Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Greetings from INSIDE the YES ART STUDIO: September 2020

The Art Studio tables color coded and marked for appropriate social distance seating. 

The Art Studio at YES with color sorted twistables. 
Me, Mrs. Higgison the YES art teacher, unmasked. 


Greetings all for a brand new school year at YES, one that we know will be different than any others, and one that I am confident will be filled with ample time for creative problem solving and creative ' chillin' time, in the here in the Art Studio. 

As write this blog from home today I am struck by how good it has felt this past week to actually see our kids and make art together again. Yes we are wearing masks, and we are working to be cognizant and careful to do our best to keep our social distances, to avoid shared art tools and be vigilant about washing our hands and wiping down surfaces.  All that said, it feels great to be back. 

As we do every year we are starting this year off by watching the Peter Reynolds book, THE DOT and being inspired to remain optimistic as we approach this year. If you are not familiar with the book its well worth a read, here is a link to THE DOT read aloud. September 15th was International Dot Day, where this year of 18 MILLION artists from all over the world made creations using dots as their starting point, in celebration of the power of creative thinking.  Here at YES we too are 'making our marks' these first weeks of school.  In order to experiment and explore a new technique and not share tools we are starting out this year using q-tips as our tools and working collaboratively to create 1foot dots, that are going to help us with maintaining our social distances in the hallways. I will update with the final products when complete but for now here is an image of the materials and tools. 

Finally , as the year progresses I will try to keep this site updated. In addition, if you scroll below you will find a Art Studio Choice Board that I created as a place for kids to find art challenges over the summer. The links are still active and feel free to us it as you see fit.
Here's to a new year, full of challenges and hopefully new opportunities. Thank you parents of YES for supporting our community as we move forward. 
Mrs. Higgison

Friday, June 5, 2020

Summer Studio Choice Board

For the Summer I have created this choice board. Click on the link below and it will take you to the active choice board with links to various sites and activities.  Save it for a rainy day or check in daily to draw with artists like Wendy Mac or Mo Willems.

Summer Studio Choice Board Click the link as this picture is a PDF. Summer Art Choice Board

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Yarmouth Student Coronavirus Art Showcase

Atley Christensen, 4th grade



by Izzy Bajgierowicz, 3rd grade

This Artist's Showcase represents the works of an array of Yarmouth Elementary School students who participated in the district wide Yarmouth Student  Coronavirus Artist Showcase. 
 by Chloe Popoff 2nd grade

Lucy Byer, 3rd grade
Please check out these inspiring works of art, created to encourage and inspire us all as we work to get through the coronavirus pandemic and stay healthy at home.
by Gianna LaBella, 4th grade

This showcase is organized and sponsored by members of the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force. All  Yarmouth Students are encouraged to participate and we will continue to show case the works on this blog, as well as the each school's respective website and other social media.

By participating each student's name will be entered into a raffle for gift cards to local businesses, including Royal River Books, Handy's, Island Treasure Toys and
Otto Pizza.
The deadline has been extended to May 31st. Details at the bottom of this post.

Here is a selection of works submitted so far. Details to submit are below. Enjoy!

by Sophia Tippie, 3rd grade
by Charley Slayton, 4th grade

by Ella Lodewyckx, 4th grade

by Kyley Donovan, 4th grade
by Meredith Moore, 3rd Grade
by Keegan Daigle, 2nd grade

by Lulu Charrette, 3rd grade

by Annie Qvick 3rd Grade
by Charlotte Rioux, 4th grade
by Allegra Vitalius, 3rd grade

by Henry Patrick, 2nd grade

by Caroline Weyenberg, 2nd grade
by Lulu Charrette, 3rd grade

by Jonah Nilson, 3rd grade

by Leah Hecht, 3rd grade
by Charlotte Dodge, 3rd grade

by Lillie Fleming, 2nd grade

by Anelise Feldman, 4th grade

by Maria Muayad, 2nd grade

by Maria Muayad, 2nd grade

by Ryan Flanagan, 2nd grade

by Read Weiss, 3rd grade

Shashank Singh, 3rd grade

by Graeme Schaefer, 2nd grade  
by Graeme Schaefer, 2nd grade

by McIntyre Robich, 3rd grade

by Lily Kew, 3rd grade

by Ruby Anderson, 4th grade
by Eloisa Anderson, 2nd grade

by Emery Sharp, 4th grade

by Stella Holden, grade 4

And to close out our Artist's Showcase a poem 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Around the WORLD People are starting a world wide art movement of creating rainbows.
 #RainbowHunt Portland! 🌈 👀 T
Grab some art supplies and make a rainbow! Hang it outside your house so it’s visible to kids, adults, dogs, casts walking or driving  by  can see it. This is happening literally all over the world as people create rainbows of optimism as we, as a world face the new realities of living with social distancing. Rainbows help shorten the distance. 
Send  pictures of your rainbows to #RainbowHunt or 🌈🌈🌈 #portlandrainbowhunt to share with the world. 

Please pass the word.! Let's have rainbows growing in Yarmouth too. As seen below Sophia with her amazing chalk art rainbows of love. 

Also scroll down below to see other posts on some cool art links that might be of interest to your families.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems continue to be my favorite, and might be yours too.  I have put a link here to episode 12, about Knuffle Bunny  Lunch Doodles with Mo Episode 12
but if you have not checked it out before you might want to check out episode 1Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Episode 1

And remember, there are HUNDREDS of fun drawing lessons with Rob and his family for ART FOR KIDS HUB, This father and his kids are continually updating their pages so they have offerings for literally all levels of abilities. And while some may find their methods prescriptive, I have found them empowering and kids  ( AND ADULTS TOO) often gain confidence in working with the family.  Check it out if you haven't at:ART FOR KIDS HUB

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

MARC PAPER SCISSORS: Check out this Collage Artist and Try One of Your Own

This collage artist has been cutting papers, saving the scraps and creating amazing colorful collages. I am sharing this short video as inspiration.  If you don't have colored papers, magazines and cut up boxes make for great collages.  Later in the year we will be making collage art but wanted to share this here and now.

Monday, March 23, 2020

No Bake Play Dough

Hello Artful Folks out there.

I will continue to try and add more artful links in the days ahead.
For today here is a NO BAKE PLAY dough.  Its basically a salt dough. This recipe can keep sealed for at least a week, maybe longer or you can bake it ( obviously with adult supervision) to make it permanent like an ornament or pendant, or statue.

And Sea Lemon site has some other super creative ideas.  You may want to subscribe to her channel.
But for now make some of this play dough if you are looking for a simple way to make play dough at your home.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A whole new way to Think Differently about teaching art!

Hello all this post will be just a short one. I hope to compile a list of links and fun ways to stay engaged as we all hunker down for unknown time while teaching remotely.
As challenging as all this is, I am trying to bring the lens of hoping we can find time to channel the inner artist in all of us.
I will post links for your kids to explore but also for you all to explore either with your kids or on your own as most art lessons truly are ageless.... even what might seem the simplest of art exercises might actually work to awaken confidence in a reluctant drawing.
To that end, todays link was shared with me and I think its pretty super its Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems.

Kennedy Center Artist in Residence and childrens author/illustrator Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!
 check it out. Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems