Gung Hay Fat Choy

Celebrating the 2013 Chinese New Year at the Brooks Elementary School.

This school-wide project involved the students in the art class of Mrs. Keefe.  Starting with a simple cardboard box and some materials from the recycle center, the dragons head began to take shape.  Next scales were added.  Students decorated foam shapes and glued pom-poms around the eyes.  The body is made with 15 feet of red fabric, which has hula-hoops attached to add support to the structure.  More foam shapes were added for the spikes on it’s back.  The finished dragon was a result of a lot of teamwork across all the grades at the Brooks Elementary School.  Many classes used the dragon in a school-wide celebration parade!!!

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Where The Wild Things Are

We read “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak together as a class. Students looked at the illustrations and observed the similarities and differences between the wild things. After some brainstorming and a lesson on how to use oil pastels, students created their own original own wild things. Students even had a chance to share what type of noise their wild thing might make!


lines that WIGGLE

If you are looking for a great book to inspire young minds, check out Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman, blue apple books. This quick read is full of colorful illustrations and simple rhymes. It is a wonderful start to any art lesson or weekend project. McGlynn students have become familiar with this book and is a top pick during reading time. What are you waiting for? Go get your wiggle on! Wiggly Lines selected works, grade 2




paper mache pet show

Brooks School 3rd grade students in Mr. Sextons class created these FANTASTIC paper mache pets!  We began the lesson with a reading from Ezra Jack Keets book The Pet Show….Then the students sketched their own pet, and used cardboard boxes and tubes and other “stuff” from the recycle closet to create the 3D form.  Next, a couple of layers of newspaper and elmers glue to paste it all together.  The finishing touches included paint, faux fur, googlie eyes, yarn and other mixed media.

Paper mache Pet Show    Lime Green Pet Alligator

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