04/2/15

Other People’s Trash…

After recycling thousands of colorful pouch caps, an idea HIT me!  I reached out to my friends and family, all of whom have young children, and asked for them to save their pouch caps.  I wasn’t sure what would happen with them, but I knew I would come up with something. When we began discussing symmetry in grade 5, I realized that working hands on would be a much more effective way of using linear symmetry than the traditional method of finding the other half of a picture.  THE CAPS!! Working in groups, students used the pouch caps along with a line of symmetry to create linear symmetric designs.  The activity promoted cooperation as well as an understanding of the concept.  This was the perfect starting point for a unit which then led in to rotational symmetry and finally our culminating activity of mask making. **Kindergarten and grade one used the caps for pattern making! Such a fun and FREE manipulative!!! Please keep your caps and send them in with your student!!!sym7 sym6 sym5 sym4a sym4 sym sym2 sym2a sym3 sym3a sym8

11/25/14

Wet Paint

Students in grade 1, 2, 4 and 5 are beginning to explore the color wheel.  How was the color wheel invented?  How does it help us?  How do we make it?  Grade 5 has a unique opportunity to go beyond primary and secondary colors.  In grades 5-8, students in art explore many different aspects of color theory, including tertiary (intermediate colors).  These colors are created by mixing one primary with an adjacent (meaning ‘next to’) secondary.  For instance, on a basic color wheel you will find red (primary) next to orange (secondary made from red and yellow).  When we mix these two, we get….. red-orange!! We approached the color wheel as another familiar circular shape we have been seeing a lot lately and the results are astonishing!  I am so proud of the effort put forth by all 5th graders during this project!

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02/28/14

Printmaking: Expect the Unexpected

Students at McGlynn Elementary are experimenting with various forms of printmaking in the classroom. It is messy, time consuming, and loads of fun! Here is a small sampling of collaborative work from Mrs. Notaro’s class. Students worked together to create their first monoprint! I look forward to seeing more work as we take off on this printmaking journey!

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12/19/13

5th graders at the Roberts have had a terrific fall!

The 5th graders at the Roberts have worked incredibly hard this fall to create three projects: Layered Leaves, Owls, and Monochromatic Cities. Our focus has been on drawing, lines, shapes, patterns, mixing colors to create new colors, and learning to use variations of the same color. We have used a variety of materials ranging from markers and oil pastels, to watercolor paints, crayons, and black pens. Check it out!

06/27/13

Moving On Ceremony

Please join us tonight at 6:30pm for the Grade 5 Art Gallery. Students’ most advanced work from this school year will be on display in our main lobby.  Please feel free to photograph the work and enjoy light refreshments provided generously by the PTG.

Student work will go home tomorrow, June 28th. 

06/17/13

The Year in Review

imageI am always so impressed with my students when I look back at all they were able to accomplish in the art room over the course of a school year. The progression from Septmeber to June is simply amazing. I hope that everyone has a safe and happy vacation. I look foward to seeing everyone when I return next school year.

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Grade five work will be highlighted in a future post after their gallery showing on June 27th.

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05/28/13

Showings at the McGlynn

Student art work will be on display at the McGlynn Elementary on the following dates. 

Grades K-3: Tuesday, June 11 through Sounds of Summer, June 13 at noon.  Work will be removed at noon on June 13 to accommodate a middle school performance.

Grade 4: Tuesday, June 11 through Museum Night, June 13.  Students will be taking home their work from the school  year upon the Museum’s closing.

Grade 5:  June 24 through Moving on Ceremony, June 27.  Students will be taking their work home immediately following the ceremony.

We have had a successful year in the art room and our students deserve much praise and admiration for their hard work.  We hope to see you there!

03/1/13

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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