Shake, Rattle and Roll

  • November 16, 2017
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This week, we began the art portion of our class by reading “i live in music”, a lyrical poem by writer and playwright Ntozake Shange. The poem is accompanied by the artwork of painter and collage artist Romare Bearden, who happens to be one of Miss Dana’s favorite artists. We talked a little bit about our favorite…

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Dessert Before Dinner!

We began this week’s art lesson with the book Peanut Butter & Cupcake! by Terry Border, a cute rhyming story about friendship told through images of manipulated 3­D food objects. We talked about how the images in the book are three­ dimensional, meaning that they can be seen from all angles. We then compared the objects in the book…

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Creative Cupcakes

We began this week’s art lesson by reading the book Counting with Wayne Thiebaud by Susan Goldman Rubin. We also looked at images in the book The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud: Delicious, also by Susan Goldman Rubin. We talked about Pop Art, an art movement of the 1960’s where many artists made paintings and sculptures of everyday…

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Scary Scarecrows and Painted Pumpkins

This week in art, Miss Jenny played the role of Miss Dana, who was under the weather. We read the book Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman. It is a cute, rhythmic Halloween tale about a witch who wants to bake a pumpkin pie but the pumpkin she grows is so big, she has to enlist the help…

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Pumpkin Perfection

This week, we began our art lesson by reading the book Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White.   It is a cute harvest tale about a woman who grew up eating pumpkins ­ boiled, stewed, baked, rotten ­and never wants to see another pumpkin again. One day, a pumpkin rolls off of a truck and smashes in her…

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It’s Pumpkin Time

We began this week’s art lesson by reading the book Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy. The book illustrates the the saying “too much of a good thing”. In the book, five brothers unknowingly scatter pumpkin seeds from their family pumpkin farm over a small town and they feel responsible when they find pumpkins and vines beginning to overrun…

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Once Upon a Drive

We began the art portion of this lesson by reading the book Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle. It is a simple story of a country truck entering a big, noisy city brimming with bright colors, sounds and city energy. We looked at our cityscape collages and noted that the only thing missing were cars on the…

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To Build or Not to Build

  • September 28, 2017
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For this week’s art portion of our class, we read the book Young Frank, Architect by Frank Viva. It is an adorable story that follows the adventures of Young Frank, a resourceful architect who lives in New York City with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect. The book features the works of renowned architects Frank Ghery and…

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We Built This City

  • September 14, 2017
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We began this week’s art lesson by reviewing what we did the previous week: painted a road and sky background for our cityscape pictures. We then read the adorable book Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beatty. We talked about how an architect is a person who creates and constructs buildings. We talked about how an architect takes a lot of time to…

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On The Road Again

  • September 7, 2017
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We began our first art lesson of the fall session by looking at the book Round Trip by Ann Jonas. The book is about a trip to the city and features fantastic black and white illustrations that take the traveler (or reader) on an adventure from day to night. The book really encourages children to use their imaginations….

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