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Snowflakes on display February 12, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 8:08 pm

Kindergarteners have their snowflakes on display at Superintendent Young’s office!  This printmaking unit emphasized the skill of line printing with cardboard.  Symmetry and patterns were the focus for each unique snowflake.  This experimental lesson was the warm up for snowflake printing.  The prints will be on display at 159 Thorndike St. until March 8th.



Line Printing January 16, 2013

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 3:43 pm

Line printing is so simple and basic, but it’s amazing how captivating it can be!  Kindergarteners were given cardboard and black paint, and had the freedom to create anything they wanted.  The range of subjects included:  cities and buildings, flowers, stars, trains, letters, trees, animals, robots, as well as abstract designs.  This exploration day was an important warm up to our snowflake and symmetry lesson coming up.

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Primary Color Day December 10, 2012

Filed under: news — alaplante @ 6:59 pm

Today was Primary Color Day in the kindergarten classes!  They celebrated those 3 important colors by wearing red, yellow, and blue to school.  In Art, they’re learning about the art of Piet Mondrian, and creating patterns and collages, inspired by his work.

And, how can we have a celebratory day without a dance party at the end of class?!  Check out this great video on youtube:  OK Go, for Sesame Street.


Kindergarten Flowers May 22, 2012

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:44 pm

Kindergarteners are hard at work on their large flower paintings.  After drawing large compositions, with the petals going off all the edges, the students began painting.  The goal has been to mix colors together, similar to Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings.



Self Portraits x3 April 30, 2012

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 5:24 pm

Kindergarteners have been working hard on self portraits.  After learning about Andy Warhol and his tendency towards multiple images, students were delighted to find that their drawings had been photocopied into 3 identical versions.  In the first drawing, primary colors were used; then a portrait with warm colors, and one with cool colors.  They used a combination of markers and watercolor pencils.  Pop Art, the movement that Warhol is famous for, encourages bright, brilliant colors.  The kindergarteners loved their pop art triple self portrait!


Kindergarten Self Portraits March 28, 2012

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 3:25 pm

In Kindergarten we learned how to create self-portraits. Step by step we discussed the correct proportions of a face and how to create certain details like the eyes, nose, and mouth. Once they were drawn we photocopied the student’s pictures three times. We then discussed Andy Warhol’s screen prints and painted each portrait in a different way. We used markers and water to paint one face with primary colors. With watercolor pencils and water we painted one face with cool colors. With tissue paper and glue we painted our last self-p

ortrait with warm colors.


-Ms. Tracey


Evergreen Trees March 20, 2012

Filed under: projects,Uncategorized — alaplante @ 3:35 pm

The kindergarten class started their evergreen tree project by creating trees in perspective. In class we discussed why little trees look far away and larger trees are in the foreground. Once the students created their 2D landscapes we looked at individual evergreen needles. Students etched sketches of their needles into pieces of foam

and eventually printed their needles.

-Ms. Tracey