Wednesday, January 8, 2020

20/20 Hindsight...and 2020 Looking Ahead

The joy of mixing colorings and freedom of expression


Teamwork-using the Fibonacci sequence to create a sculpture with found objects

Creating patterns with colorful blocks

Clay, everyone's favorite!

The months have flown by since September. My students have been so busy using a variety of materials to create wonderful art. Currently, the Second and Fourth grade are glazing their clay creations. The Fifth grade will soon be using pastels for the self-portraits, and the Third grade will be working simultaneously on clay and samplers. The First graders are using watercolors after learning about and viewing the work of Swiss artist, Paul Klee. The early learners have a variety of art experiences ahead of them. I look forward to displaying the artwork at the Art Show in May!



Saturday, October 12, 2019

PreK, JK and Clay


The children spent the first month of Art painting with tempera paints and watercolors. This week, they enjoyed creating with clay. 
Creating a birthday cake with a candle
Remembering our warm-up exercises from last year
Starting with a ball
"Making my family"
Enjoying the moment
Concentrating




Sunday, September 22, 2019

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34,.......and Andrew Goldsworthy

Nature's Classroom

The third grade students, along with Mrs. Heiss and Mrs. Pedde, spent the morning with me in the art room and in the garden. The students learned about the occurrence of the Fibonacci sequence in nature and viewed photos of Andy Goldsworthy's extraordinary creations. Goldsworthy is an environmental artist.

The photos below show the children gathering sticks, leaves, pine needles, and pine cones, in order to work on their own spiral creations. They worked in small groups on their creations and shared their work with their classmates. Mrs. Davis joined us outdoors. 


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Best Thing about Summer....


Art all the time!

The Sketchbook Project


Miniature Sketchbook

This past summer,  I spent weeks working on a miniature sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project, a brainstorm created by the Brooklyn Arts Library. So far there are over five thousand participants from all over the world working in miniature sketchbooks no bigger than 1.5" by 2.5". The journals will  travel the USA starting in 2020.

I wanted to share my passion with my talented fifth grade students. On the first day of art this September, each child was provided with a sketchbook and a few drawing supplies. They are currently decorating the covers of their journals. Later in the year, my students are welcome to spend extra time the studio on Monday afternoons so that they can experiment with various materials to incorporate into their pages.





Monday, April 22, 2019

Creating - Work in Progress

It is hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end. It is an exciting and hectic time of year with many events to attend. My students have been hard at work creating various art projects.

An invitation to the Art Show was sent home early last week. If you haven't seen it yet, you may want to  check your child's backpack. Please save the date: Friday, May 17. Details are on the invitation and will be soon be posted in the W+H When.
Fifth Grade students hard at work at 7:40 in the morning.
Learning the proper techniques when using pastels.
Second Graders working with wire for the Calder circus.
Pastels and animals
Van Gogh loves yellow and sunflowers!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

2019 The Fun Has Begun!

Perfecting her colored pencil technique

Carefully glazing

Adding underglazes 

Creating a miniature table top, plate, and pizza with
mushrooms and pepperoni

Stretching the mind and the fingers


Warming up exercises
Symmetry and the art of mixing colors

A plate, a bowl, and a meatball

Sweet dreams

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Planting the Seed



It is so wonderful to see the walls of the art room and bulletin boards in close proximity to the room graced with art created by my students. The younger students have art once a week, while grades 1-5 have two 40-minute periods. Recently, my third grade students have all spent extra time either before or after school working on their samplers, sharing conversation, and enjoying a piece of candy... comparable to your "Coffee and Conversation" sessions. As you peruse the photos below, enjoy the collages, tempera painting, and water colors created by students from three to eleven years old. I plant the seed and the children develop their ideas and use their experiences when it comes to self-expression. They have learned techniques for cutting and gluing, mixing colors, holding the brush, and printmaking during the past few months. Along with these skills, they are also learning to be responsible for supplies,  how to organize their workspace, and most importantly, how to work through multi-step projects on their way to creating an original work of art. 


Family pictures and more
Prints, collages, and paintings
This young man joined us just a few
weeks ago. He is learning how to mix
the tempera paints to achieve the effect he
is after
Eric Carle inspired papers
Eric Carle inspired paper 
An intricate design created by a Fifth Grade student
Gelli prints and symmetry
ROY G. BIV handprinted paper ready to cut and collage

Collage