2016/2017 Art Studies

Christine Soeltz, Art Instructor

Spring 2016-2017
Art Gallery

Art Teacher, Angela Dempsey, taught
in my absence this spring, and here are
some creative examples of student work!

Monochromatic-Non Representational

Grades 4,5

"Maasai Inspired Necklaces"

Kindergarten and Grade 1

"Self Portraits and Matisse Inspired Collages"

Grades 2 and 3

"Ish" Drawings!

Inspired by Peter Reynold's
writings and imagination

Christine Soeltz, Art Instructor

Winter 2016-2017
Art Gallery

"STEAM: 3D Paper Constructions" 

 Mixed Media by First Grade Students



"Painting Radial Design On Ceramic Bowls"
Fourth Grade Students


"Modeling Food with Sculpey Clay"
Fifth Grade Students




Community Service Event:

Middle School Students
Work with Second
Grade Students on:
"Wood Mazes"

"Wood Mazes"
Second Grade Students


Summary of events:

Student evaluations have been sent to the classroom teachers. Students begin the following projects which kick off our new grading term:

Kindergarten- Creating and gluing game pieces for a giant "Tic Tac Toe" game in wood and cardboard! Sequencing in pattern and glue technique.

First Grade- Cut and pasted paper owl collages using tree bark as part of our compositions. Textural drawing and identifying shapes in face and body of owls.

Second Grade- Wood mazes exploring negative space pathways and positive space obstacles! Spatial concepts and dexterity with object manipulation. 

Third Grade- Recording digital portfolio in photography and written summaries, using the iPad! Art work will be stored in Google Drive and accessible to students and family from anywhere around the world.

Fourth GradeRecording digital portfolio in photography and written summaries, using the iPad!  Art work will be stored in Google Drive and accessible to students and family from anywhere around the world.

Fifth Grade- Exploring 3D forms and concepts in the basic formation of sculptures, using Sculpey Clay! Projects may be baked at home for permanency, under the supervision of a parent.


"Drop Into Art" for all Grade 4, 5 Students!

Fridays, December 9 and 16, 2016
8:10- 8:40 am 
Art Room
No sign up necessary!

November/December 2016



Mixed Media



First Graders 
"Silly Sally"!
Chalk and Oil Crayon

Third and Fourth Graders:
"Animal Value Drawings"
Charcoal and Marker

4th graders in Ms. Rogers' class
presented their animal drawings to
the school at assembly in November!

Second Graders Paint
"Primary Color/ Secondary
Color Illusion"!

Second Graders
Draw in Handmade
Accordion Books

Fifth Grade Builds and Designs
"Simple Machine 

Kindergarten Paints
 "Colorful Zebras"

September/October 2016

A fourth grade class paints parallel
lines, concentric shapes and explores
color mixing of primary and secondary
colors.  Their collection of paintings will 
be assembled into a final project.

Welcome back to a new year of exciting art classes! The list of topics below is provided to answer questions you may have regarding our art program. Please note that there is also a sidebar which contains information related to the art curriculum, art resources and volunteer opportunities.

Our Visual Arts website summarizes the scope of our art projects, which consume our days in the art room. Children love to use materials with their hands and this is the primary experience they receive weekly in art!

Thank you for your time and consideration. Best wishes for a great new year of school!

Christine Soeltz
Art Instructor

* Smocks:

Students are encouraged to wear old clothes on art day. 

* When art work is typically passed back to students:

In the younger grades, 2D art is sent home in a folder at mid-year and in June. Our students' work is saved in the art room for evaluation and assessment purposes.  Much of our children's work is displayed in the school and/or in the town building. By year's end, however, every bit of work in the school is sent home with the students. As for 3D projects:  Once they are completed and displayed, they are sent home with students. 

We spend a good amount of time in class reviewing our portfolios, writing vocabulary and summarizing their content. A letter to the parents is inserted into the folder, which gives parents pointers for art conversations to have with their child. We tape all around the folder edges, so that work shouldn't fall out. We write our names clearly on the portfolios in the event they are left behind outside the student's classroom. I have found wonderful 3D projects and folders sitting on hallway shelves weeks after passing them out to students in art class. Their classroom teachers remind students regularly to take their work home. If it is not getting home, please check with your student. 

*On the use of iPads:

Thanks to a generous grant by the Wayland Public Schools Foundation, a few years ago, we purchased a collection of iPads to be used in the art room.  This year our gratitude is extended to our PTO, for a gift of several more ipads!  We have a growing collection which is reserved for technology support in our art classes. The PTO provided these devices to us this year so that students may be able to move along more efficiently without having to wait their turn with the device. Technology in the arts is a foundational tool in colleges and at the elementary level, we are using it in the following ways. 

We have focused the use of technology in the art room for the purpose of supplementing our lessons and for written reflections/assessments. Last year, grades 3 through 5 used iPads to photograph their work and to then create written statements describing their project and/or learning experience. Typically the iPads were not used for more than 3 or 4 classes for any one student, and there was a lot of sharing. This is an important assessment piece.

Last year Happy Hollow students, in these grades, were taught how to take photos of their work. They wrote about the project and placed it into Google Drive so that it could be accessible to them for all of their Wayland years.  The students and their families from anywhere in the world, (their relatives in other countries!), could see the child's art work! This is very exciting. Grandparents can print out the work from across the world and design a mug or calendar with their grandchildren's art work on it.

Another use of technology has been the exploration of apps that teach children about the principles and elements of design. Ipad technology offers its own experience in working with mistakes, as compared to working through mistakes with art materials. By exploring the same concept in virtual design and then with real paint, for instance, a student is experiencing problem solving strategies that are unique to each medium.  Both experiences are valid and informative. The iPads never take the place of our physical experiences with the materials, but they do support our curriculum.  In the scheme of things, time spent on devices is a tiny fraction of what goes on in our classes.  "Hands-on materials" experiences and class discussions monopolize our time in very exciting ways!

Christine Soeltz
Art Instructor