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.


We love Clay!

Here are some pictures from clay projects created this year...

Grade 4 Picasso Faces

Grade 2 Slab Cups

Monday, March 27, 2017

Annual Grade 5 Wax Hands Project

A huge THANK YOU to our Newmarket Jr/Senior High School Art Teacher Annette Blake for continuing our Annual Grade 5 Plaster-Cast Wax Hands Project! It was certainly a huge success for yet another year. This is a project where ten high school aged students who are "Art Enthusiasts" travel down to the Elementary School with Annette Blake to participate in a collaborative experience where all 100 of our Fifth Graders get to choose a significant hand position or specific item to hold. Then students dip their hands in warm wax which forms a perfect mold around their hand. Once the students remove their hand from the wax mold, a strong plaster called Densite is poured into the mold, filling each little crack and impression. This creates a super cool exact-replica of the student's hand! This becomes an item that families tend to keep and display for many years. Stay tuned for photos of our finished hand-masterpieces! 


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Grade 5 Currier Museum of Art Field Trip

                                                                                                  Great Job N.E.S. Fifth Graders!

      Today my heart was filled with so much pride and happiness as I watched our Newmarket 5th Graders analyze and talk about famous works of art with knowledge and confidence! As we toured the museum we saw an array of life-like portraits, detailed still-lifes, huge action-abstract paintings, figurative sculptures, as well as a special exhibition featuring realistic landscape paintings that captured the breathtaking beauty of our very own NH White Mountains.

      Thank you students and teachers for a wonderful day supporting the arts!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Grade 2 Picasso Portraits

Grade 2 Picasso Portraits
     For the first time this year, second graders learned about the
famous artist Pablo Picasso. Picasso was born in Spain, and began painting as a very young boy. Even though Picasso could draw and paint very realistically, he chose to represent what he called "Cubism" in his artwork. Cubism was described at the time as looking like "Broken glass". Figures, colors, and shapes were painted more abstractly, as if they were viewed from many different angles. Portraits were even portrayed with having multiple sets of facial features with simplistic, bold shapes and colors.

Second graders were first given a mirror, and taught how to realistically draw their own eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Students then drew a face, hair, neck, and shoulders keeping in mind the orientation of a classic "portrait". These drawing where then glued together in a manner of the student's choice (EX. eyes in the wrong spot, 2 noses). Lastly, students painted their Picasso Portraits using "fun", "unrealistic" watercolors.

The effort and interest that the second grade students put into this project made astounding, beautiful results!

Great Job Grade 2!