June 2014

Drop Into Art Friday 6/6, 6/13 at 8:10 am for Grades 4 and 5!
 Stop in and create. 
 These are the last two for this school year!

Fifth Grade Ceramic Birds

Our final work this year, for all grades, was with one or more clay types: paper clay, Sculpey and/or ceramic. Three dimensional forms were explored in these mediums and children practiced creating the forms before placing them into sculptural positions. We created animals, abstract sculptures, hollowed out bird forms, coiled pots and finger puppets. Concepts covered included the function of clay objects, the properties of clay, the drying and firing process, the use of balance in sculpture and the opportunity to use unexpected outcomes to one's advantage in the creative process.

Many 3rd, 4th and 5th graders sent a copy of their graphic art work to a parent's email address. Students in these grades either created book reports on cultural meaning in art or a collage of their own portfolio! Be sure to ask your student if they sent it to you! If not, I can help them do so in September.

5th grade students completing their simple 
 wood "carousel" and "hoops"!

May 2014

Drop Into Art Fridays: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/2, 5/30 at 8:10 am for Grades 4 and 5.  Stop in and create. FREE. 

Fifth graders assemble simple machine toys.

Weaving on a Floor Loom: 3rd Grade Students

Variations on Weaving

The center example was woven by two boys working together with sock loops on a cardboard loom.

Following the weaving unit in grades 1-3, students learned how to stitch using a needle and thread. We stitched into plastic grids, paper towels and burlap. Children in these grades are now working with spheres and cylinders using paper clay, which is an excellent medium for young children. A very forgiving clay, students use it successfully as they work their way through issues involved with 3D formations. Another clay body we will use this spring is Sculpey modeling clay. 

Students in grade 5 will be using ceramic clay again this spring and have recently missed several art classes due to play practice. Earlier this year, students in this grade designed and glazed ceramic tiles with symbols from various cultures around the world. Most recently, our fifth graders built their wood simple machine toys. Students helped each other and all practiced the mechanics of hammer and screw driver skills. 

Fourth grade students have continued on with stitching, while one class created vinyl pouches and another worked with the concept of a coiled vessel or bowl using heavy cord and tape. This spring, three dimensionality will be further explored in paper and in Sculpey clay. 

Check back for more updates on our lessons and the Drop Into Art schedule!

April 2014 Gallery

Drop Into Art Fridays: 3/28/14, 4/4/14, 4/11/14 at 8:10 am for  Grades 4 and 5.  Stop in and create. FREE! 

Weaving on a Loom

The above set of photos of third graders is an example of students' overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to weaving on cardboard and floor looms. Across the grades, students welcomed learning and practicing fine motor and problem solving skills which this project presents. Many challenged themselves on the rya weave, the steeple chase and beading along the weft strings! Wearing their wristbands home upon completion was a bonus they worked toward. Students also opted to make miniature scarves, mats and "pillows" for their tiny stuffed animal friends!

March 2014 

"Paper, Metal, Yarn and Clay!"

Drop Into Art Fridays: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 at 8:10 am for  Grades 4 and 5.  Stop in and create. FREE! 

Many 4th and 5th graders have chosen to stop by the art room to "create something" before they start their day
at school. Some will elect to use new materials while others wish to work further with materials and concepts that have been introduced in art class.

Miniature Books and Mobiles 
Metal tooling with aluminum.

5th Grader metal tooling.

Animation, Art Portfolios and Cultural Design:  (iPad, Paper and Clay)

At school assembly in February, students in grades 3, 4 and 5 presented our most recent work in art which included Stop Motion Animation, Digital Art Portfolios and Book Reports on Cultural Symbols in Art.  Below are videos showing some of our animations and if you scroll down further you will find beautiful representations of painted and glazed cultural designs on paper and on fired clay. 

Stop Motion Animation by 4th and 5th Graders

YouTube Video

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Since our origami unit last fall, many children have taken up the art of practicing and learning new origami on their own. Check out this TED ED by Robert Lang, who uses math and engineering principles in origami work. It is so exciting to see students every morning wandering into the art room with their latest self directed origami projects!

On the retirement of Mrs. Barbara Ryan, Middle School Art Teacher:
In February, Mrs. Ryan retired from her teaching career in the public school system of Wayland. Her passionate enthusiasm for education in the arts will be missed as we carry on without her warm and caring presence on our staff. Here is a tribute to her fabulous work with students of the past! 

YouTube Video

Weaving! Grades 1 through 4 have been exploring weaving with various materials including paper, yarn and cardboard looms. Some students found great success weaving on a large wooden floor style loom. 

 Second Graders finished proudly! Weaving on  cardboard looms was exciting for grades 1,2,3! 4th Graders will begin in March. Second graders weave the rya knot on looms.

January/February 2014

Drop Into Art Fridays:  1/17, 1/24, 2/1, 2/7, 2/27 at 8:10 am for Grades 4 and 5.  
Stop in and create. FREE!




Grade Two: Painting Color Values 
in Winter Sky Using Foreground, 
Middle and Background Space 

Wishes for Peace and a Wondrous 2014! 

Drop Into Art Friday: 12/6, 12/13 at 8:10 am for Grades 4 and 5.  Stop in and create!  FREE!


 Fourth graders photograph their 2D and 3D art projects....
...to create a digital portfolio.... 
...using the iPad.

Adinkra Symbols Chart from Ghana, So. Africa 
Adinkra Cloth from Ghana, South Africa 
Adinkra Paintings:

Symbols for Wisdom and Good Fortune
Fifth Grade Ceramic Tiles: Inspired by Cultural Design

Glazed Ceramic Tiles: Cultural Design 
 Design motifs from various cultures.  
Using visual ideas from various cultures. 

Cultural Design 
Cultural Design CeramicTiles
Grade 5
Grade One 
Drawing from Observation

Cultural Design Tiles
 Grade 5

Reflections On An Art Class:

What could have been described as "Just Coloring" on the iPad today, was more exciting than one might imagine.  First graders, who are new to the use of the iPad in art class, were introduced to "Brushes", a drawing and painting app. They set out to explore the color palette and the various sizes of the brushes. These first graders worked in pairs and on their own. Every iPad showcased a unique set of explorations which took on a life of its own. The students were engaged in an adventure which prompted questions as diverse as the color menu. Connections they were making in their exclamations included:

"This reminds me of programming!"
"Why do I get this texture in my brush?"
"How do I go to the gallery?"
"I did it and now I have to save!"
"It makes a video of your work!"
"Can I watch how you drew that?"
"How do I enlarge, reduce, zoom in?"

