• Artsy picture of musical instruments Hello from the Fine Arts room at Bowie Elementary!  We are learning awesome and exciting things about art and music.  Whether playing instruments, singing, drawing or painting, we experience the arts each day.  Feel free to contact me through the Bowie Office at 903-872-6541 or email at mcooper@cisd.org.


  • Flowers  Until we are back in school together...

    Bowie Students, I miss seeing you in Fine Arts class each week.  While social distancing, it is still possible to stay connected and to create art and music at home.  You can listen to a symphony or opera, sing a song, practice an instrument, learn about a composer or musician, or create an instrument out of random items found around the house.  Learn a new folk dance, draw or paint a picture, or learn about a famous artist.  If you do any of these things, please take a photo of your artwork or music making and email it to me or send it in a Dojo message.  I would love to see it!  My email address is below.  I look forward to seeing how you continue to make music and create art at home!

    Ms. Cooper:  mcooper@cisd.org

    Office Hours:  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


  • Art Penguin

    Ms. Cooper’s Art Project Ideas Section

    Long days at home are great times to create art!  In this section you will find ideas on things you can draw (or paint!) from home.  If you do, I would LOVE to see what you create!  Please take a photo of your finished work and share it with me.  You can send the photo to me as a Dojo message, or you can email or text it to my email address: mcooper@cisd.org.  I cannot wait to see what you create!

  • Window   OPTIONAL Art Project Idea from Ms. Cooper

    Art Activity 3:  Window-Framed Art

    Is it a rainy day, or are you stuck indoors?  If so, this is the perfect art activity for you!  For this drawing you will create a picture of what you see through one of your windows.  Note:  If it is a beautiful day, please skip this project and do Art Activity 1 (below), which can be done outdoors!

    1. Discover—Look outside through each window in your house. What do you see?  Trees, grass, plants?  Other houses?  People?  Animals?  The sky, maybe a few clouds? 
    2. Pick your favorite view—Which window had a view that made you happy, or that you found most interesting?  That’s the view you should draw.
    3. Set up—Grab your art supplies and get situated in a spot where you can look out your chosen window.
    4. Frame it—Start by drawing the window around the outer edges of your paper. This will create the “picture frame” for your drawing.
    5. Draw—After your frame is in place, draw everything you can see through the window. Don’t forget to add color!
    6. Examine your work—What do you like about your drawing? What can you do now to make it look even better? If you want, you can use your imagination to add a few things to your drawing that are not outside your window in real life.
    7. Share it with me!—Take a photo of your drawing and send it to me in a dojo message, or email/text it to mcooper@cisd.org. Please include your name and grade if sending to email address.

    I can’t wait to see what you create!

  • Easter Eggs    OPTIONAL Art Project Idea from Ms. Cooper

    Art Activity 2:  Easter Favorite

    For this Art Activity, please draw a picture of what you did over Easter weekend, or what you did to celebrate!  Did you hunt Easter eggs?  Have a special meal with your family?  Play outside?  Pick your favorite thing and draw a picture of it!  If you did not celebrate Easter or do anything special, that's fine too!  Just draw a picture of something fun you got to do at home.

    1. Reflect—What fun things did you do over Easter weekend?
    2. Pick your favorite activity—Hunting eggs?  A fun craft?  Time outside or with your family?  Etc.
    3. Draw it!—You can do this indoors or take your art supplies outside. Don’t forget to draw the surroundings/background and add color or shading.
    4. Examine your work—What do you like about your drawing? What can you do now to make it look even better?
    5. Share it with me!—Take a photo of your drawing and send it to me in a dojo message, or email/text it to mcooper@cisd.org. Please include your name and grade if sending to email address.

    I can’t wait to see what you create!

  • Art Supplies OPTIONAL Art Project Idea from Ms. Cooper

    Art Activity 1:  Outdoor Object

    Hello Bowie Family!  As we stay safe at home, I want to give you an idea for an art project.  This is completely optional so no pressure if you do not want to join in.  For students who wish to participate, it will provide a fun way to get outside and draw.

    1. Go outside—You can do this in your yard, or go for a walk with your parent or guardian. (Be sure to practice social distancing!)
    2. Find something that makes you happy—Perhaps your pet, a flower, a soccer ball, a bird or squirrel or insect, a funny shaped cloud, a family member, etc.
    3. Look at the object closely—What shapes will you need to use to draw this? What colors?  What else will you need to draw around the object or in the background?
    4. Draw the object—You can do this indoors or take your art supplies outside. Don’t forget to draw the surroundings/background and add color or shading.
    5. Examine your work—What do you like about your drawing? What can you do now to make it look even better?
    6. Share it with me!—Take a photo of your drawing and send it to me in a dojo message, or email/text it to mcooper@cisd.org. Please include student name and grade if sending to email address.
    7. Repeat—If you had fun, go back outside tomorrow and pick a new object to draw. Or, be like Claude Monet and draw the same object again in a new way!  For example: draw the same object at another time of day in different light, or during different weather, or use your imagination to draw it in another season or a different location.

    I can’t wait to see what you create.  Have fun enjoying art and the outdoors!



  • Art and Music Image

    Music and Art Resources Section

    We are not together at Bowie, but that does not mean you have to stop enjoying and creating art and music!  As we continue to work and learn from home, I have created this section of my webpage to share great music and art resources you can use or access away from school.  I will frequently add new resources in the weeks ahead, so keep checking back to see what’s new.  I hope you find something to help you grow as an artist or musician!

  • Singing Bird   Music Resources

    • Dallas Symphony Orchestra has a new section on their website called Watch + Listen created in response to the closing of performance venues nationwide. Here you can listen to and watch live past performances of the DSO right in your own home!
    • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has launched a special Music Lab to keep “music alive in your home.” Included is a virtual Listening Lab with weekly postings of musical recordings, many of them by the FWSO.  There is also a Learning Lab with educational content and activities fun for kids as well as the whole family.
    • West Music is a great source for music, books on music, and musical instruments.
  • Hiker  Outdoor Ed Resources

    Most Fridays I also teach outdoor skills to interested 3rd and 4th graders.  Below you will find some resources to help you keep learning about and experiencing nature, both indoors and right in your backyard!

    • National Park Service website is not only great for planning a trip to a national park, but it has loads of information about science, weather, animals, and many other things in the natural world. There is even a new section called “Parked at Home” full of online learning opportunities, videos, games and activities!
    • Every Kid Outdoors is a program to give all 4th graders access to America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free! This program works in conjunction with NPS to give all 4th graders a free pass (good for both them and their whole family!) good for their 4th grade year of school.
    • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website is a great place to research Texas’s state park system, whether you’re planning to hike or camp, or just want to learn more about the natural wonders in our state. Check out the “Programs” section to learn more about special programs for to teach outdoor skills, connect art and nature, geocaching, free fishing, and more!