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Monday, October 8, 2018

Busy Kindergarteners

Hello My Amazing Artists!


Kindergarten sure has been busy these past few weeks.

We took dots to a new level with our exciting printmaking project. We read Eric Carle's The Hungry Caterpillar and talked about the colors found in all the pictures. The artists then used balloons (!) to make dots which became the bodies of our Hungry Caterpillars. The artists also thought about how to draw grass - individual lines with more than one color. Then we added faces and antennae to make these wonderful caterpillars.








Make your mark and see where it takes you...

Hello My Amazing Artists!

It was great to see many of you at the recent open house. You probably noticed all the DOTS. 

This was a school wide unit about exploring and seeing what happens based on the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. We focused on the attitude of "see where it takes you". All the students were then tasked to explore by making dots and creating layers of interest.

Here's what happened:

















Thursday, September 13, 2018

Welcome Back!


Hello My Amazing Artists! 

The start of the new year is exciting.  We have a newly painted art room - purple and green walls are so bright and cheery. We also have new decorations to add interest and energy to the room.




 Mona is still hanging up to remind students of expected behaviors and her new friend "Leonardo" will be travelling to different spots in the room each week. The kids enjoy trying to find him.


 Our first project is inspired by the book: The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  We're working on: "Make a mark and see where it takes you".  I am encouraging the students to try, explore and discover.  Look for all the dots displayed at Open House on Thursday September 27th at 5:30 - 6:30.



We're also starting each day with a piece of art on the whiteboard. Both current artists and classical masters will make an appearance. The students "vote" using green or red cards whether they like it or not.  It's my intention to broaden their awareness of the larger Art World. 

You can follow the art room on Face Book: Ottauquechee School Art Room.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Art Show

Hello My Amazing Artists!

The Art Show was a huge success. Thank you for coming. I saw many proud students showing off their work and their portfolios to family and friends. Each student picked two pieces of art from their portfolio. I asked them to consider which piece would show their hard work, something they were proud of or really liked the way it came out.

If you weren't able to make it, the art will be up until April vacation, then we've got to make room for new art.

Enjoy!

Multi-grade Ceramics:


Kindergarten, First Grade, 4th Grade, Kindergarten snowman:




Kindergarten (Navy background paper):



First Grade (Green background paper):



Second grade (Yellow background paper): 


Third Grade (Red background paper):


Fourth Grade (Brown background paper):


Fifth Grade (Light blue background paper & netting):





That's a lot of art! 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Art Art Everywhere: 2nd Grade

Hello My Amazing Artists!

The 2nd Grade knocked out some amazing art work. First they did Royal Self Portraits using collage and mixed media. They also worked hard on making Mexican Suns using plaster gauze strips and paint.

For the self portraits, they were supposed to black out any teeth they might have missing or in stages of coming in. It gives everyone such character.

We talked about observing themselves in a mirror as well as thinking about color choices. The head was painted to match their own skin tone and using oil pastels they added their facial features.

I can't believe I only took one picture of this stage!

Then once the background was colored in, the students had to add a crown (for the royal part) and a shirt. I think they are so cheerful. 




The Mexican Sun sculptures were a lesson in perseverance! It was hard to create the armature support from a paper bowl and cut triangles with masking tape. Then they had to wrap the whole thing in gooey plaster strips. 





Then the students went to town transforming the dried plaster sun into a vibrant mexican sun. These are on display outside the cafeteria for the next few weeks.





Once the rays were painted, the students cut out circles and drew on the faces. These were supposed to be ready for the Mexican Fiesta, but the snow day bumped things around.