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Self Portraits on display March 11, 2014

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For the next month, 15 students will have their self portraits on display in Superintendent Young’s office.  The 4th, 3rd, 1st, and JK students show a lovely progression of knowledge and skills in regards to self portraits.  This timeline of sorts is a small sample of self portraits that every student will create every year.



Healthy Advice December 20, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 4:25 pm

The 4th graders just finished writing poems and illustrating pages for class books.  One 4th grade class voted on “healthy eating” as their theme.  Each student wrote a haiku poem about healthy eating, and then created a collage illustration to go with the poem.  The students created paper in the style of Eric Carle, and used the decorated sheets to build the collages.  They are super excited to share the finished book with their kindergarten book buddies!

A few pages from the book:

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Cityscapes October 28, 2013

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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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Cityscape perspective October 7, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 6:12 pm

The 4th graders first created symmetrical and asymmetrical building stencils.  After a lesson on atmospheric, or aerial, perspective, the students experimented with 2 different stenciling techniques.  For the background of their cityscapes, the students used chalk pastels to brush blurry, faded outlines of the buildings.  For the foreground, students used tempera paint to create bolder, brighter, and darker buildings.

Next week, they’ll pick the 1 or 2 buildings that are the most in the foreground and add architectural details.

Here, they’re using the stencils to create the foreground:

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Drawing Lab posters June 14, 2013

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It’s been a week of breakfast celebrations for the 3rd-5th graders.  To help their parents and teachers, the students created informative posters of key terms.  The posters needed to include a definition, a picture illustrating the definition, and a third component providing additional information about the term.



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State Birds, finished! May 24, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:32 pm

The 4th graders have started to finish their state birds!  After painting feathers and details, many students chose to find sticks outside to glue the birds onto.  One student even made a next for “homework”!

A Purple Finch, Bluebird, and Robin.


A Mockingbird.


A Carolina Wren.


Most Improved! May 22, 2013

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Drawing Lab is coming to a close.  Back in September, 3rd-5th graders drew still lifes.  We’ve been saving those drawings all year, learning drawing skills and techniques along the way.  Currently, students are re-drawing the same still life.  With new knowledge of 3d volumes, shading techniques, shadows, negative space, color blending, etc., all students can expect to see improvement.  From a 4th grade class, I’ve picked 3 drawings that show the most improvement.  Expect to see more soon!