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Special Start Mural November 25, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:43 am

I’ve spent the past few Tuesdays with the Special Start pre-schoolers.  Instead of going to their room today to make art, they came to the Art Studio for the first time.  As an introduction to the studio, they created a mixed media mural, using oil pastels, collage, and paint.  The hardest part was reaching the tables!


Upcoming Morse Art Events November 24, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 6:34 am

We have a busy year of art exhibits coming up!  Look for Morse artwork here:

December: Whole Foods, River and Putnam Sts.

January: Mariposa Bakery, Central Square

February: Four Burgers, Central Square

March: Creatoyvity, Memorial Dr next to Trader Joes

April: Rodney’s Bookstore, Central Square

April: Gallery 263, Pearl St.

May: Cambridge Open Art Studios

May: Cambridge Public Schools Annual Spring Show

June: River Fest, Charles River


4th Grade Symbols November 17, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 7:23 am

The 4th graders made personal symbols in clay to identify themselves as a follow-up project to their family tree drawings.  Some of the symbols the 4th graders are represented by include: baseball, bowling ball/pins, book, cat, paintbrush, Bangladesh flag, PS3, laptop, camera, dog, parrot, pizza, donut, and more!

Some of the colorful ceramic sculptures:


Scavenger Hunt Collages November 9, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 10:45 pm

The kindergarteners just finished a shape collage.  With a scavenger hunt checklist, students had to search for their necessary shapes (for example: 2 orange circles, 4 green triangles, etc.).  This task helped with counting and sorting.  Once the scavenger hunt was completed, the students had to incorporate all of those shapes into a collage.  Oil pastels were used for final details.  Some pictures books we read to go along with the unit included:  The Shapes Game by Paul Rogers and Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban

Some of the finished collages:

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Pen & Ink Sneakers November 3, 2009

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:25 am

The 7th graders recently finished an observational drawing project.  After sketching their sneakers, students learned abou the traditional methods of shading and giving value through pen & ink.  They created value scales, and worked to include light, medium, and dark values into their sneaker drawings.  Next up, they will be observing and drawing the soles of their sneakers, and creating reliefs in metal.

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November Art Exhibit November 2, 2009

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 6:10 am
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For the month of November, Superintendent Young’s office will showcase 4th grade artwork.  The 4th graders just completed a symbolic family tree drawing, where they had to symbolize various family members with simple visual representations.  The students studied and learned how tree branches grow to create convincing drawings.

Photos from the superintendent’s office:


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