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Sneak Peek! April 24, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 3:26 am

The Morse School Art Show is now up at Gallery 263.  The show runs from April 27th-May 3rd.  The opening reception is Wednesday April 29th, from 5:30-7:30.

Here are some photos from the gallery:


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O’Keeffe flowers

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 3:16 am

The kindergarteners have been painting large, zoomed-in flowers, in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.  The students’ flowers are from their imagination, but they do have to include a stem, leaf, petals, pistil, stamen, and pollen.  They are getting quite good at identifying all the parts of a flower in O’Keeffe’s paintings!  Their challenge of mixing colors to create new colors continues with this tempera painting.

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2 Weeks Away! April 14, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 9:20 am

The Morse School Art Show opens in 2 weeks at Gallery 263, located two blocks from school at 263 Pearl Street.

The show will feature over 150 works of art from the entire school, ranging from drawings to paintings to sculpture.  The opening reception will be Wednesday, April 29th, from 5:30-7:30.  If you cannot make the opening, Gallery 263 will also be open April 27- May 1 from 3-6:30, May 2 from 11-6:30, and May 3 from 12-4.

Mark your calendars, hope to see you at the opening!

If you are a Morse parent, and would like to volunteer with the set-up, take-down, or running of the show, please email  Help will be much appreciated for such a large event.


4th Grade States Fair

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 9:15 am

The 4th graders just finished a long social studies unit about the geographical regions of the United States.   In art class, they made landscape paintings in Fauve colors, focusing on using various tempera paint techniques.  Tonight was the family potluck dinner to celebrate all of the written and artistic work of the students.

Some photos from tonight’s event:

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Expressive Portraits April 10, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 7:30 am

The 3rd graders are wrapping up a self portrait unit.  Beginning with just pencil, the students learned to draw themselves using correct proportions and secret measuring tricks for accuracy.  They are now taking what they learned about the face and giving their self portrait an expression.  Some students are sad, excited, surprised, worried, silly, and tired.  These large self portraits are enhanced through expressive color of chalk pastels.

Mrs. Roderick’s class at work on their large, colorful self portraits:

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Quilt Prints April 7, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 7:32 am

The 8th graders just finished a printmaking unit.  After viewing images of freedom quilts, those used to help the efforts of the Underground Railroad, the students created quilt squares.  Using the method of reduction linoleum printing, each square in the design has been printed twice, using the same block.  The 8th graders had a choice of keeping all of their quilt squares for themselves, or trading among each other.

Click this link, for an interactive website, to create your own freedom quilt square

Some finished quilt prints:

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April Art Display April 3, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 8:16 am

Four Burgers, located at 704 Mass Ave in Central Square, is the newest location for a month-long art display.  5th grade Aboriginal prints from Ms. Bishop’s class will be on their entry wall for the month of April.  Please visit!

Future shows will be at Gallery 263 from April 27th-May3rd and Central Square Library during May.