Week of June 27th  – June 29th  2016:

Students will have some time Monday to peel off the tape and get a look at the “relief” effect in the chalk paintings they did with Mrs. Poole on Friday… no new art projects this week – what would normally be Day 5 will be Canada Day  – and the start of summer holidays 🙂





Week of June 20th  – June 24th  2016:

This week, we’ll be taking advantage of the beautiful weather to do some messier art outside…Tape Relief Chalk Paintings.  Students will use masking tape to make a pattern on a section of bristol board, and then use wet chalk to “paint” each section.  When the wet chalk dries, they’ll peel off the tape, and be left with an interesting, colourful design… something like these, perhaps:



Week of June 6th  – June 10th  2016:


This week, we’ll be combining some skills used in Math and Art (Mathemartics?) – and using coordinate grids to plot points that can be joined to create a design or drawing.  Students will learn how to plot points on the x and y axes on a single quadrant coordinate grid, and then “reveal” some mystery pictures by plotting a sequence of points and joining the dots.  They will also have the opportunity to create their own designs, while recording the coordinates of each point, so that someone could recreate their picture from the sets of ordered pairs.


Week of May 30th  – June 3rd,  2016:

This week, students will be learning about positive and negative space in art, and using paper cutting to create a “Notan” (Japanese for “light-dark harmony”) design.

Here are some examples of Notan Designs:

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Week of May 23rd – May 27th 2016:

Once again, I’m “stealing” from Art to make sure we get done what needs to get done in Science and Math – I promise full payback  – lots of “Make-up” art classes in the last weeks of the 2015-2016 school year!


Week of May 16th – May 20th 2016:

With lots of special events this week (Jump Rope for Heart Information session, Elements of Yoga class, a trip to the Avon Theatre to see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Track & Field Day… we won’t have time for any art projects this week… but, like I said last week – nothing to worry about – we’ll have lots of time the last couple of weeks in June to express our inner artists!


Week of May 9th – May 13th 2016:

This week, with the students heading off to the Stratford Festival Warehouse Tour on Friday, I’m going to have to do a little rescheduling to make sure that I cover what I need to cover in Math, before it’s time for me start thinking about writing end-of-year reports… that’s my subtle way of breaking the news that I plan to skip art this week, and do a little extra work in Math… no worries though, everything will even out in the end – I promise to spend extra time on artistic endeavours towards the end of June!

Week of May 2nd – May 6th 2016:

Last week, students began working on their drawings, created from the point of view of an tiny insect.  A preliminary glance through the papers would suggest that they need a little more instruction in the concept of drawing things from a perspective other than their own  – I saw a lot of drawings of bugs…. very few drawings of things from a bug’s point of view 🙂 – so we’ll run through the instructions again and have another go at it this week.

Week of April 25th – April 29th, 2016:

The students did some amazing, creative work with the plasticine paintings – please check their individual blogs for photos.

This week, we’ll be experimenting with a different type of perspective drawing – students will read the picture book “Hey Little Ant” to  help them get a sense of what the world looks like from the point of view of a much smaller creature, and then they will create a drawing, using oil pastels, of the world from the point of view of an insect.

Here are some sample pieces, to give you a sense of what we’ll be working on:


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Week of April 18th – April 22nd, 2016:

This week, we’ll explore the element of texture in artistic designs – students will create a “painting”, using plasticine, and then use a variety of tools to create varying textures in the plasticine.  They may choose to create an abstract design, as shown below:


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Or, they might choose to create a traditional picture, modelled on these scenes by children’s book illustrator Barbara Reid:


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Week of April 11th – April 15th, 2016:

With Kiwanis events scheduled during the day, and a bit of an extended math class on Tuesday morning, we didn’t actually get the second lesson on far-point perspective drawing that was planned for last week, so we’ll return to that project this week.  Please check out last week’s description (below) if you want to review the details.


Week of April 4th – April 8th, 2016:

This week we’ll continue to work on far-point perspective drawing techniques.  We’ll practice extending simple shapes to the vanishing point,  and learn how to draw the shapes from above, below, and at the horizon line.

