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Our Crazy Kindness Tree is done!


Here’s the whole thing! I just love how silly and wild it is.

We’ve finished tacking up all our silly creatures & features around our kindness tree. Love the freedom and imagination!


A few of the “insects”


Gotta have a couple Disney characters in there…


Sasquatch hanging out by the campfire


There’s even a cloud hanging from the ceiling!


The boy who made this dangling spider was so excited and proud of himself 😀 ❤

Draw Your Dreams Art Contest

Check it out… Students in Nebraska, grades 1-8, could win a $1000 scholarship in this art contest!!!

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News article here: http://www.ketv.com/news/nebraska-students-can-win-scholarships-with-art/27834946#!bPqG9Q

Details here: http://treasurer.org/news/2014/20140827.asp

Rules & “the fine print”: http://treasurer.org/cs/scholarships/drawYourDreams/DrawYourDreams2014RulesFinal.pdf

Random Acts of Creativity 1

While on recess duty today, I spied a big huddle of kids at the edge of the blacktop. Suspicious, I did my fastest teacher hustle over there and was relieved and delighted in what I saw: the boys & girls were working together to build a nest/ jacuzzi/ house/ ring of asphalt chunks complete with sticks, leaves and acorns. SWEET! Creativity, cooperation, & problem-solving at work! I felt like a proud mama bear.

I’m hoping this happy discovery becomes an everyday thing around CTK. I mean, I know these kids’ imaginations are out of this world- I just love catching them in action OUTSIDE the art room! So, I’m hoping this post is just the first in a series of Random Acts of Creativity!


PS- who says braids aren’t creative too?!


Dale Chihuly Collaborative Sculpture

Hot, molten glass, bright colors, unusual forms and monumental scale impressed art students in September! We learned about the master glass blower Dale Chihuly and his work. Inspired, we worked as a community, just as Dale does, to create two large “chandeliers” for the art room this year! Each student made a spiral or “macchia” (one of Chihuly’s forms that somewhat resembles a fluorescent taco salad shell) and used heat or simple cutting to turn their 2D shapes into 3D forms. The 8th graders assembled and hung (well, really the hanginig part was done by Mrs. Conway up on top of a table with a hammer…) the pieces in two of the art room skylights. We love coming into the art room every day greeted by beautiful colors dancing through the light!

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Welcome Back to School!

Splatter painting done by last year’s 6th graders, cross built by two of last year’s 5th grade boys:IMG_4716

Artwork inspired by Henri Rousseau’s jungle scenes: At the end of last year, 3rd grade students studied Rousseau and created an endless variety of jungle plants and animals doing silly things, the way Rousseau would sometimes do in his work.IMG_4717 IMG_4718 IMG_4721 IMG_4722 IMG_4724 IMG_4725


Catholic Schools Week Portrait Contest!

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CTK is having an art contest! In honor of Catholic Schools Week and our new pastor, Msgr. Hanefeldt, we are going to have a portrait-drawing contest! CTK students from any grade are welcome to participate.

-Draw/paint/color a portrait of Msgr. Hanefeldt. Use the picture in this post.
-Use any 2D media (pencil, crayon, colored pencil, paint, etc) on 12×18 paper.
-Tracing or projecting of the image to trace is not allowed.
-Entries are due by Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th)
-Turn in to Mrs. Conway by Valentine’s Day!!!

See Mrs. Conway for more info, or to pick up a paper to use!

Students “Get in Gear” for Art This Year!

As we get our brains in gear for a new school year, every grade is learning about kinetic art (art that moves) and relating that every piece of a machine is equally important, just as every subject in school and every student. We were blown away by the kinetic art of Theo Jansen. You can see a video of his ‘strandbeests’ here. Look at the amazed faces of these students as they watch!

We are working on a school-wide piece of art to hang outside the art room door. Each student is making one gear that will connect into one big chain of gears. It will *hopefully* stay up all year to remind us to keep our gears going.

Student Artwork Displayed at Countryside Village Art Fair

Over the summer, Christ the King was able to publicly display over 100 pieces of student artwork alongside the work of professional artists from around the country. Countryside Village was generous enough to donate two booth spaces and furnish us with two tents for their annual Art Fair. The weather was hot and windy (but it didn’t rain!), and hundreds of guests came through, “Ooohing and Aaaahing” over the impressive work done by our students. Many commented that ours was the most creative work at the fair!

Students were allowed to sell their artwork, if they (and their parents) wished, and they got to keep their proceeds. Congrats to those young entrepreneurs who made their first sales in the art world! Here are a few photos of the event: