Sunday, November 29, 2015

Plein-air Painting at CRES

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  1. denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French impressionism.
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CRES students learned about french impressionists artists and their love for painting outdoors.   It wasn't hard to convince my second grade students to enjoy the beautiful  November weather as they watercolor painted outside in the Florida sunshine!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Art Funding: Only One Click Away

So, if you are reading this before October 28, 2015, you still have an opportunity to vote for Central Riverside in a Lightning Round sponsored by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and The Community First Credit Union. If not, please view my video anyway as it showcases some of my students' beautiful artwork. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Help From a Chinese Friend

Our newest 5th grader, Cyrus, is from China and has very little English proficiency. To communicate with him, his teachers use a translator application on an iPad and our smartphones to communicate.  We honored Cyrus this week by creating art from his culture, Chinese Bamboo Paintings and benefited from his knowledge of Chinese calligraphy to add a signature using symbols from the Chinese alphabet.
Peer teaching performed by students using an iPad and a translator application.

Chine Art, Chine Ink Paintings, Chine Calligraphy, Japan Paintings, Chinese Bamboo Paintings Ink, Shitao Chine, Asian Art, Metropolitan Museums
Translator application used on iPhone

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Central Riverside Elementary Artists' Work On the Road Again!

Two Central Riverside Elementary students are in the spotlight again as their work was chosen, along with 20 other DCPS students, for exhibit by Florida Blue at the Town Center.  Works by first grade student, Wyatt and second grade student, Toby were recognized and were awarded certificates of accomplishment.

Toby's Artwork: Snake in the Garden Collage

Toby receiving award from Florida Blue

Toby With Art Teacher, Terry Woodlief
Toby with Family and Friends
Very Hungary Caterpillar Collage by Wyatt

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CRES Needs Your vote to Earn Funding for Art!

I was so excited to learn yesterday that my school, Central Riverside Elementary was one of ten schools selected to be awarded a grant in the amount of $500. from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and Community First Credit Union.  Now we are able to earn an additional $150. by receiving the most votes in the Lightning Round! Please, click on the link (or copy/paste into your browser) below to vote for our project.  Full details are listed in my profile under "Terry Woodlief."

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Arts in EDGE Classes Arts & Leadership

Please, enjoy this short video with highlights of the fun learning activities we offer our students through the EDGE program.

Central Riverside Elementary offers our students a variety of opportunities, one of which is the EDGE Program.  The EDGE Program (short for Enhancing, Developing, and Generating Excellence) is designed to provide opportunities for academically talented students to participate in a process-oriented instructional program. EDGE is an enrichment program that focuses on critical appreciation, creative expression, and social processes through activities that  enhance, develop, and generate academic skills learned in the regular classroom.

We focus on the arts in EDGE classes by offering experiences both in and outside of our school.  We have hosted visiting dancers from LaVilla School of the Arts as well as field trips to live theatre performances at JCA Magic Theatre.  Our students have had expert instruction in the game of golf as well as other team building activities.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Giving Thanks: Honoring Birnie Bus Company in Art

The students of Central Riverside Elementary are very fortunate to have reliable bus service to transport them to school every day and for the many field trips we take.   To thank them for outstanding service, we featured one of their company's buses, painted on one of the six painted murals in our school wide mural project. 

This month, executives from the Birnie Bus Service corporate office in New York made a special visit to to our school to see the murals depicting our school and community. They were so happy to be acknowledged that they featured a story in their company newsletter expressing their thanks. Students are learning the benefit of extending thanks to those who invest in our school.

Back Row, L - R: Mike Flaster, Assistant General Manager with Birnie Bus Company's Jacksonville Office, Eric Taylor, Vice President of Operations, Birnie Bus Service.  CRES Principal Dinah Stewart and Art Teacher, Terry Woodlief

Front Row, L - R: Lauren Birnie of Birnie Bus Company and Craig Lipps, General Manager, Birnie Bus company, Jacksonville Office.

