Visual texture

Here is a handout I just finished to show my student just a handful of possibilities when it comes to visual texture. They will be referring to this when working on their zentangles in class. The possibilities are endless!




Back in May, my husband and I went the Brimfield Flea Market just outside of Boston. I have always been a fan of refurbishing, repurposing, and digging through piles of junk to get to the good stuff. This explains my love for TJMaxx, garage sales, and other peoples closets. The day at Brimfield was seriously one of my favorites to date- we found vintage pool balls, great old photographs, I searched through someone’s old portfolio and found some great paintings on paper. My hubby had just as much fun with the pulled pork and soft serve ice cream and root beer floats. Yum! We went to the flea in July and it was hot and not as great because there were less vendors and a lot of the exact same pieces we saw in the spring. Here are a few pictures of our adventures. 20120907-201213.jpg20120907-201321.jpg20120907-201433.jpg



Almost Ready!

Things are just about ready here at school! I just had a parent drop off these magazines, which is so wonderful. Art teachers out there, send out an email or put a blurb in your weekly reading about magazines for picture references and collage. I have found that any cooking magazine, gardening magazines, and architectural magazines work the best because there are very limited amounts of inappropriate content. There is nothing worse than a fifth grader flashing around an ad for bras to the entire class. You don’t find as many of those distractions in these types of magazines.

I also finished a couple last bulletin boards today and just need to prep what I am actually going to say to the kids on the first day!





Prepping for Day One

Well, the big day is almost here! My sixth first day of school (as a teacher, that is) is coming up quick and I am pretty excited about it. It’s time to get back into the swing of things, and to be honest, I miss my little friends and their stories so much! I am working on a few improvements this year- my favorite is a silent solution to the age old question, “Mrs. Brown, what are we doing today?” I hope all of the teachers out there enjoy your last few days of summer and are able to return to work rejuvenated, inspired, and ready to do something great. We really do have the best jobs (I’m sure I will feel slightly differently the week before Christmas Vacation, but for now- positivity!).








Like I said in a previous post, I have a love and fascination with shiny surfaces and have always enjoyed the reflective surfaces of glassware. Here are a few examples of work done in oil (star lantern)  and acrylics (Pellegrino). I had a few more of these because I was doing a painting a day during my study at Boston University, but someone stole them from the painting room. I had one that I absolutely loved of mason jars filled with different items and that one was unfortunately stolen. At least I still have a couple of them!


Here are a few little leaf charcoal drawings. I like that they are small and simple.