Tuesday, December 20, 2011


The Kindergarten students learned the difference between
portraits and self-portraits.

 They studied the portrait titled "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (pictured above) painted hundreds of years ago by a famous Dutch painter named Vermeer.  We looked closely at the details of the different facial features (i.e. the colors and shapes and layers that make up the eyes, nose, lips), and how the placement of such features can help to determine the mood of the piece.

Each student then began a self-portrait by drawing, and then painting the shape of their head ears and neck. Using torn paper and glue, they added a shirt. Using a mirror as a guide, they matched the color and length of their hair before finally gluing a variety of object on for their face.

This group display of the entire Kindergarten class can be seen in the art area of the Kindergarten wing through the month of December.
We invite you to stop by for a look and a smile!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


The second Kindergarten art project for the 2011-12 school year was for each student to design a
A good deal of time was spent discussing and exploring the concept of
The students discovered that if a line were drawn down the center of their own face, whatever facial feature appeared on one half also appeared on the other.  This creates a visual sense of

With this concept in mind, the students were each given a white mask template.  They painted their template a base color of their choice.

 Then, they were provided with an array of items and began working out their symmetrical design. 
Whatever items they glued to one side of their mask had to have an identical item on the other side that was:
the same shape
the same size
the same color
 glued in the same place on the opposite side of their mask.

With the design complete, the last step was to add some hair.  The students experimented with ways to fold and roll long strips of colored paper to add while still keeping the concept of symmetry present. 

It was a challenge, but what FUN they all had throughout the process!

Many of the masks were on display in the Kindergarten wing through the month of October.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


This 2011-2012 school year is really buzzing right along.
The Kindergarten artists began their year in September learning about Dutch artist
Vincent Van Gogh. 
 In particular, they studied several of his sunflower paintings and then worked together to create this larger than life group sunflower arrangement.
 They began by observing real sunflowers and discussing their parts, shapes and colors. Then, they drew what they had observed on large white paper.  The parts of the flowers, and the vase, were then filled in using glue and small pieces of torn construction paper.  The overall finished piece is more than 8 feet tall!  Initially, it was displayed in the Kindergarten wing, but it has now found a permanent home in the Wells Elementary School library.
We hope you'll stop by to take a look!

Sunday, January 30, 2011


The Kindergarten students have been busy learning about
American Artist
Anna Mary Robertson Moses
better known as
They looked specifically at her rural winter landscapes while creating one of their own in a similar style.

Here is their process...

The students began by painting a winter sky using watercolor.

Gluing along the torn edge, they attached a piece of white paper (for snow) to their sky.  This created a HORIZON LINE  (where the earth and the sky meet). 

Next, they began recycling colorful scrap paper from previous projects...

into interesting details by cutting and combining basic shapes...

and carefully gluing them into place.

They learned how to make objects appear
 by placing SMALL DETAILS up near the HORIZON LINE,
and LARGE DETAILS down near the BOTTOM EDGE.

Carefully tearing brown paper into long strips gives a natural look for tree bark.

The glue is spread on the back of each piece of torn paper...

and thoughtfully put into place.

Small evergreen trees are placed in the BACKGROUND closer to the HORIZON LINE.
PEOPLE are added. 
DETAILS such as coats, snowpants, boots, mittens, scarves and hats are included.

Some even added their own extra touches to their pictures...

making their pictures unique!

A sampling of work from each Kindergarten class will be on display in the Kindergarten wing through the month of February.

We hope you'll come by to see!