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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Can you believe it?
I can't except for the fact that students are working away and producing lovely work...also the art room is getting messy.

Tomorrow I will be at the BESC -PPS headquarters to hang student art work for the Wilson cluster Student Art Show. All the schools that feed into Wilson High School are showing student work. 
The show will be up until January. We will be having a Closing Reception TBA.
My plan is to show the collaborative work created by the 4/5th class and the 5th graders. Choosing their work showcases 80+ students, plus their work is beautiful and unique.

This Friday the new art tables are getting assembled with a parent team and Scott our custodian. Thank You!
I'll send a photo with them all set up.

In the meantime here are a few pictures of what has been going on.
Each grade level page will get updated as a summary of what your child has been learning and creating.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Back to School Night and SIGN UP to be on the Art Show Team


Back to school picnic is next week and it is an opportunity to sign up for various PTA sponsored events.
One favorite event is the Capitol Hill Art Show - which is held in early April and features multiple pieces of art from EVERY student who attend CH! The halls are filled with colorful, imaginative and skillful art produced by the students through their arts tax funded program.
The art is displayed for a few weeks and we host an Opening Reception/Celebration the night of April 6th.
But- to put on this show take significant effort by a dedicated team of parents. Please look for the Art Show table at the back-to-school picnic and consider being a grade level leader.
This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and affirm the efforts and growth of our students, your children.

We have begun our work!