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appy Holidays from Artist's At Whiting!!!
                                     
                                                               








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Grades 4/5/6
Whiting art students in grades 4 through 6 have just begun a new unit.  After so much hard work during their Perspective Unit, students are ready to take on another challenge! Students will now be able to study a more natural subject, their own faces!!  After studying perspective and drawing so many geometrical objects, studying organic subjects will give students the variety of knowledge they need to grow as artists.  The introduction of this unit started with students making contour line drawings of their classmate’s faces.  This is always a silly and fun, yet crucial activity that reinforces students to “draw with their eyes.”  As students begin to practice drawing what they actually see, instead of what we think we see or is in our imagination, their drawing skills are already showing improvement and maturity.   For our final project, each student will create a realistic self-portrait using mirrors and gridding techniques.  Miss G is very excited to have a new iPad, which will be used to integrate technology into several lessons during this unit.  Each student has had their photograph taken in a special application that adds gridlines to the picture.  Students will then incorporate math skills to make a matching grid for their drawing. As we look at the work of several artists who used gridding methods or who created self-portraits, students will discuss ideas about how to capture the individual and unique facial characteristics that each of us possess.  Once the portraits are finished, come on in and see if you can guess and match students with their self-portraits! 

Grades K/1

Art students in grades K/1 have just finished up their self-portraits for the Square1Art Fundraiser!  K/1 artists have been studying pattern, along with learning how to draw with their eyes. When the S1A catalogs arrive, the masterpieces will clearly demonstrate all of the knowledge they have soaked up this year. 

As we move on toward spring, students will be looking more at color, and how artists use color to express what they are feeling.  In our last class together, we played the well-known “Color Song” to practice our association and recognition of each color.  We also love listening to music while we work, to relax and calm our artistic space.

Grades 2/3/4

Artists in grades 2, 3, & 4 have also been working on self-portraits for the Square1Art Fundraiser!  This group of artists is taking a deeper look into color schemes and the color wheel.  As artists create pieces in many mediums, they are assigned particular color schemes.  We sometimes even play a little guessing game when students view and discuss the artwork of their peers.  Students have also been working on adding paper to their art folders (which are also art portfolios and vision boards) so that they also function as art sketchpads!

They are encouraged to do this during any free time they have, when all projects are finished.  Now they can sketch their ideas right in their own special place, where their hopes and dreams will visually speak to them.

4/5/6

Whiting art students in grades 4 through 6 have been learning how to see and appreciate things and places around them, which exist in their very own town!  After exploring the town and looking at different places in a new way, each student was assigned to choose one special place or “wonder” of Whiting. In their classrooms, students each then created their own website, which informs readers and viewers about their specific wonder.  In art class with Miss G, they have been learning how to draw using one-point perspective. Students are learning to use horizon lines and vanishing points as tools, in order to create landscapes that look three-dimensional, as well as more realistic.  Each student created a painting that depicts their specific wonder, and can be seen on the website.  If you want to catch the real thing, swing by the RNESU Central Office!  You can also scan a QR code attached to each painting, that will take you directly to the students website right on your smart phone!

 4/5/6 Students have been working very hard throughout this school year.  Learning how to draw in one-point perspective is no easy challenge. However, Whiting students are once again proving that they can master any challenge if they believe

 in themselves.  As they continue to practice these skills in their Square1Art creations along with other drawing projects, their development continues to rise. 


Self-Portraits
Students in grades K through 2 have been studying faces for several weeks now.  For our Square1Art Project this year, students are creating self-portraits!  After lots of practice drawing, students are now ready to begin their final portrait.  Notices will soon be sent home with more details about the Square1Art timeline this year, so keep your eyes peeled!


S P A C E
Students look at the work of M.C. Escher to explore how artists can show space in their work.  Through a series of activities in several different mediums, students demonstrate their knowledge of the techniques they are learning.

The study of
COLOR
As grades PK through 2 studied the color wheel, they created a picture for each color of the rainbow, using mixed media in only that color.  An upcoming bookmaking lesson will show students how to compose their work into their very own book of colors!






















