Monday, October 09, 2006

Arts Network meets October 25th

The PSD Elementary Arts Network will meet on Wednesday, October 25th. Building representatives will meet to discuss visual arts in the elementary day, share interdisciplinary lesson ideas, and discuss a plan to help colleagues prepare for the visual arts CBAs.

To prepare for the meeting, network members can go to the below OSPI site for a copy of a great research article on arts education:

It's certainly not required reading, but may be of interest. See you on the 25th!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Dan Vesey Art Show

The Annual Dan Vesey Art Show was a huge success thanks to the participation of Puyallup educators and their prolific young art students. The art show couldn't have happened without the leadership and coordination of Debbie Munson. Check out these photos from the March 28th art show held at Karshner Museum:

Timothy Lockey and his tissue paper-cutting

Jennifer Hill and her 1st place award for 3-D! (and her mom)

Jami Webber and her highly textured flower painting

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Erin Cline (Karshner), Ginger Liebl (Riverside), Jo Ann Noel (Spinning) and Wendy Brown (Zeiger), Brian Fox (Student Learning) and special guests: Cathy Piotrowski (AJH) and Debbie Munson (RHS) all gathered to share ideas and lessons on LINE.

Members of the Elementary Arts Network have been focusing upon line and integrating art instruction. At our recent meeting (February 1st) in Cathy Piotrowski's Aylen JH art classroom, there were many examples of student art. Above, you'll see examples shared by Debbie Munson, RHS. Below, you see student work from Cathy's junior high students.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Rogers Art Show

There was some wonderful art on display last week in the Rogers High School Library. Bob Dore, Debbie Munson and Cindy Tate presented a fantastic showing of some of their students' 2D and 3D work. Here you see some photos of the art and some photos of the art lovers. To see more student art, find the STUDENT GALLERY page of the Puyallup School District's webpage.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Winter Art Show

The 2006 Rogers High School
Winter Art Show, featuring art from
first semester student artists will be held
in the library on:

January 26  
Open during regular school hours
and a special evening student reception
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

January 27
Open during school hours until 1:00 PM

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Arts Impact

Arts Impact is hosting a special Saturday workshop on February 4, 2006, at
Tacoma School of the Arts.  Please see the attached flyer for further
information or visit our website at for registration
information and driving directions.

Hope to see you there!

Sibyl Barnum
Program Manager
Arts Impact

(253) 926-6815 x5008
(253) 677-0116 (cell)
(253) 896-0621 fax

3601 20th St. E
Fife, WA  98424-1704


     The Museum Of Glass is taking reservations for the Science of Art.  Every
year the Museum spends 6 weeks exploring different art exhibitions through
the lens of Science (fulfilling many of those pesky Science EALRs and
GLEs), investigating a new topic each week.  There are two 2-hour sessions
per day, beginning at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm.  Up to eighty students can be
accommodated per session – they are divided into small groups of no more
than twenty, and rotated through the Hot Shop, Gallery, Studio, and
Theater for different activities focused on the scientific topic and its
relation to glass and the art in the gallery.  All units come with pre-
and post-visit curriculum aimed at junior high and high school, though
upper elementary grades may also attend.  This year Science of Art will be

January 11, 12, 13 - Trimpin's Fire Organ     March 15, 16, 17 - Trimpin's
Fire Organ
January 18, 19, 20 - Light in Glass     March 22, 23, 24 - Ouch! Glass!
January 25, 26, 27 - Physics of Movement     March 29, 30, 31 - Physics of

Trimpin's Fire Organ - This unit is based on internationally known artist
Trimpin's installation “Fire Organ.”  The Fire Organ will be installed in
the Museum hot shop and will be like nothing else you have ever seen.
Based on a standard pipe organ, the Fire Organ consists of several glass
pipes with torches at the bottom.  When the flame is changed, sound
travels up the pipe and plays that note.  The curriculum covers the
physics of sound, and how this phenomenal creation can make music.
Trimpin will be here during these sessions to teach the students.

Light in Glass - This unit will focus on Karen LaMonte's exhibition
"Absence Adorned" and teaches the physics of color and light.  Glass is
the perfect medium to showcase these theories.  Students will get a chance
to bend, defract, and split light into colors, as well as learn the
science behind fiber optics.

Ouch! Glass! - Working in the hot shop is a dangerous job, and this unit
teaches all about those dangers.  Students will learn what hazards are
involved in making and decorating glass, and see the results of these
techniques in the exhibition "Czech Glass, 1945 - 1980: Design in an Age
of Adversity."  Participants will also learn about some of the material
properties of glass, and how an artist protects him or herself from these
hazards to create beautiful art.

Physics of Movement - Also based on the Karen LaMonte show, this session
explores dance as an art and a science.  Learn what happens in your brain
when you move, and also see why people often call the motion of
glassblowers a dance.

     If you have any questions about the units or you would like to book a
visit, please contact VickiKay Spalding at (253) 284-2137 or, or Meredith Hale at (253) 284-4713 or

Friday, January 06, 2006

PSD Student Gallery

A “Student Gallery” on the Puyallup School District Web site features visual art, poetry, and short stories by elementary, junior high, and high school students.

A new sample of student artwork is featured each week in a shaded box on the right side of the Web site home page at This week’s art is “Snowman” by Lindsay Watsabaugh, a fourth grader in Karen Worgull’s class at Pope Elementary School. Click on the link to view the entire gallery that showcases student learning. Teachers throughout the school district are invited to submit items for consideration on the site.