Picasso’s Three Musicians

Posted: January 29th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


Pablo Picasso is one of the world’s most famous and well known artists.  Third and fourth grade students were introduced to his work by being asked “What do you see?” in his painting Three Musicians.  Students carefully observed the shapes, colors, patterns and people and objects in the painting.  Did you know there is a dog hiding under the musicians?  For the first lesson students learned how to draw a checkerboard and a harlequin pattern using a ruler.  (A checkerboard is made from squares and a harlequin pattern is made with diamonds)  The next week students were asked to create three characters of their own design using oil pastels.  A requirement was that they have a checkerboard and a harlequin somewhere in their drawing.  They created some very interesting characters!

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124 Comments | Filed under Drawing, Fourth Grade, Third Grade, Uncategorized

Snowy Day Collages

Posted: January 29th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


In first grade we celebrate the New Year’s snow by reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  In his picture book, illustrator Mr. Keats uses basic, colorful shapes to create his collages.  First graders first create a quilt-like pattern for the ground using bright colored squares.  Second, they sponge paint white over the colors so the snow has a colorful glow like the book’s illustrations.  Snowflakes are created by stamping the edge of a piece of cardboard.  Last, simple, bright colored shapes are used to collage people involved in fun, snowy day activities.

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147 Comments | Filed under First Grade, multi-media

No More Stick People!

Posted: January 29th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


To start off the new year in kindergarten we learned how to draw people using shapes instead of making stick people.  Students first did a drawing of a large Raggedy Ann doll by using basic shapes and a variety of lines.  Next, we used Wonderfoam shapes to create a collage of a person.  When the collage was completed, students looked at it and did a drawing of their person using shapes.  After this lesson was complete, we passed a “No more stick people!” rule since we now know that people are made of shapes.

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Art Room Donations

Posted: January 15th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

We are almost always in need of recycled materials in the art room. Here is a list of items we will gladly take off your hands. Please contact Mrs. Polizotto at school 389-1514 if you have any other items you are interested in donating, to make sure we can use it and have room for it!

Thank you!

egg cartons (cardboard or plastic)
ribbon scraps
glue sticks
old fashioned potato mashers
empty scotch tape spools
cookie cutters-any shape

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Phippsburg Artists in the News!

Posted: January 4th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

Art is alive and thriving in Phippsburg! Current students and former students have recently been featured in the Times Record. Isabel Doran, grade 5, and former students Ellin Hale (Morse High School) and Michelle Campbell (UMF) were runners up in a photography contest. In the Christmas Eve edition of the Times Record, Nate Ewald, grade 3, Angel Moore, grade 5, and Alexis Wyman, grade 6, had their drawings based on the theme “The Spirit of the Holidays” chosen to be in the local advertising section. Congratulations to all our artists!

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