Welcome Back Artists and Families!!!!!!

I am super excited about all of the wonderful things students will be creating in art class this year!  Throughout the past few weeks, kids have been working on name designs, goal setting, and talking about what we want our art class to be like this year.  We will be doing a lot of personal exploration this year about who we are as artists, why we should celebrate our individuality and who we want to be as people.  I've learned that self-esteem is one of the most important attributes we need to hold as people, and as artists.  There will be many opportunities this year for our young artists to showcase their work, talk about it, and feel great about what they do!  Please read the letter to the right to find out details about this year's class, and how to contact Miss G with any questions or concerns.  
Here's to another great year!
-Miss Gengras 


Have a Great and Creative Summer Art Students!!!



Looking at Art: Seeing Questions

Describe it.

What kinds of things do you see in this painting? What else do you see?

What words would you use to describe this painting? What other words might we use?

How would you describe the lines in this picture? The shapes? The colors? What does this painting show?

Look at this painting for a moment. What observations can you make about it?

How would you describe this painting to a person who could not see it?

How would you describe the people in this picture? Are they like you or different?

How would you describe (the place depicted in) this painting?

 

Relate it.

What does this painting remind you of?

What things do you recognize in this painting? What things seem new to you?

How is this painting like the one we just saw? What are some important differences?

What do these two paintings have in common?

How is this picture different from real life?

What interests you most about this work of art?

 

Analyze it.

Which objects seems closer to you? Further away?

What can you tell me about the colors in this painting?

What color is used the most in this painting?

What makes this painting look crowded?

What can you tell me about the person in this painting?

What can you tell me about how this person lived? How did you arrive at that idea?

What do you think is the most important part of this picture?

How do you think the artist made this work?

What questions would you ask the artist about this work, if s/he were here?

 

Interpret it.

What title would you give to this painting? What made you decide on that title?

What other titles could we give it?

What do you think is happening in this painting? What else could be happening?

What sounds would this painting make (if it could)?

What do you think is going on in this picture? How did you arrive at that idea?

What do you think this painting is about? How did you come up that idea?

Pretend you are inside this painting. What does it feel like?

What do you think this (object) was used for? How did you arrive at that idea?

Why do you suppose the artist made this painting? What makes you think that?

What do you think it would be like to live in this painting? What makes you think that?

 

Evaluate it.

What do you think is good about this painting? What is not so good?

Do you think the person who painted this do a good or bad job? What makes you think so?

Why do you think other people should see this work of art?

What do you think other people would say about this work? Why do you think that?

What grade would you give the artist for this work? How did you arrive at that grade?

What would you do with this work if you owned it?

What do you think is worth remembering about this painting?

 





This Week:
Leicester's Snow Queen Puppet Show a Success!!!!
     







This week, a notice will be sent home to Sudbury and Whiting families, as a reminder for
important S1A ordering dates, and other information.

 Puppetry: Students explore the world of Jim Henson and puppetry!!!



Student art show at BAG was a wonderful experience for students, families, and teachers.  Thank you to the Brandon Artist's Guild, students, and families for all of the wonderful work that you do.
Attention Art Students and Families:

Please join us this Friday (5-7pm)at the Brandon Artist's Guild for the opening reception of the student art show!  The reception exhibits work from students throughout the RNESU district.  Art work from Leicester, Sudbury, and Whiting students is showcased throughout the entire month of February.  Don't miss it!



Coming soon to Leicester, Sudbury, and Whiting.....

Check it out at....    http://www.square1art.com

Students have been studying color theory during the past several art classes.  Students choose warm and cool color schemes to create their picture for Square 1 Art!  Within the next few weeks, these masterpieces will be sent to the company.  Then, a catalog will be sent back to school, and go home with students.  Each catalog contains free stickers with your child's art on it!   Parents, families, and friends can then order all sorts of neat items with the art right on it!  This is a fundraiser for our schools!  S1A now offers online ordering for your convenience.  Please contact Miss. Gengras with any questions or concerns about this project or process.




