Last school year, many of our fifth grade students stayed after school with Ms. Denning to create ceiling tiles that will eventually be installed in the Carilion Children's sing of Roanoke Memorial hospital.  We are very happy to announce that all of the completed ceiling tiles, including Boones Mill’s, will be on display in the main atrium of the Taubman Museum of Art from August 7 through August 30!

All of our students, families, and others are invited to come see your students’ work among many others. The Taubman Museum of Art is free general admission provided by AEP Foundation. We are open Fridays & Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help advertise this display to your students’ families.


Throughout the duration of this display all student made tiles will be available to view in an online gallery through their website.

The link will be

Through this gallery the public can also vote for a People’s Choice Best in Show Award for an individual tile! The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place students will each receive an pack of art supplies!

In addition to the People’s Choice Awards, we will have three distinguished local community leaders judging the tiles and awarding their own Curated Best in Show 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! These students will also receive an art supply based prize.


Click the flyer to go straight to the flipgrid page and enter your submission.)
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During this time of distance learning please see below for ideas to keep your art skills sharp! You should be able to click on the first image to access a google doc where the links shown here will work for you. If you have questions or if I can be of any help or support to you, reach out to me at [email protected].

In the meantime, join me on my art community facebook page using the link below.

Art FB Community

You can also check out my YouTube channel for lots of art tips and video demonstrations and other fun art videos.

Denning YouTube Channel

Keep your minds active during spring break!! Select an artwork from the link provided and answer the following questions:

1. What kind of artwork is this? Landscape (nature/outdoor), portrait (a person/people), still life (object), abstract (non-representational)?
2. What kind of emotion do you think is expressed in this artwork? (Calmness, anger, joy, sadness...)
3. What elements of art do you see in this artwork? (Line, shape, color, form, value, texture, and/or space?)

Now look at all the artworks and decide which one you like the BEST and WHY.

Link to images:

Art Activities for Distance Learning

Here are some "Art Tip of the Week" videos that you might like to explore. Click the link to see Ms. Denning demonstrate the art ideas listed below.

Color Theory
Color Theory

3D Cylinder
Drawing and Shading a 3D Cylinder

Graphite Transfer
Graphite Transfer

April Drawing Challenge

Art Drawing Tips
Art Drawing Tips


100 Silly Drawing Prompts


  1. Draw a llama surfing.

  2. Draw a fish swimming in something other than water.

  3. Combine two animals to create a new one.

  4. Draw a shark eating a cupcake.

  5. Draw a crab at a birthday party.

  6. Draw a seahorse in a blizzard.

  7. Draw a dinosaur crying.

  8. Draw an animal with arms for legs and legs for arms.

  9. Draw a pug on a treadmill.

  10. Draw a horse throwing a horseshoe.

  11. Draw a shark waterskiing.

  12. Draw a walrus in a beach chair.

  13. Draw a circus elephant standing on a ball.

  14. Draw a koala bear sitting on a trash can.

  15. Draw a lizard putting on lipstick.

  16. Draw a squirrel roasting a marshmallow.

  17. Draw an octopus with spoons for legs.

  18. Draw a mouse riding a motorcycle.

  19. Draw a flamingo doing ballet.

  20. Draw a butterfly eating a steak

  21. Draw a cat chasing a dog.

  22. Draw a lobster dancing.

  23. Draw a cat playing a sport.

  24. Draw a chicken skydiving.


  1. Draw a piece of fruit in outer space.

  2. Draw a Pop Tart lifting weights.

  3. Draw a loaf of bread at a disco.

  4. Draw a rainstorm of sprinkles.

  5. Draw french fries on a rollercoaster.

  6. Draw a food eating another food.

  7. Draw a walking taco.

  8. Draw chicken wings flying.

  9. Draw a banana slipping on banana peels.

  10. Draw a cookie with googly eyes instead of chocolate chips.

  11. Draw a pineapple rollerblading.

  12. Draw a piece of asparagus snowboarding.

  13. Draw an annoying orange.

  14. Draw a donut riding a skateboard.

  15. Draw a turkey leg eating a turkey sandwich.

  16. Draw a cheeseburger wearing a dress.

  17. Draw a banana in pajamas.

  18. Draw a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on vacation.

  19. Draw an apple talking to your art teacher.

  20. Draw a hot dog flying.

  21. Draw a lemon making orange juice.

  22. Draw an ice cream cone eating a Popsicle.

  23. Draw a garden of lollipops.


  1. Draw your art teacher on an island.

  2. Draw a teacher eating a pizza while dancing.

  3. Draw a person with fruit for hair.

  4. Draw a basketball player dunking a chicken.

  5. Draw a pirate in a hammock.

  6. Draw your teacher as a zombie.

  7. Draw your art teacher with a beard.

  8. Draw yourself with a super power.

  9. Draw a clown sneezing out flowers.

  10. Draw a person with donuts for eyes.

  11. Draw a cowboy in Antarctica riding a polar bear.

  12. Draw yourself as a fairy.

Make Believe

  1. Draw something other than a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  2. Draw a troll riding a unicorn.

  3. Draw what your imaginary friend would look like if we could see them.

  4. Draw a dragon breathing rainbows.

  5. Draw an alien driving a car.

  6. Draw an elf jumping on a trampoline.


  1. Draw a super scary Valentine’s Day card.

  2. Draw the strangest pair of glasses you can imagine.

  3. Draw a design for a $3 bill.

  4. Draw a bicycle riding a bicycle.

  5. Draw a Ferris wheel on top of a mountain.

  6. Draw a pencil sharpener eating something other than a pencil.

  7. Draw a marker painting.

  8. Draw a sweater made out of candy.

  9. Draw a pair of shoes made out of flowers.

  10. Draw a bowl of cereal under the sea.

  11. Draw a crying crayon.

  12. Draw a cabin on top of a cloud.

  13. Draw your own version of Mount Rushmore.

  14. Draw a pair of scissors running.

  15. Draw a squirt gun squirting paint.

  16. Draw a mountain topped with glitter.

  17. Draw the Statue of Liberty eating pizza.

  18. Draw lightning striking the tallest building in the world.

  19. Draw a treasure chest in an underground cave.

  20. Draw the Eiffel Tower eating a baguette.


  1. Draw an eye with tree branches for lashes.

  2. Draw a snowman sailing.

  3. Combine two holidays to make a new one.

  4. Draw a plant with a face.

  5. Draw the moon fighting the sun over a turkey sandwich.

  6. Draw a crime scene where a donut lost its donut hole.

  7. Draw a foot doing a handstand.

  8. Draw a stick figure falling.

  9. Draw something gross.

  10. Reinvent your favorite team’s logo.

  11. Draw an emoji in real life.

  12. Draw a cactus in a milkshake.

  13. Draw the moon howling at a wolf.

  14. Draw a can of soda pouring out rainbows.

  15. Draw your name as an animal.

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