Falling Leaves

Posted: November 9th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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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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Space…the last frontier!

Posted: May 21st, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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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

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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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Snowy Day Collages

Posted: January 29th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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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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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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