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New Semester: New Beginnings – Google Classroom, Artsonia, Sketchbooks

New Semester: New Beginnings – Google Classroom, Artsonia, Sketchbooks

Starting the second semester is in many ways like starting a brand new school year. As I welcome new classes and learn to put names with new faces, I am also establishing a foundation of communication and routines for our next five months together. Google Classroom – The first goal was to get all of my new […]

Shell Sketches Are Up On Artsonia

Shell Sketches Are Up On Artsonia

Last week while the snow fell and the cold air swirled around outside, we sketched shells using Ebony pencils, kneaded erasers, and blending stomps. Looking Closely is the first step in wondering how things work and why they are the way they are. In the art classroom, drawing from observation is a quiet, focused activity, […]

D is for December/D is for Digital Art

D is for December/D is for Digital Art

In the 5/6 art room we’ve had a great week or so learning to create digital art on iPads. During a frenetic time in the world outside the room, this focused work has been cozy, calming, and generally pretty quiet. After introductory tutorials in person and provided as a reference in Google Classroom, the students […]

On The Day Before Thanksgiving We Traced Our Hands

On The Day Before Thanksgiving We Traced Our Hands

And made peacocks from the outline. Wait, you were expecting turkeys? Anyway, we had abbreviated classes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – too short to accomplish much, but long enough to accomplish a peacock. We used construction paper crayon on a nice black cover stock and they came out fantastic! Here are a few to hold […]

Fifth Grade Family Portraits On Artsonia

Fifth Grade Family Portraits On Artsonia

Just in the St. Nick of time, fifth grade family portraits have been uploaded to Artsonia for your viewing pleasure! Whether gathered around a menorah, holiday table, Christmas tree, or on the beach, students have portrayed their families in warm, welcoming environments. To begin this unit, which addresses many objectives including perspective, space, figure drawing, […]

It’s Showtime!

It’s Showtime!

When the excitement is palpable, the energy is electric, and there are not enough hours in the day – you know IT’S SHOWTIME! Over the next nine days we have three big events (count ’em, three) for which we’ve been busily preparing: On Thursday night we’re packing up our 3D printer along with a bunch […]

5th Grade Family Portraits & 6th Grade Abstractions

5th Grade Family Portraits & 6th Grade Abstractions

My fifth grade students usually do their Family Portraits in the late fall so they often include holiday dinners. In rewriting my curriculum last summer, I moved the unit to late winter. Interestingly, many students still incorporated holiday dinners in their paintings, even though they were begun in February. To begin this unit, which addresses many objectives including perspective, […]