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Monday, September 8, 2014

Egyptian Death Masks

While learning about Ancient Egyptian death masks, fourth grade students watched a clip from this video.  Watch the complete video by clicking on this video

Terracotta Warriors

5th graders started off their year discussing the terracotta warriors in China.  Rewatch the video we saw in class here!
We also saw a clip from another video in class.  To watch the entire video-click this link!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I hope everyone had a great summer!  I had an amazing time with my son but I'm also excited to be back in the art room.  I'm really looking foward to all the great projects we are going to work on this year.  I can't wait to see you all on your art day!!   

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Op Art in progress...

5th grade students discussed a style of art called op art.  Op art is not about what we see but HOW we see- a process called optics.  The way our eyes try to make sense of an abstract image is the subject of Op art.  Looking at the work of Bridget Riley we discussed how the various illusions were created using line, patterns, shapes and color.  Students then used lines and value(lights and darks) to create their own op art.  Here's some examples that students have just begun coloring!

Name Aliens

This is one of my favorite end of the year drawing projects!  Students begin by printing their name on a folded piece of paper.  We then reflect their name across the fold by tracing it on the opposite side (creating symmetry).  Once they have their name drawn in symmetry students were challenged to stretch their creative imaginations and transform their names into an alien!  Looking at the results it's hard to see the original names!! Can you see them??

Monster Mouth!

Kindergarteners began this project by decorating a paper plate with patterns and textures.  In the following class we looked at the story Where the Wild Things Are.  Students were then challenged to transform their plates into their own Wild Things!


A recognition of honor or high status has always been displayed on the head.  Miss Universe gets a tiara, a crown for royalty, a distictive cap for triban chieftans, a halo for saints....Second graders studied crowns from around the world, paying particular to their use of lines, shapes and patterns.  Finally students set out to design their own crowns!