Fall into Art!

Posted: October 20th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

The art studio at Phippsburg Elementary School has had an awesome start to the school year.  We have already jumped into painting, collage, printmaking and drawing projects.  Several classes are learning about the art and traditions of the Days of the Dead festival and others are using autumn as an inspiration for artwork.  Look for images to be posted soon.

This year art classes are on Tuesday mornings and all day Friday.  Please do not send your student(s) in their best clothes on art days!  We have art shirts available to wear, but paint and ink has a sneaky way of getting around and under the art shirt.  All the materials we use in art are washable and non-toxic.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday: Grade 3, Grade 5 (Mrs. Snell), and Special Projects

Friday: Grade 4, Grade 5 (Mr. Kovacs), Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 1.

I look forward to sharing Phippsburg Elementary art with you this year!

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Clay Rattles

Posted: May 24th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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Fifth grade students learned how to construct a rattle using two pinch pots and small beads of clay.  The clay beads were wrapped in tissue paper and placed inside the two pinch pots that were attached to make a hollow body .  Once they formed the rattle part, they had a choice of what to turn their rattle into.   By gently pulling and pressing the rattle base students were able to transform their rattles into abstract characters, bears, cats, lizards, a car and more!  The students did a great job scoring their parts before attaching them and were careful not to make parts too thin-making for a successful, musical art project!

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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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