Things are about to slow down here for a bit as we are overjoyed to announce the arrival of a very healthy, VERY full cheeked, bouncing baby boy to our family. August James was born earlier this week at a healthy 10 lbs. 10 oz. Everything went according to plan and we just arrived back home this afternoon. Everyone is in outstanding health, and Mary is an extremely proud big sister. We're all enjoying spending time as a new family of four and falling deeper in love with Auggie.
Over the Moon and Indescribably Proud,
Jon and Heather
I was so taken with Catherine Rayner's illustrations when I stumbled across a few on the world wide web. I did a little digging until I connected her beautiful watercolor sketches to her website which can be found here: www.catherinerayner.co.uk.
Catherine is an award winning author and illustrator. Her artwork features mostly animals and showcases her amazing ability to coax and entice watercolors to make the most amazing color and texture combinations.
She was a perfect artist to explore with my classes when I needed a simple project that highlighted the different values that you could achieve with watercolor. First grade has been talking about authors and illustrators in their classroom and it was a great tie in where they had already been talking about the likes of Beatrix Potter and Leo Leonni in their homeroom.
We are on week 2 of our artist in residence. Last week 3-5th grade worked with a professional photographer on a project inspired by Minimiam and this week K-2nd grade is working with an animator to create a stop motion animation inspired by Calder's Circus. Below you can see a quick trailer that I put together to showcase our work in progress. It's been a ton of fun and I can't wait to see the end product with all the acts and sounds added.