In one art period, the learning that took place around art concepts as well as technology was accelerated because of the iPad. It is December and it was time the first graders were introduced to this device in art class. Students learned more concepts by painting digitally today than they could have learned in one period painting manually. Does one replace the other? Absolutely not. One feeds the other.

Children have a tremendous desire and need to use their hands and they arrive in art class wanting just that. Using our hands and traditional materials is what we do in our weekly 45 minute art classes: We work the materials and learn the concepts. The iPad, used at all the grade levels, is a tool. It is brought out to teach, reinforce and explore concepts in art. It does not take the place of the materials. 

A fourth grade class took photos of their completed Fall art projects today and placed them into a digital collage using an iPad app. Now they have a digital image of their portfolio which they have the option to send only to their parents! All 4th and 5th graders will work toward this goal this year. Another exciting project anticipated for these two grades in 2014 is animation! Stay tuned and be sure to follow all of our art activities and view our gallery right here on our website!

Christine Soeltz
Art Instructor
Happy Hollow School

December 2013

 Drop Into Art Fridays 12/6 and 12/13 at 8:10 am for Grades 4 and 5. Free!

We are assembling our art portfolios. Fourth and Fifth graders will
 photograph their work and put it into a collage, like the sample above, using the iPad!

Gallery of Art

Drop Into Art Fridays 11/8 and 11/15 at 8:10 am for Grades 4 and 5. Free!

Second Grade Mosaic

Tree Structure in Mosaic 

Second Grade Mosaic 

Silhouette of a Tree 

First Graders Create Silhouettes 

Tree Forms 
Fifth Grade 
Origami Symmetry 
 Origami Symmetry
Fifth Grade Work 
 Radial Design
Origami in Symmetry 

Grade 5 Collage

Origami Collage 

Symmetry with Origami 

Fifth Grade Collage 

Grades One and Two: Paper Folded Names

Paper Folded Names and Symmetry 

Grade Two Tree Formations in Mosaic Technique 

Grade Two Silhouettes of Trees 


Drop Into Art Fridays 11/8 and 11/15 at 8:10 am for Grades 4 and 5. Free!

Grade Two: Mosaic Silhouettes of Trees in Landscape.

5th Graders follow directions for origami challenge.
4th Graders take origami in creative directions.

Functional and playful origami.

Applying a learned strategy plus changing the size and placement.

4th Graders try it on!

 Cultural Design: A 4th Grader Paints.
Grade 3,4 vocabulary and origami.  

Cultural Design of China

Cultural Design of Egypt

Cultural Design of American Southwest India
Cultural Design of China


Painting Cultural Design
2nd Graders paint trees.

Painting trees from trunk to branches to twigs.

2nd Graders Painting the structure of a tree. 

Our origami studies focused on exploration of the techniques, history of the art and work of well known artists.  Akira Yoshizawa is considered to be the grandmaster of this ancient art and contemporary artist, Robert Lang has been described on TED talk as a "pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowing intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful."

The end of our origami and paper unit brought review and self assessment exercises. All students were engaged in some form of assessment which included at least one of these : self rubric, vocabulary review, history and fact worksheets. Portfolios of student work are kept until graded for report card. If work is displayed in the school at the time that portfolios are sent home, the work will be sent home when the display is taken down.


Drop Into Art Fridays 10/18 and 10/25 at 8:10 am for Grades 4 and 5. Free!


An advanced student of origami shows his skill at a new challenge of his choice. 
Origami Collage by 5th Grader
Detail of a Sunflower for Grades 1 and 2 observations.
Detail of Large Sunflower Leaf 

 Students observe the weight and structure of a sunflower from Happy Hollow's garden.

The center of the sunflower is a radial design, a pattern organized around a center point.
 Students in grades 1 and 2 create paper collages, observing the flower and those in Vincent Van Gogh's paintings.
A fifth grade class reads aloud the history of origami.
An origami corner!
A small group of students utilizes an origami tutorial for advanced challenges. 
Origami Collage by fifth grader.
A successful personal challenge!

Paper Folding/Origami Unit
Children set out in all directions with this focus during mid September and October.

Grade 1  
Sunflower Collages which measure the height of our first graders were inspired by the Sunflower Still Life paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, and our very own sunflowers which grew all summer in Happy Hollow's garden! Children tore, folded and glued paper to make large flowers and name plates which introduced them to teachers and students at Happy Hollow School. Now they are tearing paper to create silhouettes of trees and observing the relative sizes of trunks, branches and twigs.

Grade 2 
Building upon the sunflower experience described above, the second graders moved into paper mosaics of landscapes, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's paintings as well as the work of landscape photographers. Differentiating between portraits, seascapes and landscapes, students designed landscape backgrounds in mosaic style and added a tree in the foreground. Attention to detail in size changes within trees is reflected even more profoundly in the work of our second graders! Photographs were examined to find examples of silhouettes in a variety of land and seascapes. 

Grades 3, 4 and 5 studied in depth about Origami. All classes enjoyed learning opportunities starting at their level of comfort and moving on into more challenging paper folding. The history of Origami was reviewed and we looked at the work of origami grandmaster, Akira Yoshizawa, along with amazing work from German artist, Simon Schubert.  Older children expressed in their written summaries how origami relaxed them and how surprised they were to have such success with their own work.  Grades 3 and 4 created "Starburst" Books/Sculptures with Radial Design covers. Grade 5's art classes exploded with bright and wonderfully designed origami collages which were organized through radial design/symmetry.


A work in progress: Positioning the parts
of a 5th Grader's Origami Collage 

Welcome to a new school year, students and parents! As we begin our new year, please know that you can check back here to see monthly updates. For curricular information, please find the link in the sidebar: "Wayland Visual Arts Curriculum". 

Christine Soeltz

2012 / 2013 STUDIES


Grade 4

Grade 4 

Grade 4 

Grade 4 
Grade 4
Grade 4 
Grade 4 

Grade 4 
Grade 4
Grade 4 
Grade 4 
Grade 1 
 Grades 2,3
 Grade 1
Grades 2,3
Grade 1 

Grade 5 
Grade 1 
Grade 5 
 Grade 5
 Grade 5
Grade 5 
Grade 5 
 Grade 5

3rd Graders beam with excitement over their work!
1 Point Perspective on iPads  

Grade 3 using "Brushes" on iPad to explore elements of design. 
Artist Biography Posters in Grades 2,3 

Grant Wood Poster by a 3rd Grade Student 
Paul Klee Poster in Progress by a 3rd Grader
Georgia O'Keefe Poster by a 3rd Grader 
Leonardo da Vinci Poster by a 3rd Grader 

Pablo Picasso Poster by a 3rd Grader
3rd Graders draw 3D forms on the iPad, using "Brushes" app. 
In June,  4th and 5th graders drew room interiors using 1 Point  Perspective. Most tried their hand at drawing a city scene using the same concepts.

1st graders learned about the LasCaux Cave Paintings, took a virtual tour online and drew animals from observing illustrations.
 Grades 2 and 3 created artist posters after reading biographies on famous artists.

The Year in Summary

Grade 1 Term 1

General intro to the Elements of Design, Beautiful Oops! (story about mistake making in art), irregular shapes, sculpture, geometric shapes, positive, negative shapes, painting, sharing, The Dot story and 3D project, fabric, wood, portfolios, self portrait, finger weaving, space and perspective drawing of letters in imaginary landscape and penguins in their natural setting.

Grade 1 Term 2

Finger weaving; art games with images from National Gallery; Chinese New Year School Assembly (First Graders added scales to head); iPad introduction using Brushes app; Maracas from clay; Rainbow Fish story and collage; Grandma Moses' art and connection to landscape/maple sugaring; Background painting concepts; Painting/structure of a Tree; Flower structure explored in tissue paper and clay constructions; Wood sculptures;Lascaux cave paintings.

Grade 2 Term 1

General intro to the Elements of Design, Beautiful Oops! (story about mistake making in art), line, contrast, name blocks, geometric vs irregular, collage, decoupage, Huichol design, painting leaves, geometric wood boxes, self portrait in proportion, artist demo and observe with mirror, value scale, revisit weaving from fingers, spatial perspective with imaginary landscape.

Grade 2 Term 2

Portraits on iPad using Brushes app; Art game with images from the National Gallery; One point perspective concepts (illusion of depth); Artist David Hockney's work on iPad using landscape as focus; Metallic paper beads and wire sculpted mobiles; Artist Alexander Calder; Spheres and cylinders; Art and science how trees grow using paper sculpture; Miniature wood sculptures; Draw wooden figure/imagine its setting; Watercolor, colored pencils and painting background/wet, dry brush technique; Draw 3D forms on iPad;Coil clay pots; Artist biography posters.

Grade 3 Term 1

Name blocks, positive and negative space, shapes, decoupage/collage, Huichol art, Escher's Metamorphosis, painting technique, rubric, facial proportions with artist tutorial, value scale, geometric box 3D challenge, portfolio, studying the eye, nose, mouth, fictional composite portraits, spatial perspective.

Grade 3 Term 2

Value in portraits; One point perspective/illusion of space; Horizon line; David Hockney's landscapes and flowers on the iPad; Toys from "Olden Days": wood tops, button/string toy constructions; Wire Mobiles/Alexander Calder, sculptor; Wood miniatures/form and function; Draw/paint wooden figure with human proportions; Clay coil pots; Artist biography poster.

Grade 4 Term 1

Symmetry, contrast, Huichol art and culture, string art, decoupage/collage, Escher's skill with positive and negative shape transitions, facial proportions with focus on eyes, nose, mouth details, composite fictional portrait, rubric, portfolio, (holidays and other events interfered with scheduled class times), Open Studio Art sessions open to 4th graders in December 2012 and January 2013.

Grade 4 Term 2

Mobiles/Stabiles using balance,paint,glue/wire constructions;Alexander Calder's work;Portfolio reflect and share;iPad intro Brushes app: David Hockney's gallery of landscape; Wayne Thiebaud's food paintings and complementary colors; Paintings/colored pencil renderings of food using value and complementary color;wet/dry technique;"Transform"on iPad;Clay food sculptures;Room interior drawing in 1 Point Perspective;Bookmaking for Endangered Species/Creative books.

Grade 5 Term 1

Symmetry, contrast, Huichol art and culture, string art, painted original designs on handmade book bins made in homerooms, Escher's skill with positive and negative shape transitions, facial proportions with focus on eyes, nose, mouth details, composite fictional portrait, self portraits for yearbook, rubric, portfolio, contour line, wire sculpting, Martin Luther King Jr portrait. Open Studio Art sessions open to 5th graders in December 2012 and January 2013.

Grade 5 Term 2

Alexander Calder's wire sculptures; Wire and wood wheel sculptures; David Hockney's landscape/flower gallery of art on iPad; Using iPad app: Brushes, practice Seascapes/landscapes on; 3D forms in practice and in life; Wood sculptures for some 5th grade classes, play practice for others; Simple machine construction and finishing in paint, collage, drawing; "Transform" on Brushes; Verbal/written expression on art, contrasting and comparing artworks from professional artists.

May 2013

"Drop Into Art " : Open Studio Time
Fridays 5/10, 5/17, 5/24
8:10 am

Grades 3,4,5

Come down to the art room and practice
some skills, pick up new skills,
share your work, see others' works!

Breakfast with two responsible volunteers!

3rd Graders share their iPad "Radial Designs"

5th Graders work together to build their wooden simple machines.
The project choices were "Hoops" and "Carousels".

Third grade students could choose, for this lesson, to
create a "radial design" with art materials or on the iPad.

Third graders share their designs from art materials,
while others create the same on the iPad!

: Spring Gallery of Art Work!

A second grade student works at his
"functional miniature sculpture"
 with great focus and concentration.

Second Graders:"Grow Tree" Project

Second grade students make trees and
 plants from rolled up magazine papers,
simulating the growth of plants.

Grades 2 and 3: Mobiles

We learned about Alexander Calder's circus
characters, which he created and carried in his two suitcases.
Then we watched a short movie of his performance.
Alexander Calder is known for his large mobiles, too!

Grades 2 and 3: Functional Miniature Structures

5th Graders Begin Building "Simple Machines".

First Grade:"Barber Shop Maracas"

4th Grade Kinetic Sculptures

Tops and Other Old Fashioned Toys:

We created toys such as these from wood, string and buttons.

This Amish man formed a top on a lathe, a wood turning machine.
We watched this short clip online. (Courtesy of D. Miller)

Third Grade Students tested their handmade tops,
which they put together from pre-turned pieces of wood!

March 2013

Stabiles: Kinetic Sculpture

4th Graders Paint Kinetic Sculptures

iPads in Art
Unlike our typical art sessions which involve messy materials and physical movement, students found themselves excitedly exploring the "Brushes" apps on the iPad.  Applying the concepts of realism and perspective, (spatial depth), we used David Hockney's iPad art as a point of reference. I also shared my work on this app with my students. Following an initial period of discovery, the children were motivated to accept the challenge toward achieving a higher level of realistic imagery and needless to say, were very psyched about these lessons!

