Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Name Creatures with Grade 2

Second graders have been practicing their line skills in the creation of a creature! Using their name, we followed a series of steps to make a reflection of that name which we then designed using various line designs. Students worked hard to follow the many procedural steps and used a variety of media to create these unique creatures,! Can you spot the artist's name? 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Photography with Grade 5

Fifth graders have been learning about the elements of digital photography.  For the past few weeks, we have done some "field work" investigations into our backyard SMS garden and trails!  Students have been working in pairs with various cameras (Canon and GE) to try and capture interesting compositions.  Now that the "field work" is coming to a close, students will investigate their images further using their Chromebooks and Pixlr (a free digital editing system) to edit and enhance their photos.  These photos below are unedited first editions: 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Monochromatic Self-Portraits

Here are our self-portraits working together to make a beautiful rainbow!  This is still a growing two murals as we are now having faculty and staff assist in adding their portraits to our walls!  Such gorgeous results!  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

Greetings from the Art Room!
  I cannot believe how fast the summer flew by and how much the kiddos have changed in such a short amount of time!  I hope you found your summer to be full of fun and relaxation and are ready for the new school year! 😊  In the art room, we have already been hard at work creating portfolios (grades 1-5) to be used to store our amazing projects throughout the year as well as sketchbook cover designing (kindergarten).  Grades 1-5 students have also begun to create a colorful self-portrait where we are using a monochromatic color scheme.  These small self-portraits will be combined with the other classes to create a rainbow of colorful students here at SMS.  Here's a sneak peak:

Be sure to check back to see the complete finished product!  Throughout the school year please feel free to email kdow@sau16.org or call the school directly.  I am so looking forward to a creative and colorful school year!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2nd Annual Art Fest Coming Soon!!!!

Wow! May is already here and it feels like the year has gone by in a flash! I hope you all had a wonderful April vacation full of relaxation and rest.  The art studio at SMS has been buzzing with projects as we wrap up the school year with our annual art show!  This year's Maker Fest and Art Fest will take place on Thursday, May 18th after school from 4-6 PM and during the school day on Friday, May 19th.  This is our big art event which showcases all the artistic efforts of our K-5 SMS students.  Each child will have an artwork on display during the event and the two-dimensional work will be on display through the Grand Luncheon in June.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this event: kdow@sau16.org.  Hope to see you on May 18th!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Youth Art Month 2017

To celebrate Youth Art Month, the Exeter Arts Committee will be showcasing artworks from students in and around our school district. This show will be on display at the Exeter Town Hall (across from the gazebo) in the second floor gallery. The show officially opens this Saturday (March 11) and will run every Saturday and Sunday during the month of March from 12-4 PM.  A wonderful way to spend an afternoon being inspired by beautiful student work! The following students will be featured in the gallery:

Grade 5
Sophia P.      Sean D.      Sam C.    Brielle D.    Megan H.    Kyle B.     Kelly O.     Liam B.     Jack W.
Kitana P.B.    Clara K.     Will M.      Lauren B.

Grade 4
Maya L.     Drew B.     Lily F.     Emilie v d L.     Ryan O.     Kelsey S.

Grade 3
Caterina H.     Enzo I.     Meaghan K.     Matthew M.

Grade 2
Jillian B.     Lauren B.     Lucas C.     Grace W.

Grade 1
Alex D.     Case S.     Michael P.     Casey H.     Lena S.     Anna H.

Jasper T.     Cole G.     Addy D.     Sam R.     Paige K.   

Friday, January 20, 2017

Mehndi-Inspired Hand Designs with Grade 3

    Third grade students have showed great perseverance creating artworks inspired by the Mehndi tradition seen in India. This tradition of painting beautifully intricate designs using henna for ceremonies and important events inspired us to create our own versions on paper. As many of the symbols used in the Mehndi tradition have significance, the students as well designed elements in their hands which were of importance in their own lives. To complete this project, students created bright backgrounds through the exploration of watercolor colored pencils.