Falling Leaves

Posted: November 9th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


Kindergarten learned that mixing two primary colors together-red and yellow-make orange!  To introduce this concept we read the story White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker.  After students painted a page of oranges, we used stencils to trace and cut out six leaves.  We glued the leaves to a background.  Some students chose to put their leaves in the sky on blue paper and some chose to put their leaves on the ground using green paper.  The final touch was using oil pastels to draw wind blowing the leaves.

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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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Space…the last frontier!

Posted: May 21st, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


During the first week of May this year, RSU #1 was fortunate to have a Space Week.  Our elementary students were treated to a presentation by an astronaut.  Students were also learning about space in a literacy unit.  Prior to the event, kindergarten students created a multi-media space-scape.  We used white paint and a toothbrush to create the Milky Way, paper, crayons and textured rubbing plates to make planets and cut paper and oil pastels for the space shuttles.  Sparkly stars were created using shaped sequins.   As you can see, the results are out of this world!

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Welcome to the Jungle!

Posted: April 30th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


Kindergarten students took a trip to the jungle through the eyes of artist Henri Rousseau.  Although Henri Rousseau went to zoos and botantical gardens (a zoo for plants) to sketch animals and plants from life, he used his imagination when putting together his jungle landscapes.  Kindergarten artists used craypas and tempera paint cakes to create their backgrounds.  They discovered that the oil in the pastel craypas resists the watercolor paint, so you can paint right over your drawing and not ruin it!  We created our animals from a textured paper made by rolling a marble in tempera paint.  Basic shapes were cut from the paper and combined to make jungle animals.



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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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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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