Category Archives: Uncategorized

Free Education and Free Rice

We signed up on Free Rice as OllertonsArt and our goal is 20,000 grains donated by the end of May! Today we earned 230 grains. We’re going to start a group called Monticello Academy! When the bell rings at the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Opera!

This is the week of the Operas! We finished painting our scenery, and we’re gearing up for a unit on stories and storytelling. We just started working with a high school on an American Indian reservation. I’ll be visiting that … Continue reading

Posted in Third Grade, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Talk to Me…

Wow! So a colleague emailed me a link to this website: http://www.googleartproject.com I clicked on it. I chose Uffizi gallery. I looked at some art CLOSE UP. I was inspired, went home and started to paint. So tell me, talk … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

“But you’re a vegetarian…”

On Friday I was snacking on some salsa and celery sticks. It was the end of the day, I needed a little boost. So while the 4th graders finished their projects, I munched. One student asked me, “What are you … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2nd grade: Interpret an immigrant’s story

Activity: Create a memoir from the story of an immigrant. 2nd graders interview an immigrant and create an artwork based on that interview. For more stories see http://www.storycorps.org Watch the first half of Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant and keep your … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Erica the artist, designer, inventor, dancer…

At our family’s Annual Año Nuevo party I met a young artist named Erica. I knew she was an artist when I saw her. Here’s what she was wearing Erica is a clothing designer, loves to read and spend time … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Learn from Heifetz

I was watching a clip of Miriam Fried, a famous violinist, talk about teaching. Among the other clips on YouTube was this of Jascha Heifetz teaching a masterclass for the violin. His technique is fascinating. He sits at his desk, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Look Inside

The third graders continue to impress me with their habitat boxes! They’re each so creative in their approach. This is a look inside the “peep-hole” of one habitat box. This artist created a window on top of the box to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leia the Artist

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I traveled to Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. In Boston I met an artist named Leia. She showed me some of her drawings. I particularly enjoyed this drawing. Leia is 6 years old. She … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Movable habitat

I know some amazing third grade artists. They have the ability to think in different ways. As we get older our ability to think of new ways to do things is limited. My third grade artists are studying habitats, but … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment