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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Via Everything Etsy

You might have noticed some changes around here.  New name and new layouts.  Since the end of this school year I have had some time to think about teaching my handmade business and what I see myself doing for the years to come.  The one thing I have struggled with is separating my personal and business blog with my classes and teaching.   

This is where Gesso comes in.  Here I will be posting strictly classes I'm teaching, St. Leo's snapshots as well as have it become a resource of projects you can do at home and places (in Buffalo)  where kids can soak up some art and creativity.

Why Gesso?

Gesso:  a white paint mixture used to prepare a canvas for painting.

Just as gesso is a foundation for a painting; art at an early age can create a foundation for lifelong creativity not only in arts and crafts but other subjects as well.  Gesso will provide art projects that encompass other school subjects, provide simple projects to do at home and some just for fun.  The goal is to provide a resource for teachers, parents and children a like!  So lets start making!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Paper Mache Animals: 5th Grade

5th grade just finished up these awesome paper mache animals. And not a moment too soon for there are only about 2 and a half weeks of school left! Can you beleive it? i certainly can't! They got to choose their animal and then had to decide if they wanted to use realistic or fantasy colors. There was a good half and half split between the two, I had them write short reflections on their work, mostly because I was curious as to why they choose specific colors and I want them to get a little practice for next year when they start writing a little bit more on their artwork.