remember that ART EXCHANGE??

Well I do, and so do our Voyager Students, they loved seeing their mandalas on display with the ones they traded with the other school. I just received an email from Erin Eddy (the teacher from the school in NJ) sharing photos of the mural that was created at her school incorporating our mandalas!

Here it is:




Here is a refresher of our display:



An Art Exchange, what’s that?

Have you ever had a pen pal, you know how excited you get when you send out the letter and wait for the return with the answers of all your questions… information about a place far from where you live??   I do, my first pen pal was in elementary school I do not really remember the details but I remember anticipating when that letter would arrive just for me.

Well through the wonders of Twitter, I connected with Erin Eddy, an art teacher at Chatsworth School in New Jersey, who was looking for someone to exchange mandalas.  I responded to her tweet and then she emailed me her plans for the mandalas.

In the meantime, I started working on Mandala designs as a fun unit on radial symmetry in Grade 1/2  and the cultural use of Mandalas in Ms Bonnie’s Grade 4/5 art classes.

After receiving the plans from Erin Eddy, I saw what concepts and designs her students would be using to create their mandalas.  Ours would be a bit different than her students, but they would create a wonderful quilt of color, line and shape when displayed together.




Here is a closer look at some of the sections:


Here are a few Chatsworth School Mandalas:



Here are a few of our Voyager Mandalas:

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Cultural Celebration

During academy specials times, students at Voyager Public Charter School took a trip around the world. Equipped with passports and a set itinerary  classes traveled to different countries, cultures, activities and food stops. They could try an art activity, play games, speak different languages, eat snack, and learn about different parts of the world; all thanks to the help of our wonderful parents!

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So much happening at Voyager!

It has been very busy getting ready for the cultural Celebration coming on Friday, March 14th.  Posts have been delayed, so that the big surprise of all the cultural artwork we have been creating across the classes can be revealed this week!


Here is a look at our helping with Students Rebuild, Typhoon Haiyan Challenge where we created art to help raise funds to support and rebuild after the typhoon that struck in the Philippines.  For each of the drawings that Students Rebuild gathers, $1 will be donated to Save the Children from the Bezos Family Foundation to restore the schools and homes in the area of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Hayian.

We submitted over 250 drawings and we made their map of contributors!

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If you want more information about Students Rebuild, check out their site.

Students Rebuild Map


Thank you for all the recyclables you have donated!  They have been put to good use, come check out the Cultural Celebration on Friday March 14 10:3–3 to see what we have done with the supplies!

Also in need of

  • large white paper plates, with the ripply edges

Voyager Paintbrush

As always supplies are limited and often expensive for art units… Here are some things that would be great additions to the art budget.


  • color sharpies
  • wooden dowels
  • foam boards
  • glue sticks
  • hot glue guns and refill sticks
  • carpet tube rolls
  • toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • magazines
  • A really big wish list item: Latex Exterior paint- Black, White, Red, Yellow, and Blue.

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Two more working days and its done…

Monday and Tuesday just before our Thanksgiving break, the last of the Grade 4/5 classes is out to work on the mural…

First the addition of  the words: the 3 principles that guide all we do at and as Voyager a Public Charter School.
Golden Rule– remember to treat others as you would like to be treated.

All One Family- we are always working to help each other and be one big family.

Unity in Diversity– no matter our differences we are all united.

Don’t forget our Voyager Logo- a V with 3 stars and a part of our school song… “a  journey of learning never ends…”

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The words are scattered around the figures and finishing touches will be added Tuesday.

The last group decides that green grass, as an anchor to the mural, will be our final detail.

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Finished Mural