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Monday, April 6, 2015

Volunteers Needed!


Mrs. DiSalle and Mrs. Davis are seeking assistance with prepping for the upcoming months in art and technology. Jobs include:

o   Creating labels for student art work
o   Mounting student art work
o   Hanging art work on panels for the show
o   IN JUNE: Hanging the show
o   Polyurethaning art to be placed in the school garden
o   Sorting and inventorying Lego kits
o   IN JUNE:
§  Hanging work for the art show
§  Helping 5th graders make buttons for the Rover Derby
§  June 19th: Rover Derby assistance


·      Duct tape
·      Empty granola bar or small pasta boxes
·      Empty 1 liter soda bottles
·      Nuts, bolts, clock parts
·      Old cookie sheets
·      Empty disinfectant wipes containers
·      Foam vegetable trays



Friday, April 3, 2015

Fifth Grade Gnomes Continued...

Fifth graders are continuing to finish their garden gnomes, and they are spectacular!

Kindergarten "Me & My Shadow"

Kindergarten students learned about light sources and shadows. 
They then made self-portraits that reflected their understanding.

Fourth Grade Sonja Delauney Cubes

Students in grade four have learned about the artist Sonja Delauney and her use of color and shape. They then made three dimensional cubes that use tertiary colors.

Monochromatic Paintings

Fifth graders have been learning about creating tints and shades and 
how to create a painting using only one color. This is called a monochromatic painting.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Let’s March forward into spring!

The months of February and March are focused on a study of color and value. All students are studying various color families and relationships as well as value in its different forms.

Students in grade one are learning about primary and secondary colors, warm and cool colors, and light and dark. They have studied New Orleans’s artist, George Rodrigue, and his Blue Dog series as well as artist Wayne Thiebaud, who is famous for painting popular American foods. Additionally, students read the books Mouse Paint and Owl Moon. Students are creating artwork inspired by this knowledge.

Second grade is learning about Vincent van Gogh and his work with complementary colors. They are creating observational drawings of sunflowers on purple paper to demonstrate their understanding. They also are reviewing warm and cool colors and are being introduced to tints and shades. Students are creating a variety of value scales by mixing one color with either white to create a tint or black to create a shade.

The color wheel and tertiary colors are the basis of study for third graders. Students are creating color wheels by mixing primary colors to get secondary colors, and then tertiary colors. They are also learning about value and using pencil to create value scales and make two-dimensional objects appear three-dimensional on a flat surface.

Fourth graders are studying two female artists: Sonja Delauney and Lois Mailou Jones. Although very different painters, both artists’ work demonstrates a strong use of color and value. Students are creating “Delauney Cubes” with oil pastels, and a mask drawing inspired by Jones using colored pencils.

Fifth graders are studying two different artists as well: René Magritte and Pablo Picasso. Both artists used color and value in unique and interesting ways in their work. Students are learning the term “monochromatic” and creating painting using tints and shades of one color.

Kindergarteners are coming to the end of their study of color. They have used a variety of media to make color wheels, mosaics, and paintings based on primary, secondary, warm and cool colors. Their study will culminate in the creation of a “color book” that demonstrates their learning.

Here’s looking forward to some sunny spring weather!

Sending creative thoughts,
Mrs. DiSalle 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Finished Papier-mâché Projects Grades 3-5

Here is a peak at some of the wonderfully creative papier-mâché projects that have been completed by students in grades 3-5:


First Grade Owl Moon Art

Students in first grade are reading the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, 
and then creating artwork using light and dark. 
The beautiful illustrations in Yolen's book are wonderful examples of how to use value in art. 

Here are some examples of light and dark studies done by first graders:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kindergarten Color Wheels

Kindergarteners read the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh as part of their study of color. Students are currently learning about primary and secondary colors and the color wheel.

After reading the book, students created Mouse Paint-inspired color wheels. Students used primary colors to create their own secondary colors. Then, they turned the colored paper into mice, added details to the face and different kinds of lines for tails!
Check them out!

Claes Oldenburg Crayons

Here are a couple of pictures of the remaining crayons from the the first graders! By special request!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fifth Grade Rope Baskets

Here are a couple of examples of this year's rope baskets, focusing on the art concept of pattern.