This canvas was created in the style of Rene Portocarrero by our Maclay Upper School Art Class with Kyle Maurey. Each illustration in the painting is a representation of a landmark in our city of Tallahassee, Florida. I think it turned out just so spectacular that I wanted to blog about it and share it with all of you guys!

Rene Portocarrero Biography. Was born in the neighborhood of El Cerro, Havana, in 1912. Start painting since early age and at 14, starts in San Alejandro. … His work was first exhibited in the Salon de Bellas Artes, in Havana. 

Was born in the neighborhood of El Cerro, Havana, in 1912. Start painting since early age and at 14, starts in San Alejandro. Having a strong temperament and unable to adapt to this apprenticeship, leaves the institution and starts working on his own. His work was first exhibited in the Salon de Bellas Artes, in Havana. He was a professor at the Paintings and Sculptures Free Studies directed by Abela in 1939. Travels through Haiti, Europe and the US, where he opened an exhibition in the Julian Levy Gallery, in New York, in 1945. He has worked on many murals and ceramics.

His works are among the permanent collections of the Museums of Modern Arts of: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, San Francisco; National Gallery in Canada; Bellas Artes, Caracas; Milwaukee Art Center; Union Panamericana, Washington; Modern Arts of Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Museum, Indianapolis; Bellas Artes, Montevideo; Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Instituto de Arte Contemporaneo, Lima, Peru; Museo Nacional, Havana.

He has not stopped painting since his childhood and has never planned any of his work. He has no idea of what he will work on, until the brush is about to strike on canvas.

What makes a  Rene Portocarrero a  Rene Portocarrero?
Cuban Artist
City Scenes
Collective History

Links to  Rene Portocarrero

Thanks for dropping by…love how many ways you can use this artist to connect with your community and tie in art history too!
Ken Pease, that is!  Of course, we all want peace in our classrooms, but this post is about Ken Pease, an artist from Tallahassee.  We have posted on Ken Pease several times.  Click HERE for previous Ken Pease Posts.
For this Ken Pease art lesson, I showed this audio book that I found on Ken Pease TropicalZombies Art on Facebook.  Slappy Green Gets the Blues Audio Book.  Although the lesson was for 6th Grade, they got a kick out of the book.  

I told my kids that my sister had worked with Ken Pease at her school.  Also, I showed my kids a piece of art that Ken Pease had done for me as a gift from my sis, 1969.
I teach 6th grade daily for a 9 week grading period.  The Ken Pease project was their first project of the quarter.  The kids did a great job and really enjoyed the subject.
Here is a Ken Pease “Jimi Hendrix” artwork.
I like Jimi.
Here’s Jimi.
“Bold As Love” is an amazing song.  Wow.  Listen on Vimeo.  No videos  on YouTube to share. 

According to a search I found, “It’s the estate, Experience Hendrix, which controls the rights to all his music. They scour the web constantly and have all Hendrix content that they can find removed.”

Click here to hear Jimi sing “Bold As Love”
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!