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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Artist of the Week 9 / 19 / 2018


I have really been enjoying getting to know our Third Grade students! Third Graders have been working on self portraits of themselves as adults. Not only are they practicing skills of representing their faces and bodies through drawing, but they are also using their imaginations to think about what they might do with their lives as grownups. I have seen artworks representing future scientists, teachers, artists, and football players. There’s all kinds of jobs and skills that our students will have as adults!

We have many students at FMS that love animals, so it makes sense that a number of students would want to be veterinarians when they are older. The student I am choosing to recognize this week not only did a careful quality job drawing and coloring her picture, but included some amazing details! Look closely and you will see a full scene outside the window, a cat on the examination table, and a lab coat on a hanger that looks a lot like a cat’s face! Nice work PC from Mrs. Walsh’s 3rd Grade class, Artist of the Week for 9 / 19 / 2018!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Artist of the Week 9 / 12 / 2018

Fourth and Fifth Grade Classes have not only been working on designing their personalized eggs for the front hall, but also a personalized class puzzle to illustrate how a group of individual students come together as a whole class. These will start to go up in the hallway this week.

Today I would like to recognize a 4th Grade Student who is new to our school. As I was looking for one of the class puzzle pieces to share with the school, I was struck by the sweet message on this student’s piece, “I Love My Friends.” What an awesome example for a Class Puzzle that illustrates how we come together to a whole! What does it look like to treat our friends and people with whom we work with Love?? It’s a great thing to think about, thanks RJ Hodson in Ms. LaFosse’s 4th Grade Class, Artist of the Week for 9 / 12 / 2018! Nice work!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Artist of the Week 9 / 5 / 2018

The 2018 - 2019 School Year is off to an amazing start at the Fisher Mitchell School! It is always a little challenging for me at the start of the year because our hallways are conspicuously empty of beautiful and thought provoking student artworks. Even though there is an expectation that we get new work up quickly, we want to make sure that we are doing Careful, Quality Work.

If you visit our school you will notice a Fisher Mitchell School Family Tree that is visible as you enter the building. Both students and teachers are working on Creative and Artistic pieces to add their names to our tree. Teachers have been asked to make a sign with their name to go below a nest for their class. Students have been asked to create an egg with their name on it to go in their class nest. This is taking a little bit of time to complete because we want to make sure that we are making Careful, Quality Work and because it means I have to manage over 200 pieces of individual artwork! It's a lot of work, but most things that are impressive take a bit of effort!

This will be the third school year that I have worked with the student I am choosing to recognize this week. He is very creative both in his artwork and in his personal style. After looking at all the amazing and very different eggs this student's work continued to stand out to me for his use of Color and Pattern. Congratulations Z. P. in Ms. Hoskins' 5th Grade Class, Artist of the Week for 9 / 5 / 2018! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Artist of the Week 6 / 13 / 2018

I would like to recognize the students in Mrs. Levesque’s 3rd grade class. Last week we had a fun imaginative project in which we thought about what it might be like to have an outlandish pet. This could be an animal typically found in the wild, like a lion or a hippopotamus, or a mythical creature like a gryphon. I asked students to imagine doing an activity with this “crazy” pet.  The student that I would like to formally recognize is always kind and always tries his best. He sits at the back of the room and loves to help clean up and pass out materials. He was very happy to share his picture of his pet dragon, which he is riding while they race an airplane through the sky. Nice Job Ryan Harrington, Artist of the Week!


I also want to recognize a whole group of students in Mrs. Levesque’s class. When one student was feeling lonely, he put his head down in frustration. When he looked up again a number of students had moved to his table and surrounded him with encouragement and goodwill. This act of kindness made me very proud of these students. I will not list them all, but they know who they are! Nice work!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Artist of the Week 6 / 6 / 2018



Today I would like to recognize a 5th grade student who has been impressing me with her quality artworks since I met her in 4th grade. She can be quiet but she is smart and funny when you get to know her. I want to recognize her for a paper mache sculpture that she just completed in Enrichment Art. The sculpture is interesting, as it is part cat and part unicorn, but what really impressed me is how this artist chose to paint her sculpture. Instead of painting details like eyes, a mouth, fur, etc. this artist decided to paint a sunset sky at the bottom transitioning up to the deep blue black of a star filled night sky at the top. Check out the cool silhouettes of palm trees at the base of her sculpture! Nice work Chloe T. in Mrs. Wheeler’s 5th grade class!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Artist of the Week 5 / 30 / 2018



Today I would like to recognize a 5th grade student who taught me a new technique and who’s behavior made me proud. After admiring some chalk drawings of Miss Rumphius’ beautiful lupine flowers that were made in Mrs. Armstrong’s class, 5th Grade student were invited to make their own flowers while mixing their own secondary colors, Green, Orange, and Purple. It was a quick and fun project. This student first got my attention not only for his work, but how I saw him comforting another student who was having a bad day. He was very kind and careful with her and helped her get started with her lesson. Then towards the end of the project he was experimenting by mixing up the colors of paint and appreciating how they swirled together. He’s not the first student I’ve seen do this, but he is the first I have seen transfer these swirls to his paper by simply using his finger tip. Check out the beautiful dots of swirling color on his painting! Nice Work Dustin P. in Ms. Roy’s 5th grade class!