May 28, 2011

May 25, 2011

Our Environment

2nd graders painted portraits of some favorite animals to
promote wildlife conservation for Earth Day.

5th graders created a digital environmental awareness campaign 
using Animoto and songs from our school-produced CD...

... view them all on our Library Blog!

"The earth is what we all have in common."

-- Wendell Berry (American author)

May 19, 2011

Smile Train

By Sarah B.

        Chugga, chugga, choo, choo!  Purchase School is getting on the Smile Train to help save kids’ smiles. Some people are born with deformed clefts, making it difficult to eat and speak. The Smile Train is an organization that collects donations and repairs children’s mouths. 
          Caring Kids is a group of 4th and 5th graders from Purchase School who do good deeds throughout Harrison. The Caring kids have also done things for Africa and soldiers going to Afghanistan. We collected donations from the families of Purchase School and sent them to the Smile Train organization. We also collected pictures of the smiling faces of people who donated money, and put them on the Purchase School Smile Train. I thought that it would be an interesting idea to combine pictures of smiles and a train to create a piece of artwork giving credit to the people who donated. Purchase School raised over $1,000!!!


By Jonathan K., age 10.

When I found out that Caring Kids was doing a donation for people with clefts, I felt really bad and wanted to help. Our club was asking for donations of $1 but I wanted to give more. So I asked my mom if I could bring in some of my birthday money. She said, "Yes, you can bring as much as you want since you're doing something good for other people." This experience has taught me that you feel really proud of yourself when you do something for people who are in need. 

May 16, 2011

Art is a Process

Kindergarten wowed their mothers with still life floral paintings that involved many steps. Like most painters, they began with a pencil sketch, then traced over their lines with a black marker, and added color with pastels & paint. 


May 9, 2011

RECYCLED Mixed Media

                                    By Julia L. and Savvy H.
In art class we made mother’s day cards. We used recycled fabric and other materials. We also reused old book pockets left over from the library. We wanted to give our mothers something special but what’s more special than an earth friendly card. Here are some of the materials we used: we used fabric, paper, tissue paper, aluminum foil, ribbon, and a book pocket. We were surprised that everyone in our class was really into it and that we can make such creative things out of reusable things and still show our mothers how much we love them in a brilliant, loving, caring, mixed media way.

Several boxes of unused book pockets were donated to the Art Room.

Windows for the Mother's day card:


Other book pocket innovations:

May 2, 2011

For Mom

Many artists have made "Mom" the subject of their work.
2nd graders analyzed some well-know Portraits of Mother, then created their own.

By Matthew N.

I drew a picture of my mom for mother’s day. I put a lot of effort into my drawing. I added: curly hair, regular hair, and more curly hair. All of the materials I used were: pencil, sharpie, chalk, paint marker, and regular marker. When I thought I was done, I knew something was missing, so I stopped to think about what was missing. Then I added colors to it. Now it is finished!!


Listen to our analysts responding to art: