Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First and Second Grade Self-Portraits

First and second graders have been hard at work creating beautiful self-portraits. 

Students first sketched their portraits on black paper. Next, we covered the pencils lines with gel glue to make them bold (and shiny too!)
 Lastly, students have been adding color with oil pastels. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PBIS Tie Dye: Volunteers Needed

Our Annual PBIS Tie Dye project is underway in art. We are looking for volunteers to help dye the shirts this week at home as well as volunteers to join us in art class next week to help students add RES themed stamps and stencils.

(I am also looking for newspaper donations!)


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wings at Open House: RES

Wings inspired by
Kelsey Montague
Please share your open house photos!
@resvt      and     @msauctercesu

On the first day of school, students at RES were inspired by the work of street artist Kelsey Montague.

Through discussion, the students determined that she had three goals in creating this piece of artwork.

  1. Look at it--enjoy her artwork!
  2. Interact with it--stand in front of her piece and take a picture.
  3. Think about it: #whatliftsyou asks you to consider what inspires you.

Each student at RES has created a single feather which I compiled to create this amazing piece of community art.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shoes Off to Zambia

The fourth graders have worked long and hard to prepare their shoes to journey to a children's hospital in Zambia. They began with a drawn plan and two white pairs of canvas shoes. Now, I sit here looking at three boxes full of shoe-masterpieces all packed and ready to go. 

Within each pair of shoes is a letter from the student to the child who will be receiving this colorful gift. The children wrote about Vermont, hobbies, themselves, our school, and explained the project. Many students asked questions about Zambia and what life is like there. 

The children did their best work knowing that someone else would appreciate it. They have made a powerful connection by giving their artwork to another. Most importantly, they have engaged in global thinking.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Land Art: Planning Stage

This week first and second graders were introduced to a new type of art:
Land Art!

After looking at some artwork by famous Land Artist, Andy Goldsworthy, students determined that Land Art is artwork created outdoors using only natural materials which were found in the environment where the work was created. 

In small groups, the children were challenged to come up with a plan to create their own Land Art. These plans included a sketch, materials list, and steps to create their piece of artwork. Here are two second grade students describing their plan.

Stay tuned in because next week we will head outside to put our plans into action!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fourth Grade Shoe Project at RES

Fourth graders are making a lot of progress on their shoes. They have all created a design and are now in the process of coloring on their two pairs of shoes. One pair will be to keep and wear proudly and the twin pair will be donated to a child in Zambia.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Circular Weaving

Third and fourth graders are working hard on their circular weaving projects. They began with a boring white paper plate and then transformed the ordinary into these extraordinary pieces of art!