Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our Book is Finished!

We're very excited that the book that Ms. Anderson's class and Mr. Costello's class worked on last year has been printed and is ready to enjoy. There will be a book release celebration on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at Bridgeside Books on Stowe St. in Waterbury from 5:00-6:00PM. This book was made possible through a grant from the Susan Sebastian Foundation and was a collaboration with these students and their teachers, the Waterbury Historical Society, and community members. All sales from the proceeds of the book will go to the Waterbury Historical Society.

Friday, May 9, 2014

TBPS Student Art Show May 27th-31st Reception at Axel's Gallery: Friday, May 30th 5-7PM

 What happens when kids get a hold of scraps of mat board, foam core, cardboard, imagination, and other materials? Many things take shape; from houses to vehicles, soccer to sailing, dance parties and hunting plus so much more.

Check out some of the work done by TBPS students during this school year. In addition to the sculptures there will be paintings, drawings, collage, and mixed media pieces to enjoy as well. 
 What's different about this show? It's based on the Choice Based Art approach and Teaching for Artistic Behavior. This means that the students are in charge of their ideas and make art based on their own ideas and interests.
If you take the time to look closely, and have the opportunity to meet with the artists, a clear picture emerges of how this art has meaning to each individual artist.
The Art Show will be held in businesses on Stowe Street including Axel's Gallery and Frameshop, KC Bagels, and the Waterbury Senior Center.

There will be a reception at Axel's Gallery on Friday, May 30th from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Historic Buildings in Waterbury, VT – Art, Writing, and History - A Book Project

About the Project:
Students in Camille Anderson's 4th grade class and Chris Costello's 3rd grade class will be working on a book of historic buildings in Waterbury. Thanks to Elise Braun of the Susan Sebastian Foundation, a book of Waterbury buildings will be published in the fall of 2014. Students will research the history of these buildings and write about their findings for this book. Nancy Daigle, TBPS librarian and MK Monley, TBPS art teacher have been collaborating with these teachers for this project.

Taking Photos
 About the Art:
Students took a walking field-trip into town and photographed the buildings they will research. Consideration was given to point of view in the photos and in choosing a line of sight that picks up the character of the buildings. The images selected to print took into consideration unique angles that removed the visual distraction of the electrical wires.
Outlining with glue - the practice images.

The selected images were printed and then enlarged on the photocopy machine. Students first practiced on a small detailed shot to learn about the technique of chalk pastel and glue drawings.
After the outlining is complete, the glue must dry before working with the pastels.

Students worked in pairs on the finished pieces.

Working with the pastels.

By using the actual photos, perspective and proportion remain intact giving a realistic representation of the buildings. It is through the lens of the camera in addition to the use of the pastels that allows for the students' interpretation of the buildings.
The finished pieces.

About the Writing:
Stay tuned for more detailed information. We'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What are 1st & 2nd graders interested in right now?

Drawings and sculptures of Despicable Me and Minecraft seem to be showing up in the art room!

Minion goggles

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Book Making with Preschool & Kindergarten

This week the Kindergarten & Preschool classes were taught how to make books! 

Both classes had previously made 'cover art' in the form of collage and paintings, which we then used for the covers of the books! The Kindergarten classes focused on creating their names with pastels, collage materials, paint and crayons. While the preschool classes used their paste paper mono-prints as their covers. 

We started with making the holes in our books so we would have a guide for where to sew, then each student got a needle and yarn and the sewing began!  

After the students finished their books they had enough time to color in them. Some students said they were going to use their book as a picture book, others said a story book and some even said a comic book! Here are some of the finished books: