Author Archives: sadams77

About sadams77

Illustrator and Art teacher in Maine.

Three grades, Three lessons

As often happens, many grades have completed their most recent lessons at the same time, so there is a lot to look at on the blog today. 6th graders spent some time looking at the legendary beasts of Chinese mythology: … Continue reading

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Color Color Color to welcome real spring!

After a long and dreary “spring” 7th and 5th grade students at FMS have helped usher in the bright weather with some gorgeous work inspired by European artists. Fifth graders looked at the abstract work of Vassily Kandinsky as the … Continue reading

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Food & Drink

Seventh grade students have completed an observation drawing project using Pointillism. This style was pioneered by the Impressionists and exemplified by the incredibly precise (and obsessive) work of Georges Seurat. Students started with a light pencil drawing based on an … Continue reading

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Lots of New Work before April Break

With only a few days left until April vacation, several classes are wrapping up projects in the art studio.   5th grade has completed a multi-stage unit on landscapes including a pastel drawing showing the “illusion of depth” on a flat … Continue reading

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Classic lessons

For the first lesson of the new term both 6th graders and 8th graders took on the classic “still life drawing”.  6th graders created small still life set-ups at each table with only a few objects to contend with, while … Continue reading

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Ain’t No Bugs on Me

As spring approaches, so come with it BUGS. And 5th graders spent some good time observing the details of many creepy crawlies.  They started with colored pencil drawings and then moved onto collage – which then became the plates for … Continue reading

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Animal in Art

8th graders finished off the last term with a dive into art history. They explored many books full of famous artwork in the classroom. Once they had chosen a favorite they had to incorporate an animal into the piece or … Continue reading

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Double the prints, double the color!

Both 8th and 6th grades recently completed printmaking units. While techniques were identical, materials and subjects differed greatly . 8th graders looked at the POPart style of Andy Warhol to inspire their own photos turned linoleum block prints.  Color became … Continue reading

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We’re back! Welcome 2018

After a short winter break the students are back at it and with the hub-bub of the holidays passed I can now catch up on the blog. Here are two projects that were finished just at the end of 2017 … Continue reading

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ABSTRACTION!!!

Fifth graders have finished a painting based on the colorful abstract work of Russian-American artist Wassily Kandinsky.  After an initial drawing using geometric and abstract shapes as well as lines students went in with watercolor paint. They needed to use … Continue reading

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