June 15th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

All students have been registered, teachers have been assigned, and the fun begins Monday, June 15.  If you are a teacher in these camps check the links for final information and assignments.


Art News: Lenise Perez-Miller 12-Year Amazing Art Tradition

June 5th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

Check it out:  Lenise Perez-Miller is in the news.  Lenise opened Blattman Elementary twelve years ago and started a wonderful tradition for graduating 5th graders to leave their art mark on the school.  These artworks range  from totem poles to wall art and many creative ideas between the two.  Click on the link below and see this year’s art legacy — truly amazing.  Congratulations Lenise and Blattman 5th graders — you rock art style

New Assignments for Summer Fine Arts Camps

May 13th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

This post is the correction from the earlier inaccurate assignments for summer art camp teaching staff.  As previously stated, the sign up responses were misinterpreted as only week one showed up in an non-expanded column for many of you who asked for both weeks. The art teachers for all nine campuses have now been revised so check your assignment carefully.

This summer, the Northside ISD Fine Arts Camps, will be hosted at nine Title I  elementary campuses:  Esparza,  Fisher, Glenn, Howsman, Hull, Michael, Myers, Oak Hills Terrace, and Timberwilde  in art  K-3rd  and in art and musical theatre for elementary students 4th – 5th.   These fine arts camps are provided at no cost to students with all supplies furnished through the State and Federal Programs Department and the Fine Arts Department.  These camps are open to all Title I elementary students.  Please let students in your summer school clusters know.

Teachers please check the link to see your assignment and let me know if you cannot take that assignment.    Also, see the information below regarding the assignments; please let me know if you are interested in my  sharing the responses to the sign up on the drive so that you will see your place in line:

  1. requesting a position was via NISD  Google Drive
  2. only NISD certified teachers qualified to teach
  3. certified Fine Arts Teachers were placed first
  4. other certified teachers were placed next according to the time stamped spreadsheet — earlier times first
  5. if campus requested was not available, another campus was assigned
  6. those not assigned are on a waiting list; we had 118 applications for 78 positions


Errors in Summer Art Camp Teaching Staff

May 11th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

Please disregard the earlier assignments for summer art camp teaching staff.  The sign up responses were misinterpreted as only week one showed up in an non-expanded column  for many of you who asked for both weeks. The art teachers for all 9 campuses are being revised and will be re-posted.  Some of you may not have positions as earlier posted.  I will also share the responses to the sign up on the drive so that you will see your place in line to receive a position.   Re-post coming soon and then we will send information regarding staff meetings for camp.


May 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

NISD believes in training teachers and Visual Arts teachers have participated in many hours of training this school year.  One of the favorite training sessions  has been the Multimedia Saturday six-hour training session;  in the 2013-2014 school year, this favorite was added  to our Ceramic Saturdays and our Painting Saturdays.   In its two years of existence,  48 hours have been offered in several different media,  including giant ceramic vessels, grouted mosaics,  massive cardboard sculptures, wax batik, paper making, glass blowing, tile glazing, and numerous more.

Our teachers who have spent 24 hours on Saturdays  in these different media,  will be honored by receiving a perpetual plaque designed to continue through various levels and presented for each 24 hours of Saturday time.  For ceramic and painting Saturday time, teachers received honor trophies that also perpetuated through the levels.

Teachers check the link below to see if you are receiving a plaque or trophy and be sure you have not been missed in the tallying  process

Come see these teachers receive their awards on Saturday of Artfest, May 9, 2015, starting at 1:00 PM


April 29th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

Plan to attend  this stunning art gallery!  It will be open to the public on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9 — on Friday, the show opens at 3:30 PM and artwork is showcased until 8:30 PM; on Saturday,  the gallery opens at 8:30 AM and will close at 2:00 PM. The student art will be displayed as installations  formatted in cluster patterns.  This allows parents with siblings, that attend high school, middle school, and/or  elementary school, to find all their children’s artwork in one installation; younger students will be able to see what will be expected in their next art level and older students will be able to visit former teachers.  Over the years, this type of gallery arrangement has proven to be delightful and feasible  for everyone.

Also,  come to enjoy entertainment from some other Fine Arts sections of NISD’s Fine Arts Department — on Friday, throughout the evening,  we will hear Jazz Bands from Pease Middle School, Luna Middle School and Clark High School. On Saturday, we will  have dance groups performing from 9:00 AM to 12 NOON.

Remember, the show closes at 2:00 PM sharp on Saturday and installations are dismantled.   Teachers,  please go to the teacher links below for all your instructions regarding ArtFest.




March 6th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

Four NISD  Elementary art students and their parents, principals, and art teachers  were  invited to attend Texas Cavaliers press conference, Wednesday March 4th, at Coates Chapel, Southwest School of Art.   Northside students’ artwork claimed 4 of the top 10 in the Texas Cavaliers River Parade Art Contest with one of our campuses, Northwest Crossing, being announced as the second place over all winner.  In this contest, one winner is  selected from each of the  City Council districts in San Antonio with over 1,000 entries being judged.

Our  students were honored royally by the Texas Cavaliers  and also honored  by royalty with  King Antonio making the announcements and planning to visit the winning campuses.  In addition to being honored for their talent, students received generous monetary support  for their campus art program.  Students also received a one week summer scholarship to Southwest School of Art, SSA.   NISD also received art program support for several runners up,  Check the link to see all our winners.  For pictures of all the winning art go to campus websites.


February 18th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

NISD all levels ART:

We have had some excellent training, meetings, contests, shows, and other events thus far in this 2014-2015 school year.  Additionally,  we have had from each of you, continuous, over the top, classroom teaching occurring everyday without fail. What a team your are!

We have some more incredible  experiences for the remainder of the school year.  Check out the links below for the remaining items, dates, times,  and places.  Be aware that many locations, etc.,  have changed from earlier postings, so recheck, and save some hassle.

Don’t miss anything;  it will be your loss and our loss.

       Art Calendar-to be linked soon




January 7th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

All NISD elementary art specialists, it is time to get your entries ready and submitted to the Texas Cavaliers’ Art Contest. This is the one we wait for each year; you do not want to miss it!   Entries are due next month so start your classes today on the wonderful theme of BELIEVE.

Many of you have entered this before and many have won the prestigious honors and the art classroom prizes.  This is one of the best contests available.  Let’s win again this year.

The links below contain all the information and contacts you will need.  Be sure to have the entries ready in time to get them delivered to the correct address — these do not come to the fine arts office.


January 4th, 2015 by Dr. Charlsey Sharon Chumley

NISD Art instructors and art specialists,

Please find in the links, your assignments for January, 2015 through May, 2015.  These assignments are most likely new to everyone as many dates have changed and many of you did not have assignments before the winter holidays.  Most of our entire visual art staff  (138 elementary, middle, and high school specialists and instructors) have assignments which goes to show the competency of this team!

SECONDARY ONLY: Details will be sent to panel members at least two weeks prior to assigned date. Stay tuned and feel free to ask questions at any time.  Also, if you were not assigned to an area in which you may be interested, please let me know so I can see if an adjustment needs to be made.  Thank you all for always being ready for whatever the group needs.  Also,  all secondary sessions, everyone must bring:  a sketchbook, number 2 pencil,  and a note-taking mechanism (sketchbook may serve for both sketches and notes, or you may wish to use tablets,  etc.).  Just be prepared as  you will be leaving with ideas developed during the meeting that you will need before anything is finalized and posted.