Thursday, February 7, 2019

Photographer Nancy Grace Horton (2018 Artist Residency)



Art Teach
Newmarket Elementary School, NH

     As our project came to a close I felt a sense of intense, heart warming success for not only these fourth grade students, but for myself as their facilitator, and for Nancy Grace Horton our "zen-master", with her strong photography foundation, and cheerleader to "Make the picture, not take the picture!".

     I also felt an overwhelming sense of support and gratefulness to our little school and their aid in ensuring that everything could come together in a seamless way. From finding creative ways of making our 3 day workshop schedule feasible for 94 students, their teachers, and the rest of our school, - to helping gather funds, equipment, and supplies. Preparing to host my very first artist residency was exceptionally hard work, yet a growing experience that will travel with me for the rest of my teaching career. The end reward has far out weighed the work (and the countless never ending to-do lists!)
    Hard work aside, as I looked through each project I could not help but cherish some of the words and sentences students chose to write. Out of anything that they could have written about themselves or their lives I saw phrases such as, "I am proud to be who I am", and "I was born to make art". Pretty powerful thoughts for 10 year old 
students to express. 
I was brought to tears by a student's statement that ..
"Sometimes I don't want to come to school, but today I am so glad I did because I got to make this."

Even now as I sit and reflect, I can hear students and adults of all ages stopping and admiring the photo triptych creations in the hallway, and exclaiming that they "can't wait to do the project too some day!"

                                                     Photo by Nancy Grace Horton
We are all left feeling blessed to have witnessed pure creative magic. Thank you Nancy for helping provide that for us!
My fourth grade students got to share a prideful sense of themselves with the world today - that's what photography can be, that's what art can be. 


Photo by Nancy Grace Horton

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Grade 3 - Tape Resist Tree Paintings!

Today 3rd Grade started to paint over their "Tape Trees". Here is a video of the start of some of the realistic, abstract, day, night, summer, winter, spring. and fall paintings!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Welcome back to the Art Room!

Hello Newmarket Friends and Family!

                  We have a super exciting year ahead of us in the Art Studio learning about new skills, techniques, processes, and famous artists. Parents, please note that the Open Art schedule for the 2017- 2018 school year has changed.

Open Art *** 8:00 - 8:20
(Open Art is an optional program for students 
who would like extra art time during the school day.)

Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays: Grades 5 + 4
Wednesdays: Closed
Thursdays: Grades 3 + 2
Fridays: Closed

Please also know that sometimes Art can be messy! Although we use aprons to help protect our clothing, sending your child to school wearing clothes that can get messy on their art day would be much appreciated! Please click on link below to view the daily class schedule for Art:

Lastly, I would love to give a shout out to all of our school's wonderful young artists who never stopped making Art and practicing drawing throughout the Summer time! Students, I admire all of your hard work! Below is a video of a Second Grader's Summer sketchbook....who drew these from his car window! Great idea!!

                                                                                                        (Ben P. Grade 2)
Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions you may have throughout the school year!
Thank you for your continued support for our N.E.S. Art Program!

Mrs. LaBranche

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Grade 5 "Learning from the Masters" Paintings on Canvas

      For the pinnacle project of their Elementary Art experience, Grade 5 students were asked to choose from over 100 different “Master Paintings”, and to then recreate this famous masterpiece through a process of careful drawing and layering of paint. These masterpiece choices spanned across multiple decades and styles of Art such as abstract, minimalist, realism, impressionism, expressionism, “pop”,and contemporary. Not only is it interesting to see which student chose which style of painting to complete, but the end results of these masterpieces are truly  astounding! Grade 5, you have blown us away. Bravo.




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Grade 1 Georgia O'Keeffe Paintings


Grade 1 students were introduced to the famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers that stretched off the canvas, and New Mexico landscapes featuring natural remains. First Grade students spent two weeks looking at and drawing O’Keeffe’s most well- known works, and then choose their favorite piece as inspiration and a base for their own watercolor paintings.

Grade 3: Blue Dog

Grade 3 students were introduced to the New Orleans’ based artist George Rodrigue. Among the artist’s many commissions, there was a request that he do the artwork for a collection of Cajun ghost stories, including a painting of a werewolf, known as the “loup-garou”. Mr. Rodrigue found his model in his studio: a photograph of his dog, Tiffany, who had recently died. She was black and white in the photograph but became dark blue with bright yellow eyes in his imagination. This Blue Dog design quickly became an “icon” and catapulted him to worldwide fame. Rodrigue completed countless versions of “Blue Dog” during his lifetime. Students were asked to create their own version of Blue Dog using large paper and oil pastel! They first completed several “rough draft” drawings of different ideas until moving onto a final paper displaying their favorite design. This project took students 6 weeks of hard work. Great job Grade 3!



Kindergarten Self Portraits

 Kindergarten- aged students used their mirror reflections to aid in studying different features on their faces. Students followed step by step directions on how to draw a head, eyes, nose, hair, neck, and shoulders. Kindergartners were then asked add details to their self portraits that are special and specific to them (Glasses, freckles, hair color, etc.) These self portraits were created with pencil, sharpie, crayon, and watercolor paint. Art takes courage, and I am so proud of these talented 5 and 6 year-olds who never gave up, and in-turn created a self- portrait to be cherished.