Full Moon Trophies are DONE and ready to be WON!

Thank  you Brett Roberts (and myself – Brett had the hard part… I had the tedious part) for creating the vessels / trophies that will be given out to the winners of tomorrow night’s FULL MOON FOUR MILER! I will be unable to attend, but the race should be a great one nonetheless. All the best to the racers, the organizers, and the fans. Be aware of the NEW starting spot at St. Thomas Aquinas in Waterford – thanks to all the construction. The monies made from the trophies go to the Waterford Union High School Art Fund which gives students scholarships to attend art school, aids in young artists attending field trips, brings artists and other art world speakers and demonstrators to the classroom, and helps fund other arts projects that might not be covered by other funding. Run well runners! Now… off for my 12 miler I’ll miss tomorrow.


2016 Full Moon Four Miler
Run / Walk

Full Moon 4 Miler


The Race

The Annual Full Moon Four Miler event is one of the few nighttime races that begin after sunset in southeast Wisconsin.

Each participant receives a moisture wicking runner shirt (guaranteed to the first 450 participants), a goodie bag, one post party drink ticket and fruit/snacks. Registration, post run party and awards ceremony will be held in the gymnasium of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School, 302 S. Second Street, Waterford. This year the route has been revised and will be on the east side of the Village due to construction happening just west of Village Hall. Participants and guests are invited to stay and enjoy the food, beverages and music at the post run party.

The Route

Full Moon 4 MIler Race Route

Select Map for Route Directions

Awards are given in 13 categories:

14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 & over. Special award to overall male and female winners and to the first place male and female master winners.


You may download our Registration form and mail or walk-in with payment to the Chamber office at 102 E. Main St., Waterford, WI 53185)

You may also scan the QR code below or go to active.com to register online.

Full Moon Four Miler online registration

Registration Fees

$20.00 early registration by June 8

$25.00 June 9 – July 28

$30.00 July 29 – August 6

Full Moon Four Miler Committee:

Bill Czaja, State Farm Insurance – Full Moon Four Miler Chair
Katy Engels, Waterford Area Chamber Of Commerce
Rayana Kaul, St. Thomas Aquinas School
Julie Lobitz, Principal, St. Thomas Aquinas School
Tina Multhauf & Team, Skyline Landscape & Design
Lisa Pochowski, Patriot Financial

We Need Volunteers!

If you are able to help with setup, registration or being a corner guard, please fill out and return theVolunteer Form. Thank you!

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Chamber office at: (262) 534-5911 orchamber@waterford-wi.org.

Beautiful Waterford, Wisconsin is located approximately 30 minutes Southwest of Milwaukee, 2 hours North of Chicago and 30 minutes West of Racine.

http://www.waterford-wi.org/fm4m_hmmm.html for more (not really – this is all from that site) information.

2 Great #ART shows to visit! #MAM and #WaterfordUnionHighSchool

Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI

As the summer comes upon us, I took in the opportunity to see a couple of wonderful art shows (and to help celebrate my Birthday – 42 if you are keeping score). The first exhibition I saw was the WASSILY KANDINSKY exhibition (Link Here) at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This was a GREAT exhibition of works from the early part of his career while he was experimenting with Impressionism and Post-Impressionism up through the Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter), back to the Impressionist works through his works as a Bauhaus teacher and artist. WHEN you get a chance to go and see the work (there is NO OPTION here… you HAVE to go and see it – ask for family / student discounts). ALSO – Here is the LINK to the Kandinsky Inspired works the artists of our class created on Oil Pastels earlier in the school year. I bought the exhibition catalog (of course) and was NOT able to make photographs in the show so… (shhhhh…) here are a couple of images from the catalog.

 Waterford Public Library -Waterford, WI

And the OTHER Show – This is a bit more local and accessible for everyone in Waterford, WI… I have taken the Drawing Student’s COMMUNITY Art Exhibition, special thanks to the Library Director Pam Belden and the library staff, and installed the COMMUNITY EXHIBITION (Link Here). The final works for the 2014 school year are based on the artists of the American Regionalists (Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper to name a few) as well as their personal photographs and studies of the community of Waterford, WI. Some of the images are VERY recognizable – Waterford ICONS – as well as images that are more PERSONAL to the individual artists. Please visit the official website (Link Here) to read more and go to the Waterford Public Library to see the works in person!

PLEASE – Give our artists some of your thoughts on the bottom of the page (comments). I will share your thoughts with the artists as the new school year starts up! ALSO – Subscribe to my blog page and continue to follow the arts and ideas as the summer goes along and the new school year begins up! Enjoy the summer!

Parent teacher conferences bring out great conversations… Thanks all.

Welcome to the conferences! These conversations are where so many great conversations can begin and the support for our students can continue! Please… come on in!

Special thanks to all of the parents and students who have come to the first parent teacher conference. Mary… Hello. Thanks for coming to conference. I wish I could name all the parents and kids who came, but thank you to everyone who came. I love the evening and all the conversations. Picasso, Cubism, rationale behind art, meanings in art, importance of art in our society… It was a great night. Thank you all. The BEST way to support out students – your children – is to have great communication between you and the teachers so that we can support the child at the apex of our education!

