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!
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
Second grade at McGlynn Elementary had a lesson in imagination! This project revisited a concept learned in K, paper sculpture. How do we make paper stand up? It is important to revisit previously learned skills to see how much we have grown over the years!! For this lesson students were asked to cut, fold, twist, bend, loop, tab, fringe and curl paper to create 3 dimensional art. After two days of building, students were asked to create an observational drawing from their piece. We had so much fun making these sculptures that we may revisit the idea again in June! Bravo!!
Fourth grade students at the McGlynn Elementary School were invited to part in the “Chancellors Card Contest” in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Each year Chancellor Motely partners with a local school to create artwork that will be featured on the official holiday greeting card! This year, 4th graders at the McGlynn Elementary were chosen for this amazing opportunity. Additionally, one piece is selected for animation and can be found on the University’s website (see link below).
Working with the theme of “Winter Wonderland,” all fourth grade students had the opportunity to participate in creating a unique piece using a variety of materials. Children worked tirelessly for two weeks during art, snack time, recess, and even after school to ensure their piece would make a statement. Each and every student should be proud of their accomplishment!
And the winners are:
- “Night Skating” by Kathleen Whisler, 3rd place
- “Hot Chocolate” by Alexis Schrebler 2nd place
- “Skates” by Natamil Moya 1st place
- Honorable Mention- “Night Skiing” by Zoe Sipcic, whose work was chosen for animation
- VIEW ANIMATION HERE
Please make donations at www.gofundme.com/riverlifemosaic
Our STARS grant application was approved meaning we’re significantly closer to fully funding the River Life mosaic project. The project will begin the week on November 9th with speakers in art classes discussing the mosaics primary subject matter which includes local history, the creation and evolution of the Middlesex Fells and the Mystic River’s significance to Medford.
Mrs. Belanger’s art room is in search of clean bottle caps (plastic only). In addition to the pouch caps we have been collecting, I thought it would be amazing to have an assortment of colors and sizes for an upcoming project. Please rinse with warm soapy water to remove any possible sugars or allergens and send them on up to room 300!! Thank you!!!
Two of our amazing students really got to work over April vacation! Atkea (K) and Tanha (3) were inspired by Earth Day and set off to work finding materials that they could repurpose for art. Upon close examination you will notice paper towels and cardboard boxes adding dimension to this colorful piece. I am so proud of these girls and their ability to work with found materials to create something so magnificent. I enjoy seeing how hard they work on their own time using their own creativity!! Take a bow, ladies!