1st Grade Masks!

1st grade artists have been learning about texture through making animal masks! They learned that there are two kinds of texture that artists create: real texture and implied texture. Real texture is created by changing the surface of the artwork. Implied texture is created by drawing or painting different lines to create the appearance of texture.

1st grade artists applied both kinds of texture in their masks below!

1A Artists L to R: Sophia, Charlie, Makenna, Azra



1B Artists L to R: Alexa, Layla, Antonia, Kaisuke, Isabella, Summer

1C Artists L to R: Emil, Tava, Bryce, Levi, Lyla, Ryder

2nd Grade Self-Portraits!

2nd grade artists have finally finished their self-portraits! They have been working on this project for the past few weeks. Along the way they have learned about the proportions of the face, how to draw their own faces from observation in a mirror, how to select a color scheme that represents their own personality traits and emotions, and how to recognize and create highlights and shadows with watercolor paint and colored pencil. Needless to say, the results are as unique as the artists who created them!

2A artists, L to R, top to bottom: Joel, Ivan, Logan, Akaya, Shyla, Aaron, Aby, Arel, Frida, Gertrude, Taylor, Kayin

2B artists, L to R, top to bottom: Chane, Justin, Aedan, Melana, Leah, Chester, Xander, Finley, Talia, Quinn, Noah, Emmanuel

Come see these portraits on the 2nd floor bulletin boards, coming soon!

Kindergarten Kente Cloth

Kindergarten artists have started a brand new unit called art around the world. In this unit we “travel” to different countries to learn about their art making traditions and techniques. The first place we visited was Ghana to learn about Kente cloth.

We viewed images of real Ghanaian Kente cloth and observed the different lines and shapes used. Artists noticed that Kente cloth was comprised of strips of fabric, each with a repeating pattern. Next, they learned that the designs are actually symbols that represent characteristics that are important to families to pass down to the next generation. For example, the diamond represents the importance of respecting parents, the vertical lines represent strength, and the zigzag lines represent fairness.


Next, the class brainstormed qualities that are important to them, and came up with their own corresponding symbols. For example, the paw print reflects the importance of caring for animals, the triangle represents bravery and the curly-cue represents fun. Then, they chose two symbols and created their own strip of Kente cloth using oil pastels and watercolor. I combined all of the strips to create two Kindergarten Kente cloths hanging in the art room and on a bulletin board on the 3rd floor. The results are beautiful and full of meaning.



Stay tuned to see examples of Kindergarten pottery inspired by pottery from Morocco!

Warm Fall Leaves in Kindergarten

Kindergarten just wrapped up their unit all about color and painting. In this unit they learned about four different color groups: Primary colors (red, yellow, blue), secondary colors (purple, green, orange), warm colors (red, yellow, orange) and cool colors (green, blue, purple).

To learn about warm colors, artists viewed images of fall leaves and then created some of their own using pencils, sharpie markers and watercolor paints. This project was also an opportunity for artists to practice different brush techniques and color mixing. See these beautiful creations hanging in the third floor hallway!

KA Artists L to R: Vesper, Tanith, Annah, Maia

KB Artists L to R: Theadora, August, Georgia, Dalia

KC Artists L to R: Daniel, Bella, Beatrix, Jeremiah,

KD Artists L to R: Tobias, Iyla, Reagan


1st Grade Space Collages!

1st grade artists have been learning about space with an introduction to perspective. First they learned about the foreground, middle ground and background of a picture and how to make something look closer to the viewer or farther away by changing its size and placement. Then they learned that the horizon line is the line that separates the ground from the sky.

To demonstrate this new understanding, 1st grade artists created space collages by applying a foreground, middle ground and background to a picture that included the horizon line.

Space and perspective can be developmentally challenging for students at this age. You  can help your kids understand these concepts better by asking them to find the horizon line when you’re out in the world, or when looking at pictures, ask them which object is closer and how they can tell!

1A Artists L to R: Elyse, Leni, Sophia, TJ

1B Artists L to R: Gabe, Alaya, J’ma, Layla

1C Artists L to R: Zion, Naomi, Lyla, Zac

2nd Grade Learns about Negative and Positive Space!

This project introduced 2nd grade artists to the concept of negative and positive space as well as a new way to create a self-portrait. First, they learned that negative space is the space around, and in between an object, and positive space is the object itself. We viewed several images to identify the negative and positive space and found that the negative spaces are just as important as the positive spaces!


Next, they applied this concept to create a new kind of self-portrait featuring their own hands instead of their faces. We discussed the purpose of a self-portrait as a work of art that describes the artist. Then we discussed how even your hands can tell a lot about you.

To start their alternative self-portraits they first traced their hands in different places on the paper. Next they chose words that describe them and things that they like and then added them to either the negative or positive space. Lastly, they colored in the remaining space using a color of their choice. The results speak volumes!


Artists top to bottom, L to R: Logan, Gertrude, Chania, Leah Gregory


1st Grade “Me” Puppets

1A Artists L to R: Emilio, Charlie, Karina, Valentina, Jolissa, Madysen, Makenna, Azra, Lucafullsizerender-23fullsizerender-24fullsizerender-25

1B Artists L to R: Summer, Greyson, Alexa, Layla, Alex, Kaisuke, Aiden, Alaya, Emmiefullsizerender-28fullsizerender-29fullsizerender-30

1C Artists L to R, top to bottom: Sasha, Emil, Lulu, Faren, Juniper, Ryder, Philip, Jeut, Veronicafullsizerender-22