Stratton Art Show!

Please join us for an art show at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum!  There will be over 500 pieces of amazing art featured and students will be able to explore the museum as well. There will be one piece of art from every child at Stratton.  Your child will recieve a ticket to get into the show for free, all others will pay $1 for admission to the opening.  If you are not able to make it to the opening you are welcome to visit the Orpheum during their regular business hours to see the artwork.  The show will be up until May 30th.

Hope to see you at the opening on Tuesday, May 17th from 6:00-8:00pm.

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1000 Works of Art!!!!

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I set a personal goal of uploading at least 1,000 works of art to our online gallery at Artsonia and we did it!  As of March 13, 2011, there are currently 1147 works of art available for your viewing pleasure.  Your positive feedback … Continue reading

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Pinch Pots!

What is better than a pinch pot made by a first grader?  I can’t think of much.  They loved making them and learning about working with clay!

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Anxiously Awaiting Spring!

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The students and I are anxious for the warm weather and bright colors of spring.  If you are too, this should cheer you up!  Kindergarteners have been inspired by Vincent vanGogh’s Sunflowers.  They created their own vases of flowers using  a … Continue reading

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DonorsChoose

I just wanted to remind everyone about my DonorsChoose proposal for digital cameras.  I know it is a big request (almost $1800) but any small donation would be appreciated and it definitely adds up. 

This request is to support an exciting (and favorite) unit on photography for 5th grade students. During this unit last year, students learned about composition, explored how to operate the cameras, and then critiqued their work.  Some of their work was displayed at the Stratton talent show and at Class Act during the Boneyard Arts Festival.  Our enrichment team supported an extension of this unit when 5th grade students were invited to photograph our spirit week.  Students were thrilled to show off their new found photography skills!  It was a great way for them to apply all that they had learned about photography.

This request includes:

  • 5 digital cameras
  • 2 replacement batteries
  • 5 memory cards
  • 4 toner cartridges for our laser printer to print the final photographs

These items were carefully selected by me to provide the best learning experience for my students, to reach the maximum amount of students over time, and to efficiently manage the photographs of 80 students.

The district does have 5 digital cameras (that were used last year), however these cameras are shared by 11 elementary schools! This makes it difficult to use the cameras for an extended amount of time.  Another problem I encountered with the district cameras is that they use double A batteries which run out quickly.  The cameras I am requesting have rechargeable batteries, this of course comes at a greater start up cost but over time is actually more cost efficient. 

Thank you for your consideration!  If you have any questions or concerns about this proposal, please let me know.  I can be reached at lagersji@champaignschools.org or leave a comment for me here.

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Enjoy this short slideshow of some of our photography from the 2009-2010 school year!

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Snowed in? Visit an Art Museum!

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How is that possible, you ask.  Through the Art Project (powered by Google) you can explore art museums all over the world!  This is such an amazing resource.  I went to NYC and “walked” around MOMA (Museum of Modern Art).  It’s tricky to navigate and … Continue reading

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Proud Kindergarten Students!

Check out these outstanding bead necklaces the kindergarten students made! 

It took a lot of fine motor skills to create these masterpieces. First they used air dry clay to shape the beads, then they used a small wooden dowel to decorate their beads and to put the hole in each bead.  When the beads were dry they painted them with watercolor paint and then covered them with a protective varnish.  After much anticipation, they were able to sting the beads on a flexible wire to create their necklaces! 

Don’t you just love their proud faces! Thanks Soren, Malia, Lucia, and Tiera for modeling your work!

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