Just a friendly reminder... Art report cards are on their way!!!!  If you have any  questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time.

ART

Figure Drawing/Life Drawing

 

K-6 art students, are all beginning to take a closer look at the human figure through figure drawing and life drawing.  Figure drawing is a very important unit for art students of all ages.  The sooner one learns how to draw a figure better, the more practice and skill they will gain in all forms of art.  figure drawing is a drawing of the human form in any of its various shapes and postures, using any of the drawingmedia.  A "life drawing" is a drawing of the human figure from observation of a livemodel.  Before we started our lesson, students were asked to draw a picture of a person, from head to toe, in their art sketchpad.  As our unit moves along, the drawings they will continue to do in their sketchpad, will show the  skill progression of each student. Students learn to look at how the human figure is made of mass, and can be broken down into shapes.  When drawing figures, students practice different positions of the body, using these shapes.  They are introduced to a moveable mannequin that artists use to help them draw.  The mannequin will be present in each class, to assist us with our study of the human form.  To help K-2 students practice the assembly of this form they will also use puzzles.  Each puzzle piece represents a part of the human form.  Through putting the pieces together, students start to see how these shapes can be placed in various ways, to depict different positions that the human form can be drawn or sketched in.  Students in grades 3-6 study this concept through a figure drawing study guide.  All students practice with by using coloring sheets that guide artists through the form.  During our next two classes, students will become live models for each other, as they practice sketching the human figure in different positions.  After all volunteers have modeled, students will choose one human figure position from their sketchpads, to represent for their final drawing.  Figure drawing can be very challenging, but Leicester, Sudbury, and Whiting artists, are up for the task!! 


Check out Student's Water Color Leaves!!  Students took a nature walk to find leaves that were interesting.  We then examined all aspects of the leaf through the elements and principals of design.  Some examples of things we looked at were color, shape, texture, line, size, and even imperfections.  Students then drew the leaf as detailed as possible,
and then painted them with watercolors.  Some students chose to represent the leaves realistically, while others, chose to make them fun colors!  Come 
check out the art bulletin board at school and see all these wonderful designs.  You will "FALL" in love!
 


Students explore the elements and principles of design through:

"The Starry Night" 
Vincent Van Gogh

                   

      


Our last few weeks in art have been filled with many exciting projects!  As we studied the work of Vincent Van Gogh, we took a very close look at "The Starry Night".  Students explored the elements and principles of design through this famous painting.  Students then created their own version of "The Starry Night", using oil pastels or "cray-pas".  Students have been practicing with both cray-pas and watercolors to observe how "resistance" works.  This week students went on a nature walk to collect leaves for our next project.  Students chose their subject based on their interests!  Some chose by color, while others chose by shape, line, or anything else that they thought might make an interesting subject to study.  Next week we will use mindfulness techniques to really practice our focus skill.  Keep your eyes peeled in the school for the masterpieces that have been created by these wonderful art students!!

As we jump into our third week of art, we find ourselves busy, busy, busy!!! Classes will start with a re-visiting of our discussion about class expectations.  We will take our brainstormed list, and create a more simple set of rules to follow.  By following our rules, we wish for the hopes and dreams of each student to come true.  We will discuss ideas and consequences of what we will do if we are having trouble with our rules at times.  Last week we talked about how it is okay to make mistakes, as long as we take responsibility for them.   After our group discussion, students will be finishing up both their hand designs, and their hope and dream drawing.  Students will also be introduced to methods of book making so that we can start constructing our own art journals!  During the first few weeks, we often discuss the idea of "thinking outside the box", and what it means as artists.  Each student will be asked to design a cover for their journal, and is encouraged to think outside the box!  Art journals are a wonderful way to practice designs for projects, and  to track artistic progress!  They also provide a great way to introduce students to bookmaking!  Journals will be used throughout the year, and will be sent home during the last weeks of school.  Feel free to stop in and take a look at what your child has been working on.  Next week I will give students a brief overview of how grades are formed in art class before finishing our journals.  Check out the "grading" tab for more details on the process.  

