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The best material for building the basic structure of our Character Totems is Foam Board!

Foam Board is sold at local stores like Dollar Store, Target, Walmart, Staples and Michael’s Art Supply. And of course, you can find it on Amazon.

A cube has 6 sides and our totems range between 8 by 8 inches to 11 by 11 inches. This means each student will need at least 3-4 large sheets. It is usually sold in sizes of 16 x 20 and 22 x 30. *Because we are cutting out squares to make our cubes, please do not get the tri-fold boards! We will be happy to accept donations if you can grab an extra or two:)

Also, we need some recycling…for example:


paper towel rolls   •   toilet paper rolls   •   plastic containers with or without lids   •   plastic or cardboard lids   •   plastic easter eggs   •   plastic candy containers   •   styrofoam cups   •   tinfoil   •   pill bottles   •   milk jug handles   • egg cartons

any plastic or cardboard (lightweight) recycling with fun/funky shapes and forms

 please no glass or large plastic containers



ART one sign-up for REMIND!

We all need reminders! This is a busy world, especially if you are a student! This is an easy way to stay on top of your due dates…

If you sign up, you get extra credit!

If your parent or guardian signs up, you get double the extra credit!

Click on the link below to be directed to the remind page on our class website, choose your class and follow the directions:

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Welcome Titans of 2021!


Welcome to our visual arts class! I am truly excited to have all of you join me for a year of learning and I look forward to getting to know each one of you. If you want to know a little bit about me, click on the picture below:


I wanted to share this video, “What Students Really Need to Hear” by Chase Mielke. It was shown to me during my induction with ACPS and I found it inspiring and real; as it truly speaks as to how I feel about my students. So for all my new students, previous students, and fellow teachers I wanted to gift you with his spoken word. Maybe some or all of it will resonate with you as it has me.


Click here for Chase Miekle’s BLOG

Get ready to be immersed in the artistic process, push your creative boundaries, take a few risks, discover your inner artist, create some art and most importantly, experience one of the most fundamental aspects of what it is to be a part of human race.

There is little that shapes the human experience as profoundly and pervasively as creativity. Creativity drives progress in every human endeavor, from the arts to the sciences, business, and technology.

Scott Barry Kaufman

Bring in your RECYCLING for extra credit!

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Our next project requires the use of 3 cereal boxes or foam board per student, so we need to collect as much as we can get! Bring in your recycling…

The best material for making a cube is foam board. It looks something like this and you can find it at Wal-Mart, Target, Staples, A.C. Moore, and/or Michael’s. The bigger the better:)


If you can’t bring in those, then grab your empty cereal boxes!


Other items we need are:

aluminum foil, lids and caps of all sizes, small cups and containers, like empty spice containers, pill bottles, applesauce containers, empty egg cartons, plastic easter eggs, medium containers with lids, for example, yogurt and sour cream containers, wine corks, empty tape rolls, paper towel and/or toilet paper rolls, gift wrapping rolls, Styrofoam and/or paper cups, Styrofoam pieces, light bulbs, plastic spoons and forks…


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What is Your Story?

Hey Kiddos! Check out this art contest provided by the national PTA arts program:

T.C students, what is your story? Show us or tell us in this year’s PTA Reflections Art Contest. Express yourself in six different ways:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Enter as many times as you wish, and in as many categories as you wish. Entry forms and copies of the Reflections rules can be found at the Reflections bin in the Library/Media Center, or by visiting Place your entry in the Reflections bin located in the Library/Media Center by 3:30 pm on Friday, October 21, 2016 or give to me to turn in!


 This will count as a sketchbook grade!

(It could replace a not-so-great sketchbook grade or replace a NHI)


OOOOH-weeee! Fresh artists!

I absolutely adore teaching and I am so excited to have the opportunity to begin another year! Class of 2020 is a wonderful group of kiddos and I am privileged with guiding you on your artistic journey this year.

Dear Students,

I believe in you.

I trust in you.

You are listened to.

You are cared for.

You are important.

You will succeed.


Mrs. Eller

Please check out my post to my previous students by clicking the icon below – it really sums up quite a bit!


Blended Learning Camp: Using an Online Presence to Improve Class Flow and Student Self-Direction

Welcome to Blended Learning Camp 2016: Session 3 and 4!

Click on the link below to complete your warm-up:


Essential Question(s):

1. What is blended learning?
2. How can I create an online presence?

3. What online tools are available for use and how can I incorporate these tools in my classroom?

4. How can blended learning, an online presence and online tools improve class flow and student self-efficacy?

Mastery Objective(s): The student will…

1. engage with online tools by participating in online activities.

2. demonstrate understanding by designing a content-specific online resource for a possible lesson or activity. 

What is BLENDED LEARNING?    Could I already be using this in my classroom?    How can I make this work for me and my kids without MORE WORK?

Blended learning–instruction that combines online and onsite (in-classroom) resources and practices–is a research-based approach that leverages technology to build a collaborative, engaging, efficient, and effective learning environment. Blended learning takes many forms: teachers can blend a single lesson or activity, or use blended learning as a framework for an entire course.


Click on the link below to participate in our answer garden!



Click the image below for the link to the Blended Learning Camp Folder on Google Drive:

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  1. Design your own content-specific online resource!!! I’m here for help and questions!