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August 12, 2019

Learning through play is a term that gets thrown around for littles a lot. I have a 3 year old and every preschool I looked at described their pedagogy as "learning through play". I want to learn through play every day that I can. I realize sometimes we have to read, d...

October 11, 2018

The first part of fall semester we have been exploring the question of how might we honor those we love that have passed on? 6-8th grade art students are discovering the Latino traditions of Dia de los Muertos and all the colorful, vibrant art that goes along with it....

May 23, 2018

This year I worked with 2 other teachers and our principal Dr. Chagala to help improve our spring design expo. It takes the place of our Open House and should be a student-driven event that showcases their learning, passions and interests. We felt our Expos have been s...

February 28, 2018

At the end of last year the creative arts teachers met and developed an idea to have an "Academy Awards" style art night that would feature screenplays written by Mr. Brumbaugh's 7th grade design lab students. We picked a date in February and then before you know it th...

January 30, 2018

On a sunny Saturday at the end of January a few hundred educators traveled to HTH in Pt. Loma to participate in Design Camp! I attended last year's event when it was hosted at VIDA and this year's day was even more high energy and full of connections with incredible ed...

January 29, 2018

We had to reschedule our Winter Design Expo for after the holidays because of the Lilac Fire in the Fallbrook area. We put our heads together and decided that the 3rd day after we returned from Winter break would be best so we could have some time but not too much. My...

December 15, 2017

While my students were engaged in the Inside Out Project we looked at work by street artists and talked about what made something street art. I promised them a field trip to look at the art that is in Vista Village and this week we were able to do it! We walked from ca...

November 6, 2017

I have been sharing JR's 2012 TED talk with my students for the last 4 years. Check out the work of JR here. He asks the question "Can art change the world?" while he makes a call to action for people to be the change they want to see in their communities. This year my...

October 3, 2017

In my art class we draw everyday but we also learn how to think, plan, revise, speak and reflect. My 6th grade students wrapped up a fantastic project where they made mini comic books. We photocopied them then distributed and shared them at a Comic Swap Party in the li...

October 23, 2016

The first quarter has already flown by and we are well into the 2nd quarter. Some students had their work featured in the VUSD Arts Festival and now all Identity Portraits are on display in the front office. The Arts Fest was a really fun day of seeing students perform...

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