This week in art, we create our class expectations together in order to make our hopes and dreams come true.  We continue to work on our symbolic hands project, while adding elements of mixed media.  It is amazing to see the kids come up with so many unique ideas that express their individuality!  Next week we will start to put together our art journals for the year.  Come by and check out what we have been working on!!!

Welcome back families and artists!!!  I am so excited to start a new year with smiling faces, both old and new.  We got off to a great start this week discussing what art is, along with our hopes and dreams for this year.  We then did a "pair share" to talk about our summers.  To change it up a bit, we introduced our partners to the group.  We then jumped right in to art making, using symbolism to share our personal likes and interests!  Keep your eyes peeled for this "hands on" project.  Within the next few weeks we will create our art classroom rules, and share our hopes and dreams through an artistic process.   After these projects, we will create our own art journals and portfolios, that will be used to track our progress throughout the year.  My hope and dream for this year is that all students will have an understanding of the importance of art in life.  I also hope to have a fun and productive year!  Next week I will send a letter home to parents and families.  Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to another great school year!!!!
 
Sculptures and portfolios have been sent home and we are all ready for summer!  Our last art class was filled with fun and great spirits!  Each class worked on a community class banner, that is now displayed in the school.  Work stations were set in place so that students could finish projects and make artistic decisions.  Have an amazing summer students and families!!!!!  There will be lots of art to share when we come back in the fall.

As our last week of art came to an end, students worked on beautiful rainforest mosaics!  The elements and principles of design that we have been studying this year, helped students make their artistic decisions.  After taking a closer look into the plants and animals of the rainforest, students began to create their own interpretations of this beautiful place by using color and shape.

Come check out the amazing recycled art around the school!  Students in grades 3-6 worked hard and creatively to complete their recycled art.  It is so unique and interesting!!  For the past few weeks, K-2 students have been studying many of the elements and principles of design.  We started the unit studying repetition and pattern.  We have studied many shapes throughout this unit but have most recently focused on geometric and organic shapes.  Through lots of guided discovery, observation, and practice, students have a firm grasp on these elements.  Last week students finished their geometric drip pictures and started their organic watercolor paintings!  This week all students will take a closer look at the color wheel.  Warm and cool color schemes will be used as expression of what they are feeling, and what they are learning.  Stay tuned for pictures as these masterpieces become displayed.  In the weeks to come, classes will revisit our rules, hopes, and dreams, that we came up with as a class at the beginning of the year.  We will evaluate how effective we have been as a group so we can really make the most of our last few weeks.  Each student has an artists journal and portfolio that will soon be sent home.  Please contact me with any questions or to make arrangements to pick up your child's work as some students have sculptures as well.  In the meantime, stay tuned for amazing art!


Students at Leicester, Sudbury, and Whiting have been working hard and having fun during our recycled art unit!  Grades 3 through 6 are working on independent and group projects that will be wrapped up during the upcoming weeks.  Grades PK through 2 have explored several elements and principles of design, by using the various recycled materials we have collected.  They started the unit with a lesson about spirals!  We then looked at repetition and how it is used in art.  Some students created their own collage by thinking about what kinds of materials might represent different objects.  We will conclude this lesson with several forms of critique and reflection.  Come check out the schools art bulletin board to see what students are creating!!!!

Last week students learned about different kinds of masks that are made during Mardi Gras!  We studied the historical  meaning behind it, and made connections to the reason why masks are sometimes used in these types of celebrations.  While viewing these masks, we discussed the different elements of design, and the various techniques that artists may have used. 
We looked closely at symmetry, patterns, shape, color, construction, and other aspects of the creative process.  Students could use one of the three templates provided, or design their own mask.  First students had to make artistic choices on weather they wanted to create a mask in the spirit of Mardi Gras.  Some students decided to do this by using purple, gold, and green.  We looked at the meaning of these colors and discussed how all colors can express a feeling, or represent meaning.   Some students decided to go in a different direction and in the end, we had all different kinds of themes!  We explored our available materials and decided as a group what the best way would be to add each material.  They then chose a color of foam for their base and began to create!  This project really allowed students to make artistic choices using mixed media.  We had so much fun creating the masks, and will be looking forward to sharing them with a little parade at school!  In the mean time, masks will be displayed at the school so come check them out!  This project will lead us right into more work with recycled materials.  Grades 3 through 6 will study other artists and then decide on an independent project design.  Grades PK through 2 will continue to learn and practice construction techniques through various crafts.  A theme that came up during this lesson was that nothing gets wasted.  As artists, we try to make use of and be creative with all sorts of materials.  If you happen to come across a material that you think could be a neat part of a students project, don't hesitate to bring it by.   Recycled art and sculpture is not only my specialty as an artist, but students seem to love working with these exciting and unique materials.

