2nd Grade Self-Portraits!

It’s that time of year again! The 2nd grade has finished their self-portraits. This project incorporates many different artistic skills. First, they learn the basic proportions of the face.


Next, they drew themselves from observation by looking in a mirror. They learned to really look and they what they saw, not what they thought they saw. They then chose their colors to reflect their own personalities, making sure to create contrast between the face and the background. Lastly, they observed highlights and shadows on their own faces and mixed their own tints and shades.

Artists L to R, top to bottom: Luca, Allysha, Jacob, Kennedeth, TJ, Lincoln, Tava, Lilly, Faren, Philip, Madysen, Izzy, Lyla, Jeut,Rashaun, Karina


Congratulations Performers!

Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders did a beautiful job in the concert this past Friday! During rehearsal Kindergarten and 3rd graders showed off their spectacular rabbit masks that they used to perform the Rabbit’s Snow Dance.

Shout out to Ms. L for taking these lovely photos 🙂

1st Grade People in Poses!

1st grade artists have taken drawing people to the next level! In Kindergarten we focused on drawing people using simple shapes (i.e. oval for the head, rectangle for the torso etc.). This year, artists learned how to add joints to their people, enabling them to draw people in different poses! After practicing some poses with their bodies, they were ready to add elbows and knees to the people in their drawings.

Then we discussed creating an interesting background that shows something about where the person is. They learned about the horizon line: the line that separates the ground from the sky or the wall from the floor. Then they added plenty of details and colors!

1A Artists L to R: Bella, Saana, Marsten

1B Artists L to R: Chloe, Tanith, Pia

1C Artists L to R: Montgomery, Alexa, Daniel, Luna

1D Artists L to R: Leonardo, Amara, Lily, Vesper

3rd Graders Learn about Value, Form and Still-life drawing!

Over the past few weeks 3rd grade artists have been preparing for a still life project by learning about shapes vs. forms. They learned that shapes are 2D (i.e. squares, triangles and circles) while forms are 3D (i.e. cubes, pyramids and cylinders). We viewed examples of forms and still lives in famous works of art. 3rd grade artists identified the light source in each painting and then observed the different values it created on the forms.


For example, in the Cezanne painting above, 3rd grade artists were able to tell that the light was coming from the top right corner because the lightest values on the lemons are on the top right, and the darkest shadows are cast by the plate in the bottom left.

Next, they were ready to practice creating values of their own by creating a 5-step value scale (see Chane’s beautiful example below).

IMG_1376Then, they created the illusion of forms on their papers by drawing simple lines and then chose a light source. Lastly, they applied value to their forms according to the placement of the light source.

(Artists below L to R, top to bottom: Zion, Gregory, Olivia, Joel, Justin, Aedan) 

Now that they have learned so much about forms and value, they are ready to draw a still life from observation. In our last classes, 3rd grade artists got together in groups to create their own forms in a still life using Magna-Tiles.

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Stay tuned to see how their still life drawings turn out!


Kindergarten Shape Monster Collages!


Kindergarten artists have been learning a lot about lines and shapes over the past few weeks! They have also been practicing some of the basic art techniques we will use regularly throughout the year including drawing, cutting and gluing.

For this project, artists first drew their own shapes, then they cut them out and then they assembled their very own shape monsters, adding different lines and designs in crayon. Enjoy!

(Artists L to R, top to bottom: Layla, Gracelyn, Eden, Yotam, Maxwell, Samuel)

People in Poses

In first grade, artists learn how to add elbows and knees to their drawings of people. This gives them the skills they need to draw people in different poses, creating more dynamic and interesting works of art!

To celebrate this addition to their art vocabulary, 1D practiced some truly unique poses on their way out of art class this week.


Stay tuned to see some of these poses in their drawings!

2nd Grade Cityscape Paintings!


2nd graders have assumed the role of architects and city planners, tasked with designing their own cityscapes. First we looked at photographs of different buildings in NYC to identify the various shapes they are comprised of. Then they drew their own buildings and sky details using sharpie and oil pastel. Lastly, they painted a wash over the sky and the buildings, observing the resist between the oil pastels and the watercolor. The results are stunning!

(Artists L to R, top to bottom: Antoinette, Nylah, Isabella, Jeut, Jolissa, Kawan, Talique, Kaisuke, TJ) 

**Hot tip: if your kids seem interested in architecture as an art form, read them Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty.

It’s a terrific story with even better illustrations. If you like what you read, you’ll be happy to hear that Iggy Peck is part of a series including other titles such as Ada Twist Scientist, and Rosie Revere Engineer. ENJOY!