Alison's Art Class

Welcome to the colorful world of art!

Dear families,
One of my absolute favorite things is to watch and experience the creative process with all of my students. The excitement they feel while seeing their ideas come to life is truly contagious! I will be sharing some of these experiences throughout the year, so check back to see what is going on in the world of art!
Alison Hoffman

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Alison Hoffman
Alison Hoffman, Art
B.A. Northern Michigan University, Art Education
The Children's House experience (2007- present):
Classroom Support and Substitute
Summer Art Program

December 13, 2018

News from the World of Art...

For the last few weeks, we have been working on creating our beautiful gala classroom art projects during afternoon class sessions.  The students have been learning painting techniques and how to mix tertiary colors beautifully and in smooth progressions.  We have also noticed and talked about how brushstrokes can add both lovely texture and line quality.  Another class has been working with watercolor paintings and different techniques that can be used with that medium.  We have explored the use of salt, rubbing alcohol, saran wrap, and just yesterday, soap to make bubble prints.  The textures and colors of the different techniques are all so different as well as stunning! 

Another exciting development that happened just last Friday...Extended Day Art Class!  The extended day students will be coming to art once a month with me to learn something new that they can then practice in their classroom until the next lesson.  It was so much fun to have them in the new art room and to get to know all of these fun new personalities! 

October 11, 2018

For the last couple of weeks in Open Art, I had the privilege to work with a group of six Upper El students from Karin's classroom on creating their Classroom Declaration. After the entire class brainstormed how they "Want to Feel" in their classroom and condensed their thoughts and ideas into a statement they could all agree on, the students then decided on a space theme for their visual. I was so impressed with how this group worked together and embraced all the new techniques I presented to them and the end result of their beautiful declaration speaks for itself! I just had to share this impressive work of art...

September 13, 2018

The first week of classes have been stellar! The students have been fully introduced to our amazing new Art Room and seem to love it just as much as I do. I overheard many lovely comments but my two favorites were…”Look! REAL walls! They aren’t made of fabric anymore!” The second comment…”It even smells good in here. Like cookies!”

The students have begun sketching their ideas for their placemats this year; with production hopefully beginning next week! I so enjoy watching them think through and decide what their final design will be. The placemats always turn out to be a fun representation of each individual character.

I also had the privilege of working with six students from Karin’s room on their Classroom Declaration. They came prepared with great drawings, ideas and color choices for the canvas they were hoping to create. When we all sat down and met, I was impressed with how well this group listened, supported and collectively worked together. They listened to the ideas and techniques that I presented to them and made the most beautiful canvas base for their Declaration. Not only was I impressed, more importantly they were impressed with themselves!