For the past few weeks, Miss. Gengras' students have been emerged into the exciting world of printmaking!!   Students started this unit by creating simple transfer designs, and have explored their way forward through many different printmaking techniques.  Our last printing project was block printing!  Students first created interesting designs that explored positive and negative space, as well as different textures. 
 Then using floral foam, students carved or etched their design into the foam, using wooden dowels.  Last week students printed their designs while learning about the new printing tools and materials!  This week students labeled their prints into an edition, and chose their 3 strongest ones for framing!  We have had critiques and discussions to determine what makes a print or image strong.   I was so amazed and impressed on how unique and different each piece of finished art came out.  Check the school's ART bulletin board to see these beautiful masterpieces!   When students come back, we will explore a new unit using recycled materials!  In our first lesson, students will design a mask that is made out of all sorts of neat recycled treasures.  Keep this in mind if you happen to stumble upon anything artistic for these masks!!  Enjoy February vacation everyone!!




We are starting the new year off right in art class!  Our little artists are back with great energy and spirit!  Within the coming weeks, students will be working on various printmaking projects.  Click class links for more details!

Square1Art comes to Leicester, Sudbury, and Whiting Schools!  Students have created masterpieces that have been sent out to Square1Art.  Catalogs have now been sent back to the company for processing!  Products will be sent back to the school by December 14th!  Funds and profits will be donated back to the school!  Products will be arriving before the holidays, and make excellent gifts!  More information will has been sent home including deadlines for orders, and specifics on your school's donation of choice. 
 If you did not get the order form back to school in time, you can work with the company independently by visiting squareoneart.com.  Students and I have had a BLAST working on these projects and we can't wait to share them with you!

Click school and class links to check out what students are working on!








Happy New Year!
Students have continued to move closer and closer their hopes and dreams through hard work, confidence and determination in 2013! 
2014 will begin with a class review of our material learned, along with self-assessment of our comprehension, individual artistry, and progress towards our goals.  As the practice of arts integration advances in our schools, a deeper understanding of the elements and principles of design will continue to progress.  This development will guide us along our artistic journey.  The exploration we experience along our unbounded path will help us make essential connections, both as individual artists and as a classroom community.  
            
           
 


Have a Great Summer Whiting Art Students!!!

Whiting Art Students Study Color Theory!!!!
Click Class Links For Details!

This week, a notice will be sent home to families as a reminder for
 important S1A ordering dates, and other information.
This week at Whiting, art students continue to work as puppeteers!  After designing and creating their very own puppet, they work on developing it's character traits.  Some have written scripts, and others know everything about their puppet!  This Thursday after watching an episode of The Muppet Show, all classes will get together for a meet and greet!  Each student will introduce their puppet to the group, and tell a little bit about the character of their new friend, and how they were created!  Most students will let their puppets do the talking.  After all, they are the puppeteers, not the actors!!!!!

Student art show at BAG was a wonderful experience for students, families, and teachers.  Thank you to the Brandon Artist's Guild, students, and families for all of the wonderful work that you do.  Congratulations to the two Whiting students whose work was featured on the invitation!

Attention Whiting Art Students and Families:

Please join us this Friday (5-7pm)at the Brandon Artist's Guild for the opening reception of the student art show!  The reception exhibits work from students throughout the RNESU district.  Art work from Whiting students will be showcased throughout the entire month of February.  Don't miss it!



