About THe ARt Cart

This blog is about the Torrey Pines Elementary art program, of which I am the new teacher, teaching art.  Since there is no art classroom, I am a traveling art teacher, pushing my cart from room to room, stopping by every classroom to promote creative and inventive thinking.

This blog is here to share some of the projects and lessons that classes will be constructing throught the year.  It is also a place to showcase some of our students amazing work.


  1. I love the huge flower bouquets and the posters of the kids for each class. I have three questions… could you tell me more about how the flower bouquets are done and how the “gala” works at your school. We have an annual art show where I hang tons of their work up in the hall, and would love to have pieces for sale to generate funds for our program… so that would be of interest to me to see how you run yours. The last question about the portrait posters… do you make them yourself or do you order them? I would love to hear back from you about your great site and art ideas… I’m also a new teacher (going on my 3rd year!) and am always looking on ways to improve. Thanks–Lindsay

    • I’m glad you are enjoying my blog! The flower project was a great project, and it looks even better in person.
      To answer questions:
      1. the flower bouquets were created with collaged tissue paper flowers (with a little bit of glitter!) that each student made. I gave a short demo on how to draw 5 different flowers super simply. They chose one flower to draw (or one that knew how to draw that they absolutely loved) and put the image down, with pencil, on card stock and then finalized their image with sharpie. Using tissue paper and glitter glue they added color to their flower. When their flowers dried they were cut out an arranged onto the primed canvas then glued down (making sure to keep track of names on a separate paper). After everything was glued, I painted in the vase, cloth, and background (the kids voted on the color of the vase and cloth).
      2. The gala was created by the parent foundation at my school, and has been extremely successful at raising funds for things like the art program. Along with the artwork and posters, there are other items like day’s at the spa and theater tickets that get auctioned. It’s a great event, with a lot of organization and time, but worthwhile.
      3. The portrait posters I did create myself. After the students did their part, I did mine. I took a picture of every portrait, edited them and laid them out in photoshop. I am fortunate to have access to a plotter, so i was able to print them at an affordable price. I bet you could get them printed for something reasonable though. They have definitely been a worthwhile investment, and they are so cute!

      I hope this has been some help!-Angie

  2. Dear Angie,
    I am the Kindergarten art teacher. I love your teaching curriculum! I have a similar situation as you in that I need to have a “traveling” art cart as there is not a room to hold the art class. Can you tell me more, please, about what type of cart you use? We also have our big gala fundraiser in the summer and the idea of having art that the children have worked on as a group framed and available for silent auction is awesome. The funds go to help families attend our school. I would love it if you could send me some suggestions if you could and also would like to know if you would mind if I used some of your ideas…


    • Hi Nancy,
      The cart I use is ginormous. It’s a huge utility cart with a top shelf and bottom shelf with a 2-3 inch edge. I’ll try to find some images to post. I also have and art shed, where all the materials were stored. Every day I load up the cart with materials that I need for the day from the shed. I really love having a portable drying rack, it helps to keep things organized and also serves as additional storage. I keep all my materials in labeled plastic containers which makes it easy to organize and load up the art cart.

      Feel free to use any of my ideas, that is why I have posted them. I think it is important to share my creative ideas and process (and the inventiveness of my students), because they are cultivated from all the different blogs, websites, and forums that I browse through.


  3. N Johnson

    Hi Angie,

    Please send some photos/specs of the art cart you have created. I was thinking I would need to go to some yard sales to find a basic utility cart and then add to it. Photos of yours and any specs would be of great help!


  4. Chris

    Hi Angie,
    I am also an elementary art teacher and was admiring your monoprints with your 2nd graders. I have tried monoprints numerous times and I am usually disappointed. Can you share with me your technique, type of black paint or ink you used. I would really appreciate it.


  5. Angie,

    Would you be able to post a photo of your “art cart” and any specs that you could?

    I need to come up with something before September in planning one.


  6. Christy

    Hi Angie,
    Could you tell me about your plotter- where it was purchased, price, quality of print (seems great), etc.? We’d love to figure out a way to get one of these in our department. Thanks! Christy

    • My plotter was bought by my father for his architecture business. I am borrowing it for the time being. I’m not sure where he bought it, but it is a great investment. The one that i’m using is an HP designjet 800. It works well and produces a good quality image. An HP Z series plotter produces a much better, photo quality, image with better color control, but it is more expensive. I print everything from letter size paper to large banners and am always pleased with the product.

  7. Lauren

    Hi Angie,
    I just came across your blog and I’m excited to explore your projects. I am an art teacher for grades 1-5 and 7-8. I teach on a cart to grades 1-5, starting my third year. I was checking out your 2nd grade monoprints as well. I have never done them before and was wondering how you did? Thanks for sharing your great projects!

    • Hi lauren,

      I’m glad you enjoy my blog!
      The 2nd graders created their mono prints using plexiglass, water-based block printing ink, a paintbrush, paper, and a template image. They first took their template image and placed it underneath the plexiglass. Then using a paintbrush and block printing ink, they quickly (30s seconds to a min) painted an image (by tracing the template). They placed a blank sheet of paper on top of the painted image and and rubbed the back of the paper really hard. When the paper was pulled up, the image was transferred to the paper and set into the drying rack to dry. To clean up I used simple green or windex to wipe off the excess ink so the next student could use the plexi. Hope this helps!

  8. Elizabeth Johanna

    I will be student teaching next fall at a small school. I came across your blog while browsing for curriculum ideas. What a fantastic site. Thank you for sharing these great projects. I especially love the posters made from the students’ work and the Blurb book. I worked at a small multicultural publishing company and spent a number of years as a graphic designer. Your blog has given many ideas about creative art projects and how to incorporate student art into print form.

    Many thanks!


  9. Judy Garlock

    I was wondering how you created the self portrait posters that you made and then sold. I really like them. Also, did they use colored pencils to create them? Thanks for all your help.

  10. Thanks! Creativity is posible from a cart and from a classroom. You use what you got and make it fun and challenging for the kids!

  11. I absolutely love your blog and your art projects. I wonder if you are still teaching art? I think you do amazing work with the kids!

    • Hi! I’m glad you enjoy my blog! I occasionally teach lessons here and there, and I wish I could do it more often. I love working with kids and developing lessons!

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