Helping in Many Ways!

The art show is coming and we need your help!

Sign up here to help hang the artwork for the Art Show, or help by signing up to take down the art show (this slot you can bring your kiddos too).

Speaking of helping…..

Memorial Spaulding artists are learning about the refugee experience and how peace, love and hope can help us all make the world a better place.  In art class, students will be making cards with artwork of positivity. Cards will be sold at our art show on June 1st- bring cash to help contribute….every penny goes straight to the International Rescue Committee*!

Watch this video that we are enjoying about refugees:

Students are also thinking about iconic images of our theme of love, hope and peace, like here:


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We know some of these artists! Do you?


About the IRC                            

The IRC was founded by Albert Einstein over 80 years ago.  Today, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.  Across Syria, the International Rescue Committee is the only international relief agency working on all fronts of the Syrian crisis, assisting those displaced inside Syria and those who have sought refuge in neighboring countries, Europe, and the U.S.  The IRC provides lifesaving support to over 1.3 million people—almost half of them children—who are struggling to survive a brutal war now in its seventh year.



See you at the art show- I am not sure I can wait! 🙂


The Art Show is Coming June 1st!

Artists are so excited to share all their hard work with you…..please join us at the Art Show on June 1 from 5:00-7:00pm you can drop in and see your artist beam with pride!

The art show features over 1,000 works of art in our very own gymnasium that turns into a Memorial Spaulding Museum!  Each child has one 2-dimensional work of art and one 3-dimensional work of art….and technology connections, arts integration projects, and more- there is SO much to see!

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I can’t wait to see you there! 🙂

Artists at Work

The Memorial Spaulding artists have been SO crazy busy lately! We have been making so many beautiful projects that you can see in our Artsonia Gallery…..and soon at our annual Art Show on June 1st from 5:00-7:00pm! Mark your calendars!!!! Here are … Continue reading

Busy, busy, busy art room!

It has been such a busy time in the art room lately!

In Kindergarten, we have worked on creating abstract painting and reading the book Lines that Wiggle  to create beautiful paintings!

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In first grade, we have been working hard on our bug drawings! Students used books to inspire a rendered drawing of a bug, and then we created a setting for the bugs.  Artists then learned how to make them pop-up using collage techniques!

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In second grade, we have been revisiting the study of seeds from their science unit, and creating Seed to Petal Portraits where students created drawings using oil pastels to show the flower’s beauty from its roots to the sky!

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Third grade artists have been deep in study with both their classroom teachers and in art class, to learn about artist biographies. In art class, we are working to create mini galleries the children have curated themselves. I almost don’t even want to show you because I want you to be surprised at their beauty…..but here is a glimpse (they are not done yet!)! Prepared to be shocked :).  We also are working to prepare for our field trip the Museum of Fine Arts next Friday- we cannot wait!


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Hey there art history friends…..Do you recognize these artists?

In fourth grade, we are finishing up our really magical and engaging printing unit.  We had a long conversation about printing and the history of spreading information from before newspapers to now…..the information age!  First, students have made animal prints using a carving technique, as well as Gelli Arts printing too! (Check out the video linked….your kids are addicted to printing- I bet you would be too- it is soooo fun!)  Wait until we organize the many, many prints….the chosen work will be on Artsonia soon, I promise 🙂


Fifth grade artists have been working hard to make their clay creations! Artists have been making clay containers that look like sweet treats. It has been really fun to see what they choose. Ask your child what they chose! Some kids decided to use this as an opportunity to share something about their culture and family traditions with sweet treats that come from all around the world. Would you mind sending in a recipe (I am not joking!)- they look delicious!!!!


Ice creams, pies, cookies and more!

As we gear up for the next round of projects, I also would ask you that if happen to have some extra baby wipes in your house….would you please donate some to the art room?

Enjoy the snow day today and ask your child more about their artwork! Maybe you can recreate some and email me the results? I would love to see what you make!