Focus: Grades 1 through 4

This month, the 4th Graders will begin their introduction to the iPad in art as they complete their Kinetic Sculptures. Grades 1 and 3 are starting 3D projects as Grades 2 and 5 move into the final phase of the "iPad in Art" introductions.

Grade 3: "Old Fashioned Toy"  Wood Constructions!

Toys we constructed:
Tops, Button and String, Paddle and Ball

I stumbled across some bags of buttons in an antique shop last week and  realized how buttons seem to be pretty nonexistent in the casual clothing of our youngsters. Our lifestyle has demanded quick closures and synthetic production has enabled us to do without buttons in many cases! Not too long ago, however, buttons were collected and reattached through a method called... "sewing"! This skill has been needed less as our culture has taken more readily to replacing rather than repairing clothing. But, back to buttons and art class....

Wooden Button and String Toy: For this toy, a string, doubled, holds a button or a wood disc with two holes.  Students used some color mixing concepts to create primary colors and with motion, they achieved the secondary color. They practiced until the string and button continuously spun in both directions. The kids were excited by the challenge of getting the string to work correctly!

Wood Paddle/Ball and Tops: The above color mixing concepts also work well with the movement of these two toys.  We will watch a craftsman carve a top spinner which he creates in his woodshop. His top spins for over a minute! From our pre-cut wood forms, we put together our own tops and paddle/ball toys.

February 2013

Open Studio Art
Drop In and Free!

Grades 4,5
Fridays Jan 25, Feb 1, 8 2013
8:10 am to 8:40 am

Chinese New Year - Grade 1

Our youngest students created a scale to be added to the dragon which Happy Hollow students designed last year. Each student in the school is represented by a hand designed "scale" on this 20 foot creature. Students walked the dragon through the assembly for the Chinese Language Program's fascinating presentation this week!

iPads in Art and David Hockney - Grades 1,2,3,5

The first of February 2013 brought a cart of 11 iPads to the art room at Happy Hollow. Thanks to the Wayland Public Schools Foundation, our wish was granted and we began our exciting explorations of art apps!

 All classes at Happy Hollow, with the exception of grade four at this time, have been exploring a "drawing and painting app" which British artist, David Hockney, has used extensively on the iPad and iPod. His digital work has been shown at major exhibitions in the US and in Europe.

The fourth graders will pick up the iPad Unit  when they are finished with their "Stabiles/Alexander Calder" Unit. 

Stabiles and Alexander Calder - Grade 4

Born in 1898, Alexander Calder is well known for his mobiles and stabiles, including his "suitcase circus show", called Cirque Calder.  Students in grade 4 are creating a stabile which requires 5- 6 art classes to complete. It poses
balance challenges, wire manipulation, painting and design concepts. In the end we will have a stationary piece of art, which contains movement.

Perspective and Depth - Grades 1,2,3
Students explored one point perspective concepts through discussion, artist representations and personal exercises. Imaginary landscapes were designed by all ages and grade three learned about representing the illusion of depth in a room interior as well.  The older grades here used overlap, size change and a vanishing point on the horizon line to create a more realistic sketch of spatial depth. Some classes watched the magicians, Penn and Teller, perform alongside David Hockney in a video which presented artists' tricks in creating the illusion of depth.

Self Portraits - Grades 1,2
Students paid close attention to detail in their faces by using mirrors. We learned about facial proportions and values, (shades of gray.)

Composite Portraits - Grades 3,4,5
These portraits were completed last month for most classes. Check below in January's blog for photos of these awesome fictional characters! Students studied the structure of an eye, nose and mouth. They followed along with an artist's tutorial, drawing parts of an anonymous face which was yet to be created. The final phase of this project was to put all the features together in a collage format, filling in the remainder with values to create a realistic drawing. See below for pictures.

Martin Luther King Jr. Mural of Portraits - Grade 5
Some fifth grade students in each class took their portrait knowledge to a new level and created quick pencil sketches of this very well known face - Martin Luther King, Jr.  The pieces were compiled into a mural and displayed at the MLK, Jr. dinner which was held in January.

Wire and Wood Sculpting - Grade 5
Based on Alexander Calder's circus sculptures, students were challenged with wire exercises. A final piece was to be made from wire and wooden wheels, a challenge requiring students to keep wheels functional while maintaining a creative approach to the overall look of the sculpture!

January 2013 Art Gallery

Composite Fictional Portraits 
Grade 5

Open Studio Art - Drop In and Free!
Grades 4,5
Fridays Jan 25, Feb 1, 8 2013
8:10 am to 8:40 am

(Please check back for updates to our gallery and lessons!)

December 2012 Art Gallery

At the end of this gallery of artwork
you will find a summary of these projects.

First graders pose, wearing their creations:

First Graders are proud of their wood/cloth creations:

A second grader built this hexagonal box. Designing
 the bottom and top presents more of a
 challenge than the standard, square, "craft stick" box.

A second grader designed an interior space inside her box:

Third and fourth graders learned about Escher's
metamorphosis techniques in working with positive and negative
shapes. Here are some examples of their own creations which pay special
 attention to both the positive and the negative areas within their compositions.

Using similar concepts as above, but in a mixed media fashion.

String designs, inspired by Huichol art:
 Grades Four and Five

Second graders painted leaves, exploring leaf
 structure, overlap and painting techniques:

December 2012

* iPads for Art! We are happy to announce a grant that has been awarded for the purchase of iPads to be used in art classes. Thank you to Wayland Public Schools Foundation for awarding us this grant! The order has been placed and we eagerly wait to explore apps which will bring the elements and principles of design right under our finger tips!

* Art Portfolio Packets have been organized and sent home with our first and second grade students. Upper grades will be sent home next. 

* Open Studio Art has been exciting and our next session is Dec 14 for grades 4 and 5. Working in a small group, students arrive eager to draw, ask questions and to hone in on their individual skills. It's been great fun!!!

Open Studio Art is held on Fridays 8:10 - 8:45 am, in the art room and is free to our students on a drop in basis. Check back here and in the school newsletter for the new schedule.

*Grade One used fabric and wood to create a mixed media sculpture. This followed a discussion of the story, "The Dot", by Peter Reynolds, about a student who happily explores from a place of "knowing", after feeling upset with the outcome of a previous assignment. 

* Grades Two and Three have completed their geometric boxes. Students took on the challenge of planning a base for their boxes and quickly found that pentagons and hexagons would require gradually closing in the bottom, rather than immediately as with the square. Balance, prediction, glue control, repetition and patience were skills with which we worked in order to achieve success. 

