Archive | October 2012

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Writing in the Artroom/Quote of the Day (8)

My fifth grade students have been writing in art class. Honestly, they don’t love it. But it’s just one paragraph written in a few minutes of one class. We are writing Artist Statements for the Cut-Paper project that I posted about last week: We are using our school standard Idea Splash graphic organizer to create an Artist […]

Portrait of a President

Just uploaded this beautiful portrait of John F. Kennedy by Kylie J. to our Artsonia online gallery. Kylie did this for a contest from U.S Kids that her homeroom teacher told her about…nice work, Kylie! The link:

Flat Clay! What Did You Say?!

I remembered how fun it is to drink out of one’s own handmade ceramic mug first. And then I remembered that I had my after-school Enrichment class, Flat Clay! What Did You Say?! for an extra half hour yesterday. We are making up a cancellation last week because I had to go to a meeting, and […]

Give Peace A Chance Poster Contest

The Mendon Lions Club is promoting the International Peace Poster Contest “Give Peace a Chance”. Please see below for details. Contact Jayne Mistretta at for more information and to make arrangements to submit entries. The Taft Library in Mendon has set aside Oct 24 from 5-6:30 for kids to meet there, share ideas, and […]

Art Contest

One of our parents sent me the following link for the annual College Savings Art Contest from MEFA (with support from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education). Childen in grades three through five are eleigible to enter. Entries must be postmarkd by October 31! For more information, please click HERE!

Henri Matisse – Quote of the Week (7)

Fifth grade artists have been working with shape (geometric and organic), color (complementary), space (positive and negative) and Notan (Japanese concept of light and dark). In exploring organic shape, we looked at a few videos about Henri Matisse. Although I personally cannot get enough of his work as a Fauvist painter, we specifically looked at […]

Art = My Life (An Abridged Autobiography Of My Life Through My Art)

Art = My Life (An Abridged Autobiography Of My Life Through My Art)

The images are up, the text is written, the links are attached. I had a few friends read this before publication to make sure there were no glaring errors. My favorite response was, “It’s awesome! But you forgot to mention your brattiness”…whatever that means! This autobiography of my life through my art is now a […]