Painted Paper Masterpiece


We are all very familiar with the “placemat” weaving from grade 1.  It is a skill that we build upon each year.  The abilities to plan ahead, keep with a pattern and work with delicate materials all contribute to our understanding of pattern in the world around us.  Why not make it more colorful? More unique?  Students in grade 4 used various painting techniques to create vibrant and textured papers to use for their weaving project. We cut this papers into various widths for an added element of surprise.  Students even traded amongst one another to incorporate various lines and patterns into their design.  During this project I saw children working to help one another with the flow of “over/under” which can be challenging for many of us!  The teamwork was truly unbelievable.  Perhaps that is a big reason why these children feel so proud of their work.  Together we can accomplish so much!

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Sail Away with Me

Grade 4 recently focused on the gorgeous views around us.  Students discussed background, middle ground and foreground, as well as defining cityscape and landscape.  Students worked in an step-by-step manner to create these amazing works of art.  We focused on repetition of color, texture and shapes (both geometric and organic).  I am in awe of the results!!!


Soak up the sun!!! Grade 4

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Meghan Coyle Cut Paper Collages with Mrs. Fee!

For our major second quarter project in grade 8, students  in Mrs. Fee’s classes, looked to working artist Meghan Coyle for inspiration.

Objectives: Students will study Meghan Coyle’s collage techniques and respond to questions about her work. They will focus on the role of color and texture in a work of art. Finally, students will create an original paper collage using Coyle’s “painting with paper” technique.

Art Standards:

1.5- Expand the repertoire of 2D and 3D art processes, techniques, and materials, with a focus on the range of effects possible within each medium

2.11- For space and composition, create unified 2D and 3D compositions that demonstrate an understanding of balance, repetition, rhythm, scale, proportion, unity, harmony, and emphasis. Create 2D compositions that give the illusion of 3D space and volume.

5.9- Used published sources, either traditional or electronic, to research a body of work or an artist, and present findings in written or oral form.

Key Terms:

Collage- A technique first used by cubists, such as Picasso and Braque, to build 2D images from fragments of printed paper and cloth incorporated into painting.

Illustration-a picture or image that helps to describe or tell a story. Illustration stresses subject more than form.

Who is Meghan Coyle?

Megan Coyle is a collage artist and illustrator who currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area. She creates collages entirely from magazine strips with a process that she calls “painting with paper.”

(taken from http://mcoyle.com/about/ )

You can explore Meghan Coyle’s fabulous website here.

The eighth graders used her technique to create their own animal portraits. Check out some of Coyle’s animal collages here.

Here are some samples myself and past students have created:




(Sorry about the glare- some have been laminated)

To start this project the class viewed and discussed this Powerpoint. The steps for the process are also outlined in the presentation.

Take a look!

Students at work:





Here are some finished pieces!







Scarecrows and Van Gogh!

This past fall, second graders at the Roberts took planning and design to a whole new level…an awesome level! The students worked so hard to plan and sketch their ideas and then did a beautiful job of coloring and painting in layers to achieve a fantastic finished product. Together we learned about the harvest, line, foreground/middle ground/background, color, texture, landscapes, Vincent Van Gogh, and how taking our time really pays off!


4th Grade Projects are in at the Roberts!

As we move into winter at the Roberts, the 4th grade projects are complete and ready to be shown off! We have learned a great deal about line and how to use it to make shapes and patters or how to make a round shape look 3D. And we also learned to use “night time colors” and also complimentary colors. We have had a blast and it shows in our art…take a look!


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!



First Graders at the Roberts learned about shape and form in a whole new way as they worked together to build and design giant farm animals out of cardboard. We also learned about texture and color as we painted and glued materials varying from cardboard, construction paper, yarn, and cotton balls.

The results were GIANT!


The Cow


The Sheep


The Horse

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The Rooster


The Pig