Thursday, December 27, 2012

Premio Dardos Award!

The Premio Dardos Award
I've been granted an award!  Twice!  It is the Premio Dardos award, and I've been given it by both Gretchen at Gretchen's Art Blog and by Rina at  K-6 Art. Thank you ladies!  It is always such an honor to be recognized by your peers, so I really appreciate that you both included me.  I'm a big fan of both of your blogs as well! 

The Premio Dardos award  is a virtual award sent as a ‘gift’ from one blogger to another as “recognition for the creativity, effort and dedication” we each put  into our blog. The award originated in Spain around 2008-2009 and has been sent from blogger to blogger ever since.

If anyone can tell me what the name of this award means, please let me know!

To accept the award, you simply:
  1. Link back to the person who nominated you (which I already did above)
  2. Display the award icon (also above), and
  3. Nominate others whose blogs you admire for these qualities.
For my nominations, I tried to choose some blogs that I have not seen nominated, since we know that these awards get passed around and around and frequently arrive back in the same mailboxes over and over again.  So if you are one of my long-standing blog friends and your name is not on my list below, don't take it personally; I'm trying to spread around the good cheer a bit! So here are my choices:

 Jodi at The Small Art Teacher Blog - You won't often find complicated projects using fancy materials here, but instead, you'll frequently find incredibly charming drawings by children, with terrific captions by Jodi.  We should all spend more time doing what Jodi does with her students - giving them a simple prompt and encouraging them to think and express themselves creatively through drawing.  How empowering!!  Thank you Jodi for reminding me what is really important in art class!  Scroll through her older posts, and I guarantee you will find yourself smiling uncontrollably.

Cassie at Cassie Stephens - I have a girl-crush on Cassie.  She is the art teacher we should all aspire to be.  She dresses like Miss Frizzle (from the Magic Schoolbus books), which means that her fashion coordinates with artists and geographical locations being studied, with the holidays, the weather, etc.  You name it, she has an outfit for it, often thrifted and sewn or embellished by her.  Her students must look forward to seeing her outfits each day.  But it doesn't stop there.  She is incredibly knowledgeable, and her art lessons are fabulous, and her student work shines.  I would want to be a student in her class.  I can't imagine she'd ever have a discipline problem, because she is so incredibly engaging.  Who wouldn't want to participate?  If you haven't happened upon her blog yet, go there.  NOW.

Mrs. Impey at Art Room 104  is a newer blogger.  She has been working really hard to meet the demands of new regulations associated with NY's adaptation of the Common Core and new evaluation and assessments etc., and has shared much of her hard work on the blog.  Her posts are very thorough, thoughtful, and informative, and I was glad to have the opportunity to meet her in person at our state conference in November. 

Christie at Fine Lines - I feel a certain kinship with Christie.  I like the thought process that goes into the planning of her lessons.  Everything is done for a reason; no frivolous lessons here!  I seem to find myself frequently pinning her art lessons on my Pinterest boards.

Mr. R at My Messy Art Room  My bloggy friend Mr. R. doesn't write long complicated posts, but he's got charm and humor that shine through in a few brief words. When he posts student artwork, it is always exemplary.  Plus he likes to cook!  


  1. By the way - to those of you who I have nominated above - I know these awards can be cumbersome sometimes, so if you don't have the time or will to follow through I will not be offended. Just smile and move on!

  2. Phyl! Thank you so much for your kind words and the nomination -- you made my day :) I'll definitely be sharing this in an upcoming post, thank you!


  3. Philly,
    Thanks so much for the nod. First time anyone has ever nominated me for my blog. I will get it posted soon. Just got to figure out who to nominate. Choices, choices. Hard to pick. I might have to stick all of them in a hat and do it that way.
    So stay tuned in.
    P.s. I am working on something that need to share.

  4. Thanks so much! My first award as well! ;)

  5. PHYL!! You made me blush! Thank you so much!!! And I get to see new blogs! I heart art teachers!