A Fun Vacation Activity!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to the amazing families at Memorial Spaulding!

As things slow down and you find you need a fun snowy activity for your kids over the vacation….try to make some 3D snowflakes with your kids (just like the ones in the art room windows!)

You might be surprised how enjoyable they are to make! If your child is in 4th grade, skip this tutorial, and have your child teach you- they know what to do!

You’ll need: 6 sheets of computer paper, scissors, tape, and a stapler

Step one: take your papers and make them into squares like so (bonus: make bookmarks out of your scraps! Once you become a master snowflake maker you can make minis out of these!)


Step 2: fold the triangle again!

Step 3: find the right angle…the L as our hint! And add three diagonal lines: small, medium and small….

Step 4: cut those diagonal lines and open!

Step 5: roll the inside into a tube and tape it together and then flip it and continue! Your kids and I say “roll, tape, flip!”

Step 6: Make all 6 and then attach two together at a time in the center with a stapler and on the sides (the X spot)

Step 7: Assemble all 6 together in a star pattern and hang up!!!

Enjoy the break and thank you for your children, your support and your creativity! 

Winter is Coming…

Artists are always drawing inspiration from their lives around them and…winter is coming! The beauty of winter, the snow, and crisp air is a huge source of inspiration for Memorial Spaulding artists!


In Kindergarten, artists have been creating neighborhoods of houses and trees that we will cut and glue for our very first collage experience! We will paint snow on our neighborhoods, learning different brush techniques. Ask your child the “trick” we have to drawing trees without leaves….then try to draw some together!


In 1st Grade, we have learned about neighbor colors (also known as analogous colors) and painted the sky.  We will paint trees and snow soon. Ask your child which two neighbor colors were their choice!

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In 2nd Grade, we revisited our understandings of neighbor colors (also known as analogous colors) and introduced how to blend paint to create a beautiful winter sunset.  Ask students the silly word we use for our blending brush and stay tuned to see our tree silhouettes on top!


In 3rd Grade, we are studying contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig, and no, this has nothing to do with winter. We are diving deep in our art history unit with a splash of learning about an artist who is still alive.  We are creating our own portraits with glue and pastel. Ask your child who they think are Silberzweig’s inspirations….who do you think?


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In 4th Grade we are starting our photography unit and this Monday, we will take our photos!  4th Grade artists are studying a contemporary artist Judy Gelles, that I call….my aunt! She has been working on something called the The Fourth Grade Project, where she photographs 4th graders all around the world from Philadelphia to Shanghai to South Africa. Your children will be creating their own portraits as well.  Gelles asks the children that she visits, three questions: “Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What worries you?”  We will be writing as well with an arts integrated approach using our own guided questions like “What would make the world a better place?”  We will be learning some graphic design as well as photography and how to meld them together. Stay tuned for these thoughtful pieces of artwork.

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In 5th Grade we are finishing our Georgia O’Keeffe inspired flowers, where we studied contrasting colors, contrast and the use of positive and negative space. Soon, we will be creating name mandalas!


Also….Please follow our classroom on Twitter and see what we are up to…I update (almost) everyday!




Did you know that our Artsonia Gallery has over 1,000 pieces of artwork in it….and grows every day!?! Check it out if you haven’t already!


I am so thankful for you and your amazing children!

Also, congratulations to……us! We have over 1,000 works of art on our Artsonia school gallery!  Please look at all the different projects we do, each other’s work and  learn about our school’s art program!

Here is a video we have been watching about playing with your food (with the message: leave it to the professionals here, and remember that you can be an artist who works with any material!)



Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of family and fun!



Still Life, Artsonia and Twitter too!

Memorial Spaulding artists have been working very hard using their observational drawing skills to learn. This is not always an easy task, but once students have committed to engaging in this work, I have found that students work through frustration, put forth effort and are able to persist through to create really exciting and thoughtful works of art!  This is part of our work towards creating and building upon our Studio Habits of Mind, which are the pillars of our learning (you will hear your kids using this language hopefully!).

