I know you didn’t forget, because how could you?

THE ART SHOW IS TOMORROW:

MAY 21, from 5:00-7:00pm!

Still want to help, but haven’t gotten a moment to sign up? SIGN UP HERE TO HELP! Especially taking the show down….bring your kids! They can help too!

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Art Show:

What will it be like?

The Art show is the best day! We get to celebrate all the hard work your kiddos have done in creating, making mistakes, reflecting on our progress and learning all along the way! Each area will have a guided question to help you engage with the artist about the process!

Our art show is all about authenticity...YOUR kids make the work to their best of their ability, they choose their work they are the most proud of, your kids sign and frame the work and prepare for the show! I am proud to act as their creative director for the big exhibit 🙂

How many pieces of art at the art show?

There are 2 pieces per kid, one 2-dimensional and one 3-dimensional. Each child chose their own piece, and this results in approximately 1,000 works of art on display! 

When do we get our artwork back?

After the art show, kids get ALL their artwork back….don’t you fret 🙂

Can we touch our own artwork?

Please do not. Younger kids get confused if they see kids touch and think it is okay. Be a role model!

How do I know what grade is which?

Do you know our school-wide color coded system?

Each grade is color coded by frame color:

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

And, finally, just in case you didn’t know how to act at an art show :), the good news is that the children have gone over some of the expectations. Here are their reminders: 

That is right- your kids reminded us all how to be respectful  (not to run, not to touch (even if it is your own!), no food or drippy drinks, don’t use your cell phone in the art show- that one surprised me!), and please be respectful with kind words- THEY NAILED IT! 🙂

Your kids rock.

We are so so excited to see you there!!!!!!!

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The Art Show is MAY 21st!

We have the amazing and precious magic of being together in the art room where we witness each other get stretched to do our best, work through productive struggle, achieve our goals and learn about art and ourselves. What a gift it is to be part of this journey with your child for me, artists and everyone in the art room! Now….we get to celebrate this hard work and pride!

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Your children have hand selected which piece to include in this celebration- this was no easy feat!  We did not choose the “prettiest,” or the work that looked “super pretty “but rather the work of art that shows the hard work that we are proud of. This is why I, as the “creative director” of the art show, cannot make this choice for your child….this is such a personal journey!

We are spending the next couple weeks preparing our pieces for the show- framing in our grade level color system (RED-Kindergarten, ORANGE- 1st Grade, YELLOW- 2nd Grade, GREEN- 3rd Grade, BLUE- 4th Grade, PURPLE- 5th Grade), along with labeling our 3-dimensional clay pieces, and of course, preparing guidelines (for you, of course) around how to enjoy our art show to the fullest. 🙂

Stay tuned….it is going to be AMAZING, joyful and the best art show yet!

Want to help? Check YOUR EMAIL or the Memorial Spaulding PTO Facebook page for the Sign up to HELP HANG OR TAKE DOWN THE SHOW! Without your help, we could never have such a fabulous art show, so thank you in advance !!!! 🙂

Arts Integration: Grade 3 Focus

Have you read the news? Yes, we literally made the news for our arts integration curriculum at Memorial Spaulding, because well….it is a BIG deal! Third grade was where it all began, back in the day (about 11 years ago) and now EVERY grade level has a different unit where we integrate the arts. Yes, that is newsworthy information.

If you are not sure what arts integration is….we like to use the Kennedy Center for the Arts definition:

Arts Integration Definition

 

Yes, there is A LOT of value in this work and your children are able to learn so many content areas through arts learning. This approach is differentiated inherently, age appropriately engaging and most certainly, as one teacher at Memorial Spaulding said recently “creating everlasting memories in our learning.”

This morning was a very special opportunity for our third grade students to share their artist biography learning with families and here is a glimpse:

Want to SEE some of our work and our amazing artists tell more about what they have learned? Check out this amazing gallery:

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yYlWe6A5pvome-FeY1ZFPbugt2iqONbs/view?usp=sharing

So, K-2 families….here is something to look forward to, and to grades 3-5 families….ask your artist what was most memorable about this unit. Then ask them other ways we learn through the arts.

I will be sharing more about this process in this space, and others too…..I am SO proud to work with such an amazing team here at Memorial Spaulding to create the most engaging units to have children learn science, social studies, math, reading and writing with an arts integration lens!

Thank you for your incredible and vibrant support….YOU and your enthusiasm is what make our school so magical!

Stay Tuned for more information about our culminating trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston OR check it out in real time on our INSTAGRAM page!

We Heart Art

Watercolors, pastels, and tempera, oh my! Your beautiful artists are not just making masterpieces, but they are also learning every step of the way. Our process is truly magic- I hope you will follow us on Instagram to see the daily posts that hold windows into our journey to create a work of art….and the different ways we create as well!

Alas, you are HERE now, so let’s share some slivers of this magic 🙂

In the fifth grade, your artists may have shared that we are using academic choice as a guiding way to foster more independence in our artistic behavior and studio habits of mind. We have experienced mural making, printmaking with markers and with ink, as well as exploring more techniques with our altered books as well! Ask your child: Which printing strategy did you prefer: ink, or marker printing? Why are the processes different and how? What inspired you? Which materials did you choose?  

In the fourth grade, artists have been creating zentangles and working with studying contemporary artist Jen Stark. This has been highly engaging and ties into our study of the elements and principles of design. Ask your child: How did you approach this project? What inspired you? Which materials did you choose?  

Third grade is diving into the very exciting arts integration unit of artist biography work! This is a very special and pivotal moment in the Memorial Spaulding artists’ journey in our school. Ask your child: Who is your artist? Why did you choose this artist and what inspired you? What materials are you using and why?

Remember: this unit culminates with our Museum Fine Arts field trip coming in February!

In second grade, artists have been creating outer space collages! We call this project, a classic Memorial Spaulding project because it is a favorite tradition in our second grade art curriculum. Artists paint their own planets using watercolor techniques and salt to create texture. We then move on to collage the painting on black paper and use oil pastels to create a full fledged and stylized imaginative galaxy! Ask your child: What happened when the salt and the watercolor mixed? What are some of the collage strategies you used to create depth? What about strategies for using your edges in your collage?

In the first grade, we dove into our winter tree paintings and our winter tree mural! We were excited to create trees using our branch strategies and start styling our lines a bit more, now that first grade artists have more skills to create. We used cool colors and glitter paint to make our snow glisten! We also brought our skills into our large winter mural as we continue to create for our four season series of tree paintings and murals, as we continue to integrate the arts in both the art room and the classroom to learn through our seasons unit in science! Ask your child: How did you style your tree? How did you create snowflakes and which strategies did you try? Which part of the mural did you enjoy creating and why?

In kindergarten, artists read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert and used it as a source of inspiration for our own rainbow gardens! Through a process of organizing, counting, and creating variety, artists used monochromatic greens to set their garden up for a lush and blooming masterpiece! We then played the game “pass the color,” where students were able to use all the shades of each color, one at a time. Artists then chose one color for the sky with watercolor to finish this vibrant art! Ask your child: What does monochromatic mean? How do you play the game ” Pass the Color?” How did you choose your sky color?

What else is new? Well, surely you have seen our yarn bombed tree and fence (made by our upper grades)! We are excited to do this work and continue to create as much public art as possible! Our lower grades have made our window art, a rainbow that also serves as a reminder to look at neighbor colors as we create!

 

I am continually astounded by your children. Their curiosity, thoughtfulness, diligence, and creativity teaches me each day. I am so grateful for our time together and you sharing them in our thriving and colorful community!

What Have your Artists been up to?

It has been SUCH a busy time in the art room! We have been working hard to grow and learn in the art room in SO many different ways! While I know you see our final products on Artsonia, it is important to hear about the process as well….here are some questions to ask your child specifically so that they can explain to you what is happening and the growth, resiliency and knowledge gained while making this art:

Kindergarten:

What are the brushstrokes called in art class? (Hints, and answers 🙂 : 1. Cinderella does this (sweeping), 2. This one is loud like a dinosaur or elephant (stomp) and 3. Like a ninja ballerina in the night (tiptoe)

 

First Grade:

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What does abstract mean? What does landscape mean? What are the warm colors? What are the cool colors? What is the word that explains where the ground meets the sky? What does bold mean? What is a neutral color?

Second Grade:

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What does it mean to render? What does it mean to “underpaint?” What happens when you blend? What is the silly way to explain shading with colored pencils (we equate it to: outdoor voice, indoor voice, table talk, whisper and then silently weaving into another color….a way to explain how to create gradation!)

Note: your children will soon learn that these images will be deeply connected to the Integrating the Arts work that the second grade team and I have proudly created with the social studies unit through our Newton Schools Foundation grant we received in our vision work around Arts Integration- these photos we worked with are landforms! Stay tuned to learn more!

Third Grade:

Who is Faith Ringgold? What is a contemporary artist? What do you know about her life?  How did her life guide her work? What is a “dreamscape?” What is a textile? How will you create a quilt and a painting together? What did you choose for your dreamscape and why?

