• Rachel Damstra Our October 2014 Artist of the Month is 4th Grader, Rachel Damstra! Be sure you check out her display of artwork outside of Mr. Hirsch's office. Congratulations Rachel!
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  • Using highlights and shadows, 4th graders are learning how to create the illusion of 3-D on simple forms: circles become spheres, triangles become cones, squares become cubes. It is a skill they can use whenever a realistic rendering of an object is warranted.
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  • Students in 3rd grade have learned about the life and art of Post-Impressionist, Henri Matisse. The students are in the process of creating collages, which will be a reflection of their tastes and interests. The greatest challenge several of them have is making the cut-out shapes and letters large enough to fill an 18" x 12" paper with a pleasing composition.
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  • 2nd Graders are creating stylized designs of real leaves, making 4 identical copies of the same design. These designs will be arranged in a radial symmetrical pattern. Color will be added with oil crayons and then watercolors, for a resist effect.
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  • 1st Grade Artists have learned how to identify art materials that are safe for children to use. They used good detective skills as they looked for either an "AP" or "CP non-toxic" small circle on a variety of art materials. Please be sure the supplies your child has at home are safe...Crayola brand is always a safe bet.

    For our first project the children are making 2-D hot air balloons, using the Dr. Seuss story Oh,The Places You'll Go! as inspiration. This project will incorporate a variety of techniques as well as mediums, including paint. Helper charts, on which the children are assigned rotating jobs, help keep painting days somewhat orderly.

    Please send in a smock if you haven't done so already. 
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  • Please check your child's schedule to see when he/she has art. While we do our best to keep ourselves and our area clean, accidents happen, so it would be a good idea not to have your child wear his/her favorite outfit that day.

    Smocks are strongly encouraged for all 1st graders and optional for all other elementary artists. While those little plastic aprons with the pockets are adorable, they don't cover offer very much protection. An old adult button-down shirt is ideal--students can put them on backwards and ask a friend to button just the top button.

    E-mail is the best and fastest way to reach me with a comment, question, or a concern: niemisr@frankfordschool.org
     
    Cant wait to get stARTed! 
     
    Tip from Art Educators of NJ (AENJ):
    Ask you child to visualize, to draw, to react, and to comment on art EVERYWHERE you go! 
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  • Students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 enjoy get creative in the art room!
     2nd Grade clown puppets
    Claude Monet inspired paintings by 1st grade artists  
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