* Grade 4 completed their "metamorphosis" paintings, based on Escher's concepts of shape transitions. Positive and negative space/shapes, pattern, repetition and painting techniques were explored in this project. Grades 3, 4 and 5 have been learning about facial proportions and drawing with value and line to create eyes, noses and mouths in realistic detail. Next, they will make a composite face from their isolated renderings. Proportion, front view, 3/4 view, value (shading), line variation and drawing guidelines are concepts which have guided the students in this process. Also, students in these Grades 4 and 5 have used a self-evaluation rubric to reflect upon their "String Paintings", (based on the Huichol art of Mexico). 

*Please check back for December's photos to be posted shortly.

*A special "thank you" is being sent to Ms. Janoff for her beautiful display of our latest work in the main hallway!

November 2012

First Grade "Hat" and "Bird Sculptures"

A first grader cuts through negative space in his painting,
 which will soon become the sides of a hat!

The hats worn by their creators, first graders in
Ms. Weig's class.

Here we can see the tops of the "hats"!

Grade 5 Book Bins
The fifth graders built their own book bins with their classroom teachers. Students brought their boxes to art for 3-4 classes and used a mixed media approach in designing them. The starting point for design included the use of positive and negative shapes which were introduced in September along with the art of the Huichol from Mexico. The "String Paintings" of the Huichol were inspirational in many of our beginning projects this year. Fourth and Fifth graders created miniature string "paintings" which involved laying string onto a sticky felt surface.  In the art of the Huichol, the string is placed into beeswax and their work is traditionally based on their spiritual beliefs.

A Fifth Grader Explores Positive and Negative
 Shapes with Paint and Collage Techniques.

More Fifth Grade Book Bins!

Wood Sculptures:
Comparisons Between Geometric and Irregular Shapes

First Grade Wood Sculpture Using Irregular Shapes.

First Grade Wood Sculpture

First Grade Wood Sculpture

October 2012

Gallery of Art
 Work in Progress

Grade Five designs "book bins", handmade in their
classrooms and brought to art classes for finishing.

Using the concepts of positive and
 negative space on book bins.

(See nature's leaf show through the windows?)

Book bin design in progress.

Grade One Mixed Media
drawing and painting.

A first grader paints the negative space.

Using oil crayons and paint, Grade
 One drew a picture of wood sculptures
 they had built on their tables.

A first grader paints the negative
 space around patterned shapes.

Fourth and Fifth graders worked on
 "string paintings", inspired by the
 Huichol Art of Mexico.

October 2012
The Huichol Indians of Mexico were our inspiration for learning about positive and negative shapes. The string "paintings" of this indigenous tribe are typically spiritually motivated. Our designs were driven by our curiosity for working with great materials and new concepts.  All classes worked with the concepts of shape in various materials including paper, string, adhesive felt, oil crayons, glue and paint! A showing of our completed projects will soon be in our hallways and in our updates right here!

Irregularly shaped blocks were used as a contrast to geometric shapes in much of our beginning work, as well. At the youngest level, children built temporary block sculptures and transitioned into 2D drawings of block sculptures. We focused on stacking, balancing, incorporating a base, looking for negative and positive shapes in and around our 2D and 3D work. Color blending on the positive shapes and painting the negative spaces will complete these exercises for our youngest. Children in grades 2 and 3 found themselves designing name blocks, cutting and pasting, using concepts of symmetry and decoupage techniques. Grades 4 and 5 are involved in the string "paintings".  We have begun designing the surfaces of the 5th grade handmade book bins, (constructed in 5th grade classrooms with teachers). Please see our final projects right back here in our future updates!

September 2012
ART can involve....science, experimenting,
math, reading, music, dance, elements of art,
principles of art, mistakes,
 artists, geography, cultures, spirit, emotion.

We began our year reading, "Beautiful OOPS!", by Barney Saltzberg. To set the scene for making mistakes in art class, we used drops of paint as starting points in our drawings. The homemade green paint, an experiment I wanted to share with my students, represented how art involves science and experimentation. I mixed spirulina (green algae), water, dish detergent and corn starch. The paint held onto the paper well, but the kids didn't quite know what to make of it all. Because of their open mindedness, students embraced the exercise, tapped into their creativity and surprised themselves and each other with their creations! Here are a few examples of Happy Hollow's "beautiful oops!"

A New September 2012!

Welcome to our Happy Hollow Visual Arts Site! Here you will find monthly entries describing our focus and activities for the entire school. As we begin a new school year, please consider:

*Sending your child to art class in clothing which can "handle" messy materials.
*Checking out our volunteer opportunities in the sidebar.
*Browsing this journal to see the beautiful art work and our curricular connections!

I am very excited to begin a new year of exploration with our Happy Hollow students!
Please contact me via school email, should you have any questions or concerns. 

Best wishes for a smooth start!

Christine Soeltz
Art Instructor

June 2012

Visiting Artist: Virginia Fitzgerald

Thanks to a Wayland Public Schools Grant, we invited Virginia Fitzgerald to be
our visiting artist and learned about her artwork and ideas!
(Full story below.)

Virginia Fitzgerald with 3rd Graders laying down the "Carbon Foot Print Dress".

"Carbon Foot Print Dress"

5th Grader stands beside "Jellyfish" sculpture, designed by
Virginia Fitzgerald. All students at Happy Hollow added
a personal strip of VHS tape to the project while in art class.

Peeling away the blue tape in the negative space,
"Carbon Footprint" Dress is complete. From a distance, it
looks like linen, but it was made by over a thousand,
dirty, stomping shoes which pass
through our art room in one week!

Virginia Fitzgerald's VCR tape Dress Sculpture and Catfood Can Dress.
 After this presentation, we created the VCR tape sculpture, "Jellyfish",
based on Virginia's guidance and design ideas.

Visiting Artist: Virginia Fitzgerald

All students at Happy Hollow were presented with stories and a slideshow of Virginia Fitzgerald's
creative art work. Virginia's themes for her visit were about using recycled materials in art and 
opening our eyes to creative opportunities all around us each day.  Students enjoyed the countless ways she has created, using the theme of "dresses" as a vehicle to represent her thoughts on our culture and her ideas for supporting our earth. 

In June, all students will continue a "Jellyfish" sculpture which Virginia designed and we will hang it in the courtyard outside the art room. (See completed sculpture in pictures above.) We will use VCR tape wrapped around and hanging from a chicken wire armature. The materials are identical to one of our favorite sculptures she has created: a mannequin type dress from VCR tape. We were lucky to keep it in our art room while Virginia was visiting us at Happy Hollow!

