Yesterday I went to a special teacher’s preview of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s newest exhibit all about Rene Magritte. This exhibition is unique in that it showcases so many of Magritte’s pieces, but not just that. All of these were painted after Magritte officially cut ties with being a surrealist – hence the fifth season reference. I had seen a few of Magritte’s pieces before and was quite excited for this collection of paintings to be displayed altogether. I particularly liked some of the explanations that went with the paintings. They explained what perhaps Magritte was thinking, but since he was such an interesting character with an interesting mind, it’s more just food for thought than actual explanations. I also thought the interactive part of the exhibit at the end where you could put yourself into some of Magritte’s paintings was super fun!

A painter’s photo adventure:

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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:

[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: