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Friday, May 22, 2015


Fifth graders studied the Renaissance and the introduction of perspective in Renaissance paintings.  Each students created a room that demonstrated knowledge of the rules of perspective.  Using perspective creates the illusion of depth and a very realistic looking space.  Once the room was complete, we shifted our focus from creating something real to something surreal.  Surrealism is all about unexpected images and real looking objects put together in unexpected ways.  Students transformed their space into a surrealist landscape by including a background from outer space and pictures cut from magazines.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Victorian Homes

Third grade students discussed what the word home means to them...a place to feel safe, to rest, where you feel comfortable.  In the Victorian Era (the time during the reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901)homes became a reflection of your status and wealth.  American Victorians thought of their homes as a way to show off what they have accomplished (their wealth) and the stability of their family.  The American dream became an individually owned home on a nice piece of land.  Many people in this era thought of their home as a status symbol.  Building a large, impressive house was a measure of success and your social status.
After studying the details on these impressive houses students set out to design their own.  Each student created a pop up and drew the details of their home.

More Miro!

I was hanging these up this morning and just needed to post a few more...I love how these came out!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thank You

Our first grade is going on a field trip to the zoo this month; thanks to the generous donations received
through Donors Choose.  Barre N9ne Dance Studio funded a large portion of the trip so some of my first graders created these dancing animals as a thank you!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


First grade students studied the work of artist Joan Miro.  We discussed the abstract nature of his work, and learned how abstract art doesn't try to look real but instead uses lines, shapes and colors to describe an idea.  Students identified different symbols, lines and shapes that reminded them of the night sky while discussing Miro's constellation series.  We also discussed how Miro is often described as a surrealist artist -since he tried to get in touch with his unconcious mind when he painted.  Finally students created their own Miro inspired figure by playing a drawing game with a dice to roll their own Miro!

Moving lines

Kindergartners created sculptural lines that twist and turn around their page.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tunnel Books

Fourth Graders looked at the art of Henri Rousseau.  Rousseau is famous for his paintings of jungle scenes.  After studying the life and work of this artist students discussed the idea of creating depth in an artwork.  In order to make a picture look deep artists include 3 parts: foreground, middle ground and background.  Students designed there own jungle scenes on three different open rectangles; creating a foreground, middle ground and background.  Once complete we looked at various examples of tunnel books (including one of my own creations)  and glued our rectangles to accordion folded papers to create our own books