Thursday, September 5, 2013

Artsonia 2013-14

Move Over Famous Artists! West Franklin Elementary School artists are taking over the spotlight!  Melissa Forney, the school's Art Teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia,  -- the world's largest online kid's art museum -- to display the students' artwork.
For the past 2 years, I used this website for the students at Harmon Elementary.  You can view the school gallery online at:  
I’ve started a online gallery for the students at West Franklin Elementary.  You can view the school gallery online at:

Visitors can browse the artwork in the school gallery by grade level, or by specific exhibits. West Franklin Elementary School students join thousands of students from over 130 countries whose artwork is showcased on Artsonia. This program is a wonderful way to get parents and family members more involved in Art Education.
Artsonia provides several online features such as fan clubs and personal guestbooks, as a way for families to encourage the creativity and imaginations of their young artists. In addition, family members can purchase keepsakes imprinted with the child's artwork, with Artsonia donating 15 percent of their annual product revenue back to school art programs.
You’re artwork can only be uploaded online with a signed permission slip.
Please complete the attached permission form and return it to West Franklin Elementary today!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Welcome Back! 2013-14

Welcome to a wonderful new school year!
This is my 3rd year teaching in South-Western City Schools.  This year, I will be teaching at West Franklin Elementary most days.  I will also be back at Stiles Elementary on Tuesdays. 
Thank you for the warm welcome to West Franklin Elementary School.  I wanted to take a minute and tell you a little about myself.
I am recently completed Ashland University to gain a Master’s degree in Technology Education.  With this new degree, I will be equipped to teach both Art and Technology.
As an active member of the community, I love to help with our PTA (Parent Teacher Association) for South-Western City Schools as the Reflections Co-Chairperson.  I also am active at my daughter’s schools with their PTA groups.
My spare time is spent with my family. My daughter, Rachel is in 5th grade. My other daughter, Megan, is in 9th grade. 
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions at

Monday, April 29, 2013

Digital Photography


Thanks to the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation for the following grant:
This project was a request to obtain twelve digital cameras for our elementary art classroom. The cameras were be used initially for an anti-bullying project. Students took photographs of their peers. These photographs were then uploaded to Word Publisher in our computer labs. Students added positive, encouraging words to the photographs of their classmates thus creating an atmosphere of collaboration and friendship while integrating with the language arts curriculum. The cameras are also being used for the students to upload their artwork to the Web site and for further art projects.
You can see examples of the second grade landscape photography here:
Due to privacy, the anti-bullying photography is not available online at Artsonia.
Photograph by Molly P. 


I've been maintaining and using a create website called Artsonia!  Artsonia is an online website to view the artwork from the students at James A Harmon Elementary School.
Thank you to all families that have purchased items from our Artsonia website. Artsonia is an online art gallery of your student’s artwork. You can purchase items from this website such as mugs, mousepads and T-shirts with your student’s art printed on it. A percentage of this purchase is given back to our Harmon Elementary Art Room.
Your purchases from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school year have raised $124. This money was recently used to purchase tempera paint, watercolor paint, glue sticks, tape and a new electric pencil sharpener for the art room.
Thank you for your support of the Harmon Art Department! To see the Harmon Art Gallery online at Artsonia go to


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Give with Target on Facebook

Want to help our kids? It’s easy. James A Harmon Elementary School can receive up to $10,000 in Target GiftCards® for books or any supplies we need. Wouldn’t that be great? All we need to do is vote for our school each week until September 8. It’s part of Give With Target®. For every 25 votes our school receives, Target will send a $25 gift card. Find out more and vote at

Search for James A Harmon Elementary School

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tagxedo and ToonDoo

Teachers are always continuing to learn.  Today I went to a Professional Development about Web tools.
I learned about Tagxedo.  Check this out from Tagxedo:
 You can create your own Tagxedo at

I also learned about ToonDoo.  Check out this cute cartoon that I created about my home childcare.

You can create your own cartoon at

Monday, June 4, 2012

Art Room Aid Program

As a way to try to earn some extra funds, I applied for the Dick Blick Art Room Aid Program.  I thought that it would be a "longshot" but worth a try.  Every year, I enter student art work in many art shows.  Last year, I entered work in the Grove City Arts in the Alley art show and the PTA Reflections art show.  Giving the students an ability to display their artwork in art shows creates self-esteem and confidence. Supplies for matting and creating can be expensive. This project will help to fund these supplies.
A tent from last years art show

You would be surprised just how pricey it can be to mat and frame student art work!  After tallying  all supplies needed, it came to a grand total of $899.04!

Adhesive Foam Squares
Mat board

Mat Cutter
After a few weeks, I had nothing.  No one had donated a single cent.  Then Dick Blick Art Materials sent me an email - I was going to be the "featured Art Room Aid Program" at their Columbus store for one weekend in May.  I sent emails to many friends and coworkers, hoping that some would go to the store and donate money to my request.
Blick Art & Craft Store in Columbus

After another week, I received an email from Dick Blick.  They were adding $595.34 from the weekend's incentive program at their Columbus store.  Amazing!  I never dreamed that we would receive so many donations.

I still need to raise $303.70 to finish the program.  Although, I'm just grateful to have $595.34 to spend.  This will definitely make a difference!  I can't wait to order the mat cutter, mats and adhesives.  This will be a great start.  If all money is donated, then I plan to order the frames.
Please pass along my request.  Help our school!

Look for an update in September.  I plan to post pictures from the art show.

 You can see my Blick Art Room Aid Request Here: