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!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

One Point Perspective

What is One Point Perspective?

We looked at some examples of artwork to try to answer this question.
We identified that One Point Perspective means:
Objects are smaller as their distance from the viewer increases.
There is a horizon line, which is as far as the eye can see
There is a vanishing point, a point on the horizon where all lines converge and disappear.

We used this great tutorial from smART Class to help lay out our One Point Perspective drawings.  Students could choose any location that shows One Point Perspective, but as often is the case, many chose to follow the example. 

Stay tuned for our examples!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Empty Bowls Clay Project

Waitsfield students are in the midst of a fabulous Artist Residency with local potter Leslie Montalto.  All students, pre-K to grade 6 have worked with Leslie to make three types of bowls.  The first bowl is a simple pinch pot. The second is a slab bowl with printed texture. The third (and most students' favorite) is a bowl on the wheel. 

In addition to working with Leslie in the art classroom, students also spent a day making site visits to other potters' studios or working on specific clay projects.  The various activities included:
  • Building a "pit fire" kiln at Leslie's house
  • Learning about the Raku process with "The Naked Potter" Luke Iannuzzi
  • Visit to Noel Bailey's pottery studio
  • Working on pottery wheels at Montpelier Mud Studio
  • Building clay bells with Katie Babic
  • Hand-building pocket planters with potter Bobbie Platt (and me!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Club Creativity!

Katie Babic and I worked with a small group of students who were interested in having more art and creativity opportunities.  We met once a week after school to explore a variety of arts media and creative processes.  After attending such an inspiring Learning and the Brain Conference, this group became our test case for some of the ideas we learned about fostering creativity and curiosity and supporting kids' passions. 

A new session of Club Creativity will start after spring break!  Sign up to join us!
Here are some of the activities we explored: 

Egg carton flower wreath
Clay creatures

Egg carton flowers

Making buttons! 
Collage inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers