• The Elementary School Art Studio

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    Welcome to the EE Art Studio!
    I love art by kids, and find it a great joy to teach Eden's youngest artists at the GLP. Now I am also teaching grades 3-5 visual arts in the Elementary art studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (I am at the GLP Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.) I've been in the district since 1995, 17 years as an art teacher. A more complete introduction to me can be found by clicking on the link to the left that says "About Ms. Morgan."
    Artists Who Work at Home:
        We are continuing with the GLP Artists who Work at Home program started by my amazing predecessor and friend Mrs. Bossert. Through this program we recognize young artists by displaying their artwork in our Artists Who Work at Home Gallery along with a photo and the completed application Each featured artist's name is read on the morning announcements along with a description of how he or she creates at home.
        Parents are reminded as they help their children complete the form (found below) that THREE things are needed: 1) the completed form, 2) a photo or drawing of the artist at work at home either on the space provided on the form or attached, and 3) a separate, original work of art (attached) to display in the gallery. Thank you!
       For an Artist Who Works at Home form, click here.
    Volunteer Opportunities:
    We are always busy making art in the studio, and I am always looking for volunteers to help out as I am way outnumbered! Young artists need help following instructions and implementing some basic skills. If you are interested in volunteering in the art studio, please e-mail me at lmorgan@edencsd.org. I am looking for help at the elementary school in four shifts: Tuesday mornings, Tuesday afternoons, and Thursday mornings, and Thursday afternoons. You don't need to worry much about if a shift coincides with when your child has art. You will be moving around helping all the kids!
     If you need to reach me:
    Because I go between buildings, e-mail is best: lmorgan@edencsd.org
    If it pertains to your child, I may return your contact via phone, as some student issues are best addressed personally or over the phone. 
    On Tuesdays, and Thursdays, my phone number at Eden Elementary is: 992-3610 x4216; at the GLP it is 992-3638 x 3039.
    As always, if you have a question or concern, please contact me directly! I am happy to work with you in the best interest of your child.
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    Puffy Paint Recipe:
       Crazy Cacti is a fun 4th grade project. First we study the work of Georgia O'Keefe and her abstract, Southwestern landscapes.  We added a lot of color and pattern, then finished off the design with puffy paint outlines and accents, and little colored paper triangles which were attached by the puffy paint. Our 5th grade artists have studied still lifes and folk art using puffy paint for accents. Students loved the puffy paint so much ( and who wouldn't!), I'm sharing the recipe. 
    In a blender, add:
    1 1/2 Cups water
    1/3 Cup of salt 
    1 3/4 Cups of flour
    Mix in a blender until it becomes a smooth, thick milkshake-like consistency.  Pour into 4-5 squeeze bottles, then add color and shake well. I used liquid watercolor, but you can probably use a generous portion of food coloring. The source I obtained this from recommended 1-2T of liquid or powder tempera paint. Adding 3 T of MSG as a preservative is also an option. (Because I was making so much, though, I added the color in the blender in each batch.)
    Note: as the paint sits, it will thin. You can put it back in the blender with more flour, or you can add Wondra  flour right to the bottles. (It's made to add to liquid without clumping.) Shake well.
    Speaking of art recipes: SLIME!
    Slime has been big with kids lately! There has been debate over whether the traditional slime recipe which includes Borax or the one using Tide are actually safe for kids to handle. I found this new recipe with only 3 ingredients, and shared with the kids how to make window clings using a plastic lid.  
    3/4 liquid starch (found in the laundry aisle)
    1/4 white glue
    Coloring (such as food coloring, liquid water color) 
    If the mixture is too gooey, add more starch; if the mixture is too stiff, add more glue. Mostly, have fun!