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I have been growing my hair for a LONG time!  Other than just a tiny trim once a year it has been many years since I had a substantial haircut. I have been wanting/needing to do something different for a long time but was also kind of scared too! 

I have always heard about the organization “Locks of Love” but I have never donated my hair before.  After checking out their website I realized that this was what I needed to do.  I needed to cut my hair and donate the rest of it.  According to the Locks of Love website “Locks of Love” is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.”

Losing your hair can be scary for anyone but I imagine it is particularly scary for a child who may not fully understand their medical condition and Locks of Love just seemed perfect.  Their minimum requirement was 10″ and I was able to donate 15″! 

Because I am always the one behind the camera and I didn’t think enough in advance to get a before picture.  The following is the best example I have of how long my hair was.  When not in a ponytail or barrette it actually came down to my waist.  It’s not really visible but hopefully you will get the idea.

Here is a picture of me after cutting my hair!

If you would like to donate your hair to Locks of Love follow this link for more information!

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This past week was the K-12 Art show for our school.  I am the k-12 art teacher.  Since our new fine arts building was open this year we were able to host the show in the new Elementary PE gym.  It really went well.  Each student in grades k-8 submitted a picture for the art show.  The only requirement was that the artwork had to be something that was completed during art class.  Since I dont see all of the 9-12 graders this section was optional.  High School Students were allowed to submit as many pieces as they like.

In conjunction with the Art Show the school also had a k-4 music concert and a k-6 field day on Friday.  Each class in the k-6 was scheduled 20 minutes to view the art show and to allow students to get their faces painted.  The whole event went really well. 

Here are some highlight of the art show.

Kindergarten – The focus in Kindergarten is mostly color and shape.  We discuss each of the elements and principles but do not dwell on them.  By the second half of the year we combine what we have learned about color and shape to completed guided drawings.

1st Grade – In first grade we continue to work on the basic drawing skills that we started in Kindergarten.  We also begin to focus a little bit more on the elements of art and start to conciously incorporate these into our artwork.

2nd Grade – Students in the second grade complete a unit called “Art Around the World”  We spend the year studying different cultures and replicating that art.  Most of the projects we make are 3-dimensional but here is a small sampling of their 2-D work.

3rd Grade – The third grade focus is the Masters.  We spend the year looking at famous artists and mimicking/adapting their styles and creating one of a kind artworks. 

4th Grade – Student in the fourth grade spend most of the year learning specifically and in-depth about the elements and principle of art.  The last few weeks of school this year we worked on a “Weaving in the Round” project that the students really enjoyed.

5th Grade – 8th Grade – I see the fifth grade through 8th grade on a rotation everyday for 9 weeks.  This enables us to get a little more in depth with some projects rather than trying to do projects we can complete in one or two 40 minute class periods.  My 5th – 8th graders did a wide variety of drawing and painting projects.

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

High School – This year I tought two sections of art one and 1 section of advanced art.  My art 1 classes focus on the elements and principle of art as well as experiment with a wide variety of art media.  My advanced art students this year each developed thier own course of study and focused on projects and media that were of interest to them.  The only thing I regret is that I allowed my high school students to take projects home before the end of the year.  Many of my students took their very best works home and gave them to family members or hung them in their rooms and didnt want to bring them back for the art show.  You can still see they are a very talented group.

Snapshots

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I made these cute Soft Blocks for my 9 month old nephew for Christmas.  They were super easy to make! I didn’t use a pattern I just cut 2 squares from 3 different pattern fabrics and then stitched them together.  I used basic fiberfil to stuff them.  I cut 8 1/2″, 6 1/2″, and 4 1/2″ squares and used a 1/4″ seem allowance and got  8″, 6″ and 4″ finished blocks. I found a great FREE online tutorial if you want to make your own soft blocks! Ester over at London Mummy has a fabulous blog! She also has a great flickr tutorial for making soft blocks.  I highly recommend that you take a look at her blog and her tutorial.Here are a few pictures of my nephew enjoying the holidays!

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