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BU Art Enrichment November 27, 2008

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 3:33 am

The fantastic 6 week Boston University Art Enrichment program ended last Monday.  To celebrate the work of the Morse students, as well as the teaching by the BU students, we had a breakfast reception Monday morning for friends and family.  The well-attended breakfast reception was not the only opportunity to view the artwork, it is all on display on the bulletin board outside the Art Studio.

Some photos of the bulletin board:

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1st and 4th Updates

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 3:25 am
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The first graders finished their Jasper Johns paintings.  They’ve also mastered learning about primary and secondary colors, and created color wheels to prove it.  A couple finished alphabet paintings from Mrs. Shin’s class:



The 4th graders also finished their architecture unit.  Check out the main lobby soon for many more of the finished designs:

img_0276 Marlon’s eco-friendly house for Mrs. Schnabel

img_0278 Alyssa’s art museum for Ms. Laplante

img_0277 Zane’s vacation house for Miss Pat


Greek Amphoras

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The second grade classes came for an Open Studio class, to create artwork related to the Greek history they are learning about in Social Studies.  The second graders used scratch paper to draw Greek amphoras, or vases.  The traditional amphora is created using a technique called sgraffito, which means scratching into the clay.  The students got to mimic that technique by scratching away their image instead of drawing it.

Here are some final results:

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Brief break November 17, 2008

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 11:53 pm

Hi everyone,

There will be a brief break in entries and uploaded photos due to a broken computer, which is being fixed soon!


Jasper Johns November 13, 2008

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:07 am

The first graders have been practicing their basics. Looking at the number and alphabet paintings by Jasper Johns, the students focused on primary colors (red, yellow, blue) to paint letters and numbers right side up, upside down, sideways, big, and small. Today, Mrs. Headley’s class was painting the secondary colors (orange, green, purple) around their numbers.

Here are some photos of the students at work:



Extreme Architecture November 5, 2008

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 8:50 am

The 4th graders have been hard at work with their architectural designs. As architects, the students were given teacher-clients to create designs for. Among the requests are theaters, libraries, houses, vacation homes, and night clubs. The young architects have been taking inspiration from some extreme architecture around the world. Here are some links of some great photo galleries and blogs showcasing some of the unusual structures the kids have been looking at.

Unusual Architecture From Around the World

Pixcetera-Unusual Architecture

Unique Architecture Blog

While the students are focused on the exterior architectural designs for their projects, this is a great video about a pair of architects who are taking an unusual approach to the interior of their homes:
A Death-Defying House

A couple of the designs in progress:

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Will is designing a tree house for Ms. Boyle, our Art Studio volunteer; and Natalie is designing a school for Ms. Allison

img_0246 Zahyyeh is designing a library for Ms. Pennell

More to come as the 4th graders finish their architectural designs!


Rose Windows November 4, 2008

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 4:06 am

The fifth graders just finished a long-term project on Gothic rose windows. Using radial symmetry, they created circular compositions and an unusual combination of aluminum foil and tissue paper to create these designs. The students looked at the use of stained glass in European cathedrals as well as other religions’ places of worship.

Some pictures of the finished windows: