Let it Snow! by Lillian Jones

For this project, students connected their art and library lessons about the artist and illustrator, Eric Carle. After reading "Hello, Red Fox", and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", in the library, students were able to experiment with Eric Carle's process of creating textured, painted papers. Back in the art studio, students cut shapes and put them together to assemble their house design. White paint was added to create the snowy scene. Finally, students made STEAM connections by learning stop motion animation. They utilized this technology to make it look like it is really snowing in their picture! Stay tuned for more movie clips to be posted in the coming weeks.

Hello, parents!

This year I will be continuing the Artsonia online gallery for Armstrong Elementary!  If you are new this year, or need a review of what Artsonia is all about, please continue reading below. 

All of you should have received an email yesterday inviting you to Armstrong's online art gallery, Artsonia. I will be using this digital gallery to display your child's beautiful artwork throughout the year. 

What is Artsonia?
Artsonia is the largest student art museum in the world! Every child can have an online art gallery and keep their masterpieces in a digital portfolio!

Each student has a unique account consisting of his or her first name and a random number to protect their identity. Parents, family, and approved friends can comment on artwork as well as order gifts and products featuring your child’s artwork. What I love most about this website is that it allows students to reflect more deeply on their creations, write artist statements, and tell their stories about what they have made. Expressing themselves while looking closely at art will help students understand the value that art has in their lives, better connect with others, and think more critically.

Another benefit of using Artsonia is the ability to share your child's artwork with friends and relatives who live far away, whether this be online or by purchasing a gift. Twenty percent of all purchases are given directly to the Armstrong art program.

Additional information is available at http://www.artsonia.com/.

Parent permission is required to display your child’s work. Please follow directions on the website if you wish to grant permission. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am excited about the year!

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Wow. How can it be the last day of school already?! It's been a fantastic year and next year will be even better. Pictured above is your completed collaborative painting from this year. It was really fun watching all of you create it over the past 10 months. Let's do another one next year. Until then, happy Summer, Armstrong artists!
Can you believe it's almost the end of the year? In art, that means it's time to take home those big art portfolios! Your children have created some amazing work this year! Take time to look through their art and ask them about it. Not sure what to ask? Here is some great ideas from "The Artful Parent", one of my favorite art education blogs:




  • ASK them to tell you about their artwork
  • COMMENT on the lines or colors, etc. that they are using (I see that you are making lots of purple dots. I like how the red paint is mixing with the yellow paint here.)
  • ACKNOWLEDGE how hard (carefully, enthusiastically, long) they worked on their artwork


  • Ask “What is that?”
  • Say an automatic “That’s pretty” (cool, beautiful)
Be sure and look for your child's artwork to come home this week or next!
The Armstrong art show is up and running! Be sure and stop by and see your child's artwork. Framed art is available for purchase and supports our school's art program. The show is located in the small gym, and will run from Thursday, March 23 through Friday, March 24th. 
We had an awesome surprise in 4th grade art this week. Illustrator and animator, Ward Jenkins, popped in and gave a presentation about his creative process. He showed the kids some of the work he has done during his career and even some of his drawings from when he was in Kindergarten. He's really come a long way! Students were extremely engaged and asked lots of great questions. To see more of Jenkin's work, visit his website here: http://www.wardjenkins.com/
Art student's sketchbooks are used for many different purposes throughout the year: taking notes about a new artist or movement, drawing practice, generating ideas, and working on creative development exercises. This week in first grade art, students created abstract collages inspired by a Stuart Davis painting. They practiced their cutting skills, and made creative decisions about their compositions. Second grade classes worked on drawing skills, by completing the other half of animal photographs. They were asked to not only draw the contour, but also to look at the texture of the animal fur or skin, and to recreate the texture using the drawing tools of their choice.  
Congratulations to Armstrong artists whose work is on display at The Brad Oldham Sculpture Gallery in Dallas this week! The artists include 
Lucy Henrich, Hudson Blow, Olivia Thropp, Jack Stroup, Paula Valle, Dominic Willis, Dean Hemphill, and Kaitlyn Chen. 
The eight pieces of art, were up for the HP Arts Teacher Appreciation Event,  hosted by HPISD parents Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin. 

The student artwork will be on display in their studio until February 10th. Their studio at 1200 Ross Avenue is open M-F from 8:30am-6pm, and on Saturday, February 4th, from 11am - 2pm. 
The Eagles art studio has been a busy place since returning from break last week. 4th grade students are working on landscapes inspired by Austrian painter and architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. 3rd graders are busy creating "hipster" barnyard animal paintings, which will become the backdrop for their upcoming musical performance with Mrs. Morgan. K, 1, and 2 are making self-portraits, elephant paintings, and impressionist-style paintings inspired by Monet. All of these fabulous works of art will be on exhibit in the Armstrong Art Show in March. Stay tuned for more details about that!
We are busy in art this month trying to get all of our projects complete before winter break! Lots of colorful art is being made from Kindergarten to 4th grade. Current creations in progress are Modern Art Snowmen (K), Snowmen at Night (1st), Matisse-inspired paintings (2nd), Expressionist Self-Portraits (3rd), and Still-Life Paintings! (4th)  Look for them in the next few weeks in the Armstrong hallways, and on Artsonia!
Students have been learning all about the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos in art classes this week. They have been busy making calaveras, sugar skull masks, skelecats/dogs, marigold paintings, and monarch butterfly paintings! It all looks fantastic. Armstrong artists are very creative!
The 4th grade fine arts field trip was a success! Students were able to do some sketching at The Nasher Sculpture center. How cool it was to draw while surrounded by such amazing works of art! Students also visited The Crow Collection of Asian Art. While at The Crow, students were able to see the work, "Flight of the Canyon", by Abhidyna Ghuge. This was especially exciting for students since they have been studying her work in class for the past few weeks. It's such a wonderful thing that we live in a city with such great art museums!
After the museums, we moved over to the Dallas Symphony, and enjoyed a fabulous performance and music lesson. We ended the day at Klyde Warren for lunch. The weather was perfect. It was a spectacular day of artful learning! 
Art students are working on a large-scale collaborative painting in art this year. The focus is on the creative process, and learning to work with other's ideas when they may not always match our own. I love seeing how the painting has changed in just eight weeks of school. I wonder what it will look like at the end of the year? Stay tuned...
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