born in 1839 to an affluent British family living in Paris. Throughout his life, he had a foot in two worlds. That alone established him as an outsider among his peers. Along with Renoir and Monet, they became known as" The Impressionists.” 

As a you...

November 18, 2019

If you have never heard of Helene Schjerfbeck, you are not alone. She was virtually buried in art history and recently resurfaced with a large retrospective at the Royal Academy of Art in London, over one hundred years after she first exhibited there. I first came acro...

November 11, 2019

The colors of  Fall were exceptionally beautiful this year with the dazzling

 palette of crimson, yellows and oranges .

We had to look no further than 

outside the classroom for inspiration. 
We expanded our horizons and also took a look at Fall  paintings created by the...

November 3, 2019

During Halloween week we explored the history of masks through several cultures and periods. We also looked at an artist that was greatly influenced by African masks, Pablo Picasso ( 1881 – 1973). He was a Spanish painter and sculptor,  who spent most of his adult life...

October 28, 2019

 I have wanted to present a lesson on Louise Bourgeois for quite awhile, and now seems like the perfect time to coincide with the exhibit of Christopher Marley's Exquisite Creatures at OMSI and Halloween.
Louise Bourgeois was born on Christmas day in Paris. H...

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A big thank you to Sean Day for use of his classroom and his ongoing support!


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ALA Summer Mural projects , "Natural Habitats", and  "Coral Reefs", will be on display in the halls of Abernethy , along with photos . One of our murals has already been donated to Randall's Children's Hospital.

"Coral Reefs" is also going to be featured in the newsletter of the Coral Restoration Foundation, and on the website of Reef Check Foundation. They were so impressed by the great effort by the children and their art  to promote environmental  awareness.

Randall's Children's Hospital Mural

" Raining Hearts in the Garden"