The Teacher Goes To School

Like many other teachers, I thoroughly enjoy learning. So when I was told that the elementary art teachers in my district were going to take some classes at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, I was all for it!

There were eight different classes to choose from, I went with Selfies and Flip Books.

The Selfies class was exactly how it sounded. We snapped a photo of ourselves.

Ms. Luna's Selfie

Then using magazines, tear them up and cover the entire canvas. We painted over the magazine pages using a matte medium, then began to paint. Blocking in color ala Henri Matisse.

Selfie Painting

Then in the flip book class we were taught how to make an animated flip book. Click here to see it!

Last year I had the idea to get my students to help make a public art work some where on the school property. Other than the initial idea, I had no other direction.

While doing my usual Pinterest perusal I happened upon a teacher who with the help of a professional artist, worked with her students to do mosaics on a wall separating the school and community.
GENIUS!! I thought! We have an enormous wall that separates ours! Around the same time frame, I received an email from local mosaic artist Michele Patrick, who was offering classes at her studio! It was fate!!

I emailed her imploring her help, and though she told me of her inability to help in person, she did offer me the ability to attend an outdoor mosaics class she was teaching and her availability to assist with any questions I may have.
So yesterday, I drove out to her studio and learned the basics of outdoor mosaic(ing). She have us tools, showed us how to use them, and a utopia of colored glass and tile. Then she set us loose to make whatever our hearts desired! CREATE!!!

Ms. Luna's Finished Mosaic

I think I’m ready to tackle the wall! Stay turned for that project to unfold!

Till next time!

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About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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