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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 🙂

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   •   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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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!


ART Classroom Transformation!


Are you my student and need EXTRA CREDIT – then looky here! Cast your vote in all 3 categories below and the points will magically appear in the gradebook 🙂


The 2015-2016 school year is almost over and I have slowly been transforming my classroom into the environment that I desire for my students and I to be in on a daily basis. I tell my students that my desk is my ‘sacred space’, like their backpacks; but also my classroom is just as important to me because I live in it. The majority of my days are spent in this space shared with over 100 other beings.

It really bothers me as a Visual Art Teacher when I walk into other teacher’s classrooms and they are boring, messy, or just plain visually unappealing. My environment has always had such an effect on me in an academic and artistic setting – I find it easier to feel settled, get focused and be happy in a visually rich surrounding.

One of my classes has been working to ‘transform’ the room with paint! I wanted to make areas in the room that were functional as well as unify in with an overall design to produce a harmonious setting for my budding artists to explore and create in.

Our next step is to put several quotes all in different fonts on a wall of cabinets. I myself, can be a very indecisive person at times, especially when it involves something kinda permanent – so to make it easy on me, I would like my students and people I know who care about my classroom to have a say as to what goes on my cabinets!

I have separated them into 3 different categories to vote from: ART, CREATIVITY + LIFE. Please take the time to vote once in each category. You may vote for only 5 quotes in each category. Also, these are images that I uploaded from Pinterest, however, remember that my students and I will not necessarily be painting them on the cabinets they way they appear in the image. So, please vote on the words and meaning of the quotes versus the ‘style’ of the image.

Remember, please submit only once, 5 in each category! Votes will be tallied on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016!



Vote here for ART Quotes Category!



Vote here for CREATIVITY Quotes Category!



Vote here for LIFE Quotes Category!

Thank you for voting! There will be pictures when we are finished!!!