With her art studio space in Natick, MA, we didn't have to go far to find this fascinating artist who could share her creative endeavors with our students. Virginia's "Dress Project" is an example of extending a theme in many directions and making connections to academic areas beyond the arts. Some students were inspired to create drawings of a variety of dresses and duct tape dress sculptures, which they presented to the artist.

This artist's visit was generously funded through a grant by the Wayland Public Schools Foundation. Our proposal was to bring an artist into our school who uses found materials in their work and who raises awareness for our environmental impact. Thank you, Wayland Public Schools Foundation and thank you, Virginia Fitzgerald!

Visit these sites to view Virginia Fitzgerald's work,( and her future blog about the Happy Hollow School experience):

Happy Summer!

Christine Soeltz
Arts Instructor

ART From Grades One through Five

Second and Third Graders read about various artists
and created booklets with art and facts about their artist.

One student is studying Georgia O'Keefe's work.

Fifth grade classes worked with one point perspective.

Andy Goldsworthy's art in nature was the inspiration for the drawings in the bottom images.
 We watched how Andy Goldsworthy worked with rock and dried canes. He is very
patient and he says that nature provides him with his lessons along with the tools. He claims that nature
also takes away his work.

Students mixed colors and learned why colors are grouped as they are on the color wheel.

 A student cuts ribbon for our Olympic Assembly. Second graders made buntings
for the event which celebrated the virtues of Olympian training.

Arranging the strips for the bunting! Grade Two.

May 2012

Simple Machine Sculptures

5th grade students assembled wood projects that incorporate
concepts of simple machines which ties into their academic studies.

Designing the exterior after assembly.

Detail of collage work.

Basketball games, carousels, cars and "freefall"
were among the choices. Students chose their
favorite project and built it.

Designing with mosaics, collage and markers.

3rd and 4th grade students sculpted with wood and clay.

Students spinning handmade "tops"!

A car using elastic band and wheels for simple movement.

Caning with Sculpey Clay was an exciting way
to explore clay possibilities in grades 1 through 4!
This technique lends itself well to decorative design.

2nd grade students learned how to make buntings. Buntings are
hung to celebrate events. We made a red, white and blue one
to represent the USA at our "Olympics" Assembly. (Photos to
follow once the assembly takes place!)

April 2012

Third and Fourth Grade "House and Surroundings"
Wood, Cardboard and Fabric

Percussion Instruments
Grade Two
 Together, we simulated the sound of a passing rainstorm!

Fifth grade students created their masks for the spring play and began a lesson focused on building a simple machine toy from wood. We will soon have photos of the wood pieces , but here is a snapshot of some masks in progress.

Fourth graders with work in progress!

First and Second Grade Students explored a
 technique called, "Caning" with Sculpey Clay.
Baked pieces can be strung, worn or used in mobiles.

March 2012

Paint and Fabric Mixed Media Landscapes-Grade 1

3D Houses in Progress with Grades 3 and 4

Mask Making for Spring Musical, Grade 5

"Building in Landscape" collage by  First Grade Student

February 2012

Grades 3 and 4 explored "unity" in their books.

Drawings show themes and tell stories in our handmade books.

Bookmaking was our focus this month. Students of all ages used their extra paintings from the Chinese Dragon project to create accordion style books. Between these painted covers, the blank pages were the springboard for countless possibilities. Our students are writing facts about artists, teaching English to Spanish lessons using art vocabulary,making visual journals with specific themes,relaying personal experiences and often, just telling wild stories! 
Our librarian, Elizabeth Bryant, arranged a very special presentation by a children's author and illustrator. Brian Lies shared his life experiences 
in ways which illustrated his journey with book writing and illustrating. He was at once a teacher, an accomplished author, a gifted artist, a comedian, a Dad and a coach. He gave us great tips and of course, expert advice! What a treat to be able to go back to our art classes and continue to work on our books!

January 2012

anuary brought us into the New Year with a focus on the "Year
of the Dragon" and its Chinese tradition.  Our entire student body painted the scales of a dragon, which is pictured here in detail. The head of the dragon will accompany the 16 foot body in a parade at our school assembly!

All students will receive report card grades for art this month. Evaluations are based on each student's portfolio of work, behavior and involvement. Most artwork has been returned to the students, though there is more to be taken down from our hallway displays. 

Wayland art teachers visited the studio of artist David Lang who spent several hours engaging us in the narrative behind his work and sharing his thoughts on art education.  A sculptor and a painter, Mr. Lang's stories behind his mediums are bound to catch and hold one's attention. If you are curious about his work, be sure to visit his site! http://www.davidlangstudios.com/

December 2011
Students brainstormed many creative ways of using our donated recycled materials in art class. The Naugahyde and fabric scraps were utilized in open ended explorations. We also worked according to a plan to produce wacky mazes, functional pouches, simple mobiles, small mosaics and even smaller bookmarks.

"Mazes" , Using Naugahyde, by Second Grade Students

Detail of a Painting on Display in December

Naugahyde "Pouches" made by Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Students
Fabric Pouches made by First and Second Grade Students

"Naugahyde" Bookmarks by First and Second Grade Students

"Naugahyde" Mosaics by First and Second Grade Students

November 2011

Here are some of the projects we have created!

"Mandalas" by 5th Grade Students

Abstract Imagined Portraits by Grade Five Students

"Naugahyde" Weaving by Grades Three and Four

"Naugahyde" Mobiles by
Grades One and Two
Thanks to a generous donation of Naugahyde scraps, we have been gluing, sculpting, weaving and cutting this versatile "fake" leather.

Painted Book Bins
 (Constructed by Fifth Grade Students
with Classroom Teachers, painted in Art classes.)

More book bins...

...and a few more!

October 2011

Typically each year in our art classes, first grade students explore the basic mark makings of letter formation by freely drawing variations of dots and lines. Regardless of language, country of origin or expertise in art making skills, all who make "marks" use a variation of dots and line formations. Our pipe cleaner bookmarks and sculptures on pencils were exercises which explored these basic letter formation concepts. Please see the next paragraph for information on the doodling exercises which first graders also created.*

Grades 2-4:  Using perfect symmetry was optional in our radial designs. Students wove pipe cleaners into plastic mesh to create a circular design from nature or from their imaginations. This topic lead us to discuss other designs which are arranged around centers, such as mandalas and...zendalas. The word "mandala" in Sanskrit, is a sacred geometric symbol of "universe" or wholeness of being. "Zendala" is a hybrid of the words mandala and zentangle, a trademarked name which represents a system of doodling. New language meets old language in this exercise which turned out to offer a system of doodling which students loved. 
Using the circular format, fine line markers, our mark making chart, and repetition, we were carried through this  lesson with ostinato drumming in the background! Doodling in this way fostered a sense of accomplishment amongst all. Students were relaxed and focused and even some of our teaching assistants left art class feeling they had "toolboxes" filled with new ideas for their personal doodling times! *

Grade 5: Upon completion of our "Abstract Faces", students' experiences had included explorations into the works of Picasso, Matisse and Paul Klee. Weaving wire and string into plastic mesh, students cut and rearranged materials to invent abstractions with facial features.  Coordinating and manipulating many materials was our method for working toward our goal: To create an abstraction which would still be recognizable as a face. *

Fifth graders will go on to design the surfaces of their handmade book bins, made with their classroom teachers. They, too, will be given the opportunity to explore the zentangle art experience!

