Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kindergarten Bird's Eye View of a Snowman

Kindergarten Bird's Eye View Snowmen

Kindergarten students created a collage of a snowman from a bird's (overhead) perspective using painted papers. Students began this project by creating a snowflake-filled background using oil pastel that resisted the tempera paint. They then cut, assembled (largest to smallest circle), and glued their snowmen onto their backgrounds, adding stick arms, carrot noses, and patterned paper scarves. Black paint was used to create the eyes, mouth, and buttons.

These collages are temporarily on display in the MUR for the winter evening performances.

First Grade Reindeer

First Grade Reindeer

First Grade students created a collage of a reindeer using painted papers. Students began this project by creating a snowflake-filled background using oil pastel that resisted the tempera paint. The reindeer was created by using a template as a tracer on their brown painted paper. The reindeer were cut out and the parts assembled by each student who chose the unique placement and character of their animals.

These collages are temporarily on display in the MUR for the winter show performances.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fourth Grade Winter Trees

Fourth Grade Winter Trees

The Fourth Graders completed a lovely winter tree project.  They painted a background using watercolors and stained a second piece of paper with tissue paper.  Trees were cut out from the stained paper and outlined with metallic permanent markers.  They then glued them down, using overlapping to suggest space and perspective, and finished off with a bit of falling snow in the form of dots of acrylic paint.

These paintings are on display in the school library.

Third Grade Polar Bears

Third Grade Polar Bears

The Third Graders were exposed to four different painting techniques for this project.  We began with an oil pastel moon which resisted the watercolor used for the sky.  Salt was added to the sky to give the impression of starlight. After painting the snow and ice, plastic wrap was placed on the wet paint and wrinkled to leave an impression of texture.  The final step involved the use of a stencil and white acrylic paint to add the polar bears.  Final features were added when the paint was dry using a permanent black marker.

These paintings are on display in the school library.

Second Grade - Winter Cardinals

Second Grade Winter Cardinals

Our Second Graders had the opportunity to create a beautiful winter-themed collage featuring painted paper cardinals.  The first step involved making the painted paper, always fun!  The students then began work on their collages...creating conifer tree branches with torn brown construction paper and evergreen needles with cut green construction paper.  These were glued onto one of their pages of painted paper.  The cardinals were created using a template on the back of their second piece of painted paper.  A little bit of falling snow was added with white paint and a Q-tip.  The finishing touch saw the addition of red feather wings and the signature cardinal beak and mask.  Truly beautiful work was done.

These paintings are on display in the school library.

Seventh Grade Self-Portraits

Seventh Grade Self-Portraits

Recently, Seventh Graders had the chance to create self-portraits using the iPad app aTypo.
They first had to take a selfie that the app then digitized with text they entered...positive adjectives to describe themselves.  They finished off the project by playing with color and selecting a color combination that they liked best.

This was a fun and quick way to create self-portraits for middle schoolers.

These self-portraits are on display in the school library.

To view the entire class set, please visit the BVA Art Program Flickr account at:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

First Grade - Fall Fun!

First Grade - Fall Fun!

It's been a busy month or so in First Grade.  We have completed a number of projects that relate to the traditional changing of the seasons.  While our seasonal changes are pretty subtle compared to other parts of North America, there are definite seasonal markers associated with the months of October and November.

All projects posted are on display in the Third Grade hallway.  Check them out before they disappear over the Winter Break!


Our first foray into the season involved pumpkins.  The children were shown a simple way to draw a pumpkin (think center oval, then 'bumps' added on either side using the letter "C" or a backwards letter "C" to flesh it out) using a black crayon.  The students then applied the color...learning how to mix their own shades of orange using red and yellow tempera.  Oh, the magic of paint!


Our second activity involved a directed drawing of two pilgrims, a boy and a girl.  Simple color was added using Crayola multicultural crayons and a single pop of bright color for the background.

These turned out really well!  Thanks to Sylvia Parker at
Learning With Mrs. Parker for the great project idea.


 Our final fall project involved the creation of Thanksgiving turkeys.  Again, we used a directed drawing to walk students through the process of creating a turkey.  Then, watercolors were provided and creativity in how color was applied (realistic versus imaginary) was unleashed.  The results are pretty amazing.

Thanks to Patty Palmer over at Deep Space Sparkle for the idea.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kindergarten Trees

Kindergarten Trees

Our Kinders have been working very hard these past months.  We have been learning many things in Art class...all about lines and designs, different media (pen and paper, watercolors, crayons,  tempera), and different skills (cutting and pasting, listening to and following instructions, how to properly use our tools).

We finally have a completed and very beautiful project on display in the Third Grade hallway.  Over three weeks, Kinders learned the difference between realistic and imaginary trees, along with some basic color mixing with crayon.  The second week, they added fall colors using tempera in red and yellow, learning the secret of the color orange in the process.  The third week, they 'glued' tissue paper onto watercolor paper using liquid starch.  These multicolored pages were then turned into gorgeous fall leaves and added to their painted trees.

Be sure to visit the will disappear over the Winter break!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Art Smash Saturday Success!

Art Smash Success!

Our first Art Smash Saturday was a great success!  About 40 parents, children, and grandparents participated in our printmaking workshop.  Five stations were provided, each featuring a different approach to printmaking.  Offered were foam or relief printmaking, collagraphs, stamping, monoprinting, and gelli prints.

Everyone had the opportunity to visit each station, and many were repeat visitors to their favorite(s).  Parents and children worked together on projects and then everyone had the opportunity to work on their own.  The atmosphere was relaxed and parents enjoyed time creating art with their children and socializing with other adults.

One of the most exciting stations was the gelli printing, a relatively new addition to the art and craft world.  Gelli prints are juicy, fast, easy, and yield beautiful results every time!

Second Grade Geodes

Second Grade Felted Geodes

A few weeks back, Second Grade enjoyed their first felting experience.  With the assistance of many volunteers and donated supplies, students and parents crafted geodes out of colorful wool roving to coincide with their recent thematic unit on rocks and minerals.

The wool roving was wrapped in layers, bright colors on the inside and duller, earth tone colors on the outside.  Once the roving balls were finished, they were dunked in warm, soapy water and then squeezed and rolled for ten to fifteen minutes.  A quick rinse under cold water to remove the extra soap and a turn in Ms. Tara's dryer at home finished the felting process, and the geodes were ready for the great reveal!

The students were very eager to see their geodes and asked me incessantly whenever they saw me on campus.  They were so cute when we opened them up for them!  A number of our staff loved the project so much that they made their very own geodes, too!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Art Smash Saturday! 15 November 2014

Art Smash Saturday!

What: A morning of art exploration for parents AND children with Ms. Tara, Bay View's Art Teacher.  The focus will be on


Try your hand at monoprinting, relief printing, engraving, collographs and stamping!

When: Saturday November 15, 2014
9 A.M. to 12 Noon

Where: MUR at Bay View Academy

Cost: $10 per person, $25 per family

Pre-registration (through the Main Office) is recommended but not required.  Cash or check payable to Bay View Academy.  All proceeds benefit the Art Program.

***Please note that parents must accompany their children to this event.  Childcare is not available.***

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5th Grade Native Americans - Northern Plains

5th Grade American Indian Clothing

In conjunction with their thematic unit on Native Americans, Fifth Graders completed a four-week project on the Northern Plains Indians.  Using photographic images of traditional Assiniboine and Sioux clothing as inspiration, students engaged in a multi-step painting and collage project.  The finished pieces can be seen in the school library.

Thanks to Patty over at Deep Space Sparkle for the lesson!