Art room notes
We are off to a fantastic start this the year in the art room. I will be teaching at Haddam Elementary School Wednesday afternoons, all day Thursday and Friday’s this year. If you ever have a question, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our kindergarten students recently completed their first two projects, a self-portrait which were amazing, and a still life watercolor painting of pears where student experimented with blending colors. In first grade, students had the challenge of giving the Mona Lisa a makeover. Rainbow colored hair, fancy hats, brightly colored dresses, and beautifully designed jewelry were just some of the details added to make Mona look like she was a queen for the day! In second grade, the children had a challenge of redesigning Picasso’s Girl with a Ponytail into a cubist style picture. Warm and cool colors were used to color their portraits into striking finished works of art. Our third grade students used the elements of line and shape to create caricatures with crazy hair. I was quite impressed with the amazing effort and details they put into this portrait lesson. Lastly, our fourth grade students at HES had the task of practicing their shading skills drawing realistic portraits of our new principal Mrs. Whidden. They even designed a new dress with geometric designs and added jewelry accents. In addition, students did their best to guess some of Mrs. Whidden’s likes and dislikes. Stop into the cafeteria next time you are at HES and see these amazing portraits and read all about our new principal. At BES, our fourth grade students has the task of designing an abstract portrait using the elements of line and shape that the third grade used for all their details. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade always learn about famous artists too, and how artists interpret the same subject differently. In the coming weeks the children will be learning about what is a still life and how artists also use different techniques and styles to create their pictures. For our new kindergarten parents, don’t be alarmed if you don’t see any of the art projects are coming home. I save most projects each student does all year for our annual art show. We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the art room, specifically the art show. If you are interested, send me an email indicating the best days of the week and times. Be sure to check my weekly blog @ www.rsd17.org. You will need to click on the globe next to my name in the staff directory to get all the latest information and pictures of some of our talented artist’s projects going on in the art room.
Please start to save recycled supplies for the art room for our sculpture unit. If you have something unique that you regularly buy, that’s not on the list and you think we could use in the art room, please send me an email if you aren’t sure if we could use it. Space is limited for storage, so it would really be best to check first. Be sure to make sure all recycled supplies are washed out before sending to school.
- Cool Whip containers or similar containers like Sherbet plastic containers
- Yogurt cups small or large (not Yoplait brand)
- Nestle Coffee –Mate Bottles
- Oatmeal or Cornmeal containers small or large,
- News Paper
- Styrofoam meat trays
- Cottage cheese 16oz (or similar)
- Margarine, Cream cheese (or similar)
- Packing Peanuts…specifically the decomposable cornstarch ones.