Clay coil pots, Vincent van Gogh, and the District Art show

Good morning world!

It’s been a busy past few months here. We are down to 4 weeks of school left! 4! It’s amazing.

The first thing I want to post is the clay coil pots that we worked on for a while. The first class session the students actually made the pots, and painted them the next time we met. We watched videos on Native American clay coil pots, and how tribes in California and Mexico made them, and then made our own.IMG_6188 IMG_6193 IMG_6227 IMG_6325

I ran out of clay a few times, hence the difference in coloration of the clay.

Last week was also the district art show. It is the first time I have ever entered student art work, since it is my first year teaching art, so here are some pictures of our school display:

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I will know next year to save more student art work throughout the year to exhibit.

And finally, last week and this week we have been learning about Vincent van Gogh and re-creating our own versions of “The Starry Night”:

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And last, here are some of my own personal pieces from the past few weeks:

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Hope you all have a fabulous week!

Georgia O’Keefe Flowers

This is my encore presentation for the day, lol, but I have to get caught up. πŸ™‚

We started on Georgia O’Keefe watercolor flowers yesterday. We are making them a resist with either oil pastel or black glue outline, student choice.Β Here are some so far from this week…Β Β IMG_5998 IMG_5996IMG_5997IMG_5999 IMG_6001 IMG_6002 IMG_6003 IMG_6004 IMG_6005 IMG_6006 IMG_6007

I love all of them, but I especially love how the ones with the black glue outline look.

I showed an example of mine to a kindergartener yesterday, and she said, “Mrs. Furr, did you do that all by yourself?!”

I just love kindergarten! :0)

I can’t wait to see how the rest of them turn out, and I will probably post more.

Here’s a couple more of my latest, keeping with my personal theme of collage right now…

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The first one is done on art board and the second is the cover of my sketch book. I gave the backgrounds a coating of beeswax. I’m still learning how to properly use encaustics, so it may take a while to master. πŸ™‚

Happy Tuesday once again!

Mrs. Furr

Animal Reliefs

Last week we finished up our Animal Relief projects. I borrowed this idea from the book “Dynamic Art Projects for Children” by Denise M. Logan. I found my copy on Amazon, and it has lots of great project ideas in it.

For the background, we used white oil pastels to draw lines to fill the paper. Next, we used colored chalk to fill in the sections the lines made and then painted white tempera paint back over the white lines to really Β make them pop.

We followed the same procedure for the animals. Next we cut the animals out and then taped them to the background to create our relief.

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I wish I would have taken more pictures of these projects, because they turned out so nice. The students had a lot of fun making them too.

I have also kept up with the theme of collage in my own personal artwork, too. Here are some of my latest…

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Happy Tuesday!

Mrs. Furr

Even more collages…

Today is our last day of finishing collages. Hooray!

Today was also my first day back to school this week. My sister-in-law gave birth to my newest niece on Sunday night…

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And I was at their house taking care of her other children while they were in the hospital…


That’s my daughter there with my nephew. Good times. πŸ™‚

It was great to be back at school today, too. Here are some of the latest collages…

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There are so many more that were so good. I have not had time to photograph them yet, but will probably do one more update on collage pics. πŸ™‚

These are the last two that I personally have been working on. I am trying mixed media myself, and trying to do better faces, since they are not my favorite thing to do…

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I need to re-take these with better lighting, and maybe touch up a little, but you get the gist.

We have some exciting news in the art department, too. One of our 4th graders donated a keyboard and mouse for our computers that I’m trying to get put together, so thank you Johnson family. Thank you also to Jessie’s grandma for donating the color printer (so sorry I don’t have your last name!). And then this morning I received an e-mail from the Tillman family saying they are going to see about getting some computers donated to us from their work. So thank you all so very much for making this happen! I can’t wait to teach digital photography! I know the students will have so much fun!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Furr

More collages in progress…

Howdy folks :),

We are still working on these collages, but I thought I would add some more that are in progress…Β IMG_5693 IMG_5692IMG_5694 IMG_5695 IMG_5696 IMG_5697 IMG_5698

I think the students are doing a fantastic job! πŸ™‚

Here is some more of our self-portraits that are currently displayed in the hallway…


Also, quite fabulous.

And here are some homemade seismometer/seismographs that my Gifted students have been working on…

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They worked so hard, and researched, and had a great competition.

And then last, today, this is one of my fun projects I’ve been working on at home…

Yes, those are aliens in the passenger seats. πŸ™‚ I was inspired by some of my students’ collages.


Hope you all are having a great week, and have a fabulous weekend.

