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Recycled Robots May 27, 2010

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 6:42 pm

The Special Start preschoolers have been working on these robots for a couple months, a little at a time.  The bodies are used cans from the cafeteria and all the paper is from the Art Studios’s scrap paper bin.  The styrofoam heads were scavenged from a box of foam I bought for a different project a few years ago, but not got to use…I’m very glad the foam has finally been put to good use!  The students learned how to accordion fold for the arms, and stamped their own handprints for the robots hands.

Check out the robots in the library!


Open Studios weekend May 24, 2010

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 8:21 pm

Cambridge Open Studios was this past weekend.  The Morse School did well, with about 150 visitors to our garden art installation.  Here are some pictures from the event:

Kindergarten students weaving their Pattern Link Fence

The 6th graders’ Reflective Tree:

1st graders’ tissue paper flowers:

Junior K and preschool Silhouette Parade:

The Poetree, by 4th, 7th, and 8th graders:


Cambridge Open Studios May 18, 2010

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 4:22 am

Cambridge Open Studios (COS) is coming up this weekend!  Here’s the info:

Saturday & Sunday, May 22-23
Morse School CitySprouts Garden

COS is a weekend-long arts event for the city of Cambridge.  Artists who live and work in the Central Square/Cambridgeport neighborhoods will have their homes and studios open to visit.  Artwork will be available for purchase, or just enjoyment.  For a full list of participating artists, click here.

The Morse School will have a large art installation in the garden.  Each grade is preparing a different project to transform the garden into a colorful, whimsical place.  There will be poem ribbons hanging from the apple tree, tissue paper flowers growing up the trellis, patterns woven through the fence, large symmetrical bugs along the ground, and more!

Maps will be available at school to find out where other local artists are showing.  Bren Bataclan is a featured artist for our neighborhood…he only lives a few blocks from school!

If you are interested in volunteering at the Morse School during COS, please email


Kuna Molas May 13, 2010

Filed under: projects,Uncategorized — alaplante @ 9:46 am

The 3rd graders recently finished a project focusing on textile arts.  They learned about the traditional art of molas from the Kuna people (where Panama and Colombia now are).  Molas are typically made by the technique of applique, but the students used paper for their cut layers.  Mola is a word in the Kuna language that translates to “shirt” in English.   Fabric was used for the final layer.  Similar to Kuna molas, the 3rd graders chose animals and plants as their subject matter.


Rodney’s Bookstore is Closing May 12, 2010

Filed under: news,Uncategorized — alaplante @ 9:42 am

Some unfortunate news: Our great host from the month of April, Rodney’s Bookstore, is closing!  The store is having a 50% off all books sale.  Visit Rodney’s at 698 Mass Ave in Central Square, and support this wonderful local business in its final days.


Map Art

Filed under: projects,Uncategorized — alaplante @ 6:25 am

Ms. Walsh’s class has been studying Cambridge maps.  We found their routes from home to school via walking, bus, car, or T.  These route lines will be part of a large, textural painting, but they’re also going to become abstract art.  Using the route from home to school, the students cut out many photocopies of the route.  They arranged the routes in an interesting composition.  From here, the images will be scanned into the computer for a digital project, as well as a printmaking project.  If we have time, with only 5 classes left!

Here are the compositions made from their home to school map route:


Missing Camera May 4, 2010

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 7:55 am

A parent has lost her Canon Powershot camera, probably at the opening reception on Wednesday night.  Please check your belongings, maybe you brought home an extra camera from the art show??