Beautiful Oops: Kindergarten

Kindergarten is working on loving their mistakes. In an effort to love our imperfections just a little bit more we read The Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. This book teaches the reader that inside each mistake is a wonderful work of art waiting to happen. Here are some of our awesome Beautiful Oops drawings. Students…

Fall Festival Costume Contest 2018

Its October…there is a chill in the air and creativity is buzzing around Fox for the fall festival costume contest. We will not be making costumes in art class, but I didn’t want to leave you with no idea how to create a costume or a mask, so I am making sure you know the…

Fifth Grade is Designing a Mural

All of 5th Grade is designing a painted mural for the playground and garden area of Fox. Students are working in groups to make decisions about small areas of wall so that our finished artwork will resemble a collaborative patchwork quilt. Students are including images that represent our school, nature and community. I will update…

Fourth Grade Reverse Selfies in Charcoal

Students in 4th grade have been working hard to create images of themselves in an unusal way. They filled their whole paper with charcoal, and then erased their outlines. Students continued to add chalk and eraser for white and add more charcoal where they erased too much. A very messy good time was had by…

Third Grade Collaborative Tile Installation

Third graders are working hard right now to make some sweet symbolic tile images that represent Fox to them. They will be installed all the way around the big oak that holds our sand box in its roots. Students thought hard about what was special about our school to them, and simplified those ideas into…

Howardena Pindell

Second graders took an amazing trip the VMFA to see the artwork of Howardena Pindell. The work on display is full of thick paint, glitter, collage, sewing, and painting. We compared her work to the work of Beauford Delaney, as he painted a very textural painting of Marian Anderson just outside the exhibit. Students drew…

Recycling Abandoned Fan Blades and Fabric

I love to upcycle, and recycle.  Last week after school I ran a couple of free classes in cahoots with the awesome folks at SCRAP RVA, and a grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful. We took old fan blades and turned them into people and creatures through the magic of collage. Check ’em out! The second…

Cup Weaving

This week in art, First graders are weaving on cups. I usually teach students how to weave bracelets in first grade, and we may still do that a little bit later in the year, but this was pretty exciting. This beautiful cup is by Isadora in Ms. Bezares’ class. Students looked at the work of …

3rd Grade Printmaking

Students in third grade made prints today from the cityscapes and landscapes that they drew outside last week. The process looks like this: make a drawing on paper with pencil. Once you are happy with your drawing, draw it again with a slightly dull pencil on styrofoam. You can buy sheet styrofoam, like this class…

Putting the twinkle in Tinkering

In first grade Ms. Penn introduced tinkering. She showed students a video called: Caine’s Arcade, about a student who made a whole arcade out of cardboard boxes and recycled materials. students got several boxes of recycled materials to choose from and were asked to make a machine or creation that would help the planet in…