Hello. My name is Yvonne Osborn. I began teaching in 1975 and I taught a variety of Primary classes before beginning Visual Arts teaching in 1986. I am currently in my 28th year of teaching Visual Arts and my 25th year at Taylors Lakes Primary School which is in the north-west of Melbourne, Australia.
My “partner in Grime” in the Art Room at Taylors Lakes PS is Glenys Vella. We have been working together for many years, currently both working part time, and we are heading into this Blog as a Joint venture. We have decided to start by taking a lot more photos of our students Artwork. Glenys will soon be posting comments and putting work from her classes on new pages which we hope to make for each grade level.
I’m not new to blogging, having begun this blog back in 2008, and see it as a great way to communicate with students, teachers and members of the world community our joint passionate interest in Visual Arts.
Hi Yvonne – I am responding to the comment you left on our classroom blog. It is such a thrill to get a comment all the way from Australia!
My kids are 4th graders, 9 & 10 year olds mostly. I think the kids would be very interested in corresponding with a class in your school. We’ve got a lot of our school year left, so feel free to contact us when you are back from your summer holiday!
I love the art projects you are doing with your students – they do amazing work!
Thanks for the comment on my blog, we truly do have to stick together and show the others just how valubale and necessary teaching with 21st century tools needs to be. I grew up in shepparton and went to Uni in ballarat to complete a PE/Outdoor Ed/IT degree and now ive just finished my first year of teaching at Boort Secondary College, which is about 1 hour from bendigo on the way to Swan Hill. Do you use Twitter? or Skype? Have a great holiday. Speak soon
Greetings Yvonne! Thank you for your nice comments on our Georgetown Elementary Art Room blog here in Michigan, USA! I have been enjoying seeing the great photos of your students’ art work and getting a peek at what elementary artists are doing in another part of our world. You and your students have been creating some awesome three dimensional pieces – my kiddos will be inspired when I show them what you have been up to. We are just returning from our 2 week Christmas Holiday break and will soon be getting down to business with our clay projects – clay masks, wall pockets, and coil pots for my 5th/4th/3rd graders. Talk to you again soon! Josey B.
Thank you Yvonne for visiting our blog. As you have noted it is managed and mostly written by the students who are 10 and 11 years old. We have contacts in Kenya, India, Spain and America, so it is wonderful to hear from yourselves right on the other side of the world. The children will be very excited when they see your comment. I love all the artwork on your pages. Perhaps you can give me some tips!
Keep up the good work – this is a colourful and inspiring blog.
Teacher at Upton Cross Primary School
Thank you for the comments you left on our blog! We are just a few days into our blog and it’s very exciting, but a lot of work, as you are well aware! We are thrilled to have a dot on our map in Australia. We would love to connect with one of your classes. Our class consists of 4th and 5th grade students. We are in school from the end of August till the beginning of June. Right now our weather is cold and snowy! We are anxiously awaiting spring! I completely agree with you – the possibilities with technology are endless. It’s a wonderful way to learn about different cultures and areas throughout the world.
I love the art projects you have featured on your site. They are amazing!
Please keep in touch!
Carrie Comincioli and class
Hi Yvonne. I met you at last week’s Zart PD. Thanks for putting me on to your Blog, you’ve inspired me to get started and you have wonderful work and ideas on your site. Thanks! Marnie
A colleague of mine gave me your link to your blog, looks great and it’s amazing what students can create. My students too enjoyed the creativity of hands on. I love 3D work but unfortunately The Arts in our College has been reduced from 5 rooms to one and our 3D workshop has been reduced to a bare minimum.
I have been working on a Wiki space and I can see the value of sharing students work and websites. So far my students are taking it in like ducks to water!
Keep up the good work.
Great articles and it’s so helpful. I want to add your blog into my rrs reader but i can’t find the rrs address. Would you please send your address to my email? Thanks a lot!
I think you will find the RSS under the Subscribe heading on the left sidebar.You need to scroll down a bit Thanks so much for your feedback,
hey, this is monica ….. i am really prowd to see that the tpls art blog is going really well wish the aschool all the best =) xx(L)
Hi Mrs. Osborn,
THis is just a general comment about your fiji trip!
