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Smile Morse February 26, 2014

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 8:24 pm

The prints are being hidden as we speak!  36 prints total will be hidden throughout school, waiting for the lucky student or teacher to find it!  Check out Bren Bataclan’s page for more info about the Smile Project.

Here are the 5th graders 3 part reduction prints.  They carved linoleum, printed, re-carved, printed again, and then colored a bonus color on.  The students loved experimenting with color combinations.  Well worth the effort!





Art from junk February 25, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — alaplante @ 8:29 pm

After reading a book about sorting and grouping, junior kindergarteners explored my junk collection, or found objects.  They collected objects according to color, shape, size, texture, and other characteristics. After sorting through the objects, students then began creating images using the junk as collage objects.

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Speaking of my junk collection, if you have anything that you think i might want, please drop it off to the Art Studio!


Multicultural Arts Center Show February 11, 2014

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The CPS district show looks beautiful!  The Morse School is represented by 3 4th graders, showing their atmospheric perspective cityscapes:





4 2nd graders are showing their Greek amphoras:



And 3 1st graders are showing their self portraits:



And finally, I was happy to see 6 former Morse students who now attend Putnam Ave Upper School showing their work as middle schoolers:

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Scratch paper, from scratch February 5, 2014

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My 2/3 spec. needs class made their own home-made scratch paper.  First, they colored oak tag with oil pastels, being sure to cover the entire board with a thick, heavy layer.  Second, the students painted a thin even layer of black acrylic paint on top (we used foam brushes so no streaks).  After letting the paint dry, they drew their designs with wood styluses, scratching away the black to reveal the color underneath.

While the lines of the homemade paper are more rough and a tad smudgier than store bought paper, the students declared the homemade kind much better!!

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Tentacles! February 4, 2014

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 4:50 pm

The JK class is wrapping up a big fish unit with jellyfish sculptures.  Inspired by the mobiles and wire sculptures of Alexander Calder, students began by bending soft wire into a jellyfish shape.  They strung beads and found objects onto pipe cleaners for tentacles, as well as patterns of tissue paper.  Tomorrow, they’ll create straight, wavy, zig zag, and curly lines in wire to add to the mobile.

The soon-to-be-finished group of jellies:




Messy hands February 3, 2014

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The 4/5 spec. needs class is hard at work with their Smile Project.   They are currently creating large, 3D sculptures of smile characters.  Here, you can see some hands in paper mache,  a definite class favorite! I think they’d happily use paper mache every day for the rest of the year if I let them!

Be on the look-out for these sculptures at the Morse School Art Show in May!

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Save the Date! January 30, 2014

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The Morse School Art Show will be held at Gallery 263 from May 19- May 24!  The artist reception is tba, either Tuesday or Wednesday evening of that week.