*Many classes in our school enjoyed the story: When Pigasso met Mootisse, by Nina Laden. All students at Happy Hollow will be given the "doodling" lesson.  (Note: Talks from TED at : http://www.ted.com/themes/browse host a woman who speaks to the virtues of doodling.)

September 2011


Grades 1, 2

The newest classes to Happy Hollow are our first graders. This year, the "Name Plate" project is well suited for the first several art classes as it gives all of us a chance to see and review the names of each other. Students were taught how to make shape letters using their names and how to animate them by drawing eyes on the letters. We observed the structure of human eyes through photos and real life observations and identified the various shapes and lines seen in eyes.


Grades 3,4,5

Pablo Picasso painted in the styles of Realism and Abstraction. His work changed drastically during his lifetime. We looked at one part of his paintings, the eyes, and made changes in the two eyes of our own imaginary people in our name plates. The names on our work, however, are real...really ours! Students practiced various types of lettering, including 3D letters, overlapping and textured letters.

May / June 2011

Weaving and Book Making

Students in grades 3,4 and 5 began weaving on cardboard looms with yarn. We were "brought to Ghana" in a short video clip which featured African men working the wooden looms with their feet and hands. In addition, women and men provided musical rhythms by utilizing handmade instruments and chanting.  In June, several of our third graders will present at the school assembly. These boys had an opportunity to weave on a large wooden loom in the art room. Excited to share their experience with the school, they rehearsed their words and are looking forward to their upcoming presentation.

Our youngest students in the first grade created animal contoured books and our second graders read and wrote stories about famous artists of the past. Many of these books are on display in our main corridor!

May and June projects have also included: origami books,  drawing basics for endangered species posters and flip animation books.

APRIL 2011

Color Theory

Grades one through five continued to explore primary, secondary, warm and cool color relationships on graph paper with oil pastels. Students in grades three and four collaborated on group projects which have been photographed and filed in the side bar to the right, under the heading: "Group Projects to Share". Please check that page to see a photograph of your child's work as a group project cannot go home with each student. Thanks to this technology, we can offer you the opportunity to see your child's group work and to print it as a keepsake.

The art work made by grades one, two and five are individual pieces which will go home with your student.

We hope you will find some time to enjoy our colorful art exhibit in the main corridor!

March 2011

The Use of Technology in Art Class

By viewing short video clips on working artists in our world, we have learned techniques artists use, concepts they explore and purposes of art. For example, we watched installation artists create their installations in galleries. By listening to their stories, we learned about the concepts they were exploring and that they are from other countries.

From our computer and through art lessons, we also learned ways to cut and re-use plastic in art projects, including crocheting, weaving and braiding. We learned about West African women who make purses from strips of plastic bags and sell them in order to buy food for their families. We viewed the process of their art making as they participated in a woman's circle with their young children. The women worked with their hands and their young children stood by, waiting patiently for their moms' attention. The clothing of the Gambian women was colorful and, we suspected, perhaps handmade. The mood of the working group was peaceful and focused.

The use of these short clips has been very meaningful and enriching to our art program while taking up  small amounts of time in our 45 minute classes.


Following our recycling unit, a number of children pursued projects at home utilizing plastic bags, paper and throwaway socks.  It's been a thrill to see and hear about those out of school creations! Keep them coming! One example was a purse made by a student. It was constructed from soda cans and braided plastic bags... and fully functional! 

In school, children in grades one and two spent several art classes learning paper weaving and then embellished their woven paper pieces. Fifth grade students made good use of National Geographic magazine photos to create weavings with images from cultures worldwide. 

Exploring Color Theory

(For pictures, go to side bar: "Group Projects to Share")

All grades are exploring concepts in color theory this month. They are: warm and cool colors, primary and secondary colors. Our youngest students in grades one and two are creating smaller pieces with simple shape design, while students in grades three and four are drawing very large images of insects, flowers and birds. All projects will become oil crayon, mosaic-type pieces. Fifth graders are exploring the same concepts of color theory, only using self appointed themes. Both the weaving projects from above and the "Mosaic Oil Crayon Drawings" will be on display in our school this spring! They will continue light to up our corridors!

If you have not yet seen our "CIRCUS" display, please stop by soon and enjoy the multimedia work of our students!

 Above our circus display, you will see weavings by our second graders. 

February 2011



Grade One Art portrays the human body in motion.


SCULPTURES by Grades 3, 4, 5

CIRCUS TENTS by Grades 1,2

DRAWINGS by Grade 5

(Thank you to Elizabeth Curtin for helping with this display!)

As we completed sculptures and prepared for our art show this month, students in all grades were introduced to recycling concepts utilizing discarded plastic bags, magazines, paper and even torn socks! We explored ways to cut plastic bags into string. We watched Gambian women from West Africa crochet purses from plastic bags in order to raise money for their families' food. In the form of short movie clips a few minutes long, the internet brings fascinating artists right into our art room! 

December 2010 / January 2011

Art work is on display in the main corridor of Happy Hollow School!

Grades One and Two:  As a follow-up activity to our installation art focus, children made miniature sample galleries from hand crafted boxes. Imagining they were in the gallery space, children attached varieties of string to all sides of the "room" to create a feeling of walking through installation art. This was based on their exposure to installation artists, Adriana Salazar and Tomas Saraceno. (See "November 2010" below, for info on these artists.)

Continuing with the concepts of the physical world and movement, students used "Silly Sally" by Audrey Wood as a focus on our bodies in motion. As we studied the pictures of Sally walking to town upside down, we were led to think about how the body moves at the hips,neck, and other major joints. By "breaking" the human form down into these parts, we are in the process of constructing figures from wood and clay which are a bit more exciting than stick figures! An exhibit will soon follow!

