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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Clay Masks

The 5th graders are currently making clay masks influenced by what we learned about African masks and the emphasis on features of the face.The students are to be exaggerating parts of their masks to convey personal meaning.


The 5th graders made clay masks using the influences of their prior Modigliani portraits and his knowledge of African Masks.

Mask Performance

Using a thinking map to collaborate with table team members on a performance with the clay mask project.


The 5th grade students are learning about the artist Amedeo Modigliani. He was influenced by African masks as Europe began to open the trade route with Africa, China, and Japan. He used ideas from the masks in his portrait paintings. Evidence can be seen in the elongated features and necks. Often he left out the eyes in his portraits just as the eyes in a mask are open and waiting to assume the personality of the wearer.The portrait on the left is thought to be of our technology teacher, Tony Molnar.

One Point Perspective

The 3rd graders have added the element of space to their art-making repertoire by working on 1 point perspective drawings. They have learned how to use a vanishing point to create the illusion of depth.


Klimt Trees

Under the direction of our illustrious student teacher, Miss Emily Horvat, the third graders created fanciful trees in the style of Gustav Klimt. Students also added their own personal symbols.

Birch Tree Landscapes

3rd graders learned how to make a resist in watercolor painting by using tape to mask off areas in their work which would “resist” the watercolor paint, thus leaving the paper white.

The big “reveal”, pulling off tape to discover the areas left white

Action Portrait Sculptures

 2nd graders are working on showing action and movement in their figure representation. We began with a gesture drawing which is a drawing of the action and not the details of the figure.
The students transferred  their drawings into a self portrait painting of an action they like to do in the snow….maybe even in the winter olympics
and finally into a sculpture of an action.