Nov 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

                                                                                                                                      By Vincent C., 4C

Nov 21, 2011

Tipi Village

By:Molly and Ava
Tipi’s are all over Purchase school!!! In art we are making a Native American village. First we had to paint and design our tipi. Everyone painted them brown but the cool part was the designs, there were Native American symbols and awesome stripes and lines. We waited for them to dry and the next class we folded them into tipi shapes. We went outside and collected sticks, leaves and flowers, we thought it was cool to get all types of nature. We put the sticks and feathers in the top of the tipi where there was a little hole.
Next it was time to glue the tipi’s on to a big piece of foam core. We also painted and added a lot of detail to the canvas, but the next class when the paint dried the end was curling up. We had to change it and move all the tipis on to a different piece of paper because painting the board made it warp. So after everything was on a giant piece of paper, we added details with model magic.
We made fires out of model magic, we made people in cones and made animals such as a buffalo. We had to use very light materials so they wouldn’t fall over, I made a tree out of model magic but it fell over because it was too heavy. When we are finished we will hang it vertically in the hall way so that everyone can acknowledge all our hard work.

We had such a great experience and learned how to work together really well. We can’t wait to see the kids' reactions when they see it in the hallway!

The model village hangs vertically in the hallway, appearing -- at first glance -- as abstract art.



Photos from Tipi Day 2011

Nov 16, 2011

The Art of Paris

By Alexander H., 4A

My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Arenella, asked me to log a travel and photo journal for my trip to France in October of 2011 with my family.

Here's the starter piece of the journal:


My mother, father, sister, brother and I flew from New York’s JFK airport on an 757 jet. We flew on an overnight flight called a “red-eye”. We landed at an airport named Charles De Gaulle, which is named after a French President. JFK airport was also named after a President, but of the United States.

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When we landed, went through security and got our luggage. What was lucky for us was that we found a taxi large enough to fit all five of us, our luggage and my walker. Usually the taxis and cars are very small, like a Smart Car or a Mini Cooper.
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DAY 3 Monday: Le Louvre Day

I was happy to have some good old Frosted Flakes for breakfast. We drove to the Musee Le Louvre and parked in an amazing underground garage. We walked out underneath the glass pyramid. Our plan was to see the Italian masters’ paintings and then some sculptures from BC (before Christ). My father took a picture of me standing in front of the most famous picture, the Mona Lisa (by Leonardo da Vinci). We also saw the huge painting of the Wedding at Cana, the Coronation of NapolĂ©on (by David).

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All in all, Paris was a big success. What you may not realize is, there's a big difference in seeing the artwork in person, and seeing it in a book. For me to be there, I am very lucky because it is a once in a lifetime experience.

Nov 7, 2011

Kinders Collage

Kindergarteners notice the autumn trees around our school building and work with paper to capture the scene in a collage (Google Maps satellite photo above)



Nov 2, 2011

Salted Silhouettes

By 3rd grader, Ethan W.
Our silhouette project is very cool because you get white paper and you do something called the wet on wet technique. To do the wet on wet technique you wet a paintbrush and paint the paper with no color just water. And then you watercolor paint the paper like the sunset. When it dries you either color it with special black marker or you cut out black paper into the shape you want and glue it. That’s how you make a silhouette.

By 3rd grader, T.J.
In art we did a project called silhouettes. It will take two days to finish the project. You will have to use watercolor paint, salt and black paper. When you put the salt on the paper it looks so cool because it absorbs the paint! My favorite part was when I put the salt on the paper because it was really cool! I did a snowboard because my dad owns a ski and snowboard shop. My favorite subject in school is art because you can learn a lot of artistic things in art, I learned how to make a cool silhouette!