Thursday, July 2, 2015

celebration of art 2015 edition!

Well, in my 14 years at Zamo we never had rain to contend with during our Celebration of Art festivities... until last night, that is.

I must say, that although unusual for San Diego in July, the rain did not dampen the spirit of the event at all:) Attendance was robust and their were tons of smiles to brighten any gloom that drops from the sky may have brought.

Again, our incredible classroom teachers and staff were amazing while leading 10 different activities for our community to participate in. Our PTF rocked ticket and food sales. Our administration hung tough in the wet silent auction area. We were visited by our School Board President, the San Diego County VAPA Coordinator, and this morning our SDUSD Superintendent stopped by too.

I am so proud of what our kids accomplish every year. It's so great to be able to share the creative work of our students with our school community and VAPA decision makers at the district level and beyond.

Thanks to everyone who lent a hand in making the event another great evening of art making and art appreciation! We couldn't do it without you.

our school musicians kicking off the evening.


Superintendent Marten with Principal Murchison and Mrs. Liggins:)

 one proud dude!

 observing and reflecting by writing fan letters to student artists:)

from left to right- Principal Derek Murchison, artist in residence Danielle Guimond, VP Robert Vera, School Board President Marne Foster, art teacher Melony Vance, SD County VAPA coordinator Russ Sperling, artist in residence Kathi Arinduque (and her grandson:), and me

A peek at some of the hands on activities that kids could participate in.

All of the projects below were done by classroom teachers with their classes. Each student is represented on campus in these class displays.

 kindergarten owls!

 2nd grade scratch art!

 2nd grade hot air balloons!

 4th grade rotational symmetry!

 5th grade self portraits!

 3rd grade oil pastels!

Here's a little video I put together after the event. I think the music suits the spirit of the night pretty well:)


  1. Looks like a fantastic show. So many great projects and lots of wonderful art. :D

  2. So much great stuff! I'm fascinated by the hot air balloons. It's an idea I've not seen before.

    But mostly, I love the papier-mâché, both the adorable mounted taxidermy heads and those standing busts, or whatever I should call them. Curious about the inside armatures, and how you've mounted/hung the taxidermy.

    1. 3 of our 2nd grade teachers did the balloon project. the kids traced a large circle and then tabbed and glued long strips to make the bump:) the paper mache heads and animals were done using large plastic jack in the box cups, large styrofoam balls, tape, paper, glue, and finally, paint. we hund the taxidermy heads by cutting the bottom of the cup on an angle to give it the tilt and drilled 2 small holes at the base of the necks to push t-pins through. let me know if you have any other questions, phyl:)

  3. Hi, how did you adhere the paper strips on the hot air balloons so the edges didn't show? They are great!

  4. awesome!!!! I like this idea :)

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