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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Posted: April 16th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


In second grade students study owls and birds in their science class.  We used their owl knowledge to draw owls.  Notice the different lines we used to create interest and texture!  The owls were drawn in chalk pastel, which was a new art medium for us.  It was messy and fun to work with!

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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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Art Show Tomorrow!

Posted: March 31st, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

The RSU #1 Art Show is tomorrow night, 5-7 PM, at the Fisher-Mitchell School in Bath.  Limited parking is available, but you can park at Morse High School and ride the trolley to the show.  This year it is a K-12 production!   Hope to see you there!

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RSU #1 Art Show

Posted: March 18th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

April 1, 2010 is the date for the RSU #1 Art Show at the Fisher-Mitchell School in Bath, Maine.  The time is 5-7 PM.  Parking is limited at the Fisher-Mitchell School, so we have arranged to have the trolley give free rides from Morse High School to Fisher-Mitchell.  All students in grades K-6 and select works from grade 8-12 will be displayed at the show.  Please join us in celebrating the artistic talents of students in RSU #1!

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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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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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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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