SOARING Artists!

  • I have gathered a variety of resources for students to do art at home. During this time, my biggest goal is to remind kids that art is everywhere and can be done anywhere. This is simply a resource for kids to explore ideas and create while at home. I hope that you find these activities to be fun, exciting, and a reminder of the joy art brings!

    For daily videos / pictures of activities, visit my Instagram page:  

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  • Well, That's a Wrap!

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/29/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Dear Amazing Artists,

    I first want to say thank you for letting me be your art teacher this year. Even though school didn't end the way we expected it to, we made a lot of awesome memories that we can take with us!

    5th graders - a special shoutout to you. I only had you for a year, but I am so thankful for that. You all are bright and amazing. Can't wait for Hubble to be able to experience your awesome! Thank you for always inspiring me. Keep on shinin'!

    I leave you with a quote... 

    "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

    I hope you all have a fantastic summer. Never stop creating!



    Miss Bray

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  • 3 More Days!

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/27/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Hello all! Just 3 more days until the end of the school year. How quickly does time fly!

    Today, I have another interesting artist for you... named Zaria Forman. This post is kind of a long one, because this artist is really incredible. See if you can guess what this artwork is made out of... the answer will be at the bottom of this post.

    Forman is an artist that comments on the way the earth is changing. A lot of her artwork is of glaciers, or a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight. These take YEARS to form! Some of her drawings are as large as 6 FEET tall (that's taller than you... unless you grow at super-sonic speed). Imagine working on an art piece that big! 

    Forman's artwork tells us story about the earth, and how it transforms in nature. She even worked with NASA and was a part of their project of documenting ice structures and how they change... A picture from that project is below (and is made of the EXACT same thing as the picture above).

    Weddell Sea

    Both of these drawings are... drum roll please...

    PASTELS! Is that what you guessed? Remember the chalk that we worked with sometimes to create really soft, beautiful backgrounds? Yep, that's what both of these drawings are made out of. Pretty beautiful, right? Art mediums can make drawings look almost as if they are photographs! 

    Zaria Forman is still making artwork today. Here's her working below! 

    Zaria Forman Brings Awareness to Climate Change in Her Soft Pastel Art

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  • Final Week!

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/26/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Good morning everyone! It's hard to believe that this is the last week of e-learning. Wow! Thinking back, it feels like time has flown by!

    This week, I know we've got a lot of movin' parts happening! We've got supply pick-up, closing activities for your classrooms, etc. So, I am going to send you to the link for my May Drawing Challenges calendar. If you haven't done any challenges on it, try it out!

    This week, I will continue to post fun artists that we can learn about.

    Artist of the Day: Janet Echelman

    Janet Echelman

    Janet Echelman is a contemporary artist whose work is larger than buildings and city blocks! Her installations move across the sky like a strange creature from space... And while it looks like it's made out of string, it is actually stronger than steel! Even though it is very strong, it is also very delicate and constantly changes shape. The audience can look up into the sky and watch these beautiful sculptures float above them. Some of them even change color!

    When you look at this sculpture, what do you see? What do you feel when you look at this? Are you interested in this art piece? What does it make you wonder?

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  • Rainforest Paintings! Happy Friday

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/22/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Hi everyone! Today we will be learning about an artist that creates paintings of rainforests. His name is Pierre Maxo. He was born in Haiti. His paintings show life and beauty of forests and the animals that live in them. He uses bright colors to describe the energy and mood of the artwork. We know what these animals are, but the way the artist draws them makes it look like they live in another world! What else do you see? How does this artwork make you feel?

    Art Prompt: You are in a rainforest and you see a bunch of awesome plants and animals... what do they look like? Draw it!

    Artist of the Day: Pierre Maxo

    Haitian art returns to Belfast - Rockland - Camden - Knox ...

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  • Thursday!

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/21/2020 9:30:00 PM

    Artists, friends, fellow creators... it is Thursday! We are approaching a three day weekend here shortly. Not only that, but it will be our last week of learning next week! I am so proud of each and every one of you for all of the hard work you put forward this year. I know I'm a teacher, but sometimes I truly feel like you all teach me so much. Thank you for being awesome. 

    Art Prompt: Draw a letter on a piece of paper as big as you can. Then, turn it into anything you want! 

    Artist of the Day: Peter Aubry

    What do you see in this letter? What do you think this art is made out of? Is it... weird? What makes it strange?

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  • Virtual Art Show

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/20/2020 9:40:00 AM

    Hi all! Just a reminder for those of you who haven't had the chance to check it out, our virtual art show is up!


    Emerson Art Show

    Refer to this months May Art Challenge for any drawing prompts that you wish to do today. Remember, you don't have to necessarily do the drawing challenge for this day, but you can explore and do any of them on the calendar whenever you'd like!

    Art Prompt: Draw a comic about a superhero animal.

    Artist of the Day: Gustav Klimt

    The tree of Life, The Arborvitae - Gustav Klimt Art Print by AUX ... Here is an art project by Deep Space Sparkle that ties into this art piece!


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  • Happy Tuesday! :)

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/19/2020 9:45:00 AM

    Good morning, awesome people!

    Today, I wanted to share with you an awesome activity that one of my teaching friends, Mrs. WT, posted this week. It involves found objects! Now, what is found objects? It's exactly what it sounds like; things that you find! We can use objects and transform them into pieces of art. Just look at the examples below!

    One artist used blueberries for the wheels of a bike. The other artist used a woodchip and drew around it to create a dog!

    Shadows can be used for art, too!

    For more pictures, here is the link to her very awesome post!

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  • 2019-2020 Emerson Art Show!

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/18/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Hi everyone!

    I am so proud to announce the release of the 2019-2020 Emerson Art Show! I know we were supposed to have our show in school, but why not take it virtual? I am thrilled with how hard all of you have worked and I am so excited to share this with you. Each and every one of you are amazing artists, always pushing your creative envelope and finding new ways to do things and inspire me.

    I hope you enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

    Here is the link to it:

    2019-2020 EMERSON ART SHOW

    Special shout to Ms. Dai, Ms. Conrad, and Mr. Archer for helping put it together!

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  • Happy Friday

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/15/2020 9:30:00 AM

    Good morning everyone! Happy Friday. Who heard the storms rolling through last night? I hope you were still able to get some rest!

    I am sending you into the weekend with some book pages by an author / illustrator named Marion Deuchars. Deuchars created a book of various fun drawing prompts. I'm including some pictures of the book pages for you to use as ideas for your art making in the future. You can look at them, try to copy them, or begin to make your own "SUMMER SKETCHBOOK" of drawing prompts just like hers! I hope you like them!

    Artist of the Day: Marion Deuchars

    Art Prompt: Try to create your own drawing idea for others to try!

    Let's Make Some Great Art — Marion Deucharsbird dream.jpg


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  • Rainy Days

    Posted by Madison Bray on 5/14/2020 9:30:00 AM

    Hi everyone! Today is a rainy day... perhaps the perfect day to get out some pencils, crayons, and paper to make some art.

    Today, I have an art installation for you. An installation is an artwork that is made for a certain place. This one has umbrellas in it (perfect for today). While you're looking at this installation, I want you to ask yourself a few questions: is this considered art? Why or why not? What is your favorite umbrella? If you saw this when you were walking through town, how would it make you feel? 

    Art Prompt: Design your own umbrella.

    Art of the Day: "Colorful Umbrellas in Bath, England, UK."


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