Students aboard Birnie Bus

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Welcome to My Artroom! Professional Developement Training Video for Teachers

Duval County Public Schools creates professional development videos on best practices to share during teacher trainings. My students showed them how it's done as we learn color theory by integrating math, science, music and movement into their art learning.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Good News: School cafeteria walls go from bland peach to colorful acrylic scenes |

Good News: School cafeteria walls go from bland peach to colorful acrylic scenes |

Please CLICK on the title above to read article from the Florida Times Union and featured on

Below are pictures of the 6 panels that create the mural created by students & staff at Central Riverside Elementary School.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Field Trip to Historic Five Points

Scenes from Popular Memorial Park

CRES Students on Intermediate Playground

Welcome to Central Riverside Elementary!

CRES Kids on the Primary Playground


CRES Art Teacher, Terry Woodlief and Principal Dinah Stewart

Sunday, May 24, 2015

CRES ARTwalk 2015 Student Art Exhibit Video

Please, enjoy the beautiful artwork created by my talented students at Central Riverside Elementary School. There were more than 400 pieces of art and collaborative pieces that adorned the halls of our school the week before and during ARTwalk 2015 showcasing over 300 student artists.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

CRES Faculty Are Artists!

Our school-wide collaborative mural project would not be complete without creative contributions by CRES Faculty!  Thanks to all the CRES faculty artists who added their expressive brushstrokes to the six panels that will be installed in our school cafeteria as part as our second annual ARTwalk held May 12, 2015.

de effort.  The unveiling will be on May 12th at our second annual ARTwalk.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Arts Integration: Friendly Fruit Drawing

Arts integration is my strategy for promoting science into the visual arts curriculum. Here you see second graders learning about healthy eating choices in science by taking time to study a variety of fruits then drawing them from observation. This activity promoted lots of "friendly fruit" conversation!

Monday, March 30, 2015

CRES Artists’ Work In The Spotlight: April 2nd - 16th

Congratulations to these Central Riverside student artists who created these beautiful works of art which will be featured in DCPS Student art exhibits at various community public libraries in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Central Riverside Elementary School’s student work will be on display at the Murray Hill Library located at 918 Edgewood Avenue South. Please, come see this beautiful collection of student artwork!

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Wyatt (Kindergarten)  Painted Paper Collage: Very Hungry Caterpillar
Charles - (5th grade) Collage: Fractions Radial Balance

Jamarian - (5th grade) Drawing from Observation: Shoe
J-Ann - (5th grade) Printmaking: Radial Design

Toby - (1st grade) Painted Paper Collage: Snake in the Garden

Salea - (5th grade) Watercolor Painting: Shells

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Radial Design Monoprints

Fifth grade students learned how to create RADIAL DESIGN prints in art class at Central Riverside Elementary School .  First, they carefully carved a line design into soft styro-foam plates (4" square) by pressing gently with a dull pencil. Next, they rolled PRINTMAKING INK with a BRAYER taking care to apply a thin, even layer to the flat surface. They carefully positioned the inked plate over paper and pressed the back of the plate gently, making sure to add even pressure.  When they removed the plate, a beautiful PRINT was revealed.  They repeated this process four times. 
 When the four prints were dry, the students positioned/glued them onto paper, turning each one a quarter turn to create a radial design. This project was an effective ay to assess my students of their knowledge of RADIAL BALANCE.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Art Appeals to ALL of the Senses!

Central Riverside kindergarten students learned that art can be experienced through all the senses:

Using their sense of TOUCH they felt creamy icing between their fingers.  Using their sense of SIGHT they saw the bright colors of icing.  Using their sense of SMELL they enjoyed the sweet fragrance of the sugary "paint." Using their sense of HEARING they listened and sung to a song that helped them learn their colors and last, they used their sense of TASTE to enjoy the flavor of their "paint" as they licked their fingers.

You might ask, "What's going on in Mrs. Woodlief's art room?" 

Students were given cake icing from the Publix bakery in the primary colors: Red, Yellow, & Blue.  Next they were lead through the steps of mixing them to create new colors - the Seconday Colors! (Green, Purple, Orange)
Blue + Yellow = Green

After they explored many color mixing possibilities, they "painted a masterpiece" on their canvas: a graham cracker.  Of course, a really good artist always remembers to wash their brush between colors so the students licked their fingers!

The last test of a truly successful work of art: how it tasted!  Each student enjoyed eating their masterpiece at the conclusion of their class. 
To reinforce the learning that took place, students learned a song that helps them remember the primary colors called "The Red Yellow Blues" by Greg Percy.  Check it out!
The Red Yellow Blues by Greg Percy