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Finally, we’ll experiment with cutting sections out of shapes, and adding pieces to them.

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Week of March 28th- April 1st, 2016:

This week we’ll be learning about far-point perspective drawing, and students will create a scene using this technique.   We’ll look at some samples and work on a “step-by-step” project together.  Once students have had an opportunity to learn and practice the technique, they’ll be given an opportunity to create an original design (ie. without me walking them through it step-by-step) – for which we will co-construct some success criteria before we start.

Here are some examples of the effect we’ll be trying to create in the final project (which hopefully we will start next week):

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Week of March 21st – March 25th, 2016:

Because this is a 4-day Week (Easter weekend means no school on Friday March 25th, or Monday March 28th) – we miss Day 5 this week, which is our regularly scheduled Art Day – please check back next week for an update on plans for Art the week of March 28th – April 1st.


Week of March 7th – March 11th, 2016:

Many students continue to work on the Op Art projects.  Those who have completed the first one will have an opportunity to try a different style of Op-Art drawing, based on this tutorial:


Week of February 22nd – February 26th, 2016.

We started working on the Op Art pieces last week – they’re coming along, but the kids need more time to complete them – so they’ll keep working on those this week.


Week of February 15 – February 19th, 2016.

I completely forgot that we’d need to spend time in Art class last week making Valentine’s Bags for the party the kids were having on Friday afternoon – so I’ve rescheduled our Op Art Lesson for this week.

This week we’ll be learning about “Op Art”, with a look at the work of artists like Victor Vasarely, Bridget Reilly  and Josef Albers.

Students will be working on their own Op Art piece – a fairly guided process, with the opportunity to create something more unique later on,  once they’ve got some of the principles of Op Art figured out.

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Week of February 1st – February 5th, 2016.

Check out student blogs for photos of the Winter Silhouette paintings they completed last week – many have posted a photograph of their completed painting.

This week, we go from paint to pencil and paper (the older I get… the less I love painting with 30 kids!) – we’re going to look at the structure of the human face, and work on creating proportional faces… some of which may turn into self-portraits?  I’ve posted a step-by-step walk-through below for students who prefer to work through at their own pace, and then offer an “artist’s studio”, where I present and demonstrate each step for those who prefer to work with an instructor.

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I’ve posted a step-by-step walk-through below for students who prefer to work through at their own pace, and then offer an “artist’s studio”, where I present and demonstrate each step for those who prefer to work with an instructor.

Here’s the walk-through:

Proportional Face Drawing – Step by Step






Week of January 26th – January 29th, 2016.

This week in art we’ll be working with Tempera paint to create winter silhouette scenes.  Students will mix paint, creating gradually darkening tints and then shades of blue.  When their backgrounds dry, they’ll add a silhouette of a winter scene.  Here are some sample paintings:

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Week of January 18th – January 22nd, 2016.

Those students who decided to “grow” their own mandala created some beautiful designs.  Below is a gallery of some of the finished pieces.  Many others are still “under construction” and will be added to the gallery when they’re done.

This week, students will have some time to go back and finish art projects that remain “works in progress” – they have a number of  projects that they started earlier in the year, but haven’t had time to complete – for example, their straw blown tree paintings, and their facial expression drawings.  Many will want more time to finish their beautiful Mandala designs.

I will also take some time this week to introduce them to a graphic design tool called “Canva”.


Canva is a graphic design platform, available for free from the App store, that allows users to design and publish a wide variety of graphic texts – posters, cards, banners, etc.  Students will be encouraged to design a personalized banner for their blog home pages.

Canva does require registration, but students can opt to “Sign up with Google” – using their GAFE accounts – this means one less login and password to remember!


Week of January 11th – January 15th, 2016.

Students will be given the opportunity to create or “grow” Mandalas of their own design, using a technique modelled in this YouTube Video:

Week of January 4th – January 8th, 2016.

As a complement to the work we’ll be doing in Geometry over the next few weeks, students will take a look at symmetrical designs used in creating Mandalas.  We’ll be looking at some of the sand-mandalas created by the Tibetan monks, and this week students will have an opportunity to choose from a wide range of designs to colour, with a focus on creating symmetry in their colour patterns.