The photos which you took are amazing! You have very nice photography!
Mrs. Osborn’s photography + Beautiful fiji = WOW!
Ms. Vella you are a great teacher!
Check it out, very interesting and perfect synergy between Art and I.T.
OUR SKOOL ROX!
I am finally entering the world of blogs about a year after you first told me how easy and fun it is. I love your blog. I am making my own for my class (I am teaching 3s and 4s this year). Can I put a link to yours on my blog? And can I use your blog as an example of successful school blogging so I can sell the idea to the Powers that Be in my school?
It would be great to hear from you, again!
Say hi to all my old friends at TLPS!
🙂 Julie 🙂
It is great that you enjoyed our Blog. I’m only just beginning really. There’s so much out there that can be added. I would be honoured if you put a link to our Blog on yours. Well done for making a Class Blog. A good example of a whole school using Bloggong is the Catholic Primary School at St Andrews, north east of Melbourne.Even their Principal is getting into it.
Very Best Wishes from Yvonne 🙂
Dear Mrs Osborn,
It’s great to see all of the school’s amazing artwork and so many wonderful other things 🙂 Hope you had lots of fun on your holiday and that you must have seen a lot if amazing things (I wish I was there) and I am really looking forward to other fun art activities 🙂
I don’t know if you remember me… I was a boy who used to go to TLPS 4 or 5 years ago… I moved to Dubai and check on the blog daily. I’m now 12 and go to an Australian Curriculum School here. I remember you always gave me a lolly in that tin biscuit box of yours. I have a few questions even though my friends are in High School like I am…
Does Dorris still work in World 4 Kids? I NEED TO KNOW.
And I heard a rumor that the school used to be a train station…?
Thanks I miss Australia 🙁
Raja. (Aniq Abbas)
It was a great surprise to receive your Blog comment. You have inspired me to add more posts and page updates. I am glad to hear that you have settled into school in Dubai.i enjoyed my visit to Dubai a few years ago but I think it would be a hot place to live and work.
It’s hard to believe you have reached High School already. Doris is no longer at after school care but I will try to track her down for you. I hope we keep in touch.
Very Best Regards from Mrs Osborn.
Thank you so much for your blog comments. I am glad that you like the great artwork done by out students over the years. Thank you to you also for the dedication you show to each art activity and for all your wonderful help in the Art Room
I look forward to seeing your completed paper mâché mask.
Very Best a Regards from
Thanks for replying to my comment. I always check the website and see the artwork the kids have done. I sometimes look at them and think to myself that I once was one of them. My brother is studying art and is very successful with his work. I still remember what the school looks like and sometimes miss it. It is very hot here. In fact my grandparents from Sydney came for a week and thought to themselves if anyone could survive in this ‘desert’!
All The Best, Raja.
I was very pleased to receive your comment bcause I found Doris from Aftercare for you. She was working in the Canteen on Friday ( their busiest day) and was thrilled to hear that you remember her. She is happy to contact you so I’m wondering whether it is OK to pass on your email to her?
I will try to send you some photos of the school. I think there are some on our Taylors Lakes Primary School Website.
Very Best Regards from
Hi Ms Osborn.
Long time, no see 🙂
I’m not too sure if you’ll remember me. After all, I haven’t been to Taylors Lakes Primary School for about 2 years now.
I thought I would have a look at some of the work you are doing in art. It looks AMAZING.
I miss Taylors Lakes and all the teacher, as well as so many old friends. But I hope that everyone is doing well. I’ll have to come back and visit sometime.
I saw some of Raja’s comments. I was good friends with him. It’s good to hear you’re having a good time in Dubai. 🙂
I sent you a message not that long ago, but I wasn’t sure if you received it or not so I thought I would write another one just in case.
I suppose I should finish up on my homework now.
Keep up with the great work everyone!
It is so great to hear from you and it is wonderful that you are keeping a connection with us after so long. I remember all your beautiful artwork and the super effort you made in everything you undertook at TLPS. It would be great if you could visit sometime. All the best for a lovely Easter and School Holiday break,