Why Weave?

Weaving requires mathematical thinking, estimation, and measurement.

Working in teams, children measure approximately 18 feet or 6 yards of warp for each cardboard loom! 

*This measurement may vary from class to class due to different sizes of cardboard looms.

Ask your child, “What is warp?

How do you estimate how much warp you need?

Why does a loom need warp?

Grades 2 and 3

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Artistic alphabets & words

If there were no lines or shapes would there be written alphabets?  Find out more in –

Ox, House, Stick, The History of Our Alphabet

By Don Robb

Alphabets can be artistic, too.dscn9126

Word Designs

  • Think of a word that’s interesting to you.
  • Draw two horizontal lines across the paper.
  • Write your word with the letters touching the top and bottom lines.
  • Find shapes around the letters.
  • Color shapes with oil pastels.
  • Brush a watercolor wash on top.



Grade 2

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Today during first grade, we read Colors by Philip Yenawine – The Museum of Modern Art, listened to music and PAINTED!  What would be better than that? 


“The world is full of colors.”

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Habits of Mind

Develop craft –

Understand techniques and demonstrate that understanding.


 Stretch and Explore –

Reach beyond the familiar and explore playfully.


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Lots and lots


white clay – wet

white clay – drying


white clay – dry


red clay – drying


red clay – fired!


During the month of January children in first, second and third grades have been exploring the possibilities and limitations of clay focusing on using our hands as tools. We will continue to practice basic techniques for shaping balls, rolling coils, pinching pots and pressing slabs. Also, we are learning how to properly use and care for a variety of clay tools.

Week 1:  Explore:

Pinch, pat, pull apart, roll, and squish the clay together.

Using your hands, change the shape of the clay to show your idea.

Pass the “pick up” test.

Week 2 – Practice:

Draw different kinds of lines with a clay drawing tool.

Stamp designs with plaster and clay stamps.

Cut out shapes with metal shape cutters.

Explore textures with wooden tools.

Design a clay heart using the techniques above.

Pass the pick up test.

Week 3 – Assemble – parts to whole:

Envision an idea for a clay snowman, snowcat, bear or other animal.

Practice the “scratch and attach” technique.  (Scratch, scratch, wet, attach.)

Starting with balls and coils, model the body parts.

Assemble the parts together using “scratch and attach.”

Notice how parts put together make a whole object.

Pass the pick up test.

To be continued!!!

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Cut paper – art and science

Artist Rogan Brown

“We live in a world dominated by science,” Brown says. “Art needs to work hard to keep up or use the language and imagery of science for its own ends.”


Artist Rogan Brown’s paper sculptures are many times larger than the organisms that inspire them. Magic Circle Variation 5 is approximately 39 inches wide by 39 inches tall in its entirety. Brown has created multiple versions of Magic Circle, the shape of which alludes to a petri dish and a microscope lens.

Courtesy of Rogan Brown  roganbrown.com

Is This Snowy Wonderland or The World Inside a Petri Dish?

By Meredith Rizzo

Do you remember cutting paper snowflakes in school? Artist Rogan Brown has elevated that simple seasonal art form and taken it to science class.

These large-scale paper sculptures may evoke snow, but actually trade on the forms of bacteria and other organisms. The patterns may feel familiar, but also a bit alien.

Click HERE to read the full, fascinating story from NPR.

Is This Snowy Wonderland Or The World Inside A Petri Dish? By Meredith Rizzo
December 25, 20155:26 AM ET
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Stack and balance.

Take apart.

Put together in a new way.

Do this 3 times.

Stretch your thinking. 

Explore possibilities. 

Express your best idea. 

Glue together with wood glue.


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Kindness cards


This short Thanksgiving week in art, children shared their artistic talents. They drew, colored and designed “Kindness Cards” for people who go to the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center seeking food and shelter. These two basic human needs are studied in third grade.

The children worked in a purposeful, heartfelt manner. When asked about how someone might feel receiving a handmade “Kindness Card,” children said, “cared for,” “like they are not all alone,” and “loved.”

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Grades 1, 2 and 3

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Open studio

During a week of independent choices, children expressed new ideas by revisiting art tools and materials used during the past 11 weeks of school.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

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A peek . . .

 . . . at some familiar things in the art room.

Where would you find these?

Match the words to the pictures.

art map    book nook    child size sink    clay tools    construction paper    denim aprons    flat files    flowers    geometric shape templates    idea books    lava light    light box    Ms. H.’s clay bear      name tags    paintbrushes    pattern blocks    Prismacolors    recycled sun    rocking chair    rocks    tempera paint    tools and materials baskets    unit blocks    watercolors



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