The Art Room with Ms. Michelle

December 2017

“Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines, color and the relationship between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.”                        -Piet Mondrian                                                                          We continue to learn the concrete fundamental elements of art using step by step instruction combined with practice, practice and practice. The more they do, the better their artistry will develop. I change each subject, media and inspiration from lesson to lesson, however students always work in these three important areas: brainstorming ideas, art making and visual reflection. When they work in this triad of skills, students gain patience, focus, pride and confidence in their work.

Kindergarten students have been exploring various materials creating lines of all types of expression. This month they are inspired by Piet Mondrian and his use of directional (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) lines and primary colors. They enthusiastically learn how to use the color wheel and the various palette combinations to support their individuality.


First grade loves the art of the feline that is depicted by the delightful artist Laurel Burch. Students learn how to cast their line in a curved shaped to create the cat in a relaxed position. Next they will design patterns of shapes and colors with oil pastels. Stay tuned for this new gallery of work.


20171127_154940-2.jpgSecond Grade worked exceptionally hard creating watercolors of autumn leaves falling through the sky using the “wet on wet” technique and then casting shadows. They also practiced close observation with  positive and negative space and how to transfer designs accordingly. Their Native American pictographs on a dreamcatcher are the upcoming project.

Third grade is beginning their wonderful cultural experience with Brazil and the beauty depicted in Carnival. They will investigate, explore and create artistry of contour lines, symmetry, enhancements and much, much more.

Fourth Grade has completed their Gustav Klimt metallic portrait designs and they are amazing with radiant details and individual creativity. Look forward to viewing these in their classroom. The next exciting assignment will be generating ideas in regard to the historical culture of stained glass and how it has been featured in Mosques and the Gothic Cathedrals.                                     Stay tuned 20171110_143125.jpgfor this glorious exhibit.

Fifth grade also completed their unconventional artistic portraits inspired by Joseph Cornell. The process included combining cardboard earthtones with relief sculpture in a completely unique style. The next assignment will be very different with a focus on observational drawing and the use of shading, fabric texture and value.

The Art Room with Ms. Michelle

 In Room 241  I challenge students with artistic projects that develop their critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities and at the same time, nurture their creative self-expression. Our art classroom also focuses on core values and language skills with whole group discussions that are designed to build awareness of art history and cultural differences.

WELOME BACK! The Art Room is an exciting place this time of year as students join  their old and new friends sharing their wonderful art experiences during the summer.

I Missed You!

 We begin September by reviewing all the rules of the Art Room, their memories from last year and their goals for this one.  Camaraderie and team spirit are the basis for our first project as  children work together on a school mural called  “ART IS”…   This lesson gives students the opportunity to gain visual introspection and recognize that the concept of art comes in many forms, styles, shapes and sizes.. Every piece of artwork is as unique as the artist and as  Picasso said, “Every child is an artist”.  The execution for this mural is done in the street art style called Graffiti. All students focus on line design learning how to create bold and bubbled fonts. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat are the referenced artists. Colors in patterns and value are added for excitement. Stay tuned as this great mural develops into a group masterpiece.                                 In the weeks ahead all grades will begin their portrait projects. They will explore various mediums, make connections with art history, culture, broaden their art vocabulary, expand self expression, imagination and aesthetic awareness.


5th Grade:

Everyone loved this great project in June!

Step Into the Future with Art                                     20170601_100208-1    

Creativity on a roll. Students used their imagination to design the Nike of the future. Notice that many have a GPS, headphones and high tech apps along with gorgeous color designs.