Monday, October 23, 2017

Adventures in Printmaking

Fall is upon us and leaves are all around! Like most artists, we have used our surroundings as inspiration and did Texture rubbings of leaves. 

We continued with the subject of leaves while also exploring new ways of making copies or prints. The Rowe artists first practiced drawing four types of leaves, and then picked one to create a foam plate for block Printmaking.

We also explored Monoprinting with chalk on water and drawing with a q-tip into a painted plate and pulling a single print. 

Here are some examples.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Welcome to the Rowe School Art Room


Welcome to the Rowe Art Blog!  Throughout the school year, I will be posting samples of artwork as well as a quick note about what is going on in your child's art class. 

I collect the artwork until the end of the school year in order to have a wide selection for the Art Show.  You will receive your child's art portfolio during the last week of school. 

We've had a great start to the school year by making our mark and painting ourselves as fish. We read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and You Be You by Linda Kranz and talked about "Creating Bravely" while also talking about color and pattern. Both these projects are displayed in the Rowe school hallway.






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

End of the year Art Show

I have been collecting your young artists' artwork all year and have chosen one piece to matte and hang in the Rowe school gym for the annual Ice Cream Social / Art Show / Book Fair. 
I hope you had a chance to see the gym transformed into an art gallery. 
All artwork will be coming home this week or next in big portfolios. 
Thank you for sharing your artists with me this year! 
Have a great summer!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Collaborative Creative Chaos with Nantz Comyns


A small sample of animals in progress.
Visiting Artist, Nantz Comyns, has been orchestrating some Paper Mache Magic in the Rowe Art room over the last couple of weeks. 


Kindergarten and First grade artists have worked with Nantz to create over 15 sculptures. 
Goop!
Glittery goop
A few of the finished sculptures livening up the Rowe School Library
Nantz Comyns offers week-long summer camp sessions. During this art camp kids can create their own giant paper mache animals, similar to the giant polar bear. 
If you would like more information on Nantz's camps, her facebook page is under  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

EXCITING NEWS

Starting next week we will have a Visiting Artist joining our art classes.  

Maine fiber Artist, Nantz Comyns, will be collaborating with all of the Rowe school students to create 5-6 Paper Mache animals inspired by the Eric Carle book The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseYou may have seen Nantz's large scale paper mache animals at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.

Here is some background information on Nantz from an excerpt out of Portland Public Library's Programs:

"As a touring artist, Nantz specializes in developing creative educational programs, based in her process of sculpture. A diverse and energetic artist, Nantz encourages creative collaboration among children to help them learn about their world and their relationship in it. Her birch twig moose and colorful paper mache’  sculptures can be found in hundreds of public facilities and private collections throughout Maine!"

Monday, March 13, 2017

March is Youth Art Month

Congratulations to Gad Tangila mesu! 
Gad's Henri Rousseau Inspired Jungle Painting is framed and hanging at the Portland Museum of Art, as part of the Youth Art Month exhibit. 
Youth Art Month was started in 1961 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), Youth Art Month exists to:
  1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricular that develops citizens of a global society.
  2. Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
  3. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
  4. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
  5. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
  6. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
  7. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
  8. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
  9. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

Using our Artist Eyes: Animals



We used our Artist Eyes to really study the Shapes in animals and talked about how all things are made up of Shapes.We learned that we all have an idea in our heads about what animals look like and how we need to try to erase those and really look at the picture of the animal.We used the book Zoo-ology by Joelle Jolivet to find images of 4 different animals and practice drawing the shapes.One animal was then picked for the final drawing.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Catch up & Exploration

Due to snow days and holidays, Monday classes still needed to finish their Rousseau Jungles this week. While those were being finished others did some Exploration stations. Here are a few pictures of students exploring different art techniques.

Magnet boards & metal bead strings, Collage, Free draw & Texture plates

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Finished Rousseau Jungles

The Rousseau Jungles are now finished up. 
We looked back at Henri Rousseau's Jungle paintings and talked about what was missing. An animal of course. Students chose one animal to draw, cut and glue down their jungles for the final touch.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fruits and Flowers

This week we added Fruits and Flowers to our Rousseau inspired jungles by mixing Red & Yellow to make orange and White & Red to make Pink. These jungles are so colorful!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rousseau Jungle Vines

We used our learning on mixing colors to mix more greens and started our Rousseau Jungles. We talked about how to make Vines using a variety of Lines and then added leaves and grass.


NEXT STEPS: Adding Oranges, Pinks, Yellows and Reds to show flowers and fruits.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pinch Pots & Snowmen

First Graders used white clay and had the option to add a creature face to their pinch pots.
Kindergarten artists used red clay and were able to turn their pinch pots into different shapes.

While the pinch pots were in the kiln we painted snowmen. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall Pumpkins


We  started this lesson by using our Artist Eyes to look at a few pumpkins. We also passed around a pumpkin to see where the lines start and end in order to have a better idea how to draw the Contour lines and make our Pumpkins look more Realistic.  We talked about how those Contour lines are what make our drawings look more like a pumpkin and less like an apple. We also talked about how pumpkins do not float in the sky and how Artists use an Horizon Line to show that objects are either in the sky or on the ground. We then started our paintings, the process included pencil, sharpie, oil pastels and water color paints. When students finished their paintings they had the opportunity to repeat the steps on drawing a pumpkin and then cut it out to glue onto the Rowe School Pumpkin Patch which you can come see out in the hallway.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

COLOR and TEXTURE

For the start of the school year we have been talking about Color, focusing on the Primary and Secondary Colors and Texture. Here are a few projects we have done so far .
The Rowe School Puzzle, all of the Rowe students and teachers made a puzzle piece
We read The Dot and made our own Primary and Secondary Dots
We read Mouse Paint and then made our own Mouse paintings, making sure to leave a spot for our mouse to hide.
Leaves are falling and are the perfect item for Texture rubbings.
Fall Trees
We used many different colors on top of each other to show the Texture of our trees and used Primary color paints to mix the Secondary colors for the leaves.




Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weaving in Different Forms

Over the last few weeks both the Kindergarten and First grade artists have been learning how to weave. We started by learning the terms; Loom, Warp and Weft. We then created our own paper Weavings while repeating in our head the words "over-under-over-under" to help give us the tell-tale checkerboard Pattern.
After finishing the paper weavings we worked on something a little trickier, Weaving in the Round on a paper cup.
ALL ARTWORK WILL BE DELIVERED 
TO CLASSROOM TEACHERS IN LARGE PORTFOLIOS THIS WEEK.

Monday, May 2, 2016

"Painting with scissors" Quote by Henri Matisse

We chose two Primary colors and the Secondary color they make for our color scheme to create flower collages. We first talked about what a Collage is and looked at some work by artist Henri Matisse and author/illustrator Eric Carle. We have spent the last couple classes cutting out petals, stems and middles and are now planning the Composition and gluing our pieces together to create Spring Flower Collages. 







Monday, March 28, 2016

Magical Creatures

***Clay Sculptures are ready to go home***

The 3-Dimensional Magical Creature Sculptures are very fragile. It would be great if you could head in to the Rowe art room to pick up your child's piece. 

Here are a few examples of the Magical Creatures : Gnome, Dragon, Fairy & Unicorn

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Magical Creatures

For this two-part project we first looked at images of 4 different Magical Creatures and then chose two to practice drawing. We will be doing a 2-Dimensional drawing/painting and a 3-Dimensional Clay Sculpture of the same creature.