Jun 22, 2011


Third graders finished their year with a special photography study
in collaboration with Lincoln Center.

By Erin, Matthew, Evan

Ms. Smith, from Lincoln Center, arrived to our Art Class in the first week of June to share a bit of her knowledge of photography. On the first day, we took photos and went over the meanings of framing, contrast, foreground and background. The next day, we looked closely at photographs from the Lincoln Center collection and noticed things we had never noticed before. We realized all the photos had contrast, dark and light together. All of the pictures were taken in black and white. On the third day, we took photos again and discussed our progress. Plus, Mr. Kalman, our principal, came in and shared his photographs with us. He had traveled to Rome and taken different pictures of different people.

Some things we learned:
Erin: "Now I will think about my angle as I take pictures."
Matthew: "I am going to think about the background in my photos."
Evan: "Now I am interested in taking pictures of buildings and statues in the city."

Students explored how to think like a photographer... taking notice of
Foreground, Background, Contrast, Framing / Cropping




"You don't take a photograph, you make it."

Jun 14, 2011

Right After Breakfast...

By Halina D.

Morning Art is a program early in the morning, where students can work on any kind of art projects they want. I work on art day and night but this gave me an opportunity to do it in the morning. In Morning Art you also have a wider variety of materials so you can create a more exciting project.
What I liked about Morning Art the most was that I could come and finish projects I didn’t have time to finish at home. Grades 2-5 could come to Morning Art and make spectacular paintings, models, and drawings. Morning Art is a great way to take your time on a project and not rush. I had a lot of things I liked about this program. I also made some new friends at Morning Art and spent some time with old friends. This program also brings out the creativity in you.


Plaster Masks


By Alex M

The third graders made plaster masks in Art, and these are the steps. First, we put plaster in face molds and everyone got messy. It felt gooey when we put the plaster strips in water and put them inside the mask molds.
Next, we painted on a base color like red, blue, green, black, orange or light green. We focused on symmetry, which means keeping the same designs on both sides.
Last but not least, we painted other colors and drew on the masks with gold and silver markers and glued fabric on to the masks. It was cool to work with plaster!