Monday, December 2, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Empty Bowls Workshop Heritage & Woodland Meadows

This past Tuesday teachers, staff, and members of the community joined Kevin McCown and Laura Laatsch in the art room to express their creativity to help fight hunger. Celebrities such as Stephen Kerr, Fire Chief Hoeft, Mr. Benedek, Ms. Furlo, Ms. Reece, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Allmand, Mrs. Werner, Mrs. Kargel, and many others constructed bowls during the workshop to be auctioned off at the 4th Annual Empty Bowls charity event at the Saline High School on Thursday, February 6th. All proceeds go to Food Gatherer's of Washtenaw County. Last year this event generated  a $5,723.58 donation to help fill the bowls of families in our community.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Heritage Learns About ArtPrize

Heritage students are not only busy creating, they are taking time to learn a little bit about Art Prize. Each day kids are learning about the process of the event and what ArtPrize means to artists, art, and the community of Grand Rapids.

ArtPrize is a lot of fun to participate in. Artists from all over the world submit entries into the competition. Many people visit the city to celebrate the art. Visitors can register to vote and help determine the $200,000 top prize. The only requirement is that you must be within the ArtPrize boundaries to vote via Mobile App, Text, or at a Voting Site.

Interested in going? Log onto and learn more. The event takes place now through October 6, 2013.

ArtPrize | ArtPrize History

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Mustache

The kids love Dali!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Georgia O'Keeffe Inspired Paintings from the Middle School

Students created large-scale tempera paintings in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. Students practiced color mixing and selected a color scheme for their final painting, and practiced drawing the forms using contour lines. These beautiful paintings were on display at the Spring Arts Festival this year!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Heritage at the Spring Arts Festival

It was wonderful to see a great turn out at the art show. Even though it was a very nice weekend to spend outside, it didn't slow down Saline from showing up to see some amazing art. Thanks for all the support and positive feedback. It's easy to say that the community truly enjoys all of the student's hard work and creativity. Here are a few pictures of Heritage students.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013


This spider looks creepy. Well done Zenzi (4th grade - Mrs. Kelley). The legs on this monster are fuzzy. Great use of complementary contrast on your tempera painting. Look for this painting and many other amazing works of art in the Spring Arts Festival.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring Arts Festival Prep

Soon this board will be filled with children's artwork. K-12 Art teachers are preparing for the Annual Spring Arts Festival that will take place May 3-5 at the Saline High School. This is an extremely busy time of the year that will showcase the extraordinary accomplishments of Saline's student artists.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Detroit Institute of Arts Membership

A great deal is out on Groupon for a DIA family membership. Right now an Annual Family Plus Membership is only $55 ($110 value). It also comes with a Buddy's Pizza voucher, 4 special exhibition tickets, and a few more goodies. This is a great way to be a part of a significant museum and expose your family to history and culture.

Groupon | DIA

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top 100

"My Day Off" by Alexis DeLand
Top 100

Congratulations to senior Adam Bruely, and to senior Alexis  DeLand their artwork won them state honors!

"Higher Ground" by Adam Bruely 
On March 2, 2013 artwork from across the state was adjudicated in Lansing, at Michigan State
University. Adam and Alexis each  had a drawing entered into this process. After the day long judging each of them had a work that was selected as Top 100 in the state! Their drawings will be on display in May, at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University in

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Masks Around the World Clay Unit

In the 8th Grade Art classes we made clay masks of animals from different places around the world. We learned about the places that the animals came from and got to choose from the animals that live there. This was a fun project because some of us that have little experience with clay, got to be creative and learn at the same time! Along with the masks, we created stories or myths about the animals we made. Here is an example:

The Legend of Mogli

The panda's face is that of sheer terror and loneliness. Legend has it that he became completely alone at a very young age when his family abandoned him. His small pupils symbolize the loneliness that he has felt for most of his life, and his big ears show the shock and terror that he felt when he realized that the ones he loved were gone. His name is Mogli which means "brilliant" in Chinese, because while living on his own, he taught himself new things and learned from other creatures on his journeys. He would help animals that needed it, throughout his whole life. No one knows when Mogli actually died, but his spirit is said to still be traveling Asia, helping creatures, and looking for his lost family.

Written by:  8th Grade Art student from Ms. Martin's class

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Celebrity Portraits

The 7th and 8th grade Art classes at Saline Middle School created outstanding drawings of "Celebrity Portraits". Students selected black and white photographs of their favorite celebrity and recreated the images using the "grid" system- a system that was used during the Renaissance period, to get accurate proportions.  The drawings were enlarged 3 or 4 times larger than the original image.  Students practiced their shading skills  and the goal was to show subtle changes of value in their final drawing.  Good job middle schoolers!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Art Club Initiated at the High School

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is a program that recognizes students who demonstrate an interest in the visual arts and who want to bring art education to the attention of their school and their community.  In the spring of 2012 this club was started by advisors, Cyndi Koppelman, Janet Hughes, and Adam Rodriquez in an effort to create a club for interested art students.
NAHS is similar to National Honor Society in that students have to be of good academic standing, pay dues, attend chapter meetings, plan school and community service activities  and participate in fund raising activities throughout the year. 
The benefits of joining this organization are many. Students share in cooperative art activities, give back to their communities, and may earn awards and scholarships through participating universities. NAHS is an organization created by the National Art Education Association.
NAHS students have volunteered by:

   --painting windows at Liberty School for the day care program
   --painting the mural at the high school
   --helping to set up the  Empty bowls event in February
   --helping set up the Saline Arts Festival in May
   --painted faces for Family Day at Mill Pond Park
   --decorated the art courtyard by "yarn bombing" the trees
 Members below are working on the High School Mural and "Yarn Bombing" the courtyard trees.
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