Friday, September 22, 2017

Our Rainbow Tree

To start off the school year, students in first through fifth grades traced the outline of their hand and designed it using a monochromatic color scheme -- using one color family. We started with pencil, choosing either an abstract design made up of lines and shapes, or a theme like sports, outer space, the ocean, etc.
Then students outlined their design with Sharpie marker and used markers, colored pencils and crayons in their color family. We thought about using different materials and shades within that color family to emphasize different parts of our design. The last step was to cut out the hand design.
All the hands are part of our rainbow tree display downstairs in the lobby of Hosmer. Collaboratively they form the rainbow leaves of our tree as we grow together this year!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Welcome Back!

Welcome back Hosmer artists and families! I am excited to start off the 2017-18 school year! To start off the year, we reviewed expectations in the art room and where things are located through a Bingo game or an I Spy game. 
We also started working on a large collaborative artwork, which will be on display in the main lobby later this month! Here is a hint:
Kindergarteners have been coming to their first class in the art room this past week! During our first class we have been taking about how participate on the rug, taking an art room tour, and drawing a picture of you and your family.
I hope everyone a fun and relaxing summer! I experienced a lot of art this summer, so I thought I would share some of that here. I visited a few different museums this summer, including the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art PS1 in New York City. I also experienced the Anish Kapoor installation piece, "Descension," in Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City, as well as painted sharks on display in Chatham, Cape Cod. I also finally visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge! Below are some photos of what I saw. I would love to know if you went to any museums or experienced art this summer:
Anish Kapoor's installation "Descension" at Brooklyn Bridge Park
An exhibit of Alexander Calder's sculptures and mobiles at the Whitney Museum
One of Calder's mobiles getting set in motion
Glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Henri Matisse's paintings on display with the objects he painted
"Lumen" by Jenny Sabin Studio at MoMA PS 1 in Queens
Painted sharks in front of the Chatham Library in Cape Cod

Friday, June 23, 2017

Have a Great Summer!

Thank you, Hosmer students and families, for a fun, creative and artistic year! I am looking forward to making more art with you in September! A big congrats to all of our 5th graders as they move on to middle school -- I will miss you!

Have a fantastic summer and feel free to email me with updates:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Animals with Tails

1st grade artists recently painted about animals with tails! Unlike humans, many animals have tails, which help them do a variety of different things. We brainstormed different animals that have different shaped tails, inspired by a variety of different colored and shaped tails. 
After our brainstorming session, students selected one animal and sketched it, breaking it down into shapes. After sketching, students got a felt tail to glue down on a larger piece of paper, and drew their animal's body around the tail. We considered composition, so there would be space for the animal's body parts and tail, and how different animals are taller or wider. 
The following class, students mixed colors to paint their animal's body. We thought about the texture and patterns on our animals, whether they are furry, scaly, or feathered. We tried to paint the body in layers, painting the largest parts and adding smaller details and patterns on top. 
During the last class, students painted the background for their animal, which included the animal's habitat or environment. Students mixed new colors and thought about how to show where the animal might live. 
Some students painted an outdoor environment, including the sky, water, grass and desert. Some students painted an indoor environment, like a barn or a living room. Here are some examples of our animals with tails!
Andy, 1st Grade (Mandile)
Dahlia, 1st Grade (Torchio)
Gus, 1st Grade (Torchio)
James, 1st Grade (Massa)
Kaiwan, 1st Grade (Mandile)
Leila, 1st Grade (Torchio)
Mason, 1st Grade (Massa)

Daniel, 1st Grade (Salvucci)
Tyler, 1st Grade (Massa)
Olivia, 1st Grade (Salvucci)
Naomi, 1st Grade (Landay)
Marie, 1st Grade (Salvucci)
Antonio, 1st Grade (Landay)
Alex, 1st Grade (Salvucci)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tasty Texture Sandwiches

3rd grade artists recently explored texture by making delicious looking texture sandwiches! We began with a long piece of paper and glued pieces of wallpaper at the bottom to create a table top for our sandwich. We also added a plate or wrapper for our sandwich.
Using cardboard, students cut out a bottom bun and a top bun for the sandwich. We talked about different shapes we could use, like rectangles and semi circles. We made sure to leave a lot of space in between the bottom and top pieces of bread for lots of ingredients! 
Next class, we brainstormed a variety of sandwich ingredients, including tomatoes, cheese, salami, peanut butter, Nutella, pickles, bacon, etc. We made a long list on the board to use as reference. Students were able to choose from a variety of different materials with different colors and textures to represent sandwich ingredients. Students got very creative with how they used their materials. Sometimes, students searched for a specific material for a specific ingredient. Other times, we were inspired by the material and what ingredient it reminded us of. Here are some examples of our tall, textured sandwiches:
Alina, 3rd Grade (Lutz)
Ben S., 3rd Grade (Stone)
Destanie, 3rd Grade (Monfette)
Ethan, 3rd Grade (Donato)
Gustavo, 3rd Grade (Fletcher Nickl)
Hunter, 3rd Grade (Lutz)
Lenna, 3rd Grade (Monfette)
Mackenzie, 3rd Grade (Monfette)
Manos, 3rd Grade (Monfette)
Marina, 3rd Grade (Donato)
Priya, 3rd Grade (Monfette)
Sam, 3rd Grade (Stone)
Name, 3rd Grade (Class)
Yulissa, 3rd Grade (Monfette)