Greetings from the “Art Room”!
First through fifth grades did a marvelous job finishing up their “moonlit pumpkin patch” shadow boxes (using lantern weed for the pumpkins) in late October. They were done in time to put them on display for the parent conferences, which was nice. Check them out at the Clothesline Art Show in the spring, too! (see attached photo of shadow box by Chance Haas, 3rd. grade)
After learning about early 20th. Century artist Piet Mondrian, his philosophy and his legacy in modern design and architecture, second through fifth grades created their own version of a “Mondrian” with very pleasing results! (see attached photo of “Mondrian” paintings by Annika Petyk (3rd.) and Zion Fitzgerald (4th.))
In other news, third grade was a bit envious when they realized they never did the pastel/charcoal “cave paintings” that first grade has been doing the last couple years – so I let them have a go at it!
Since the second through fifth worked on their Greek gods/goddesses earlier in the year, I felt it wasn’t quite time to leave Greece behind until we did a rudimentary study of Greek/Roman column types – something they’ll see all their lives here and there. Right now the students are finishing up some nifty little 3-D “pillar boxes” complete with a notation of the type of column they chose along with this year written in Roman numerals (they had to figure it out)! (see attached photo of pillar box by Jack Redfern, 5th. grade)
Graduates of Quaker elementary schools know themselves and are able to recognize the strengths of peers. Because they are effective communicators and creative problem solvers at an early age, the fifth graders approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are “ready” in every sense.