Last Friday, my school’s art teacher was absent. She called for a sub who came in, but then that sub got put into a classroom because other teachers were absent too, and they didn’t have subs who showed. What a disaster, you think? This is like a daily thing at my school.

Anyway, instead of cancelling art, I decided to go for it on my own. My students really love watercolors and have gotten pretty good and the whole water/paint ratio so I gave them some watercolors exploration time. I didn’t give them any direction on what to paint and they actually came up with some neat stuff themselves including landscapes of rivers and trees, self portraits, and fun shapes. Take a look a some of our little brains at work!

A watercolors photo adventure:

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[room 209m] self portraits

November 9, 2017

During art, my students worked on self portraits. First they used pencil to draw themselves. Then they went over the pencil with permanent marker. Last they used watercolors to paint and add color. I love the effect of the watercolor over permanent marker. More than that though, I love seeing how each student sees themselves. It’s so neat to see how they draw themselves in these self portraits. Here’s a look at just a few!


Student 1


Student 2


Student 3


Student 4


Student 5

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

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:

My final day in Paris was like a very full dream. First I started off in Montmartre. This neighborhood is actually quite like parts of San Francisco because it’s one giant hill that used to be home to all the artists including Vincent Van Gough. Of course while in the Montmartre neighborhood I rode the mini train up to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which is free to visit unless you want a more extensive tour, which I did not do. This area is also home to the infamous Moulin Rouge and its fancy windmills, which for sure you also have to breeze by. After taking some pictures of these windmills, I made my way over the Rodin Museum. The only super disappointing thing about the Rodin Museum is that The Thinker was under renovation so it was pretty much completely covered up! Everything else was beautiful though, despite the rain.

My second to last stop of the day was Musée d’Orsay, which (like the Louvre) has such an extensive collection of art that it’s nearly impossible to see everything. I did try though (it helped that some of it was closed off due to renovation, too). My absolute favorites were the Monets, the Salvador Dalí pieces, and museum’s extensive Vincent Van Gough collection. What a great visit and totally worth it especially right before heading back to the Eiffel Tower for a view of this beautiful architectural masterpiece at night!

Read more about our France adventures here: french voyage day 1 french voyage day 2french voyage day 3seine view

A French Parisian voyage photo adventure: