When you have a best teacher friend that follows your blog and gets inspired to do some of the ideas in her own classroom….ahhhh that is quite a good feeling! This was one of those post that my friend, Renee, chose to use as a tool in her classroom too. I think her kiddos did a great job. They thought Kristina Kuzmic’s video was on point! Crazy how something so simple can be that powerful.
My daughter had Renee as a 3rd grade teacher. She was just awesome. She had her pulse on many items in her classroom. The kids flourished in that environment. You see Renee is that teacher that is still teaching my daughter. They had a special connection and as we were applying to college and getting all of that jazz lined up…who was there to proof our college essay? Yes, Renee! (and, Jeff too)
2 weeks ago I wrote a post on this topic. I contacted Kristina via Facebook. She shared our post on her Facebook page. Do you know how many of you have visited that particular blog post? Guess… Well, as I am typing we are at 13,200! Yes, in a 2 week span. Can you believe that? Here is the link below:
I think with that much traffic coming our way on this blog that it must mean that their is a need to discuss topics like bullying, mean girls and character education. What do you think? Well, Renee does a great job on integrating art into all of her lessons. It is such a smooth transition that the kids don’t have any idea they are learning. They think they are having fun. Now, if you can pull that off in the classroom in this day in time you have a true calling for teaching.
Have you ever watched Kristina Kuzmic’s videos on YouTube? If not, check them out. They will make you giggle. she has the true gift of gab and I love to see it.

Have you ever watched this video? Oh my….love that these boys stood up for what was right!

This one I just had to share…It will make you laugh. As a 26 year veteran teacher, I laughed really hard at this video. Sarcasm at it’s best! If you want to watch the original “You Are The BBQ Sauce” video see my post link above.
Thanks, Renee for sharing your kids art with me. I am sure the Kuzmic family would be impressed to  know just how many families lives they are touching and making a difference with just that catch phrase of “You Are The BBQ Sauce!” – Enjoy, 1969
2 weeks ago I was walking down the hallway at Maclay School and I passed these portraits of our past Presidents. I was very impressed with this particular lesson as a grid lesson is a tough one to teach. I was thrilled to see this being taught in our lower school because this will help these students have a deeper understanding of this process when they get to Middle and Upper School Art at Maclay. Way to go 5th grade teachers for introducing this lesson in Social Studies.
Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Ferraro always have their students involved in hands on engaging lessons. I should know. You ask, why? Well, each morning I cut through the lower school building to get to my Middle School Art Room. Sometimes I make this journey with our US Art Teacher, Ms. Maurey and we find ourselves on many occasions discussing the art in the hallways of Lower School at Maclay!
Once I saw these, I knew I wanted to do a blog post on them. I asked and received permission from the teachers. Thanks, guys! They are just too good not to share with others to inspire them for future lessons.
Resources for how to make a grid drawing:
Where can you  purchase this lesson? Well, I found it on this link below at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Students create a 12×18 patriotic portrait using the grid technique. There are prepared source images for every president, name labels for the finished portraits, examples, viewfinder tools, and; templates to help with the designs. Recently updated with brand new illustrations of the presidents. 59 pages. PDF format.
 See a different approach to the subject matter on this link Presidents Mystery Grid Bundle.

www.outside-the-lines.com © Scott Cummins

Where to find other lessons and art blogs on this, see below and click the links:
How to set up a successful grid drawing can be found at the link below:
Other Presidential art lessons from Art Blogs:
My personal favorite funky portraits of our Presidents:
Nothing like a Penley, Warhol or Max Presidential Portrait! I do believe Penley is my all time favorite.
If you need more details on how to explain the Grid Method see the Youtube clips below:

I am so blessed to work at a school where the Arts aren’t hidden and they are used in cross curricular project based lessons. Thanks 5th grade teachers for letting me share your student art! I think these are way super fabulous just like you guys…1969

Art Class got in on some of the action of teaching about bullying. We were asked to make signs that say, “You Are The BBQ Sauce.” We didn’t tell the kids why. Other teachers on campus hung them up. The kids were buzzing with ideas on what this concept meant. They were up for a week then all homeroom classes had a session on watching the video below.  This video clip lead to a dialogue on how you should treat people. This was a venue for discussing a myriad of issues that kids deal with in the bullying realm.

Follow up questions after the video were sent out by email. They are listed below. Thanks to Lance and Kathy for organizing this well worth it activity to promote awareness in our school.
4 Ways To Deal With A Bully
1)     What did you think of the video?
2)     What is the main takeaway from the video?
3)     How common is bullying here at Maclay?
4)     Does age make a difference?
5)     Are there differences in the bullying experience of girls and boys?
6)     Who do children tell when they are being bullied?
7)     Why don’t some children tell?
8)     What does it feel like to be bullied?
9)     What is the role of peers in bullying?
10)  Are some children more likely to bully than others?
Follow up questions for the video were sent out by Lance Ramer and Kathy Englebrecht for a post discussion during homeroom.This leaves the door open for kids to come to us for their advocate if a specific situation arises. 

I have worked in several schools and I must admit that my School Head is on POINT when dealing with these situations. She just has her finger on the pulse of our middle school students. So lucky to be working with her and learning her tricks of the trade to grow my personal awareness and be able to collaborate with my peer faculty members.

How did we make signs? We used extra time at the end of class and had kids that were in between lessons collaborate and work on them. We used donated mat board, markers, pencils, and crayons.
I took photos of a few and printed them on the copier for the BBQ Sauce Team to be able to hang them up in classrooms, around school and on lockers.

How do you tackle this subject in your classroom?
We would love for you to share. Please comment in the links below and let us here from you.
Do you collaborate with other classrooms on your campus? How do you all spread the word?
Enjoy, 1969

UPDATED on 3/7/2017
4 Ways to Deal with a Bully – Summary of Responses 

1) What did you think of the video?
Good source of information
Helpful – interesting to watch
Different version of information
Lame one-liners
Different than what they expected
Good examples – shorter is more effective
Now know what the signs meant

2) What is the main takeaway from the video?
You are the BBQ Sauce
Need to be nice to everyone, even if everyone doesn’t like you
4 ways to deal with a bully
Good metaphor
Relaxed – casual people talking about bullying
Bullies are bad
Stand up for people without being mean
We should not be complacent – need to help others

3) How common is bullying here at Maclay?
Relatively rare
Much better here than other places
Kids feel safe here
See it a lot – Happens Frequently (break & lunch)
More verbal bullying – “just joking” – sarcastic & shady
Not at all
Pretty common – teasing
No physical bullying
People are too sensitive
Most are benevolent, however some can be malevolent

4) Does age make a difference?
Going to theatre
HS @ lunch – MS @ drama
Yes & No – bullying should not take place
Some older kids think they have power over the younger kids
8th graders are being rude to 7th graders
Older kids think it’s cool to pick on younger folks
Younger kids won’t stand up to older kids
Worse in lower school

5) Are there differences in the bullying experience of girls and boys?
Girls talk behind your back and think that they are better than you
Boys make fun of each other
Girls are biggest bullies – gossip
Boys tease each other more, but get over it
Girls have more drama and are meaner
Girls over react with everything
Guys are more physical – Girls are verbal
Don’t think boys realize they’re bullying
Girls more sensitive
Getting cut from athletic teams can be hard because people talk about you

6) Who do children tell when they are being bullied?
Mom, Sister, Teachers
Tell their friends, especially girls
Boys would tell and adult if they thought someone’s life was in danger
Scared to tell & be labeled a snitch
Guidance – Mrs. Smith
Teachers they’ve known for a while
Parents or their Regent

7) Why don’t some children tell?
Easier to not get involved
Maybe they think if they tell the other person will bully them more
Become a bigger target/Make things worse
Afraid others won’t talk to them
Bully would tell them not to tell. If they did they would not have friends and other students would give them a hard time.

8) What does it feel like to be bullied?
I don’t like being taken advantage of
It sucks
I haven’t been bullied – harassed (bullying is everyday & consistent…harassment is less frequent)
Bad/Saddening – feel like alone
Ruptures your soul, and it is quite abrupt

9) What is the role of peers in bullying?

Must standup/confront the bully

Depends on the type of bullying – Verbal v Physical

There’s a small group of people in each grade that would talk

Most people would just watch & not speak up

Depends on how bad the problem gets/context

Support the person being bullied – emotionally

10) Are some children more likely to bully than others?
Can’t be explained – jealousy
If you grow up a bully, you’ll continue to be one
Bullies come from unfortunate/uncomfortable lives and bad situations
Bullies are insecure & they need to bully to feel secure & not worry
Popular/Not Popular
Small school lends to less bullying because you know everyone

Are these not the cutest deer you have ever seen? My good friend, Renee, uses our art blog for references to teach cross curricular activities in her 2nd grade class. I can’t quite explain our friendship but I can say it has been a wild ride over the years =)
Last year, 1965 posted this lesson here:
Renee was looking for something artsy to do with her 2nd grade and follow up with a writing activity for her bulletin board and the second part of this “Deer” unit.
Catch phrase…just what is this deer thinking?
What to buy at the grocery store? or maybe… What time the Pep Rally starts.
Is he flipping channels waiting on the next Hallmark movie to come on TV?
Check out the facial expression here on this deer…
Hangry? Confused? Baffled?
CRACKS me up and oh what a fun writing lesson this will be on these deer.
A little Right Brain
A little Left Brain
12 x 18 white drawing paper
Paint…watercolor or Tempera
Water bowls
Paint brushes
Reference photos
*Discussion of detail of a deer: antlers, eyes, nose, mouth, etc…
I was in the midst of clean up after teaching my 6th grade art class yesterday and I got a text from “Dear Friend, Renee” – it was some what of an SOS. 
Renee: Hey, my kids want to paint the antlers beige. I don’t have beige watercolor…what do I do?
1969: Water down the brown… a lot
You see our friendship just works. No questions asked. It just works. Point blank. End of story. She ask me specific questions about art lessons at random times and I reciprocate the questions on many other topics on any given day at any given time.
We speak our own language that only a few understand. The main thing we do is share ideas and brain storm with one another. When you find a teacher friend that is a real friend and you can share with it just makes your job so much fun. I think that is one reason 1965 and I have blogged since 2010. It is because we get to share with one another and connect with other art teachers and future art teachers via this blog.
Here is another link to a similar lesson:
introduced this project to her second grade by reading the book “Mooseltoe”.  They used 18×24 white paper (when making something as large as a moose you go big or go home! 🙂 tempera paint,  watercolor paint, oil pastels, glitter, and permanent markers.  The kids were so excited about the the size and loved how they turned out.   Visit the link above to check them out..super cute!
So, when was the last time you tried to draw a deer?
Bust out a pencil and give it a whirl. This type of activity is good for the soul.
One last link to share…check it out
Tons of information on how to take an arsty craftsy idea and expand on it into a unit that offers many cross curricular activities. 
And, this just sums it up…kids that have made their own drawing video on Youtube. Pretty cool closure for this blog post.
Thanks ReNayNay for our friendship. I am sure glad it is full of magical adventurous

I thought these were so cool that I knew I had to share them on the blog. Cathy Hicks did a great job with her kiddos on this clay unit. See here for last year’s lesson:

Cathy, lower school art teacher, worked with 4th grade on a cross curricular unit that involved the study of leaves for the state of Florida. The kids study the lesson in class. Went to art and were able to create the leaves in clay using white low fire clay and Stroke n Coat green glazes. Some students opted to use the slabs and create textured impressions. They turned out fabulous and I wanted to share with other art teachers. I sure am lucky to have such and awesome Visual Arts Team.

So proud of this group of kids and their Spanish Teacher! Love the La Vieja.
How did we get involved? See link below and the information to follow.

We are looking for a few good scarecrows!

We invite you to create a one-of-a kind scarecrow to display in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.Adult/Business winners receive tickets to the 2016 Moon Over Maclay Concert. Youth and People’s Choice winners receive cash prizes. Anyone can enter! Businesses, community groups, families, and/or individuals are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Adult/Business and Youth categories. REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 3,2016



    • 1st place– 6 tickets to the Moon Over Maclay Jazz Concert, Sunday October 16, 2016 and 1 Friends of Maclay Gardens annual membership.
    • 2nd place– 4 tickets to the Moon Over Maclay Jazz Concert, Sunday October 16, 2016 and 1 Friends of Maclay Gardens annual membership.
    • 3rd place– 2 tickets to the Moon Over Maclay Jazz Concert, Sunday October 16, 2016 and 1 Friends of Maclay Gardens annual membership.


  • 1st place– $50.00 and 1 annual membership in Friends of Maclay Gardens
  • 2nd place– $25.00 and 1 annual membership in Friends of Maclay Gardens
  • 3rd place– $10.00 and 1 annual membership in Friends of Maclay Gardens

The winners of the Adult/Business and Youth categories will be posted at the Visitor Center in Maclay Gardens State Park on October 10.

People’s Choice

The People’s Choice award is $75.00. Park visitors have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice scarecrow from October 7 through the 23rd. The Peoples Choice award will be announced on October 24.

  • Scarecrows must be in good taste and not reflect controversial, social, or political situations
  • Scarecrows must be constructed to withstand a variety of weather conditions.
  • The Gardens reserves the right to refuse any scarecrow entry, or remove any that may deteriorate or become unsightly.
  • No handouts, promotional materials, or free giveaways can be associated with any entry.
  • No live plants or mulch may be used in any displays.
  • Scarecrows must be brought to the Gardens, by appointment, either October 6 or October 7, between the hours of 9:00 AM and Noon for set up. Each entrant is responsible for the installation of their scarecrow(s). Weekend set ups will not be scheduled.
  • The gardens will provide a metal mounting post (re-bar) and designate a location for each scarecrow, which should be assembled prior to delivery to the park.
  • Exhibits may not exceed 10′ X 10′ X 10′. The gardens will provide a standard sized sign to identify the entry. On the sign will be the name of the scarecrow entry and the name of the individual or group who created it.
  • Scarecrows will need to be picked up and removed from the Gardens by 5:00 PM November 1, 2016
We won Youth 3rd Place!
Dear Participants:

The scarecrow competition judging is completed.  It was a difficult job and the final tallies were very close, but the winners are:
1st Place –  Squished Squash Scarecrow, Wagner’s Tree Service
2nd Place – The Epic Battle, Pas de Vie Ballet
3rd Place – A Walk in the Garden, Jo Ostrov and Jenny Low
1st Place –  Sulli the Scarecroc, Kate Sullivan School
2nd Place – Medusa, Clare Fain
3rd Place –  La Vieja, Maclay School
There is one more chance to win a prize, People’s Choice balloting is currently underway through 10/23.  Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend the hayrides conducted by Ranger Crowe and to vote  for their favorite entry.
Thank you so much for your support of the Friends of Maclay Gardens and Maclay Gardens State Park.


Milk jugs were used to create the faces.
Integrating the curriculum: Art + Spanish = some really cool results.
Here is the link from last year’s Scarecrow:
This is a great opportunity for all involved!
So, get out an vote for us.