Fourth Grade

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Who is Ted Harrison? What is an abstract landscape? What color combinations did you consider while working on this project? (contrasting, warm, cool,  neutral, neighbor colors) What is the process to create your art? How did you create texture? What is a foreground? What color did you choose for the sky and why?

Fifth Grade

What is a silhouette? What techniques will you use to create the sky? What unusual materials are options? What colors will you use for your sky and why?  Why did you choose your silhouette? Is it large or small, or medium? Why?

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If you don’t want to wait to see all these fun photos (and more), then you are the perfect person to follow our classroom on Instagram!

Also….would you like to donate anything to the art room to keep it running smoothly? Your donations mean the world to us and certainly help us meet our goals of having a clean, multimedia and stocked classroom, so thank you!!! See here for our donation wishlist:

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Thank you for your constant support and your amazing and thriving artists!!!!!

 

Welcome Back!

Dear Memorial Spaulding Families,

Welcome back to school!  I am so glad to be back for another colorful year!  For those of you who I have just met (virtually), please come in and introduce yourself and visit the art room….and familiar faces are welcome too, I would love to see you! We have the most beautiful studio I have ever seen.

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A little about me….I am a native Newtonian and attended Memorial Spaulding when I was a kid. I graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Education and hold a Masters Degree in Education with a focus in Arts Integration from Fitchburg State University. I have two little artists at home too (a Pre-K kiddo and a 2nd grader!). I am surprised and proud to say, this is my 15th year (!) at Memorial Spaulding teaching art….as I told your kids- I have spent more than half of my life at Memorial Spaulding I love it so much!

I am looking forward to a great year of discovery as we learn about ourselves as artists as well as art from around the world and throughout history. We will engage in array of creative endeavors including drawing, painting, printing, ceramics, building and collage. It is my goal to work together with you and your child to make art class an experience where he or she will learn and grow in a thoughtful, inquisitive and joyful way.  We create in lots of different ways in the art room, allowing your child to find his or her voice in the arts, while also learning skill sets with different media, and becoming a 21st century learner.

It is my expectation that students will be able to use the time we share to its full potential and in a productive way. I hope we can work together to make art a special place for your child. I will be in communication about your child’s art class to share happy moments of success and so we can work together to be sure that your child is using his or her time productively!

Please feel free to email me at Alexandra_Etscovitz@newton.k12.ma.us or stop by!

As a reminder- please do not send your child to school on his or her art day in special clothes- making art can sometimes be messy!

Do you want a window into our classroom on a daily basis? Follow us @memorialspauldingart on Instagram!

The art room could also use the following donations if possible:

Baby Wipes ****(these are amazing for cleaning the art room and hands!)

Clorox Wipes

Paper Towels

Hand sanitizer

Colored Sharpies

Tissue Boxes

Magazines (age appropriate please), Catalogs, fun papers

All NEW families: look for an announcement how you can see your child’s art on www.artsonia.com so you can share it with your family and friends worldwide! 🙂

Thank you!

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Alexandra Etscovitz (most kids call me Ms. E)

the art show is TOMORROW!

I know you didn’t forget, because how could you?

Art Show 5-24

THE ART SHOW IS TOMORROW from 5:00-7:00pm!

Still want to help, but haven’t gotten a moment to sign up? SIGN UP HERE TO HELP! Especially taking the show down….bring your kids! They can help too!

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Art Show:

What are some things to ask my child (I am sure you don’t need this list, but in case you wanted a jump start 🙂 )?

What materials did you use? Why did you choose this piece? What did you learn? What was hard about this project? What was fun for you?

How many pieces of art at the art show?

There are 2 pieces per kid, one 2-dimensional and one 3-dimensional. Each child chose their own piece, and this results in approximately 1,000 works of art on display! 

When do we get our artwork back?

After the art show, kids get ALL their artwork back….don’t you fret 🙂

Can we touch our own artwork?

Please do not. Younger kids get confused if they see kids touch and think it is okay. Be a role model!

How do I know what grade is which?

Do you know our school-wide color coded system?

Each grade is color coded by frame color:

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

And, finally, just in case you didn’t know how to act at an art show :), the good news is that the children have gone over some of the expectations. Here are their reminders: 

That is right- your kids reminded us all not to run, not to touch (even if it is your own!), no food or drippy drinks, don’t use your cell phone in the art show, and please be respectful with kind words- THEY NAILED IT! 🙂

Your kids rock.

We are so so excited to see you there!!!!!!!