Once they’ve mastered that on pre-made designs, they’ll move on to creating their own mandalas.

Here are some examples of Mandala designs.  I’ll post the kids’ own work here later in the week.


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Week of December 14th – December 18th, 2015

We have a couple of unfinished art projects on the go, so this week we’ll take some time to finish up the Fantasy Castles,  the Line Art that students began last week, and the  “Create-a-Creature” plasticine models that the students made for Science.

Week of December 7th – December 11th, 2015

Check out the blog home page for some photos of the kids building their specially adapted “creatures”  to show what they understand about how structural adaptations help animals to survive in different environments.

This week in Art class, Ms. Bossence will be working the students to create “line art” of faces with expressions of emotions, and hair that matches the emotion… here’s a sample picture, but keep an eye on the blog for pictures of the kids’ work.

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Week of November 30th – December 4th, 2015

Most students had the opportunity to finish up their Fantasy Castle Drawings last week – I’ll try to post a gallery of photos of their finished work this week.

This Wednesday, we’ll be integrating Science into our Art class.  Students are in the process of designing a “new species” – a creature, of their own imagination, with unique adaptations specially designed to help it survive in a Biome that the students chose for it.  In art, we’ll be working on sketches and plasticine models.


Week of November 23rd – November 27th, 2015

Students will continue to work on their Fantasy Castle drawings.


Week of November 16th – November 20th, 2015

This week, students will be creating a drawing of a “Fantasy Castle” – the steps for creating the picture have been uploaded to Mrs. Carr’s Educreations Channel.  The steps are, of course, just a guideline; everyone will make this project their own, using their own artistic flair 🙂

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Here’s the link to the Educreations Video:

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Week of November 9th – November 13th, 2015

Hopefully we’ll find some time this week to finish up our straw-blown tree paintings.  However, since Art class falls on Day 5 (and this week, that is Wednesday) our class time is shortened as we will be heading to the gym to honour our soldiers and veterans on Remembrance Day at 10:30 a.m.  I will be asking students to help make poppies for a wreath  Representatives from each class lay a wreath in remembrance during the assembly.



Week of November 2nd – November 6th, 2015

This morning we worked on paint blending (creating tints and shades of different colours) to create backgrounds for our straw-blown trees.  While the paint dried, we played some Math games, and then went back to the art work to use “straw-blowing” and black paint to overlay trees on the backgrounds.

Here’s a few sample photos that the kids looked at to get ideas – I’ll post photos of their actual paintings later on, when they’ve had a chance to finish them.


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Week of September 21st – September 25th, 2015

Students will continue to work on their Graffiti name tags this week.  Those who have finished will take a photo of their work and upload it to Showbie, so you can take a look at home 🙂 – Showbie logins were e-mailed to parents on Sunday.

Any students who have finished the art project can choose from the following options:

(a) Play some of the “hands-on” Math games we have in our classroom

(b) Free drawing

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Week of September 14th – September 18th, 2015

We have our first Art class scheduled on Monday – we’ll be using crayons, chalk and stencils (or draw freehand) to make “Graffiti” tags with our names.  Here’s a sample:

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  1. We did that last year too, how cool! I really loved the straw blow trees! I miss being in your class Mrs.Carr
    your old grade 4 student, Hayle

    1. Hi Hayle – I’m glad you liked the straw-blown trees! I mostly remember disasters with paint on that day… on any day, that we had paint out, actually :). Hope you’re enjoying Grade 5 – I miss you guys too!

  2. this is for Mrs Carr just saying if Mrs Meadows gets this hey i thought you liked us you did all same art as last year i know how cool are art was and how good we were at it but you have to let us know before you do the same art you crossed the line
    jk ps if you don’t know what jk means because your a little old no offence It means just kidding and i hope you know what ps means because i don`t feel like explaining it right now

    1. Wow -I tried to read that whole paragraph in one breath and I almost fainted! Nice to hear from you, BB…. glad to see you’re checking out our art projects – you bet we’re doing the same projects we did last year – maybe this year, I’ll know how to do them! Best wishes from your OLD (as in previous, not aged!) teacher 🙂

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