Thursday, May 21, 2009


The "Grand Prix", top prize, went to Jose Ochoa from Rodriguez. Congratulations!

Aliah was greeted by Mr. Bourquin, a big fan of his artwork.
Here he is with his portrait of his father.

His amazing, artistic family came out to celebrate!
Look at this interesting abstract portrait by Jose Gonzalez.

Davide shared how he made his self-portrait with his talented family.
They are big fans of his artwork!
Here is another outstanding work of art from Rodriguez.
Mrs. Gonzalez's parents and husband came out to support the arts!

HISD news cams recorded the event!
Omar took pictures for Briargrove. He did such a great job!

Jacqueline was honored to get her award!
Mr. Gonzalez had fun posing for a "photo booth" portrait!
Prints from the photo booth were printed out that night to take home.

Look at Michelle having fun with the props!
Mr. Bourquin and Mrs. Gonzalez were so proud of all the students. What a success!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Opening Reception

We had such an exceptional evening during the opening reception at Sylvan Rodriguez. The turn-out from Briargrove was great! We had a lot of students, parents, siblings and teachers come out to see the incredible art and share their enthusiasm!

Mrs. Klusener and Ms. Ellsworth came to show their support to Scott and the other 5th graders!

Aadil and his family had so much fun at the show!

Aadil's younger brother Omar put his artistic talent to use as the official Briargrove photographer! What a great help!

Sarah Grace showed her sister the beautiful portrait she created in her honor.

Madeline invited her whole family to see the portrait she made of her grandfather.

Omar had fun seeing his work on display!

Davide felt honored and proud to win the Best in Show Award for Briargrove!

Bryn and her mother enjoyed looking at the sculptures!

Ms. Thorn and Ms. Ladd had a great time looking at the beautiful work! The third graders were glad to see them there! Mrs. Melville also came by to show her support!

Doesn't Jessica look JUST like her self-portrait?
Fatemah and her family came out to celebrate her intricate, colorful self-portrait.
Grant and his mother had a great time looking at art, sampling the culinary delights and taking photos!
Alexis and her mother really enjoyed the show, too!

Here are some of the Briargrove students listening to the opening remarks.

Mr. Bourquin, the art specialist at Rodriguez, congratulated the students and presented the Best in Show awards.

Here are some of the talented students who were selected for the Portrait exhibit! Congratulations everyone!
*Photos by Briargrove student photographer Omar Noon!*

Culinary Kids

Rodriguez's Culinary Kids served the most incredible food for the opening.
Here are some of the tastiest meatballs I've ever eaten!

The green beans with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella were delicious and nutritious!
The grapes with orange zest were light and refreshing!

The strawberry yogurt was a healthy, yummy desert.

The sweet tea with mint was such a tasty drink.
Wow! Culinary Kids, you are fantastic chefs! I would come back for another meal anytime!
*Photos by Briargrove student photographer Omar Noon!*

Friday, April 24, 2009

Portrait Opening

What a success! The portrait show opening was a wonderful evening - incredible food, lots of families and teachers, and, most importantly, exceptionally creative and skillful student artwork. Will post some photos and more about the opening on Monday!

Davide Figundio


5th Grade
Italian, b. 1998
Self Portrait, 2008
cm x cm
Oil Pastel and Permanent Marker on paper

*Voted Best In Show from Briargrove Elementary! Congratulations Davide!

Aliah Montazeri


5th Grade
American, b. 1997
“Marzi”, 2008
cm x cm
Acrylic on paper

*Voted Honorable Mention from Briargrove Elementary! Congratulations Aliah!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Liz Joyce


5th Grade
Gabonese, b. 1998
Self Portrait, 2008
cm x cm
Oil Pastel, Permanent Marker and Tempera on paper

Cole Mitchell


I am like a mustang because I’m a fast runner.
I am like a lion because I am fierce.
I am like a buffalo because I am strong.

4th Grade
American, b. 1998
Self Portrait as a Creature, 2009
cm x cm
Newspaper and Tape

Jessica Kergosien


3rd Grade
American, b. 2000
Self Portrait, 2008
cm x cm
Construction Paper and Permanent Marker on paper

Michelle David



I am like a human because I am smart.
I am like a gecko because I am sly.
I am like a penguin because I like the winter.
4th Grade
American, b. 1999
Self Portrait as a Creature, 2009
cm x cm
Newspaper and Tape

Victoria Young


I am like a chipmunk because I am really smart for my age.
I am like an eagle because I love to be above everything.
I am like a cardinal because I have very colorful feelings.
4th Grade
American, b. 1999
Self Portrait as a Creature, 2009
cm x cm
Newspaper and Tape

Aadil Noon


5th Grade
Pakistani, b. 1998
Self Portrait, 2008
cm x cm
Oil Pastel, Permanent Marker and Tempera on paper

Katelyn Pate


2nd Grade
American, b. 2000
Portrait of the Artist’s Brother, 2008
cm x cm
Oil Pastel on paper

Grant Taylor


I am like a bass because I like to swim.
I am like a whitetail deer because I’m quick and sneaky.

I am like an eagle because I’m strong and I love to fly on airplanes.

4th Grade
American, b. 1998
Self Portrait as a Creature, 2009
cm x cm
Newspaper and Tape