Coming soon to Whiting School.....

Check it out at....    http://www.square1art.com

Whiting art students have been studying color theory during the past several art classes.  Students choose warm and cool color schemes to create their picture for Square 1 Art!  Within the next few weeks, these masterpieces will be sent to the company.  Then, a catalog will be sent back to Whiting, and go home with students.  Each catalog contains free stickers with your child's art on it!   Parents, families, and friends can then order all sorts of neat items with the art right on it!  This is a fundraiser for our Whiting school!  S1A now offers online ordering for your convenience.  Please contact Miss. Gengras with any questions or concerns about this project or process.


ART

Figure Drawing/Life Drawing

 

K-6 art students, are all beginning to take a closer look at the human figure through figure drawing and life drawing.  Figure drawing is a very important unit for art students of all ages.  The sooner one learns how to draw a figure better, the more practice and skill they will gain in all forms of art.  figure drawing is a drawing of the human form in any of its various shapes and postures, using any of the drawingmedia.  A "life drawing" is a drawing of the human figure from observation of a livemodel.  Before we started our lesson, students were asked to draw a picture of a person, from head to toe, in their art sketchpad.  As our unit moves along, the drawings they will continue to do in their sketchpad, will show the  skill progression of each student. Students learn to look at how the human figure is made of mass, and can be broken down into shapes.  When drawing figures, students practice different positions of the body, using these shapes.  They are introduced to a moveable mannequin that artists use to help them draw.  The mannequin will be present in each class, to assist us with our study of the human form.  To help K-2 students practice the assembly of this form they will also use puzzles.  Each puzzle piece represents a part of the human form.  Through putting the pieces together, students start to see how these shapes can be placed in various ways, to depict different positions that the human form can be drawn or sketched in.  Students in grades 3-6 study this concept through a figure drawing study guide.  All students practice with by using coloring sheets that guide artists through the form.  During our next two classes, students will become live models for each other, as they practice sketching the human figure in different positions.  After all volunteers have modeled, students will choose one human figure position from their sketchpads, to represent for their final drawing.  Figure drawing can be very challenging, but Leicester, Sudbury, and Whiting artists, are up for the task!! 


Check out Student's Water Color Leaves!!  Students took a nature walk to find leaves that were interesting.  We then examined all aspects of the leaf through the elements and principals of design.  Some examples of things we looked at were color, shape, texture, line, size, and even imperfections.  Students then drew the leaf as detailed as possible,
and then painted them with watercolors.  Some students chose to represent the leaves realistically, while others, chose to make them fun colors!  Come 
check out the art bulletin board at school and see all these wonderful designs.  You will "FALL" in love!
 




Students explore the elements and principles of design through:

"The Starry Night" 
Vincent Van Gogh

                              



Our last few weeks in art have been filled with many exciting projects!  As we studied the work of Vincent Van Gogh, we took a very close look at "The Starry Night".  Students explored the elements and principles of design through this famous painting.  Students then created their own version of "The Starry Night", using oil pastels or "cray-pas".  Students have been practicing with both cray-pas and watercolors to observe how "resistance" works.  This week students went on a nature walk to collect leaves for our next project.  Students chose their subject based on their interests!  Some chose by color, while others chose by shape, line, or anything else that they thought might make an interesting subject to study.  Next week we will use mindfulness techniques to really practice our focus skill.  Keep your eyes peeled in the school for the masterpieces that have been created by these wonderful art students!!

