STARS Grant approved-River Life Mosaic moves forward

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.


ISO Bottle Caps

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!IMG_0689 IMG_0691


Spring is Popp(y)n

IMG_0505 - Copy   IMG_0506 IMG_0507 - Copy  IMG_0508 Mrs. Ellis’ grade 2 students have been working very hard on their version of Georgia O’Keefe’s Red Poppy. We studied organic shapes as well as the life and motivation of Georgia O’Keefe.  Students drew in pencil on watercolor paper, paying close attention to the size of the flower.  They worked to replicate and learn from Georgia’s style of enlarging these delicate flowers to enhance the beauty.  We then explored using a wet on wet water color technique to achieve a natural appearance in each petal.  Finally students went back with watercolor to add details in the petals to create depth. BEAUTIFUL!! IMG_0509 IMG_0510 IMG_0511 IMG_0512 IMG_0513


Printing Makes Perfect

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Kindergarten students have been working on the art of printmaking! What fun we have had in the art room! Printmaking can be done in various ways using a myriad of media.  For this lesson, students used tempera paint, paint brushes, white paper and colored cardstock.  Printmaking involves making art through printing, giving the art a truly unique look with the most subtle characteristics.

We practiced making various types of marks with our brushes before and during the printing process. We discovered that time was of the essence in ensuring our paint didn’t dry before printing!

These gorgeous works of art are just a small selection from Miss Cormio’s Wednesday class.

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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


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!