Who is at the TOP of the triangle of support? You got it - the students!
Who is at the TOP of the triangle of support? You got it – the students!

Happy Homecoming Day Waterford! Remember where you came from 20 years from now!

Cheerleader Korb - Ready to Cheer!
Cheerleader Korb – Ready to Cheer!
I’ve got spirit! Yes I do! I’ve got spirit! How ’bout YOU?

“We’ve gotten to the point where we think the camera can capture anything at all.” “Well, it can’t really. The camera can’t compete with painting at all. The paintings are much more vivid about the place than photographs are.” – David Hockney, “Modern Painters, “

David Hockney, on his latest inspiration – Yorkshire, Into the Woods,” by: Marina Cashdan, April 2010, p. 66.

Let us go to the studio and PAINT!


Art Foundations – Draw in Continuous Line, Painting Patterns with Watercolor, Assemble Final Artworks

Check out how this artist used VALUE through the use of line. How are YOU doing the same?


  1. (5.3) Describe meaning of artwork by analyzing use of contour line and pattern.
  2. (3.2) apply ideas in art to solve visual challenges.

What types of lines are you in favor of using? Where do you find it easiest to use the idea of contour line to represent the face / form? What sorts of pattern do you think you would like to recreate with the use of WATERCOLOR to represent YOU? Share with your classmates.


Advanced Drawing: Final day to work on PAPER BAG MANNEQUIN drawing – Take it home to finish if you need to.

Last day to check your values and artwork… how’s it gone?


  1. 1.4 RESOLVE and DEFEND the visual challenges you set up using 1.4.2. synthesis (assembling the various parts that build up the up the artwork / subject matter from its basic elements).

What was your plan for the paper bag / mannequin drawing that you began two weeks ago? Did you meet of exceed that goal? Did you fall short? What did you learn and what can you take away and use in the next work?


AP Studio Art: CRITIQUE – What do you need to say about your work? What can you say? What were you TRYING to say? Do you want some help? Check HERE.



  1. (3.3) describe the creation of images and ideas and explain why they are of value Orally participate in the discussion of your classmates drawing.
  2. (4.3) compare relationships in visual art in terms of (4.3.2) aesthetics

What did you take away from the critique today? Write down what you have taken from the crit.



1st hour 7:25AM-8:05AM
2nd hour 8:10AM-8:45AM
3rd hour 8:50AM-9:25AM
4th hour 9:30AM-10:05AM
6th hour 10:10AM-10:45AM
5AB hour 10:50AM-11:45AM
A Lunch 10:45AM-11:15AM
B Lunch 11:15AM-11:45AM
C Lunch 11:45AM -12:15PM
5BC 11:20AM -12:15PM
7th hour 12:20PM -12:55PM
8th hour 1:00PM -1:30PM

A new year at WUHS, a reflection on the summer, and a new look at GOALS

Wow, the summer has flown by! What was the highlight of YOUR summer? Mine? I am glad you asked. The highlight of my summer came just as it was ending at the Burlington Fly-In on Sunday, August 25. We had worked from 6:30 – 1:30 (or so) helping the B*Jazzled group from BHS raise money for the upcoming Show Choir year and I met the son of my favorite author Richard Bach (Illusions, Johnathon Livingston Seagull, One, Stranger to the Ground… among others) Rob Bach.  In addition to being related to the author of life changing books, he himself was a fantastic new friend to have made. We had great conversations throughout the afternoon and I hope to make some artistic plans later on down the road with him and his family.

“Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” Richard Bach.

After that wonderful meeting, Abby and I took an opportunity that doesn’t happen too often in life (although, in Burlington, WI it DOES happen once a year…) and we went up in an open seated Biplane with the Gypsy Air Tours (1930 Waco Taperwing). What an experience. The air, the wind, the sights, the smell… almost too much to remember. It was truly the end (almost) to a great day with my family. We ended with a great dinner of Gino’s Pizza, a bit of back to school shopping, and great tasting frozen yogurt as we enjoyed the final summer days of Lake Geneva, WI.

Abby and Me in the Open to the Sky Cockpit! Ready for Takeoff!
A view of Lake Geneva, WI – it was BEAUTIFUL!
The 1930 Waco Taperwing Biplane of Gypsy Air Tours

The school year begins for me today and my students next week. While I am always a bit sad that summer ends quickly, I am also happy to be back to the best job in the world – Art Teacher at Waterford Union High School. A lot of changes are coming our way this year – an old face back in  a new administration seat – welcome back Dan Foster, an old and familiar face gone on to new adventures south of the boarder (Illinois, not Mexico…) – good bye Eric Blake. Technology initiatives, character development initiatives, new gallery fundraising initiatives… so much to do in such a short amount of time… and a new approach to GOALS in my classroom. While I will still be focusing on the National Visual Arts Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards – no kid gets excited about standards and goals… not in the classroom at least. I will be focusing my efforts in the first 3 minutes of class on breaking these goals down into ones that are understood by the kids – so that they REALLY process the meaning and ideas behind them… TEAMWORK and COLLABORATION!

Until next week –


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