Monday, May 8, 2017


My love of Matryoshka dolls has trickled down to third grade.  These little guys learned how to sew their very own doll.  I don't think I have ever had such an enthusiastic class.  Sewing was really a challenge for them; we had plenty of pricked fingers, but everyone finished their doll and the students  were obsessed!  Several have already told me they asked their parents for sewing kits.  The best way to engage a student is to really challenge them and sewing was the proof!!


Second grade is studying Japanese art.  Being the heavy hitter that he is, we had to start with Hokusai!  We began by reading The Great Wave, a story inspired by the artist.  After we examined some of his work we got our hands dirty!  Students created these three dimensional papier mache reliefs of Hokusai's wave.  Students had a blast and the results are beautiful.

More Stained Glass

6th grade is wrapping up a unit on stained glass.  The last artist we studied was Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Famous for his beautiful lamps and windows, Tiffany often worked with landscapes and nature motifs.  For our project each student received a picture frame.  Students painted a landscape on one side of the plastic that came with the frame.  Once dry, students flipped the image so that the front creates the illusion of shiny glass.  For the last step,  students added puffy paint to simulate lead lines.  The pictures really do not do the work justice, the frames look great and the students were very excited about them!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pop Art Animals Masks

For their final Pop Art project, 7th grade created animal masks.  Students had already studied Warhols's Endangered Species series and were familiar with his style of painting animals.  For this assignment students chose an animal form and then used plaster strips to cast the mask. Students were asked to paint the masks in the style of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein or a fusion of the two.  The masks are still a work in progress but are looking fun so far.

Nesting Dolls

5th grade has been learning about Russian Matryoshka dolls.  For their first assignment students designed a series of four "sisters".  For their second assignment we kicked it up a notch to really challenge ourselves by creating a 3D doll.  Students began the sculpture by taping two balloons to a cardboard base and then covering it in tape to create a smooth silhouette.  After that step was complete we wrapped the entire doll in plaster cloth so that the dolls had a smooth white surface to paint on.  These sculptures were a lot of work and we are still not done painting them but here is what we have so far...

Stained Glass

6th grade is currently working on a stained glass unit.  Students watched several videos about how stained glass is made and examined examples in churches including Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  For their first assignment students designed a floral theme faux window.  Students used liquid watercolor to give the impression of vibrant glass and black glue to represent the lead lines.