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Mosaic tiles October 27, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:01 am

Mrs. Walsh’s class just completed a ceramic mosaic class project.  While learning about textures, the students made crayon rubbings.  They also pressed clay into various textures.  The students experimented with leaf rubbings and pressing leaves into clay tiles.  The end result is a mosaic of all the glazed texture discs and glazed pressed leaves.


Some zoomed in photos of the leaf tiles:

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Finished Mimbres October 22, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:21 am

The 8th graders’ Mimbres vases are finished, and look wonderful.  They spent 2 classes carefully glazing their black and white geometric designs onto the coil vases and bowls.  Here are a few of the many amazing results:

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Rose Window display October 21, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 7:12 am

Please visit the special installation of 5th grade rose windows in the library lobby.  The 5th graders learned about radial symmetry, noting it in everyday objects such as snowflakes, flowers, pies, dinner plates, and ceiling fans.  They then learned about Gothic architecture and stained glass, particularly rose windows.  The students made their own versions of rose windows by covering the cardboard discs in aluminum foil and tissue paper.  The black tracery lines of the rose windows were drawn in marker.  And they’re double-sided!




Mimbres Coil vases October 15, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 8:33 am

The 8th graders have been hard at work making coil vases in the style of Mimbres pottery.  The Mimbres, an ancient Native American people, are part of the cultural history of the American Southwest.Mimbres pottery are known for geometric patterns in black and white.  After creating these coil vases and bowls, the students will glaze the pots with their own geometric black and white designs.

Below is a traditional Mimbres vase, as well as the students’ in-progress coil vases.





Morse Arts Committee meeting October 6, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 7:35 am

The Morse Arts Committee is a fantastic group of volunteer parents who help put together the various art exhibits and shows we have.  All of the month-long art exhibits throughout Central Square, as well as our big school wide show at Gallery 263 were organized by this committee.

The committee is having its one and only organizational meeting for the school year.  Please come!  We want more parents to get involved.  It’s a fun and different way to help out within the Morse community.

The meeting will be Monday, October 19th, from 6:30pm-7:30pm, in the art studio at Morse.


Abstract Art in Grade 2 October 2, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 8:09 am

The 2nd graders are involved with an abstract art unit.  They warmed up with a short, easy project involving spirals.  They noticed how spirals create movement in a painting: Sonia Delaunay, and Henri Matisse.  The students also noted spirals in their everyday lives: cinnamon buns, tornados, thumbprints, whirlpools, peppermints, and pig tails.

These are some of the finished abstract paintings, using the techique of crayon resist, focusing on spirals.  They attempted to create big, small, overlapping, thick, thin, and different shaped spirals.

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Now, the 2nd graders are working on a new abstract project, focusing on lines, shapes, and composition, with Ms. Jan.  Today, they dipped yarn in glue to create organic and geometric lines in an accordion book.

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