The other day, my school’s art teacher wasn’t in so we had a substitute art teacher. The regular art teacher loves my class though so she actually invited a special guest from the District’s visual art department to teach my class art. This teacher is really something special. She bought all kinds of fruits and taught the students to watercolor them. I was entirely blown away by how detailed some of the fruits came out looking. I really thought they were going to just draw circles (for apples and oranges) and triangles (for strawberries)!


Student 1


Student 2


Student 3

My sister is a fashion design student at Parsons. For one of her current projects, she wanted to take inspiration from children so she Skyped into my class and asked my students to do some drawings for her. She asked them three things and here are some of their best work. I thought they turned out so awesome!

1. How do you feel?

2. Draw a creature that you want to spend time with (a monster friend).

3. Draw a creature that you are scared of (a scary monster).

I’m so sad writing this entry because it marks the end of my Europe trip! After visiting Poland, Germany, and France, I’m sad to let this trip seep back into my memory, but it turned out to be pretty amazing. I’m glad I got to spend a day in Marseille, too, which turned out to be way too warm, but nice closing city before taking an overnight bus back to Paris and then straight to the airport from the station.

In Marseille, I loved exploring the old port, Notre Dame de Marseille, the Marseille Cathedral, Palais Longchamp (a beautiful garden area), Fort Saint Jean (even though it was closed), and the MUCEM Marseille (which looks like a giant box of concrete lace). And what better way to end a trip to France? I delicious French seafood dinner paired with local wine. Goodbye Europe, until next time!

Read more about our France adventures here: french voyage day 1 french voyage day 2french voyage day 3seine viewfrench voyage day 4french voyage day 5french voyage day 6sunsetfrench voyage day 7french voyage day 8french voyage day 9french voyage day 10red rocks french voyage day 11french voyage day 12french voyage day 13from abovefrench voyage day 14french voyage day 15

A French Marseille voyage photo adventure:

I’m not sure if Arles, France is known for much except that it was where Vincent Van Gogh spent just over a year of his life, but the site of where he painted some of his most famous works. Arles has certainly decided to capitalize on this fact and has cleverly created a walking tour for visitors to see many of these famous sites. Between February 1888 and May 1889, Van Gogh created over 300 paintings and drawings, many of which have distinct Arles buildings and streets reflected in them. To help visitors match his painting with their real-life locations, images of his famous paintings can be found in the locations they reflect. For example, you can see the Place du Forum from Café in the Evening, the bridge where he painted the Staircase of the Trinquetaille Bridge, the park featured in Public Garden, and Espace Van Gogh featured in Hospital Garden, just to name a few of the more famous locations. I mean, it’s crazy to think that such a famous artist really look inspiration from a place like Arles and these places are still around today!

Read more about our France adventures here: french voyage day 1 french voyage day 2french voyage day 3seine viewfrench voyage day 4french voyage day 5french voyage day 6sunsetfrench voyage day 7french voyage day 8french voyage day 9french voyage day 10red rocks french voyage day 11french voyage day 12french voyage day 13from abovefrench voyage day 14

A French Arles voyage photo adventure:

I think my art teacher just invented the cutest art project ever! She takes card stock that the students first do texture painting on. Then she cuts them up into smaller pieces and gives them to the students to create monsters by either cutting or ripping the paper. I’ve never seen monsters as cute as the ones my students made. They are the most creative students ever! I just love them!

A monsters-are-us photo adventure: