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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Artist of the Week 11 / 21 / 2019

In Bath, we are lucky to have a great art teacher at Dike Newell School. Mrs. Main, does a great job teaching our younger students how to safely work in the art room, to focus, make quality work and be creative. Students come to FMS with great knowledge about art. I am so pleased that they all know about their Primary Colors, Yellow, Red, and Blue, when they get here in 3rd grade. (Thanks, Mrs. Main!)
  Recently we have been looking at the art work of Piet Mondrian, who used the 3 primary colors and black to make his geometric art with straight lines. 3rd Graders did a great job using rulers to plan these pieces and then carefully painted them. The artist I am choosing to recognize this week is quiet and always paying attention. I really like the careful job they did painting their piece, and I am not sure I can paint lines as carefully as they did. I also really like how there is a certain symmetry in this piece, but it is not exact symmetry. A 5th grade friend who was admiring the art work noticed the balance of the three colored areas. It is for all these reasons I am happy to recognize EG in Ms. Newkirks's class, Student Artist of the Week! I know her older sister will be proud!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Artist of the Week 11 / 14 / 2019

   As many of you know the 5th graders have been studying Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) in Art Class. Last week I gave students a choice of either continuing on this project or starting something new. Many students needed to give their energy to a new project, but I was happy that some students continued with their Dia De Los Muertos projects because they had such a good start.
   Sometimes in art class we are asked to try new things and the art we end up making might not have that much personal meaning to us. The student that I am choosing to recognize this week made this project very personal and I think it's awesome! Congratulations AO in Ms Hoskins 5th Grade class, student artist of the week!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Artist of the Week 10 / 7 / 2019

It's unfortunate that my Friday classes are missing out on so many days in the Art Room. Between Professional Development Days, Storms and Holidays, they miss out on many classes. That's one of the reasons that many 5th Graders haven't finished their Dia De Los Muertos, or Day Of The Dead drawings. The Day Of The Dead, is not a sad or scary holiday. It started in Mexico, and is about honoring and celebrating people we have lost. Mexican art made for Dia De Los Muertos shows skeletons either celebrating or doing everyday things. 5th graders did the same.

The student I am recognizing this week can be very helpful. They always do a quality job and work quickly, and for that reason they are one of the few students who has completed their drawing. Nice work CS in Mrs. Gerrish's 5th Grade class, Student Artist of the Week!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Artist of the Week 10 / 31 / 2019

The student I am choosing to recognize today has asked many times, "When am I going to be the Artist of the Week?" I have told them many times to be patient and keep trying, and for the post part they have. I feel very fortunate to work with all the students in our school and I hope they know how great it is to see the art they make when they really try, but I can only recognize one student per week.

Last week instead of asking, "When am I going to be Artist of the Week?" this student asked, "When is someone in my grade level going to be Artist of the Week?" Later, I saw them struggle to use scissors to cut fabric, keep trying until they figured it out, and then help others with the new skill they learned. In this one class they showed me how they could be Community Minded, by thinking of others, and be Persistent, by sticking with something even though it was difficult. Even though he's not quite done with his felt Jack O'Lantern I want to recognize LL in Ms. Phippen's 4th Grade as Student Artist of the Week!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Artist of the Week 10 / 24 / 2019

We have so much talent in our 3rd Grade! Every one of our students is doing their best. One of the projects we have done this year is an Animal Mash-Up to create a monster or imaginary creature just in time for Halloween. One of our students really impressed me with her creative ideas, quality work, and the composition of her drawing. Her background reminds me of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night with it's big, expressive stars! I am guessing that she has prior knowledge of mythological creatures, because she actually used two well known mash-ups from ancient Greece, the griffin, who is eagle and lion, and Medusa, who was a woman with hair made of live snakes! She combined them to make this totally new creature! Nice work MS in Ms. Zipperer's 3rd Grade Class, Student Artist of the Week!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Artist of the Week 10 / 3 / 2019 and 10 / 10 / 2019

This week I recognizing two students, one for the last week of September and one for the first week of October, which I missed because I chaperoned the FLOW canoe trip with BMS.

First I have to recognize the 5th Grade which have impressed me with their effort noticing details in their Observational Drawings of autumn leaves. I asked them to try a different project last week and I hope I didn't upset their progress. One student had great results in the first class period. He did a great job capturing the form of his leaf and using the water paint for his leaf and background. Nice work LR in 5 Roy, Student Artist of the Week for 10/3/19.

I also want to recognize the 3rd Grade for their awesome autumn landscape paintings the past 2 weeks. At this point they almost all have 2 paintings so they will be bringing one home and leaving one for the walls of our school. They all did so well it was difficult to choose. I am choosing this student for their use of color, overlapping, and layering nice work AT in Mr. Deane's 3rd Grade Class, Student Artist of the Week for 10/10/19.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Artist of the Week 9 / 26 / 2019

The student I am choosing to recognize today is quiet, but he's always paying attention to lessons and is respectful when working with others. He has impressed me with his ideas many times and I am happy to share an example of his creativity. Fourth Grade students have been working on affirmations, or "We Are" statements for the hall. His "We Are Smart" illustration features a young man hanging from a tree branch by one hand. The "We Are" part is created by floating twisting trees and the figure is exclaiming, "Smart" in a voice bubble. Each letter is unique and the "T" is a thunder cloud with a bolt of lightening coming out of it.. Amazing! Congratulations GE in Ms. LaFosse's 4th Grade Class, Student Artist of the Week!