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Art Night





Will you please allow me to brag? I want to brag about my sister, Caley. She pulled off the most amazing Art Night last night. She is always impressing the hell out of me with her students. She is giving them the most amazing rigorous art education.

Preschoolers doing Warhol. Preschool through middle school learning about and executing Pop Art that goes from Roy Lichtenstein to Robert Indiana. Large scale 3-D sculpture. Come on.

The parent volunteers were amazing too. There was such an energy blanketing the whole night. Tickets were bought to silk screen their school uniform t-shirts, paint murals with a great San Diego artist, Michael Amorillo, families Warholing themselves at computer stations, and button making with found art.

I hope that school knows what they have. She is the only Art teacher to a full house. Caley writes her own curriculum and she doesn’t pull any punches. No macaroni and glue here folks.

I can’t wait to see what she does next.

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    February 17, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Caley is so amazing. I wish I could be her art student, and also have her teach my kids art.
    Congrats Caley!!! I hope she's enjoying some recognition this year…. i know that it's not about the recognition, but sometimes as a teacher you're working so hard and you just want someone to give you some damn recognition. You should absolutely brag about your sister! She rocks.

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    February 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    oh. and you two are so cute and beautiful in that photo (and always!). Missing the McKinnon/O'Grady girls.

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    February 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    That is so cool! I want to meet her. We were going to art classes for the past school year, but I just stopped a few weeks ago because I just wasn't liking it enough.

    If only there were more Caley's in the world. I would try to be one, but I don't have enough hats to spare right now. 🙂

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    Desi McKinnon
    February 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Do you have a Children's Museum close? That might be a fun educational trip for you and your students. Ours does some pretty cool projects. In fact I'm always telling Caley she should be a director of a Children's Museum.

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    March 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    This is awesome! Seriously, if only there were more teachers like her. I did a volunteer abroad program while in college teaching kids english and math in Ghana and brought some crayons along with me and I will never forget how much the kids cherished the three crayons I was able to give each one (there were more students than I had anticipated) but nobody wanted to draw with them. I was confused and tried to encourage them to mess around and color and finally one said "but Madam we don't know how" and it just broke my heart. It's so important to cultivate creativity and imagination from a young age – not just for future designers and artists but for scientists and inventors and problem-solvers of all kinds. Kudos to your sister and to you for recognizing the importance of her impact!

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