As we jump into our third week of art, Whiting students and I, find ourselves busy, busy, busy!!! Classes will start with a re-visiting of our discussion about class expectations.  We will take our brainstormed list, and create a more simple set of rules to follow.  By following our rules, we wish for the hopes and dreams of each student to come true.  We will discuss ideas and consequences of what we will do if we are having trouble with our rules at times.  Last week we talked about how it is okay to make mistakes, as long as we take responsibility for them.   After our group discussion, students will be finishing up both their hand designs, and their hope and dream drawing.  Students will also be introduced to methods of book making so that we can start constructing our own art journals!  During the first few weeks, we often discuss the idea of "thinking outside the box", and what it means as artists.  Each student will be asked to design a cover for their journal, and is encouraged to think outside the box!  Art journals are a wonderful way to practice designs for projects, and  to track artistic progress!  They also provide a great way to introduce students to bookmaking!  Journals will be used throughout the year, and will be sent home during the last weeks of school.  Feel free to stop in and take a look at what your child has been working on.  Next week I will give students a brief overview of how grades are formed in art class before finishing our journals.  Check out the "grading" tab for more details on the process.  

This week in art, we create our class expectations together in order to make our hopes and dreams come true.  We continue to work on our symbolic hands project, while adding elements of mixed media.  It is amazing to see the kids come up with so many unique ideas that express their individuality!  Next week we will start to put together our art journals for the year.  Come by and check out what we have been working on!!!


Welcome back Whiting families and artists!!!  I am so excited to start a new year with smiling faces, both old and new.  We got off to a great start this week discussing what art is, along with our hopes and dreams for this year.  We then did a "pair share" to talk about our summers.  To change it up a bit, we introduced our partners to the group.  We then jumped right in to art making, using symbolism to share our personal likes and interests!  Keep your eyes peeled for this "hands on" project.  Within the next few weeks we will create our art classroom rules, and share our hopes and dreams through an artistic process.   After these projects, we will create our own art journals and portfolios, that will be used to track our progress throughout the year.  My hope and dream for this year is that all students will have an understanding of the importance of art in life.  I also hope to have a fun and productive year!  Next week I will send a letter home to parents and families.  Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to another great school year!!!!
 
Sculptures and portfolios have been sent home and we are all ready for summer!  Our last art class was filled with fun and great spirits!  Each class worked on a community class banner, that is now displayed in the school.  Work stations were set in place so that students could finish projects and make artistic decisions.  Have an amazing summer students and families!!!!!  There will be lots of art to share when we come back in the fall.

As our last week of art came to an end, students worked on beautiful rainforest mosaics!  The elements and principles of design that we have been studying this year, helped students make their artistic decisions.  After taking a closer look into the plants and animals of the rainforest, students began to create their own interpretations of this beautiful place by using color and shape.
Come check out the amazing recycled art around the school!  Students in grades 3-6 worked hard and creatively to complete their recycled art.  It is so unique and interesting!!  For the past few weeks, K-2 students have been studying many of the elements and principles of design.  We started the unit studying repetition and pattern.  We have studied many shapes throughout this unit but have most recently focused on geometric and organic shapes.  Through lots of guided discovery, observation, and practice, students have a firm grasp on these elements.  Last week students finished their geometric drip pictures and started their or
ganic watercolor paintings!  This week all students will take a closer look at the color wheel.  Warm and cool color schemes will be used as expression of what they are feeling, and what they are learning.  Stay tuned for pictures as these masterpieces become displayed.  In the weeks to come, classes will revisit our rules, hopes, and dreams, that we came up with as a class at the beginning of the year.  We will evaluate how effective we have been as a group so we can really make the most of our last few weeks.  Each student has an artists journal and portfolio that will soon be sent home.  Please contact me with any questions or to make arrangements to pick up your child's work as some students have sculptures as well.  In the meantime, stay tuned for amazing art!

Last week we celebrated our hard work on mask making with a Mardi Gras parade to start art class!  Students at Whiting  have been working hard and having fun during our recycled art unit!  Grades 3 through 6 are working on independent and group projects that will be wrapped up during the upcoming weeks.  Grades PK through 2 have explored several elements and principles of design, by using the various recycled materials we have collected.  They started the unit with a lesson about spirals!  We then looked at repetition and how it is used in art.  Some students created their own collage by thinking about what kinds of materials might represent different objects.  We will conclude this lesson with several forms of critique and reflection.  Come check out the schools art bulletin board to see what students are creating!!!!

