Beautiful Oops!

We read Beautiful Oops! by Barney Salzburg – a story that shows tears, spills, and ink blots transformed into something new.



Then, children picked pieces of white drawing paper sprinkled with random black ink spots. They drew lines and shapes with black ink pens to express their personal ideas.


“Space ship”

Grade 1

Back to School

The longest line


Draw the longest line…

try not to cross over.


On the wall outside the art room,

connect your line to a classmates’ line.

What is a line?

Who invented lines?

How do artists use lines?

What different kinds of lines you see?

How do lines and shapes make pictures?

How do pictures tell stories?

Would there be written alphabets if there were no lines or shapes?

Grade 3



Mandalas / Radial drawings 

Grades 1, 2, 3

The universal hand

We watched parts of Cave Art in the Tropics (click link in post below) to see the cave paintings in Indonesia that were made about the same time as the cave paintings in Europe.

After talking, we used our own hands as a starting point, and drew, colored and painted to express our thinking and ideas.

Grades 1, 2

Art is a language

Paul Klee (Swiss). Castle and  Sun. Oil on canvas. 1928

What is going on in this picture?

What do you see that makes you say that?

“A city; houses with the lights off; a castle with a waterfall and moon; a little country; space – the planets are yellow; a place for  skateboards and roller skating; a party truck; the whole world with oceans, continents, fields and a moon..

Draw and color a building using geometric shapes.

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Build a structure with unit blocks.


Draw it!

All about water


Waterfall of Brushstrokes


 Seen at Park Stream

Mixed Media Mural 8′ x10′

Work in progressredomurals

Moore’s Branch Stream flows through the campus of Park School to Lake Roland.

 Lake Roland flows into The Jones Falls.

The Jones Falls flows into The Patapsco River (Baltimore’s Inner Harbor).

The Patapsco River flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

The health of our little stream affects the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

When we take care of our stream, we are taking care of the Chesapeake Bay

– the largest estuary in the United States.

Second Grade Theme Study

Kiki’s Delivery Service


In our final week, we looked at some of the sketched story boards for Kiki, made mini accordion books and drew in them. We watched part of the film, Kiki’s Delivery Service directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s great animator and director.

Many of Miyazaki’s beautiful animations are drawn and painted by hand. Some of his other compelling films are My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. To learn more about Miyazaki, click on

Hayao MIYAZAKI 宮崎駿

Hayao Miyazaki
Photo Credit: Thomas via Compfight

Imagining stories

Third Grade Imaginary Creature Tableau*

*Tableau – a group of characters representing a scene from a story

To be displayed at The Park School Art Show 2013

What:     Art inspired by… relating to… about… Fairy Tales and Stories

When:    Mid-April

Where:   Richman Art Gallery


  • Draw, color and cut-out imaginary creatures / characters
  • Collage background showing land / water forms
  • Paint sky showing weather and time of day
  • Find objects (buttons, yarn, string, corks, shells, stones, sticks) to complete the scene
  • Arrange the parts listed above on the “stage” to show a scene from a story you want to tell

Consider how the following will aid in telling your story:

         Names of the characters

         Location / environment



         Time of day

         What is about to happen?