Friday, March 24, 2017

Thank You for Coming to the Art Show Reception!

Thank you to all the students and families who attended last night's Art Show Reception at the Watertown Mall! It was great and we had an amazing turn out from our Hosmer families! If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, the exhibition will be up until next Tuesday, March 28.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Over the Rainbow

Recently, Kindergarten students learned about the order of colors in the rainbow, or ROY G. BIV. We watched a fun video about Roy G. Biv, a magical elf that helps us remember the colors of the rainbow. We noticed that each letter stood for a color, and they were in a certain order. Many of us have seen rainbows in real life, even double rainbows!
ROYGBIV or Roy G. Biv is an acronym for the sequence of colors in the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. After we reviewed the names of the colors, we used paint to create our own colorful rainbows. Some students also added other details, such as clouds and flowers, and we also focused on painting the background or area around our rainbow to complete our artwork.
Take a look at our rainbows below: 
Amelia, Kindergarten (Martignetti)
Lucas, Kindergarten (Tan)
Lucia, Kindergarten (Blackwood)
Maya, Kindergarten (Blackwood)
Naysa, Kindergarten (Blackwood)
Zoe, Kindergarten (Martignetti)
Arlo, Kindergarten (Beatty)
Nirvaan, Kindergarten (Blackwood)
Xavier, Kindergarten (Beatty)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Watertown Public Schools K-12 Art Show

Mark your calendars! Our annual Watertown Public Schools K-12 Art Show is happening from March 14 - 28 at the Watertown Mall (near Target). We will be celebrating the hard work of all of our artists at a public reception for the exhibition on Tuesday, March 21 from 5-7 pm. Please join us!

Many thanks to the Watertown Mall for hosting our annual art show.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Colorful Countryside Landscapes, Inspired by David Hockney

After our Romare Bearden inspired mixed media collage cityscapes, 4th grade artists looked at and discussed the colorful countryside landscapes of British artist, David Hockney. We looked at a few examples of his landscape paintings, including the one below. 
David Hockney, North Yorkshire (1997)
Students noticed that in comparison to the urban cityscape, Hockney's country landscapes had a lot more fields, hills, trees and details like bales of hay. Students also noticed that Hockney used some very bright colors that are not necessarily natural to a landscape. In the painting above, many students thought the purple lines represented a river, while others thought it was a road. Students also noticed that Hockney included different lines, patterns and textures to add interest to the landscape. Even areas that are all green contain different marks to show the texture of the grass.
Students spent one class exploring color mixing, mixing different colors by combining two colors together, then three colors together, and even four. We noticed that when you mixed four colors together, they often got a little muddy. Students thought about colors they might want to use in their landscape painting. The following class, students sketched out their own countryside landscape, focusing on using lines to create different areas for color. 
They painted in the different areas of their landscape, mixing their own colors and including at least one tint, or a color mixed with white. Students referred to their color mixing experiments to help mix new colors. 
After this layer of paint dried, during the following class we added patterns on top of the different areas, such as stripes, polka dots, and various lines and shapes. We talked about complementary colors and how you might use these colors for the patterns to help provide contrast with the background color. 
Using smaller brushes, students also added details such as trees, houses, animals, cars, clouds, etc. We talked about how using the smaller brushes can really help with painting small details and sometimes it is about choosing the right tools for the job to make it easier. When we were done with our paintings, we participated in a gallery walk so we could see everyone's work. We noticed that students used many different colors and patterns and included a lot of fun details, such as animals, barns, hot air balloons and tractors. Below are examples of our colorful David Hockney inspired landscape paintings.
Aliana, 4th Grade (Doherty)
Anna, 4th Grade (Cikacz)
Bianca, 4th Grade (Doherty)
Brady, 4th Grade (Graves)
Breanna, 4th Grade (Dubuque)
Jason, 4th Grade (Mattson)
Jaylyn, 4th Grade (Dubuque)
Kate R., 4th Grade (Mattson)
Kate S., 4th Grade (Mattson)
Lucas, 4th Grade (Cikacz)
Mia, 4th Grade (Dubuque)
Nabila, 4th Grade (Graves)
Sila, 4th Grade (Graves)
Yazmin, 4th Grade (Dubuque)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mandalas, Part 1

This past month, 1st grade artists have been learning about the mandala, an art form that originated in India. The word mandala is from the Indian language of Sanskrit and means "circle." We looked at an example of a mandala and students noticed that it had a repeating pattern in its design, and to many students it reminded them of stacked plates or a rug. We also connected the radial symmetry of the mandala to that found in snowflakes, which we recently learned about.
We looked at different mandalas and pictures of people creating mandalas on the ground, using what looked like chalk. We noticed that they start in the middle and work their way outwards. We thought about what happens to drawings that we make on the sidewalk or asphalt when we use chalk and talked about how they wash away eventually, which might also happen to these mandalas. 
We then watched a time elapse video that showed Buddhist monks creating a sand mandala over a period of a week. It took them many hours and their design was very complex and detailed. We noticed that they used teamwork to create their mandala. Afterwards, they destroyed the mandala, brushing the grains of sand into the middle. This surprised many students! We talked about why they might do this, and connected it to when we have drawn on the sidewalk with chalk. Even though the result is not permanent, it is still a fun and a worthwhile experience to create something together. 
To explore this idea, students worked in groups at their table to create a mandala using a variety of different materials. Groups either received colorful foam shapes, wooden shapes, or found objects. We noticed that in the video, the sand mandala was created from the center going out, so students were encouraged to start with the middle and build out.
Students had to work together to share their ideas and create their mandala design as a group, which was part of the challenge! Students also had to keep radial symmetry and the circular shape in mind. 
At the end of class, student walked around to see each other's mandalas before (calmly!) destroying them and putting all the materials back into the plastic bag. Here are the group mandalas from each class
Group mandalas from Ms. Landay's class
Group mandalas from Mrs. Mandile's class
Group mandalas from Ms. Massa's class
Group mandalas from Ms. Salvucci's class
Group mandalas from Ms. Torchio's class