Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Art Camp!

Silly faces group picture 
Field trip to the Mad River Glass Gallery
We learned about blowing glass! Thanks Dave, Melanie and Sam! 
Homemade play-doh in every color! 
The play-dog rainbow 
A trip to the theater to see Mr. Alligator's theater camp productions
Silly face planters for cat grass... The prince and princess and their castle

Drawing bubbles with chalk pastels 
 Painting the giant mural
Egg carton creatures 
Toothpick and marshmallow structures
Clay hands! 
Lunch in the shade
Weaving on the Friendly Loom

Bubble Art! 
Straw painting 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Clay Planters in the Garden

I finally finished the last project from our Clay Artist Residence.  While some children went on various site visits, a small group stayed with me in the art room and made these beautiful ceramic planters. They now have a variety of succulents planted in them are are hung on the garden shed and the playground living structure. These will be a permanent art installment in our school garden

Friday, June 3, 2016

The final days in the Art Room

I can't believe that today was my final art class with some of my Friday afternoon classes! Yikes! Although we are now officially less than a week away from the end of the year, we are still going strong in the Art Room!  Here's what's happening. 
Our ceramic planters from the clay Artist-in-Residence are done! I can't wait to plant them and place them around the school! These were made by students who chose to work with local potter Bobbi Platt and me during our field trip day of the Artist Residence. Have you seen the photos from the rest of the field trips? Click here!
First and second grade artists finished their Romare Bearden jazz collages. Click here to see the finished work!

These Art Affirmations were made by First and Second graders for the Bridge Street Art Fair. Oh Yeah!

We have been asked to make a mural for the Vermont Music Festival, which takes place in August. This piece of artwork will serve as the backdrop for the stage. I worked with fifth and sixth graders to outline a Zentangle-inspired design in black acrylic paint, then had help painting from grades 1-4. Stay tuned for the finished product!

And finally, What could be better than a Friday afternoon Kindergarten art class under the shade tree? We experimented with color-changing markers and had some in-depth conversations about favorite colors.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Art Room Update... Via Instagram!

Here are some of my most recent Instagram posts about art class!  Follow ArtClass_AllDay to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in the Art Room!

We are wrapping up our clay Artist Residence with Leslie Montalto.  The culminating event will be an Ice Cream Social to raise money and awareness for hunger in Vermont. This takes place next Thursday, May 19.  Students will get to enjoy their ice cream in their slab bowls that they made with Leslie!

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Our After School Creativity Club wrapped up this week with performances of original Shadow Puppet Plays.  

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A group of fifth and sixth grade students wanted to raise money for the Malala Fund after reading Malala's story. They are going to sell scarves at the Bridge Street Art Fair on Saturday, May 21.  They experimented with decorating the fabric with Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol.

And, ahh... Zentangles!  Who doesn't need a brief moment of peace at this crazy time of year?!
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Jazz Collages by Romare Bearden


There are lots of great ways to explore Romare Bearden's work using a variety of online tools and games.  

CLICK HERE to tour Bearden's collage "The Block" while listening to Jazz music that inspired his work.

CLICK HERE to visit the interactive Kid's Modern Art Museum at and make an online collage inspired by Bearden's work.

The Bearden Foundation has many other resources to explore Romare Bearden's work.   

First and second grade artists made collages inspired by Bearden's work. We started by painting colorful backgrounds and line-drawing musical instruments. We listened to Jazz while we worked!

Students photographed their work. While this skill still requires some work, it helps meet the Presentation part of the National Art Standards.