Monday, September 11, 2017

Slow Start


We are having a slow ramp up to a full art schedule, but I am happy to reconnect with the students and they appear happy to be back at school. How nice all around.

2 Things:

1. I wanted to share this link about the real value and practical training of visual art education. I had heard about this a few years ago, but the concept has been brought back into focus (no pun intended). Value of a visual arts education

2. Check out the International Rose Garden Art Show, that is now on display at the BESC - PPS Headquarters. We decided the show should be seen and appreciated by more people, so we hung it last week. I think it looks great and have already heard some positive comments.

 Several of our CH 3rd grade students sent their "Abstracted Bridges" drawings, fullfilling the theme of all about Portland.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome Back to Capitol Hill!

I am just about to pivot back to thinking about and planning the year in art class, and am enjoying a few last summer pleasures.

I saw a lot of great art this summer out of town, but wanted to see the shows at the Portland Art Museum by Jennifer Steinkamp and the work of architect, planner, visionary John Yeon. Both shows end soon and I think they are worth seeing.

Here are some pictures from my trip there today: Steinkamp's animation.


And here are a couple more things I saw at the museum that kids might enjoy. 
4th floor NW art collection

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Well it is that time of year...

we are on the far side of the big efforts needed for the Capitol Hill Art Show! followed by the Heart of Portland - district wide art show... followed by the Art is Elementary - K-5 PPS Arts Tax funded classrooms show at City Hall.

I am behind on this communication and I guess you know why.

Here are some photos:

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Here it comes RIGHT after spring break:

Capitol Hill Student Art Show
Thursday April 6th 2017
6:00- 8:30 pm

Please come admire and celebrate the creativity of all of our K-5 students. They have worked so hard this year encountering new ideas and making them their own.

We will have an Opening Reception on the night of April 6th, displaying hundreds of pieces of art, with musical entertainment and refreshments available. This is a happy family and community event. We welcome everyone!

I would like to recognize the tremendous efforts of parents who make this event a reality, especially Emily S. and Emily W.

This visual arts teaching position is wholly funded by the Arts Equity and Access Fund, the Arts Tax!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Working hard again

We are happy to be making art on a more regular basis.
Please enjoy our new display system in the front hall. Joy and Heidi take credit for the vision and the district carpenters came out and installed them. Thank you.

They are are perfect space to highlight the students' art about "I have a dream...."  Students share thoughts on how to acknowledge the courage and work of Dr. Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights workers and our role as citizens to strive to make America and the world a better place.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Okay - as I mentioned I am having trouble getting my pictures from class transfered to this account.

My solution is to try instagram to see if I can stay more current with that application.

Lets try it.
please look for

capitolhillart on instagram 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We have been busy!

We have been busy despite the snowy and slippery weather conditions. Some winters in Portland are like this...not all, but some.

I am just going to give a comprehensive update on all the recent projects right here on this page:

Kindergartens just completed a mixed media project inspired by Uri Shulvitz' "Snow." It is one of my all time favorite books and is 100% relevant to what we just experienced.

(I have to look into my phone app as I am taking student pictures and unable to upload them in this current blog system :( 

1st graders completed their Eric Carle inspired "Very Busy Spider" painted paper, mixed media project - that culminates with a spider web made of glitter. Really there is not anything prettier than glitter. Their work is hanging in the halls near their classrooms.

2nd grader have been making 3-D paper sculptures of birds. We have tried to look at birds in terms of nature and biology and have read some books and watched some quick videos.
Birds are so amazing and diverse they have been a broad and strong inspiration for us all.

This is a challenging project and the kids have loved it and are working quite hard. When they are complete, they are to name and describe their bird, where it lives and nests, eggs, diet...and are invited to write a story about their bird - realistic or imaginary. So far - fantastic!

3rd graders Have just completed their study of George Rodrigue - and his "Blue Dog" and were using this time to make a quick holiday gift.

4th grade have learned about the fiber artist Gabriel Dawe and are just about to do some string art as a quick project to reinforce their learning. Owls next.

5th graders are busily working on their Andy Warhol "Endangered Species" prints - which by the way are included in a great Warhol print display NOW at the Portland Art Museum. I even got over there this weekend to see them in person - stunning.

Two of our students:

The Warhol prints at PAM