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

October 9, 2019

For the past few weeks, the students have been diligently working on designing and creating the individual placemats that they use at lunch. The students first sketch out their ideas on paper, helping them determine what the final design will be before transferring it onto their canvas placemat. During the ideation process the students work on drawing skills, simplifying details, and enlarging designs from smaller paper to larger canvas. Then comes the paint! We use acrylic paint for these canvases for its longer lasting effect and we take care and clean up very seriously, including assigning a new student each week to be on “Brush Patrol” duty to make sure they are properly cleaned. Students learn proper use and technique with brushes and brush stroke patterns, as well as the right brush for the space on the canvas they are painting.

These students put so much time and effort into these placemats that lunch time in the classroom is truly a gallery of masterpieces!

September 25, 2019

Art with Kindergarten Students - - -

The first project introduced to the Kindergarten this year will be Leaf Rubbings with a Watercolor Wash Resist. In this lesson we will talk about the term “composition” and what that means in Art, discuss color use and contrast of colors, students will learn and practice good watercolor technique and understand the resist process and how it works.

This lesson will be given to Kindergarten students on October 4th.

April 25, 2019

Student Thoughts and Quotes from the Art Room...

Often while students are engaged in an Art project, they have the chance to chat with each other as well as myself. Some of the funniest moments occur during these chat times and I found myself compiling quite a list these past few weeks. The following are some of my favorites!

During Open Art with one of the LE classes a second year student told me that she used to be scared of me when she was in Primary. I was shocked so I asked why that was and her response..."I was scared of you because your voice sounds like a man." Then a third year classmate who was also working on a project in the Art room laughed and said..."I didn't even NOTICE you in Primary." Ha! Hilarious!!

At the end of an UE Art class one afternoon, I had a student tell me that he had an idea for the Artist we should study for our Gala Project next year. I asked who that might be and his response..."Are you familiar with Bob Ross? Particularly his early series work?"

While working on our Paul Klee abstract castles in a LE Art class, I noticed one of the students adding teeny tiny details that would then have to be colored in. I pointed these crazy details out and the fact that it might be wise to make some shapes a little larger instead of going with tiny. Joking around with the student, I said..."Wow! That design might take you like 14 years to color in!" The classmate sitting next to him did the math in his head very quickly and responded with..."In 14 years I'm going to be 25!" Then looked at me and said..."You're probably going to be dead!" WHAAAT??? I asked him how old he thought I was and he responded..."I don't know...65?" I had to laugh out loud for that one!

After introducing a new artist and project during an UE Art class, enthusiasm and excitement were both running high.  One student in particular was enjoying their time in class and exclaimed..."I like Art Class.  Art is where you get to let your weird out!"  After only a moment of thought, the rest of the class fully agreed with that statement.  So did the Art teacher who would now like that quote on a T-shirt! 

I hope you enjoyed these little quips as much as I did! The Art Room is a creative, colorful and FUNNY space!

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!