Days of the Dead Collage

Posted: October 22nd, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


Third and fourth graders went on a trip around the world to the Days of the Dead celebration held in Mexico and other Latin and South American countries on November 1 and November 2.  They learned about Los Dias de los Muertos through the artwork created to celebrate the event.  We looked at colorful and vibrant images created by local artists in Mexico and learned that the celebration is meant to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died.  Calavera art is a popular art form during the Days of the Dad.   Calaveras are skulls and/or skeletons.  Skulls and skeletons are seen as a promise of resurrection, not as a symbol of death.  Students used paper, craypas, metallic colored pencils, sequins and scissors to create their own a multi-media collage of a calavera.


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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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Eat a Rainbow Everyday!

Posted: April 16th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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Artists use art to send messages.  An art career that uses art and design to convey messages is a graphic designer.  In our school, we are trying to practice at eating right to develop healthy minds and bodies.  Eating a rainbow of foods everyday can help.  Students painted a fruit or vegetable of each rainbow color.  The student artists were only given primary colors plus black and white, so they needed to use their art skills and tools (color wheel) to remember how to mix the secondary colors.  All of the fruits and vegetables were then cut out and glued into a group mural of a rainbow.  One mural included cauliflower clouds as well because we decided that white veggies, like cauliflower, parsnips and potatoes, were not only delicious, but nutritious!

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Joan Miro Aliens

Posted: April 16th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


Joan Miro was a Spanish artist who used shape, line and color to create abstract paintings.  Students discussed his painting Boy and Dog in the Sun.  The painting inspired us to create alien drawings using a variety of space, line and color.  Student artists drew their aliens using crayons and textured rubbing plates.  Third and fourth graders are looking forward to Space Week in May and this project helped jump start their interest.

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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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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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