Sunday, October 27, 2013

Artist in Residence

What an exciting week!  We created 6 mosaic panels and Lizz was able to get the mosaic onto the column.  Monday and Tuesday will be cleaning up, filling in and grouting.  If you have never had an artist come and do a residency I highly recommend it. It has been an amazing experience.  We have been extremely lucky to have not only a talented mosaic artist to work with and learn from but also great volunteers.  I really enjoyed meeting some of the parents and getting to know them better.  Often as an art teacher I don't get as much contact with parents as I would like.  Here are some photos from the week.  I will post a few more when the project is complete.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Artist in Residence

We are excited to have Lizz Van Saun from Kast Hill Studio in Contoocook, NH come and work with us at BES.  We will be making a mosaic to decorate the cement column at the entrance to the school.  Friday afternoon we prepared the pattern and set up the glass.  Lizz did an amazing job incorporating the students' drawings for the template.  Here is a sneak peak of Lizz's design and the column where the mosaic will be attached when it is finished. I will be posting more photos as the week goes on.  It's going to be an exciting week here at BES!

Monday, October 14, 2013


In second grade we have been talking a lot about texture.  When we were drawing our owls we really looked at the feather patterns and textures.  We also added more visual texture to our trees with brown crayon.  While creating our collaged backgrounds we used torn paper towels from an earlier project that added another texture element to the project.  They came out great and the kids really worked hard on adding details.  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Free-form Shape Monsters

First grade students were learning about shapes.  We talked about the difference between free-form and geometric shapes.  After practicing drawing free-form shapes students drew 1 large one on construction paper and cut it out.  I didn't tell them what we were going to do with it yet.  After the shape was cut out and glued to white paper I read the story, "If you're a Monster and You Know it" by Rebecca Emberley.
There is also a song that you can download and play.  The kids had fun singing and acting the book out.

The next class we turned our free form shapes into monsters.  We brainstormed all kinds of details that could be added.  We used pencil and sharpie for this part.  Finally, we added color with construction paper crayons.  Here is a link to some other monster books for kids.

Look at the fun and creative monsters we came up with!