Here are the works of art we are working on….coming to our Artsonia Page once they are complete!

In fifth grade we are studying Georgia O’Keeffe and creating abstract flowers and will explore blending with contrasting colored oil pastels! Ask your child how abstract they decided to express in their work.


In fourth grade, we took on the challenge of drawing instruments in one of the most complex still life set ups I have ever seen! Students learned how to blend neighbor colors (also known as analogous colors) together. Ask your child how to they were able to use contour lines and create such complexities within their compositions and how they used their artistic license and why!


In third grade, we explore still life through the alla prima approach of painting.  Alla prima means “first attempt” and while it is a challenge, it is also very exciting. You wouldn’t believe how excited students have been to get started! Ask your kiddos all about this experience!


In second grade, students studied shells.  Through careful observation, and pretending to be a bug crawling around, along with the use of contour lines, students were able to create masterpieces! Students studied negative space and positive space (ask them the difference!) and how the warm colors contrast the cool colors. Ask them what contrast means too…..I bet they can even use it in a sentence!


In first grade, artists carefully studied flowers in a vase.  They started with a smile (ask them what this means- so silly and so helpful!) and then ask how they used the technique of doubling to create a 3-dimensional quality to their work!  Students are working to paint these drawings as well.

In Kindergarten, we read the book Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert and we used our monochromatic colors to create a garden. Ask your child what the word monochromatic means and ask them to say it like a robot (this helps them remember this sophisticated word for sure!)!  Students played the game “pass the color” which allowed them to use each color and build our skills to create our own garden!


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And lastly…..follow our classroom on Twitter! Click here to subscribe 🙂


Thank you for your support of the arts and I am so thankful for you and your imaginative children!

Seasonal Fun!

Today was a big learning day in the art room!

In 4th grade we made a Creepy Still Life  to jump start our observational drawing unit for all grades.

Wanna join the fun at home? Grab a bowl of fruit, a plant, or a collection of items and place them on the table. Ask your child to show how to draw it. They know the steps…..have them teach you! (Hint: start with contour lines, add details, then “ground your work” with a horizon line, etc).

Here was ours today:


In 2nd grade, we created monsters….have your child teach you how to either start with a shape and add on, or start with the features and go from there!


These fabulous monsters are on Artsonia– check them out!


And lastly, because who can resist? A video about jelly bean art!




To all who celebrate, enjoy a safe and colorful Halloween! I will be wearing my crayon box costume while I trick or treat with my daughters (dressed as a butterfly and scary ladybug!:)



Your children’s art is famous!

Your kid’s artwork is famous! I am so pleased to see that so many of you have given permission to our Artsonia page! Also thank you for commenting, sharing and even purchasing (funds raised from this site go back to the art room).  I am so excited about the online gallery and so are the kids!

Please check out all of the beautiful artwork and share away!

Here are the projects to see. Please ask your kids about the projects and read all about them.

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-You have not given permission yet!

Email me at Alexandra if you need help doing so.

-The other reason is your child has not finished YET. If this is the case, do not worry! We are hardworking artists and committed to our very best work is all! Stay tuned.

Here are some questions to ask your child about each project and some of our focus in class.

Kindergarten: What happens to crayon when you paint over it with watercolor? What is crayon made of and how does it react to watercolor?

First Grade: What is the difference between the warm and cool colors? Do you have a trick that helps you remember?

Second Grade: What is the “star” of your artwork? How did you make it “pop?”

Third Grade: What is a concentric shape? What is a grid?

Fourth Grade: What is a zentangle? Where did you get inspiration for your designs?

Fifth Grade: How did you decide how to create seasons and show what represented each one? What are some colored pencil and watercolor techniques that you used?


Thank you as always for your amazing support for the Memorial Spaulding Art program!