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THANKSGIVING 2016 at our house!!!

Thanksgiving at our house this year included drawing, of course, making things in clay and wood, cleaning the pond (again), turning my greenhouse into a playhouse and a fabulous meal together as our family gave THANKS for each other and for the day. This was celebrated with a toast of Champagne and mimosas for the kids, completed by clinking of glasses! 

The sun was out and the light was streaming through yellow maple leaves still hanging on to the trees, our stomachs were full, the dogs were having a blast welcoming the new puppy Enzo into the family.  Most of all, we were all together...  It was a perfect moment in time and I am truly THANKFUL....

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Part II - 5th grade Leaf Project

The students chose leaves of different types, looking carefully to see if the leaf they chose "had character", in other words any distinguishing characteristics such as a tear or a bug bite.  In order to give the leaves the random appearance of being blown in the wind, I suggested they drop their leaves onto the paper and then draw them.  They could do some tracing but ultimately would have to move their leaf aside to finish their drawing.  One leaf had to be drawn larger than life size and some overlapping for the appearance of space had to be incorporated.

Students used leaves, pencils and heavy watercolor paper for this part of their leaf project.

I think the results so far are quite impressive! This is my biased and my unbiased opinion!

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When looking becomes seeing... Part 1 of OBSERVATION DRAWING

Each quarter my 5th grades are rewarded with a special project outdoors.  Students were directed to find individual leaves in an area behind the Middle School and do giant Georgia O'Keefe style portraits of them.  They started with a contour line, letting their hand draw while their eyes follows the contour of the leaf. Then they are free to add their own creative approach to adding color, line and pattern. Signatures were added at the end.

Everyone did an awesome job and enjoyed working in the "pleine air" of a beautiful, clear, fall day...

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Jane's extravagant and exuberant dahlias!!!

They make my heart sing...

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Festival of Trees will be here before we know it!

My 5th graders are making clay tree ornaments inspired by their favorite African animals for the CCES Middle School Christmas tree this year.  They are starting with a drawing of their favorite animal that will be transferred onto clay.  To be continued....

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The Middle School Fall Art Exhibition

Congratulations to all our Middle School students!  Your works of art are AWESOME and I am so proud of each one of you! YOU inspire me as your teacher and as an artist...

Thank you Allison Spinks and Brent Roberts for an enjoyable week installing the students gorgeous art work! It is always fun to see our Middle School totally transformed by the addition of our students amazing works of art!

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