Author Archives: sadams77

About sadams77

Illustrator and Art teacher in Maine.

All Creatures Great and Small

Seventh and fifth grade students have finished up some lengthy projects and the results of the students dedication and creativity are gorgeous. 5th grade studied insects and all their segmented parts using colored pencils for the initial drawings, then we … Continue reading

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First post of the new School Year

Welcome back, Art fans! After a few weeks of sadly empty school walls, two classes have wrapped up a classic lesson: the still life drawing. 6th graders carefully observed a small group of objects set up at each table while … Continue reading

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Animals All Around

Seventh grade students took time and care to really get to know the subject of their charcoal drawings. This is the third part of a long observational drawing unit that included pencil, copper tooling, and now charcoal. The students toned … Continue reading

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Urban & Natural, Geometric & Organic

As the year comes to close we are finishing up many projects in the art room. Fifth graders worked long and hard on a cityscape unit. They began by carefully drawing their cities with rulers and templates. They focus on … Continue reading

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MOTLEY 2018 is here!

As another year ends, so do we see the newest issue of Motley Magazine. The editorial staff worked hard to promote and encourage and then faced the tough job of editing from the large amount of submissions we received. We … Continue reading

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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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