Mrs. Helen Pianga

Phone: (602) 467-5334


Degrees and Certifications:

BA French University of California Riverside Teacher Certification University of California Riverside Art Endorsement K-12

Mrs. Helen Pianga

I am so privileged to join the excellent team at Mirage Elementary School. After 5 years as a classroom teacher I added the art endorsement to my certificate and I am excited to be teaching something I am passionate about. I have been an active artist, drawing in color pencils and painting in watercolor. I especially like florals.  I remember my own elementary art classes and I want to share the excitement, fun and creative experience of art making.


Here is the recipe for playdough we have used in class.


1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 envelope unsweetened Kool-aid mix (for color)

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup water

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, and Kool-aid powder in medium saucepan. Stir in water and oil. Stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes until mixture forms a ball in the center of the pan. Remove to a flat surface and knead 1 minute. The mixture is hot so take care when kneading. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.