Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Square One Art!!!

Thank you to all of the wonderful support from the Ford families for Square One! A special thanks also to PTSA and to Andrea Lundeberg for making it all possible with her dedication and for putting her time and organizational skills to work for the art program at Ford Elementary!

Our deadline for orders is tomorrow (November 18th) but we have realized that there have been a few late packets so if your order and payment is submitted by November 19th it will be okay.

The art program at Ford is fully funded by fundraiser dollars and it is through your support and companies such as Square One that make all of it possible!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Allatoona Ally Contest!

The deadline for the contest has been extended to November 5th... I encourage any and all 4th and 5th grade students to apply! We will not have time to work on these in class at school but it would be a wonderful project to work on at home!

Check out the link at:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Art Show at the Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art

It's tonight!!! The Ford artists are going to be showcased at the Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art tonight for the First Friday Art Walk. Thanks to some AMAZING parent volunteers the display walls have come together and all of the little glass bees are ready to go! All of the 5th grade artists have created a glass bee to be sold at the show this evening and I was very impressed with their willingness to donate an item to benefit the MCMA and the art program here at Ford. (On a side note they have created a glass bee to take home as well so that their families can enjoy one, too. :)) There is a selection of two dimensional art from each grade that will be displayed (not for sale) this evening as well. Come out and enjoy the fun!!! We'll be there from 5-9pm.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Into the 3rd Week of School...

Time flies when we're having fun! So far this year the Kindergarten artists have practiced with scissors, created tear bears and started their pumpkins. The 1st grade artists got warmed up for their year by recreating their cows from last year with a good review of shapes and coloring techniques and we are now working on our beautiful peacocks. The 2nd grade artists are completing their fall leaf crayon resists and will be starting the silly winter cardinals soon, too! The 3rd grade artists warmed up their year with a recreation of the aspen trees from last year but updated it by mixing colors to create a beautiful winter sky. We have now started our crazy pattern birds, too! The 4th grade artists are having a BLAST with smelly marker printmaking! If you are a fourth grade parent please don't forget to ask your little artist to show you the fun technique. The 5th grade artists are absolutely astonishing me with their bike still-life drawing / painting. Starting next week 5th grade will be doing their glass bumble bee project. Glass is extremely fun and exciting but good behavior is a MUST during glass. Remind your 5th grade sweeties to be on their very best behavior during glass (and all of the time of course! :))

On October 1st the Ford Artists are going to be at the Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art on the Marietta Square for Art Walk. This is a HUGE honor and I'll be posting more info soon!

Please remember the FORD YEARBOOK COVER ART CONTEST is underway now! Artwork is due by September 17th to the PTSA box in the front office. It should be colorful and fill and 8.5 x 11 area. Please submit $1 with each entry. Contact with any questions!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Welcome Back!!!

Welcome Back to Art Mustangs! Below are items on the Specialist Supply List - in case you didn't see them yet. Bring them in to art class any time and I will get them to the other specialist teachers!!!! I can't wait to see you in ART!!!

Specialist Class Supply List
Every child K - 5 needs a sprial bound sketch book for art class. A limited amount are available in the School Store OR they may be purchased at Target, Wal Mart, Michael's and other area stores.

The other supplies below will be communal items that will stay in the art room, music room or science lab. Please bring these to the art room as soon as possible. Thank you!

1 package of 10+ pencils sharpened
1 package of 2+ glue sticks
1 bottle of Elmer's Glue (regular or school kind)
Spiral Bound Sketch Book

First Grade
1 package of 10+ pencils sharpened
1 package of 2+ Glue Sticks
1 package of pencil top cap erasers
1 pair of Fiskar's pointed 5", 6" or 7" school scissors
Spiral Bound Sketch Book

Second Grade
1 package of 10+ pencils sharpened
1 package of Crayola Colored pencils
1 package of 2+ black sharpie markers
Clear plastic drinking cups (8 oz or less) Package of 20 or more
Spiral Bound Sketch Book

Third Grade
1 package of 10+ pencils sharpened
1+ package of Magic Rub Erasers
1 box of Kleenex
Spiral Bound Sketch Book

Fourth Grade
1 package of 10+ pencils sharpened
1+ roll of Paper towels
1 package of pencil top cap erasers
Spiral Bound Sketch Book

Fifth Grade
1 package of 10+ pencils sharpened
1 box of 16+ Crayola Crayons
1 package of pencil top cap erasers
1 bottle of Elmer's glue (regular or school)
Spiral Bound Sketch Book

Wish List Items
If you have extra of these just hanging around your house and don't know what to do with can donate them to us - we'll use them!!!! Just send them to the art room!

Cotton Balls
Gerber plastic baby food containers with lids
Glass baby food jars with lids
Zip Lock Bags (all sizes from sandwich - gallon)
Wax Paper
Note Cards (4 x 6 and 3 x 5)
Shaving Cream
Colored Paper Clips - regular size
Aluminum Foil
Saran Wrap
Buble Wrap
Plastic Cups (the kind you get from restaurant kids' meals or similar)
Clear plastic drinking cups - 8 oz or less
Dried beans
Glass soda bottles
Disinfectant air spray
Liquid dish soap
Liquid Hand soap
Old dish or bath towels
New sponges
Lysol Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Spray Countertop Cleaner
Small baskets to put supplies in
Large plastic bins to hold supplies - with or without lids

Friday, May 7, 2010

Thank you!!!

Thank you so much Fantastic Ford Parents for a WONDERFUL Art Show at our Evening in the Garden event. We had fantastic volunteer support and awesome financial support!

A special thank you to Tracey Howard, Jen Nolan, Andrea Lundeberg, Mary Pemberton, Jennifer Kalninowski, Michele Miller, Jacqueline Henry, Carol Parsons, Buck Lilley, Cindy Simrall, Paige Good, Marianne Mabry, The Iorillos, The Watkins', The Isles, Jenni Faires, Linda Peterson, Laura Holmes, Isabel Contreras, Tina McKay, Lisa Tyler, Serena Wailes, Beth Kriebel, and The Coshams for giving of their time, talent and energy for this fundraiser :) Without them, the evening would not have been so nice - so thank you!!!!

You should receive an email from your room mom today, Friday, May 7th, with a form to order your child's matted art work in case you were unable to attend the Art Show. We will fill orders through next Friday, May 14th, if you would like to purchase your child's matted art work.

All unpurchased art work will be unmatted and returned to the students to bring home during the last week of school.

Thank you, again, for your support of our art program. Without the physical and financial support of our parents, our art program would not be close to what it is! We have our parents to thank for that!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Art Show - THURSDAY, MAY 6th, 5:30 - 8:00

Come to the Small Cafeteria on Thursday evening between 5:30 - 8:00 to see our Artists' matted work! You may purchase your child's matted art for $10 each.

All proceeds go to fund our art programs here at Ford!

See you at the Art Show!!!

Summer Art Camp Opportunities

If your child would like to continue his creativity throughout the summer, consider enrolling in an Art Camp! Below are some links of Art Camps that we know of in the area. Summer is a great time to enrich ourselves in things we like :)!Camps.html

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our Students Need THE ARTS!

Arts Education is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL for the development of our children, from as early as kindergarten all the way up into higher level education.

An education in Fine Arts encourages:
-more developed habits of critical and creative thinking-more perseverance and dedication to a given task
-better psychological and physical health
-self-discipline, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills

A child who participates in Fine Arts is:
-more likely to succeed academically
-more likely to succeed socially
-more able to express his or herself-inclined to be more literate than his or her peersIf America's children are to be sucessful in all aspects of their life, then an education that emphasizes Fine Arts is crucial.