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CMAC Opening May 22, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 9:58 am

The Cambridge Public School’s Annual Spring Exhibition had its opening reception tonight.  13 Morse students were represented.  The show will be up through May, please visit the Cambridge Multicultural Art Center in East Cambridge.

Some photos from the gallery:

Brianna and Fahmida’s sgraffito tiles, lower left corner

Minahil, Brandon, and Mahmood’s cubist collages:

Jerrifel, Samantha, and Kavya’s Chinese brush paintings:


Basket Weaving

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 9:38 am

The third graders are learning the patient art of basket weaving.  Looking at Native American examples of the highly skilled art form, the students can note the difference between coiled, plaited, and wicker splint techniques of weaving.  Mr. Macomber’s class is creating the wicker style baskets and Mrs. Roderick’s class is working on coiled baskets.

Some photos of the students at work:

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Art Opening, 3 weeks later May 21, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 9:30 am

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Though a few weeks later, here is a link to photos from the Gallery 263 Art Show.


Repoussé Mandalas May 12, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 7:07 am

The 7th graders recently finished a metal-working project.  Learning about radial symmetry and the history behind mandalas in different cultures, the students created designs for their own.  Using a wooden stylus, the 7th graders worked the metal from front and back for a 3D relief effect.  This repoussé method was often used in ancient shields and today in jewelry.  Some students chose to leave their mandalas shiny, while others opted to antique theirs for an older, worn look.




Cambridge Public Schools Annual Spring Art Exhibition May 8, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 5:55 am

Every year, the 12 elementary schools and high school in Cambridge have a city-wide art show.  Each K-8 school is represented with 10 works of art.  The works of art are professionally hung at the gallery at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

The show runs May 8th-May 29th, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 21st from 4:30-6:30.

4 of the Morse School entries:

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May Art Display May 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — alaplante @ 5:54 am

For the month of May, 1st grade stuffed animal drawings and paintings will be on display at the Central Square Library.  The display is a glass windowbox outside the Pearl Street entrance to the library.  Please visit!

This gallery space is the last in the Morse Art in the Community series.  Thank you to Cambridge Trust bank, Artist&Craftsman Supply, Four Burgers, Gallery 263, as well as the library for participating.  Look for a new round of Morse art throughout Central Square during the 09/10 school year.



Fantasy Animal Creatures May 5, 2009

Filed under: projects,Uncategorized — alaplante @ 8:18 am

The 1st graders are just beginning a clay project about imaginary fantasy creatures.  We will be reading poems from Shel Silverstein’s Don’t Bump the Glump and Jack Prelutsky’s Scranimals.  Today, the students began sketching creatures in preparation for the clay.  They had to take animal parts from 3 different real animals for a composite creature.

Some of the sketches from Mrs. Shin’s class, including the new names for the fantasy animals:

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More photos to come as the 1st graders finish their sculptures and poems…

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