Welcome to The Dusty Art Room! I teach 6th - 8th grade art and I believe in running an art room that students aren't afraid to get messy in! On most days you will find a trail of clay, plaster or chalk dust coming from my classroom.
Winter Artapalooza Work
Our Winter Artapalooza Session was a success, and we have lots of work to show off! Here's a small sampling... Check out the rest of the work at the Artapalooza Website.
The last day before break, Hester students get the opportunity to sign up for special activities hosted by their teachers for the last two hours of the day. The day was filled with cookie baking, movie watching, card making, guacamole, basketball, handball, board games, sugar scrub making, spa room, computer games, gaming truck, needle felting and a whole lot more! Special thanks to Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Ignacio for organizing the day! Here's the rest of the pictures captured by the amazing duo, Mrs. Patti Ortiz and Ms. Carmen Romero - thanks!
One of my favorite times of year is the annual Illinois Art Education Association fall conference because I get to teach and learn with hundreds of art teachers from around the state. This year I presented two workshops: Recyclables to Magnificent Papier Mache Sculptures and Involving Students in the Assessment Process. Both sessions went great and had a positive response from the participants. In the papier mache workshop I explained to teachers how I approach teaching papier mache at Hester and then let teachers dive right in to create their own sculptures. Here are a few photos from that session: After lunch I attended a session from an amazing teacher, Michelle Lynn from Downers Grove South High School (who is one of the teachers I student taught with) on using blogs and tumblr to share, critique and assess student artwork. Then I presented a session on involving students in the assessment process. This session was a packed
I LOVE getting the chance to display student art at the East Leyden art show each year. Not only does it give me a chance to display some of the AMAZING work of my students, but it also lets me check out the work of former students. Hester students are so lucky to have such an amazing art department open to them in high school. AP Art: Students that have taken 3 or more art classes that work to put together an art portfolio to submit for college credit. We had 4 Hester alum featured in the show: Alejandro Martinez, Alyssa Guillu, and Sara Snopek & Sebastian Portillo. I am so proud of these students! Alyssa is a senior and is planning to major in biochemistry next year. She said that amid her 6 AP art classes, she love to have art in the middle of her day as it gives her some peaceful reflective time. Gerardo Villa was at the opening reception and took me around to see three of his artworks on display. He is a junior this year and explained to me that he