3rd grade learned about the Italian painter, Modigliani and his inspiration from the Impressionists. Using exaggerated proportions and bright oil pastels, students reproduced their own Modigliani portrait. A remarkable job for the first art piece of the year!

This week is Young Authors’ Week at Greystone. In preparation for one of the author/illustrator’s visit, all K-5 students looked at several books created by Debra Frasier. In each of her books, she illustrates by using construction ppaper, scissors, and glue. Pictured below are student samples from 4th grade:


Third graders took a look at the cupcake paintings by Wayne Thiebaud this week. We talked about the solid forms required to make a cupcake, the colors Thiebaud used, and began creating these cool works out of Crayola’s model magic.

In order to move from the art/math shapes to art/math FORMS or SOLIDS, i needed to find an artist that the kids would respond to – one that used solid shapes in his/her works and was FUN! Wayne was the man! Each grade level will be working on drawing and/or forming SOLID shapes based on the works of this artist. See some of his works here: http://www.askart.com/AskART/T/wayne_thiebaud/wayne_thiebaud.aspx

View some of our 2nd graders works (other grade levels to come):


TURN, SLIDE, FLIP – the math words used when working with geometric shapes. Turn & rotate are essentially the same thing, so we decided to use our first initials with any choice of shape behind it to create these cool works of art. Students drew their initial image in the first square, traced it, and turned the initial in each of the remaining squares.

We are now exploring solid shapes along with the big kids, but we are using model magic instead of straws and modeling clay. Next week, we paint our fish!

Still working on collaboration and integration with the classroom teachers…


I’m still working with the kids (K-5) with skills that apply in art, math, and science. This is pure integration & collaboration – and it’s fun! Moving on from tangrams and visual puzzles, we are now working with pattern blocks. This time I’m using the camera to record their works and add to their portfolios.

The skills we are working on using the pattern blocks include:

– Recognizing and naming the pattern block shapes: square, triangle, parallelogram, rhombus, hexagon, trapezoid,  and diamond
– Using the shapes to create new ones: for example, 3 triangles can create a trapezoid
– Recognizing & creating symmetrical shapes
– Recognizing & creating patterns



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