I am an art teacher with the Fairfield Community Schools teaching grades K through 5. I enjoy working with the children and helping them learn to use the creative side of their brain. I hope you enjoy my blog and seeing a bit of what we work on in the art classes.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

THANK YOU to all who helped with the 2012 Elementary Art Show! It was a great time and you all make us smile with happy memories! 811 people came according to our guest book and it was a lot of fun! Thanks to all who attended! Our newest photo opportunities were spoofs of  "Whistler's Mother" and "The Scream" which brought laughs and funny faces. Of course my own mother as "Whistler's Mother" was so much fun for me! At 78 she is a great sport and a huge inspiration to me becoming a teacher! So this is "Mrs. Finney's Mother"! Thanks, Mom! Also, here is Mona Mom and  your local elementary art teachers as "American Gothic", Mrs. Carradus and myself.

Pictures from the 2012 Art Show

Friday, April 20, 2012

Getting ready for the Elementary Art Show!

These imaginary characters are part of the alphabet coming to life, created in the mind of kindergartner artist Deklan, from Libertyville Elementary! This fun creative expression and hundreds more elementary art creations are to be in the Elementary Art Show! Doors of Pence Elementary will be open Sat. and Sun., May 12 and 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mark your calendar now to spend part of your Mother's Day weekend with us! This show will include works by all elementary students in the school district from Libertyville, Pence and Washington Elementary centers.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March is Youth Art Month!

Youth Art Month was celebrated on Sunday, March 11, in Des Moines at the Iowa Historical Building with winners from throughout the state! This included two of my students - Jade and Leone! Leone is pictured in the group photo in the blue shirt next to me. Others in the group picture also represent Fairfield Community Schools. Congratulations to all of our winners of this honor!  They were given a medallion and a certificate by representatives of Art Educators of Iowa! Jade is in the separate picture with me. The art work of all the state winners will be on display for the month of March at the State Historical Building, next to the state capitol.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ceramic Sculptures Coming Along

Ceramic sculptures by the students are coming along nicely. Like this one from last year (pictured) they will be glazed and then fired a second time. The finished products will be on display at the Elementary Art Show on May 12 and 13 this spring. For this event the gym and halls of Pence turn into a gallery featuring art by every student in every building K-4 for FCSD. Mark your calendars and plan to come!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Reverse Symmetry

Reverse symmetry has been the focus of second graders lately!
Their reverse symmetry faces look awesome! Way to go, second graders!