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Saturday, March 30, 2013

4 POINTS about the Pencil + It's National Pencil Day!

Today is National Pencil Day, so I thought I would share some PENCIL INFO! I am sure many of you go through pencils practically like water, just like me. At some point last year I read a blog describing these GRIP Pencils from Faber-Castell, they are jumbo size, painted grey with black dots (they are also very expensive, about $10.00+ for 12) - which was noted in this blog post! Anyway, I decided to give them a try and I have to say...THEY ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY! Did I mention they are also triangular shaped? No more rolling off the table, HOORAY! So, I did an experiment. I put them out on February 1, 2013...Guess what? I still have every single one I put out, all 24 pencils!  I think they may even last through April (3 months), that is a record!   So, if you decide to use these pencils you will also need to purchase some high quality, hand-held pencil sharpeners, I happen to like the Lyra Pencil Sharpeners with 2 holes. For right now the sharpeners stay on my desk and I have been sharpening the pencils for my students. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but in reality the pencils stay sharp pretty long.  So, I am only sharpening them 3-4 times in a week. Ok, on to my 3rd POINT about pencils...the Faber Castell pencils have no eraser anyway, so you will need some erasers too. Even before this I have always purchased erasers and put them out on each table. My favorite are MAGIC RUB, by Prismacolor (I cut them in 3 pieces, that way they last longer)! Finally, for my 4th POINT, I would like to share one of my student's favorite books, The Pencil - by Allan Ahlberg! It's full of adventure!  Thanks for reading and Happy Pencil Day!  

Do you have a favorite pencil in your art room?

This post is my personal opinion, I was not asked by any of the companies above to write it nor was I given any products to write it!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mount Spring Art Exhibit 2013

Each Spring we hang the Mount Prospect Spring Art Exhibit in the hallways of the school, this exhibit goes along with our Spring Conferences.  A perfect time to showcase everything the students have accomplished, in Art this year.  One piece of artwork is included for each child in our school, the artwork is displayed by class, with tags identifying each piece and a description of the experience.  The slide show below includes all the work included in the exhibit, they are in order from Kindergarten through 5th grade...ENJOY.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Help Mount Prospect Reach 500,000 view to our Artsonia Gallery!


We are just 465 views away! 
Click Here and view all the amazing artwork our students have created this year!!!

Did you know that every piece of artwork created at Mount Prospect School is published to our Artsonia Gallery?  That’s 3,469 pieces of artwork as of today!

Did you know that many 3rd, 4th & 5th graders have been adding ARTISTS STATEMENTS to go along with their artwork?  They have written 581 statements as of today!

Did you know that YOU can invite friends & family members to be a part of your child(ren)s FAN CLUB?  We have 1,621 FAN CLUB Members but we would love some MORE!  Forward this e-mail to friends and family members!

Did you know that YOU can leave a COMMENT for your child(ren) about their artwork?  They love to read what other people think about what they have created!

When visitors leave COMMENTS, for your child, they need to be approved by YOU before your child can read them!   Please take a moment to log-in to you child(ren)'s Artsonia Account and check their digital ARTSONIA GALLERY. 

If you have questions about logging into your account, you can contact me:
OR contact Artsonia directly!

Thanks for visiting our Artsonia Gallery!
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bye-Bye Google Reader

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Well, like the rest of you I am working hard to figure out what to do when Google Reader goes away!    I had a bit of a rough start to this school year and this blog has suffered (life is back to normal now).....but all this discussion on Google Reader etc...has inspired me to get back at it!  Which is a great thing!  I spent a little time using Feedly this week, and although it is super slick, I think I like the Bloglovin interface better!  So, I transported everything over there - I really like it!  Even though I haven't been posting, I have been reading and I love reading about & seeing all that goes on in you art rooms!

Tomorrow is my Youth Art Month Exhibit so I will back tomorrow with my "Grand Re-Opening" post at Art on the Move!


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