This is our 3rd year participating. See links below to our other trees:
 If you teach art, you must get involved in your school’s culture and community. Here is one idea around Tallahassee:  Big Bend Habitat for Humanity’s Festival of Trees. Yes, we used our regular lesson’s art work and created photos of them which we in turn made laminated ornaments out of to decorate our CrEaTiVe Tree!  Then you must spread the word on social media. This was such a good out reach for our student artists.
This year’s theme was in alignment with out Homecoming theme here at Maclay – Under The Sea!
The 4 art teachers: Dressel, Daniel, Hicks and Maurey decided to do a tree using Kyle Maurey’s book at the top. She illustrated a book, And It Happened In The Sea,  that was written by Jyll Gandy.
Middle School Art created Art and them we photographed it, printed it out and laminated it. We added wire and beads to hang.
Lower School created canvas ornaments with acrylic paint, beads, wire and glitter.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!
Getting it all organized and checking out the lights.
Upper School helping assemble and using paper to create a chain.
Wine corks were painted and “crafted” to look like fishing lure bobbers.
The supply table.
Links to this event:

Big Bend Habitat for Humanity’s Festival of Trees

Big Bend Habitat for Humanity once again kicks off the holiday season with its popular Festival of Trees. This year’s family event will feature beautiful, creatively decorated artificial trees and wreaths (all of which will be available for purchase), a Friday night preview party including libations, live music and food, as well as family-friendly festivities on Saturday with an early visit from Santa Claus. All proceeds from this event support Big Bend Habitat for Humanity’s mission of constructing affordable homes for residents of Leon and Gadsden counties.

November 18 – 19, 2016

Schedule of Activities

Friday, November 18th
Not-So-Silent Night Preview Party
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Ticket required for the Friday Night Preview Party
Click to purchase Preview Night Tickets
Saturday, November 19th
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
(Santa visits from 10:00 am – noon, Bidding ends at 4:30 pm)

For information on becoming a Festival of Trees Sponsor click here or contact Marti Chumbler at:
All donations are tax-deductible

So, you ask…why would I title this post
Maclay Visual Arts + Big Bend Habitat for Humanity Festival of Trees = A Blessing
Well, I do feel blessed to work in an environment with like minded, motivated art teachers like me. We have the best team around. I. AM. NOT. KIDDING.
So, heres to you
 Kaityln Dressel
Cathy Hicks
Kyle Maurey 
This Thanksgiving I am feeling very blessed and thankful for my job with you all at Maclay! I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year has in store for our students.
Much Love
Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!