Thursday, September 04, 2008

My latest design project:









This is the entryway in Maddy's new School, W C A.

The school's tagline is, "Creative education in a Christian environment" . WCA helps students grow through a focus on the arts, nature, music, classic literature and Christianity. They are hands on teachers actively involved daily with each student.
Zach and I are jazzed to have Maddy be a student in their school. The one catch... we couldn't afford a school like this!! Lucky for me I saw a need my talents could fill! The school has put together a proposal for the work they need, in trade for 100% tuition!! What a "God thing" for us! As a creative, artsy, nature loving and musically inclined family, this is a perfect fit! (And a HUGE answer to prayer !) Maddy is starting school on September 1oth, and I have been working some 'creative magic' in the building since last week.

The school building has white walls everywhere but the classrooms. The place did not scream "Artsy", or "Creative Environment" at all. They lease the building but are free to paint as they please. The teachers have painted their rooms and have them beautifully decorated, but no one has had the time or energy to go beyond that. Thats where I step in, FULL of ideas !! I will also be their Fundraising Coordinator, and help in the Pre-k / Kindergarten class 6 hours a week! I am soooo excited ! The teachers are so loving , and so great. Maddy's teacher has already told her she gets to bring in her snake for show and tell the first week of school, she figured out how to 'hook' Maddy into liking her and the class! ( Yeah that darn snake is still alive, AND had a baby!!!)

These are pictures of my first project. I have painted the walls a golden yellow color , and in this art corner did an orange glaze over top. This is the kids "museum" wall. I have sprayed misc. frames,gold and screwed them into the walls for a Louvre Museum effect. Now the teachers can rotate the children's artwork thru the frames throughout the year! The canvases you see are from last year's students. Above the mirror I have painted an inspirational SMILE, and Bible verse. I have many, many quotes, verses and phrases to do all throughout the building. They had a work party to paint all the hallways a soft yellow, and I have painted the front door a bright cherry red. I'm working on several more 'artsy' projects for the entryway, and will focus on some scenery in the bathroom next!

I'm very excited to have my talents used, and have a great place for my child's first school experience. I'll be sure to put up more pics as I finish more fun things!

13 comments:

HollieHobbie said...

LOVE it! Keep sharing, Keep sharing!!!

HollieHobbie said...

where is the picture of the Pink Princess Barn? I can't seem to find it. Maybe I am not looking in the right place. You are so creative! I love it!

Kintigh Family said...

I have to come look at your blog on the off days I don't see your kids...I go through withdrawls!
The art at school that you're doing still is so beautiful everytime I look at it. So proud of you girl, keep it up.
Give everyone loves...see you tomorrow or maybe sooner if you need a break! Love, Anna
praying for your day

uncle eric said...

Whats an "acadamy" ? maybe somebody else around here needed to go to one instead of public school?

Brown eyed girl said...

ERIC!! You are such a brat!! I even spell checked this post, so maybe there is an alternate spelling for acadEmy ?? I'll be checking that out.... Our poor parents musta really wasted their money on our education!

Brown eyed girl said...

CRAP! I just plain can't spell, junior! I have edited my post now, thanks???

Jodi said...

Looks awesome Michelle!

Kintigh Family said...

Hey Michelle

For Survey:

Log onto your blog
select "layout" tab
select "add a gadget" tab
click on "poll"
make your own survey!

For Music:

click onto my blog
scroll down to the playlist
click "build your own playlist"
it will take you to the free site to register and build your own by artist or song...
then you copy and paste the HTML info.
THEN ON YOUR BLOG:
select "layout" tab
select "HTML/JAVA"
paste and save
you'll have your music!

mmclinger said...

I want to be you when I grow up! I love your home and now I love the school too! you are so creative

Brown eyed girl said...

Hey Hollie! I found the Princess barn post-- January 2007!

HollieHobbie said...

Thanks, Michelle! I went to it and had the pleasure of seeing other old posts that I remember reading before!

Uncle E said...

The art at the school was great...although i hate to pick, first, the pictures on the wall...don't fit in the frames, i'm no carpenter or anything, but i think i could have put a picture that actually fit in its frame, jeez. and i did notice that one of the picture frames was a little crooked and i was very dissapointed. But on a plus note, the water from the drinking fountain was very good.

Uncle E said...

The art at the school was great...although i hate to pick, first, the pictures on the wall...don't fit in the frames, i'm no carpenter or anything, but i think i could have put a picture that actually fit in its frame, jeez. and i did notice that one of the picture frames was a little crooked and i was very dissapointed. But on a plus note, the water from the drinking fountain was very good.