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Drawing in the Dark October 29, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 2:52 pm

The 1st graders had the blinds closed and lights turned off, and pretended they were drawing in caves.  After cutting out and gluing some previously collaged and painted animals, the students worked in teams to tell a story via a mural.  Now the question is, where to hang 12 giant murals?!







Cityscapes October 28, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 3:01 pm

After mastering atmospheric perspective, and understanding how it affects foreground and background, 4th graders stenciled cityscapes.  For the 2-4 buildings most in the foreground, they drew architectural details, such as doors, windows, balconies, columns, signs, staircases, etc.  Their only rule was that the doors and windows could not be plain rectangles!  Details!

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No zebras or flamingos here! October 24, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 6:29 pm

The first graders were challenged to draw and paint animals that are from Massachusetts.  After learning about cave art, the students noticed that many caves depicted the same kinds of animals.  Why?  Because that’s all that the cave men/women saw and encountered in their daily lives.  So the 1st graders came up with animals that they could encounter in Massachusetts: rabbits, cats, dogs, squirrels, mice, birds, farm animals, whales, sharks, fish, etc.   Students first sketched 4 animals, then chose 1 to enlarge and paint with shades of brown.

This week, they will combine forces and create group murals using these animals!

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Art at the museums October 23, 2013

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 9:42 am

Do you or your student want to create more art at home?  Check out this article on; it shares 5 opportunities of art-making at local museums.  The Boston Children’s Museum, ICA, MFA, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History are highlighted.  Sounds fun!!


Free Artist Visit October 18, 2013

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 9:58 am

This is free!  Check it out!

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Colorful windows October 17, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 8:00 pm

The 4/5 class wrapped up their symmetry unit with a rose window.  After folding large black paper, students cut through the layers to create a design that has radial symmetry.  After the holes were covered with plastic, tissue paper was glued on for a stained glass effect.



Garden Earthworks October 8, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 2:16 pm

The Andy Goldsworthy-inspired earthworks returned to our school garden, once again!  Using leaves, rocks, sticks, and just about anything else they could come up with, 3rd graders worked in teams to create works of art.  If you want to check them out, you better come soon…this rain storm may have the best of them!

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