Dear Artists, Parents, and Friends,
Spring has sprung into our classroom and the children created wonderful flower gardens.
Kindergarten and First grade enjoyed the book "Planting a Rainbow", by Lois Ehlert. They began their collage by looking at garden flowers in magazines, and then quickly moved into building their own 3-DM daffodils, waterhoses, animals, plus frindging grasses. To add the final touches, all students folded tissue paper and added more colors and flowers.
Second grade students completed the Fables, by drawing the front page and back page of the story that was composed during library classes. Then they explored several watercolor techniques of wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, water-resist, and salt textures to create specific shapes or describe a feeling using non-figurative surfaces.
Third and Fourth grade students researched each a famous artist. After reading biographies and looking at their specific genres, styles, and materials, all students explored the techniques of Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Romare Bearden. By understanding the differences of these techniques that were so influencial in art history, the students choose a genre, images, and styles of their choice.
Fifth and Sixth grade students completed their Prezi presentations of a famous artists, including their own interpretation or a replica of the compostion. To integrate the Medieval Ages from the classroom studies, each student had a choice of developing an art piece with either Celtic knots, Coat of Arms, or castle pen drawings. They also watched a film on Gargoyles and are forming with clay a gargoyle of their imagination and choice.
I am proud to announce that many students signed up for the traditional "...it's elementary art" City Center Exhibition in Montpelier, April 13th to May 4th. These students chose their genre, material, and technique to make a composition of their personal preference. Congratulations to Samuel Clark, Caroline Murray, Addison Proulx, Max Fair, Isabel Giammusso, Alex Saunders, Marion Palmiero, Olivia Bates, Addie Hannan, Riley Hudson, Tony Rowell, Dakota Dunham, and Molly McCreedy.