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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Artist of the Week 1 / 16 / 2019


Did you know 5th grade students have been learning about physics and chemistry in art class? 5th graders have been studying and creating snowflakes. We looked at beautiful pictures of snowflakes and watched a video about how they form. Snowflakes have 6 symmetrical arms because of the way that water molecules arrange themselves around a piece of dust when a snowflake is forming in cold weather. We are doing a couple of projects using snowflakes. The first project involves using oil pastels and water paints to create beautiful snowflake inspired artworks! You can see more of them in the hallway in the 4th and 5th grade wing. The student I am choosing to recognize this week might be better known for her animal drawings, but she really did an awesome job on this assignment! Her teacher even said if her kid made it she might frame it! Nice work C. W. in Mrs. Wheeler's 5th grade class!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Artist of the Week 12/19/2018

5th Graders have been working on a unit on printmaking. They have been having some great results! Consistently getting a quality print is a difficult skill to master. Students have to get just the right amount of ink on their printing plate with their brayer. The brayer is the roller that we use to apply the ink to the printing plate. This is definitely one of those “Goldilocks Moments” where you don’t want too much and you don’t want too little ink on your printing plate or your prints will lose some of their integrity. The student I am choosing to recognize this week got really nice results each time she printed her design. I also love the background colors she chose. Beautiful work E.B. in Ms. Roy’s 5th Grade Class, Student Artist of the Week!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The student I am choosing to recognize is an amazing artist. He thinks deeply about his projects and always takes his time to make Careful, Quality Work. He works diligently on his art work at home, in class, and during extra art periods. He made this Portrait of Darth Maul from the Star Wars series in extra art. It came out awesome! If you see this young artist you might also ask him about the portrait series that he is working on of Civil War soldiers. Congratulations, CM in Mrs. Towle’s 4th Grade!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Artist of the Week 12 / 5 / 2018

       4th Graders having been experimenting with paper collage. This first project involves cutting a shape out of a stack of colored paper, putting one to the side, and cutting the rest of the paper into successively smaller shapes. Students are able to make their own shapes and make choices about the colors that they use. The student that I am choosing to recognize today always does a Careful, Quality Job when making her artwork. She Respectfully asked if she could use one of the black pieces of paper I had reserved for our backgrounds as one of her layers of color. The black works very well with the layers of pink, purple and light green to make this beautiful butterfly collage. Nice work S. C. in Mrs. Soule’s 4th Grade, Student Artist of the Week!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Artist of the Week 11 / 28 / 2018

Good art takes time. It took almost a whole trimester for all the 5th Graders to finish their Personal Puzzles! The student I am choosing to recognize this week is a very kind person and talented artist. I was impressed by her first draft because of the time she put into it and her very original composition. She took her time carefully recreating her colored pencil draft with water paint. To finish her project she cut very interesting shapes and glued them down with nice even spacing. For all these reasons I am proud to recognize NB from Ms. Hoskin’s class as Student Artist of the Week!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Artist of the Week 11 / 7 / 2018




You may remember when I recognized 5th Grader C. R. for being the first to complete her personal puzzle. If you don’t remember it you can look for it on the artist of the week bulletin board in the hallway. Truth be told there are still quite a few 5th Graders who have not completed this assignment because we have been working on and completing other projects and working as well. I am very pleased with the creative ways that 5th Graders have been approaching this open ended project! They are all so different just like our students! From I.R., J.D, M.J., and R.M.’s sunset skies to L.L.’s slenderman, A.A. and N.C.’s colorful patterns, and C.M.’s football puzzle we see a variety of content represented in these puzzles! I thank and recognize all the students who are trying their best on this assignment, but I am choosing to recognize one student who depicts the figure of a girl with her bangs over her eyes with colorful puzzle pieces blowing to her side. She checked with me before taking her project in a slightly different way and added a cool title which adds to the meaning of her piece. Make sure you check it out in the hallway or on our school website. Congratulations M.C. in 5W student artist of the week!

Artist of the Week 10 / 31 / 2018


 If you have walked down the 4th/5th Grade wing you may have seen some skulls and skeletons on the wall. These are to celebrate the Day of the Dead a holiday and tradition that started in Mexico and celebrates the life of family members and friends that have passed. 5th graders did a 2 day painting of their skulls and they came out great! The student that I am choosing to recognize has grown a lot. When I first met him he did not always complete his work and said, “No” a lot. Now he is much more likely to compromise and work with me and has started to make some awesome artwork! Make sure you take time to check his and all the Dia De Los Muertos Skulls up in the hallway. Congratulations J.L. student artist of the week!