Ms. Abbe Mathiessen

Phone: (719) 328-5787


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts - Teaching K-8 - The Colorado College - Colorado Springs Master of Fine Arts - University of California - Los Angeles Bachelor of Science - Environmental Education and Resource Policy - University of California - Berkeley

Ms. Abbe Mathiessen


Dear Madison Students and Families,

Hello from Ms. Mathiessen. 

As we continue this school year online, I hope you enjoy these lessons and making art at home.  I miss you very much.  I am staying positive, peaceful and brave and I know you are, too.  We are all in this together and I care about each and every one of you.

To parents/guardians:  Because there are many different online learning platforms coming your way, my goal is to keep the art part of things simple. All K - 5 art lessons are available here, on my Madison Elementary Teacher Site.  Simply click on the Art Assignments K - 5 link that is posted weekly. Any of these assignments can be adjusted for the art supplies you have at home; i.e. if you don't have oil pastels, use crayons, if you don't have watercolors, use water soluble makers on the paper, then go over them with water, if you don't have a paintbrush, use a Q-tip, etc.

Please encourage and/or help your child/children complete ONE art assignment each week.  If your child/children wants to do more than one art project each week, that's great.  If things feel over-whelming and you need to skip art for awhile, that's perfectly okay.  And, if your child/children want to do any other assignment at any other grade level, or invent his/her own art assignment, that's cool, too.  

To students:  Each week, your art lessons and instructions are posted right here on my Teacher Site.  Please find your art lesson for each week, and also, explore the other links on the site.  Click on the ART ROOM PHOTO GALLERY link to see photos of you and your friends being creative in the art room.  Click on the "MADISON ARTISTS AT HOME" ART GALLERY link to see the latest artwork being made by you and your friends at home.  Click on the MADISON ART GALLERY link to see samples of exemplary art by Mavericks through the years.  Don't forget to check out the CHILDREN'S MUSEUMS and other fun ART SITES & ACITIVITIES link.

To all:  Please send photos of your child/children with their finished homemade art projects to my email.  If you prefer to send photos of just their artwork, leaving them out of the picture, that is perfectly fine.  Send the photos to: 

If you or your child/children need/s clarification, additional instruction, or help with any of the art assignments, I'm available through my school phone number and email during my office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8-10 am and Noon-2 pm.  If I am working with another student/family, I will reply to voicemails and emails ASAP, within my office hours.

As ever, with warmth and sincerity, I am your art teacher,

Ms. Abbe Mathiessen