Grades Three, Four and Five:  We launched into creating sculptures using wood and physical/ architectural circus themes. Clips from the Big Apple Circus web pages for educators would provide us with information on movement, gravity and balance.  In November, students enjoyed first-hand experiences with these concepts utilizing various materials. In December, planning and articulating their intentions to the teacher for glueing purposes, were a large part of the art process. In January, students will complete their projects by adding clay figures to their pieces. Sculpey clay techniques and human proportion will become our focus. Exploring the life and pursuits of an additional artist of their choice will be a simultaneous assignment in January. More information upcoming on our future sculpture exhibit!

November 2010

Fall Exhibit : Art work is on display in the main corridor of Happy Hollow School!

Over a couple hundred pieces represent grades 3, 4 and 5 !!!

(A special thank you to Elizabeth Curtin for her time commitment in helping to display students' work!)

Installation art has been the focus of our art classes this month. Observing contemporary artists' installations, we discovered that this form of art can take many shapes and have countless meanings, much like story or song writing!

Students in all grades worked in groups to explore the numerous possibilities of manipulating simple machine materials such as pulleys, ropes, clasps, jumbo rubber bands and dowels. Group communication, sharing ideas and exploration were our focus. Children imagined the art table tops to be miniature galleries and their materials were the exploratory subject of their installations. 

Two artists who are inspiring our activities remotely, are Adriana Salazar from Colombia, and Tomas Saraceno, from Italy.  Ms. Salazar works with machines  and we watched her installation of a pair of shoes move around on a system of pulleys in a gallery room. 

Tomas Saraceno is an artist whose ideas correlate with scientific concepts of "biospheres", a type of human made ecosystem. We listened to an interview he gave about his work and watched his assistants install his complicated "spheres" by using his meticulously recorded notes and models.

Our own hands-on direction will be in the forms of sculptures and assemblages using  paper, wood, clay and other materials. Specific materials and themes will be assigned to each grade level.

Please consider returning to read about our exciting results in a December or January post!  An exhibit will surely follow!

September /October 2010

Fall Exhibit : Art work is on display in the main corridor of Happy Hollow School!

(A special thank you to Elizabeth Curtin for her time commitment in helping to display students' work!)

Over a couple hundred pieces represent Grades 3, 4 and 5 !!!

During September and October, Happy Hollow students have been engaged in an extensive printmaking, painting and drawing unit of study. Some classes continued to use the printing press and all classes practiced hand rubbing their impressions. We watched printmakers design their t-shirt images by carving into wood and printing from this "woodcut" onto the t-shirt.  Using styrofoam as our printing plates, we engraved lines in these ways:

Grades One and Two learned about the photography of Kjell Sandved, author and artist of the Butterfly Alphabet Book.  Using the richly textured, yet simple photographs as a starting point, children designed their own names and/or initials into the styrofoam, which became printing plates. From there we inked the plates, pulled prints, painted some and finally mounted all of our work.  This site will take you to a lovely story about the artist and how he was led to this adventure by his wife: http://www.butterflyalphabet.com/story.html

Grades Three and Four worked in the same materials with an emphasis on animals close up and clearly designed, utilizing specific principles of design.

Grade Five worked with landscape concepts in some classes, and other classes designed picture frames with their printed images. 

Please stop by and take a look at the skills represented in this exhibit! Repetition of design and yet a variety of outcomes is typical of the printmaking process.  Because of this, students recognize the work of their peers almost as readily as their own pieces. 

May 2010

Students in grades one through four have created paintings and oil crayon drawings from the presentations of instructor, Donna Hugh. Children drew Chinese dragons as a follow up to a guest visit by author/illustrator, Grace Lin. In addition, flower blossoms and color theory have been our focus in recent classes.

Fourth graders study endangered species and a link to an endangered environment, the rain forest, is symbolized in the Toucan which our students observed and drew. This grade level also receives an introductory art lesson in designing their endangered species posters which students continue on their own with their classroom teachers. One fourth grade class has begun to construct books which will become the vehicle for expressing their endangered animal research.

Grade Five students designed  their very own masks which were beautifully worn in their delightful Fifth Grade Musical this spring. They are now glazing tiles for group art panels to be gifted to our school upon graduation from grade five. 

At the other end of the grade level spectrum, our kindergarten art students have been printmaking and collaging with woven string and glued fabric! Prior to these projects, kindergartners built architecture with blocks of wood and painted abstract and realistic compositions of a still life.

April 2010

Currently, we have watercolors painted by fourth graders hanging in our main corridor at Happy Hollow.  In addition, on display you will find 3D paper constructions of barns with their clay animal counterparts. These were made by our second and third grade students. In this lesson, children modeled Massachusetts farm animals from clay and housed them in handmade, over-sized, matchstick type boxes which expanded into barns!

March 2010

Student Art Show at Wayland Town Library!

We hope some families had time to visit the Raytheon Room at the Wayland Town Library during the month of March to see our town wide art show! On display you would have seen a range of work created by students in their public school art classes. Each of our art teachers in town displayed a sampling of work from their classes. Shows like these are a great opportunity to see levels of artistic ability and comprehension at the various ages from elementary to teen years. A variety of mediums were represented in this collection. 

Making Curricular Connections 2009/10

Students in grades kindergarten through five have worked in a variety 

of media since September. From the basics of drawing lines and 

shapes, children of all ages moved into working with three dimensional

forms.  The elements of design,  line, shape, value, foreground and

 background were the bridge for launching children into 3D work.

Vocabulary such as sphere, cylinder, cube, pyramid and cone became 

the words which replaced the 2D words. In this case, connections were 

made between math and art.  In another project involving illustrations 

and story writing, students were asked to tie in concepts of writing with 

the visual "leading" the writing process.

In a third example, clay animals representing Massachusetts farm
animals were created. Constructing the barn to house the animals and

 focusing only on the animals from our state has fostered a curricular

 tie-in not only with our elementary social studies units but also with the 

spatial concepts explored in our math studies.

Students in grade four often begin their endangered species posters

with a drawing lesson in art class.  This year students have begun to 

create their posters in art, learning about drawing proportionately, using 

scale, designing a title and border space. After this introduction, 

students complete their work on their own.

Special Focus 2009/10

One of our fourth grade classes presented illustrations and written 

stories to the school during our assembly time in February.  This

 was a story telling and multimedia event which highlighted cross
curricular connections made during art class time and after school.

*  Art work has been on a rotating display in our school since the fall of 

2009, representing hundreds of students and all grade levels. The 

exhibit has been a combination of two and three dimensional work.

*  The art work of one of our third grade classes was on display at the
Town Building in the School Committee Room during December and


*  Selected art work was on display during the month of March in the

 Raytheon Room, at the Wayland Town Library.