Last week students learned about different kinds of masks that are made during Mardi Gras!  We studied the historical  meaning behind it, and made connections to the reason why masks are sometimes used in these types of celebrations.  While viewing these masks, we discussed the different elements of design, and the various techniques that artists may have used. We looked closely at symmetry, patterns, shape, color, construction, and other aspects of the creative process.  Students could use one of the three templates provided, or design their own mask.  First students had to make artistic choices on weather they wanted to create a mask in the spirit of Mardi Gras.  Some students decided to do this by using purple, gold, and green.  We looked at the meaning of these colors and discussed how all colors can express a feeling, or represent meaning.   Some students decided to go in a different direction and in the end, we had all different kinds of themes!  We explored our available materials and decided as a group what the best way would be to add each material.  They then chose a color of foam for their base and began to create!
 This project really allowed students to make artistic choices using mixed media.  We had so much fun creating the masks, and will be looking forward to sharing them with a little parade at school!  In the mean time, masks will be displayed at the school so come check them out!  This project will lead us right into more work with recycled materials.  Grades 3 through 6 will study other artists and then decide on an independent project design.  Grades PK through 2 will continue to learn and practice construction techniques through various crafts.  A theme that came up during this lesson was that nothing gets wasted.  As artists, we try to make use of and be creative with all sorts of materials.  If you happen to come across a material that you think could be a neat part of a students project, don't hesitate to bring it by.   Recycled art and sculpture is not only my specialty as an artist, but students seem to love working with these exciting and unique materials.


For the past few weeks, Miss. Gengras' students have been emerged into the exciting world of printmaking!!   Students started this unit by creating simple transfer designs, and have explored their way forward through many different printmaking techniques.  Our last printing project was block printing!  Students first created interesting designs that explored positive and negative space, as well as different textures.  Then using floral foam, students carved or etched their design into the foam, using wooden dowels.  Last week students printed their designs while learning about the new printing tools and materials!  This week students labeled their prints into an edition, and chose their 3 strongest ones for framing!  We have had critiques and discussions to determine what makes a print or image strong.   I was so amazed and impressed on how unique and different each piece of finished art came out.  Check the school's ART bulletin board to see these beautiful masterpieces!   When students come back, we will explore a new unit using recycled materials!  In our first lesson, students will design a mask that is made out of all sorts of neat treasures.  Keep this in mind if you happen to stumble upon anything artistic for these masks!!  Enjoy February vacation everyone!


Whiting students start the new year with an introduction to printmaking!  This week we studied different animals and reflections.  Students chose an animal to draw with cray-pas on
one half of a folded piece of paper.  They then press the two sides of the paper together, to make an impression.  This impression represents the reflection of the animal in water.  Students have been imaginative and creative in this process.  In our next class, we will paint over the impressions with tempura paint to make a better representation of water. 
 
This week students will be introduced to working with clay.  This is always a favorite with our mini-sculptors.  Stay tuned for updates on their amazing work!

Whiting students are now working with Square1Art!  Catalogs with products that feature your childs art will have been sent back to the company for processing!  Product should arrive by December 14th.  If you missed the deadline for your order form, visit squareoneart.com, and work with them independently.  Profits will be donated to Friends of Whiting School!

Students at Whiting have just completed their masterpieces for Square1Art! Miss. Gengras has shipped out the artwork, and now your childs featured catalog has been sent home! Products with the hard work from these little artists make wonderful gifts!  Profits will be donated to Friends of Whiting School.

Last week students were introduced to figure drawing!  Students explored the proportions of the human body, and how drawings start with basic shapes.  Students got the chance to draw from a manikin, and live models in different poses.  Students also had the chance to be a model themselves!  Students will learn to draw the human figure more realistically.  Next class students will add details and facial features!

In week 8 of art, students worked on drawing out designs for their halloween costumes!  We had so much fun doing this and sharing ideas!  Students learned to draw face and body outlines, and certain facial features.  They used mixed media including cray-pas, tempura paint, fabrics and other collage materials.  They learned the technique of resistance.  When you draw with cray-pas and then paint over it, the paint resists the waxy substance, creating a neat texture.  It's almost like magic!
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