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Yoo-Hoo TITANS! It’s the 2020-2021 school year!

Welcome to Mrs. Eller’s Visual Art Classroom!

I want to extend a warm welcome to all of my students! I am honored to be your art teacher this year, and it is going to be a great year! I imagine the beginning of this school year may not be what we had all hoped for, but I will be doing my best to make our virtual art classroom just as happy and inviting as it is on our school campus. I wish you all a very happy start of the school year! I’m excited to see ALL of your faces, some old, and some new :), have fun ‚Äď and of course, MAKE ART! See ya soon!
Smiles ~ Mrs. Eller ūüôā

What supplies do I need for my ART class?!

There are 3 items that you are required to bring to class daily:

pencil.png1. a pencil

Your very own drawing utensil…the best, especially in the beginning, is a wooden graphite pencil that can be sharpened and has an eraser. You will be working on shading techniques within the first month of class and a mechanical pencil does not have the same capabilities as the good ole’ No. 2 pencil! Towards the end of the year, when we begin Linear Perspective, you are welcome to switch to your mechanical pencil ūüôā

2. a sketchbook

a book filled with paper to collect all of your notes, ideas and sketches for this year of art. The ideal sketchbook for this class is one that is either book-bound or spiral- bound with mixed media paper that is over 90 lbs. (Minimum: 9 in. x 9 in. /Maximum: 9 in. x 12 in.) You need to avoid the sketchbooks with tape along the top or perforated pages because the pages will begin to fall out sooner than later. Also don’t purchase the sketchbooks with the thin, slick paper, as that paper does not work well with a range of mediums. Follow this link for more info on sketchbooks: SKETCHBOOKS!

3. your chromebook


bring the school issued chromebook you received with a full charge for every class. You will use the chromebook daily for your warm-up and other assignments in class.

If you bring these items daily you will be prepared, good to go and ready for what is coming your way!






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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¬† ¬†‚Äʬ† ¬†toilet paper rolls¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬† plastic containers with or without lids¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬† plastic or cardboard lids¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬† plastic easter eggs¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬† plastic candy containers¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬† styrofoam cups¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬† tinfoil¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬† pill bottles¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬† milk jug handles¬† ¬†‚ÄĘ 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!


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)