Posted: December 18th, 2009 by Rosemary Polizotto


On Friday afternoons we have an exploratory class. This quarter each teacher is teaching about a country. I am introducing students about the culture, holidays, arts and traditions of Israel. Last week we started learning about Chanukah.

Today Leah’s grandmother, Mrs. Marina Singer, came to our Israel exploratory to teach us about Chanukah. Mrs. Singer read a story of the history of Chanukah, taught us how to light the menorah, shared a prayer, taught us a song in Hebrew and one in English. Part of a Chanukah celebration is eating foods fried in oil, and Mrs. Singer brought in donuts that are similar to ones that would be served in Israel. We also learned how to play the driedel game and used chocolate money!

Thank you Mrs. Singer for coming to school to teach us about Chanukah! We learned a lot and had fun all at the same time!





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Linoleum Prints

Posted: December 14th, 2009 by Rosemary Polizotto


Sixth graders learned how to carve linoleum blocks using tools called gouges. They first printed colorful backgrounds using their linoleum block as templates. After sketching trees, they transferred a drawing to their block and carved out the negative space, which is the space around the objects. When they started printing they did a test print to make sure they had carved out all the parts they needed to create a clear print. If needed, they carved more from their block. When their print met their expectations, they printed onto their colorful background with fantastic results!





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Fall Still-life Paintings

Posted: December 14th, 2009 by Rosemary Polizotto


A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural, (food, flowers or shells) or man-made, (baskets, sculptures, vases) in an arranged setting. Third, fourth and fifth graders painted a still life composed of fall objects. The objects in the still life were basic shapes such as pumpkins, baskets, angels, trees and a teddy bear. You can see the students paid close attention to how objects were in front or behind each other, their sizes in relationship to each other and the texture of the objects.

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Starry, Starry Night

Posted: December 14th, 2009 by Rosemary Polizotto

Students in kindergarten have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh and his famous painting Starry Night. The students looked carefully at the painting, observing the variety of lines Mr. Van Gogh used, how many stars were in his painting and how he used size and scale to make objects look close or far away.

Our project started off by using compressed sponges cut into the shape of stars. Students “activated” the sponge stamp by dipping it in water and ringing it out. They used yellow tempera paint to stamp at least eleven stars, which is how many Mr. Van Gogh had in his painting. The second week we added a variety of lines to make an active sky and painted it with tempera watercolors. To finish off our project, we used black construction paper to cut out trees and houses in silhouette. Details were added to houses to make them look lit at night.starry2.jpg



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Posted: December 14th, 2009 by Rosemary Polizotto

Welcome to the Phippsburg Elementary School art studio blog.  The purpose of this blog will be to share news and projects created by our student artists.

All students, at PES have art once a week.  The Phippsburg Art Studio is a hub of creative activity.  Our young artists use a variety of materials to create paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and ceramics.

The art studio has art shirts, but if you would like to send in one, here is the class schedule:

Monday-Kindergarten, grade 1, 2 and 6

Friday-Grade 3, 4M, 4D, 5 and exploratory (grade 3/4 combo)

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