Mrs. Furr

Link to my art work

We were not required, but “strongly suggested” to have a website for a class I am taking right now, so I am including a link if you would like to check out my art:


Teacher’s Work Day…

Today’s post is about catching up. I am going to post a few photos of the last few projects we worked on/are in the process of working on.

First, here is a picture of some more of our Egyptian printmaking from several months ago…


The students had such a good time with that project, and so did I. It was definitely a learning experience for me. πŸ™‚

Next, we have some of our still-life with fruit pictures…


This was a project that I thought would be fairly simply, but was actually pretty challenging for most students. I displayed the still-life on the white board with the ELMO camera from my computer so it would be nice and big for everyone to see.

It still turned out to be a bit difficult for students to draw the shapes of the fruit and the baskets. We worked on basic shapes that day. They did all have fun coloring though. They got to choose their own medium – crayons, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, or a mix of any/all of the above.

That was our last week of December and first week of January project.

This past week we have been working on collages. We have looked at the styles of Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden. Students have been very impressed with Matisse, and highly entertained with Bearden. That’s the combo I was hoping for. πŸ™‚

The collages are going to take a few more class meetings to finish, but there are a few that I wanted to go ahead and post that are in progress…

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I think with the exception of 1, all of these were made by kindergarten or 1st grade students. I was pretty impressed.

The older kids have some pretty complicated collages going on. I can’t wait until they are finished to post them.

Hope you all have a nice 4-day weekend :).

Some signs I made

Hey everybody! πŸ™‚

This is not student art, but some of the signs I’ve made over the past year or two. Just posting in case you are interested in purchasing one of your own. Custom signs are definitely on the menu, just let me know the specifics of what you’d like. Proceeds go straight towards buying art supplies! πŸ™‚

E-mailΒ me at :

Just copy and paste into your address book if it does not link directly.

Also, here is my pinterest link if you would like to check out any pins I’ve made. I Β find really great stuff and then forget to go back and look at it later!

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Self-portraits in late Nov./early Dec.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break! We’ve been busy, busy since Thanksgiving, so I have not posted anything in a little while.

I was applying for grad school, among other things, and YAY! I was accepted! So I am going to get my Master’s degree in Art Education and I am pretty ecstatic about that.

I also had some 35mm manual cameras donated to us to use in the art room, which we will be doing towards the end of the school year. A very nice middle school teacher from Alabama donated them, along with some blackroom equipment, which I may not get to use with the students at school because of the chemicals, but at least they will get to learn to use the cameras.

For the younger students, we will be using digital cameras. The 5th graders will probably be using them, too, as well as the manual cameras. We just received our donated cameras and printer from, so I was very excited about that, too.

We’ve had several different community sponsors adopt our art room, including: Adam’s Automotive, Three D Realty, Publix, and Jason Moore. Thanks to their donations and the money we made from the Art to Remember fundraiser, we were able to purchase some new art supplies for collages we will be making soon, more paint, and some clay.

I am posting some pictures below (hopefully they will show up below, and not in the middle of this text :)) of the self-portraits that all grades worked on during the last part of November and first part of December.

We focused on the elements of space – DRAW BIG!, as well as color – color in your backgrounds as well as your person, and line – all the lines that make up our body.

Hope you enjoy :).

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Egyptian Art

Student pendants from Cave Art unit.

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My sweet daughter in the cave we built for our Cave Art unit. She very graciously donated many of her toys for our good cause πŸ™‚
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The sarcophagus and display I made for this unit πŸ™‚

This week starts our second week of Egyptian Art. I do have a few classes this week catching up on their cave art pendants, if they didn’t get to come to class because of our teacher’s workday two weeks ago, etc.

Last week the printmaking went pretty well. It was quite entertaining with some of the younger classes, but I think everyone had a lot of fun with it. I also made more “printing plates” over the weekend to use with this weeks’ classes. The B week classes always get better lessons, I’m sorry to say. And that is only because I’ve already gone through a week of teaching it and know a little bit better about what works and what doesn’t. Hopefully.

We watched a few short videos to go along with our Egyptian art, including a few seconds, well more like the first verse and chorus of The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” – the educational version that showed Egyptian culture. We also watched “Walk, Walk Like an Egyptian” on Flocabulary, which had Osiris rapping about hieroglyphics, pyramids and such. A few classes watched a short film off of Tropic Minds (a younger children’s educational website) about Ancient Egyptian culture and mummification. A lot of interesting discussions amongst the students occurred, especially in the older classes, afterwards.

This week the B week classes will continue on in this format, and then next week (well actually, the week after Thanksgiving) A week classes will start a new project. I haven’t decided yet if we will stick with Egyptian art or go ahead and move on to a new country.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. πŸ™‚

A few of the students’ prints from last week. More to come… πŸ™‚