Dec 9, 2009

Sharp Shooting

Joseph, an artist in 5th grade, puts his skills to work using cut-paper and stop-motion animation.

Stop-motion is an animation technique to make an object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the frames are played in a sequence.

Joseph brings cut paper and art room supplies to life, adding music & sound effects to enhance the action.

Dec 6, 2009

Animation Sensation...

Fifth grader Paris produces a film using
modeling clay and stop-motion animation.
This process takes time, and requires lots
of practice & lots of patience.

Oct 15, 2009

A Watercolor Jumpshot

5th grade Paw Prints reporter Adam
interviews 4th grade artist Mohammed,
who enjoys basketball and painting.

Mohammed taught himself to draw.
He picked up a pencil, practiced,
and gave it a shot!

Adam, Reporter

Mohammed, Artist

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Sep 24, 2009

cover story: interview with an artist from Japan

Original artwork by 5th grader, Kanji.

His painting was selected for the cover of our school directory.

podcast interview
Jared, Reporter

Kanji, Artist

Sep 2, 2009

Aug 31, 2009

an installation... a collaboration... a tradition.

It all started two years ago as I pulled streams of giant brown paper from the fleet of boxes delivering supplies. "This could be great for something," I thought. And, from those recycled packaging materials grew a tree -- a giant paper sculpture bearing leaves designed by each student in the school. Last year, we moved to the animal kingdom, creating a tremendous dragon, featuring scales designed by each student.

And this year...

... our installation will don feathers. 

All 437 students will create a feather in their favorite color. As a result, this new plumy pal will double as a sculptural pictograph, using feathers to represent our statistical data. ... And ... silently promote recycling.

Aug 29, 2009

podcast premiere

... with the help of Garageband by Apple, I plodded and podded away...
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Aug 26, 2009


Hundreds of students spill in and out of this giant creativity lab, making all kinds of discoveries, and all kinds of art. Kids naturally plunge into the creative process, understanding first-hand what it means to be an artist.

Philosopher Ananda Coomaraswamy said,

" The artist is not a special kind of person; 

rather each person is a special kind of artist."