Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stop Motion Animated Creatures by Mrs. Bissonette's class

In second grade, we created articulated creatures inspired by mythology and imagination. After creating the creatures (which had movable limbs from using fasteners) we made short animated movies in partner groups. Above is a video of two groups in Mrs. Bissonette's class working to create their videos. Below are their finished videos
























Monday, October 17, 2016

Discussing Artwork can be Enlightening!

Listen to how this Kindergartener discusses his owl painting. I am often pleased, surprised, and impressed by how my students explain their pictures. The talking that goes along with picture-making is an essential part of the process for little ones. Everything has some sort of meaning or symbolism at this age. (Those circles are nostrils...who would have guessed?)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Just Make a Mark & See Where It Takes You

For our first art project of the year, all students at PPS got to find out where their mark took them. We read the book , "The Dot," by Peter H. Reynolds which is about a little girl who doesn't think she can draw, but discovers she really is an incredible artist. Here are some pictures of our incredible artists hard at work!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ms. Vella's Summer Art Projects

I've been doing a lot of painting this summer, as I hope you all have too. Ms. Millham was so nice to give me an enormous box of some of her old paints that she discovered while cleaning out her basement. They were high quality paints too! I've used a lot of them up already, if you can believe it.

I was lucky enough to take a course this June-July with Julian Bradshaw at St. Michael's College entitled, "Educator as Artist." The course focused on personalized learning in the arts. Each student enrolled in the course were encouraged to work on their own passions and interests as an artist while developing a large body of work.

Here are some of my paintings I did during my time working on my concentration; you might see some of these at the South End Art Hop in Burlington in September, if you get a chance to visit the Innovation Building off Lakeside Avenue.