What a fantastic honor to be recognized as the Wisconsin Art Teacher of the Month in February!
When I was in 2nd grade, I made a bet with my best friend that I would be an Art Teacher
before she would be. Needless to say, I won that bet. Now, I am lucky enough to teach excited
2nd grade artists how to practice, experiment, invent, and problemsolve when I see them for
I am a proud UWEau Claire Blugold who graduated with an Art Education degree and a Music
minor in 2010. After I graduated, I met an amazing group of students, colleagues, and parents
at Fontana K8 School in Fontana, WI where I taught PreKindergarten through 8th grade Art for
4 years. During my time in Fontana, I organized a yearly schoolwide art show complete with a
photo booth, scavenger hunt, interactive art, and colorful art displays everywhere! I also took 8th
graders to the Chicago Art Institute annually, competed with 8th grade students in the Lake
Geneva Winterfest Snowsculpting competition, and submitted student art to local shows. I led
the Fontana Art Club to collaboratively create a 17 ft. long “lake and fish themed” mosaic for our
school entryway, mosaic stepping stones for our arboretum, and clay bead poles for our school
garden. Working at Fontana School was such a great part of my teaching career and I think
about my little Fontana artists everyday!
I currently teach K5 Art at Cambridge Elementary School in Cambridge, WI. I am lucky enough
to work with an enthusiastic staff and an amazingly creative group of young artists. Currently, I
am planning our first schoolwide art show at CES which will include a black light gallery and
animal themed everything! The CES Art Club is finishing up a cafeteria mural depicting our
school forest with abstract patterns and crazy birds. I can’t wait to see what the aspiring artists
of CES create in the future. Observing students creating is truly is the best part of my job. In
what other job can you play with paint, glitter and clay all day and shape young creative minds
while doing so?!
I was also on the Wisconsin Art Education Association Board as the Youth Art Month CoChair
from 20122014 and received the Award of Excellence each year from the Council for Art
Education, Inc. Organizing the state art show will be a constant reminder for me about how
important it is to advocate for the arts and how to get student art out in the community. Being a
part of WAEA Board was such a beneficial, fun, and meaningful experience for me.
In my classroom, you may find me wearing fairy wings and a tutu when it’s time for the “glitter
fairy” to visit or I might just have two pencils and a paintbrush tucked in my hair from the
excitement of the day. No matter what state I’m in, I’m always reflecting on how lucky I am to
have a job that I absolutely love and students and staff to make each and every day awesome.
Thank you for making ME feel awesome and remember to keep creating!
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