Monthly Archives: October 2012

Leaf Exploration in Art


October’s maples are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.
— Nova Bair

First Grade explored contour lines in their environment in art class.

Contour lines are simple lines that show us the shape of an object. They looked at maple leaves from the tree in front of our school. They used water color paints to add bright colors. They used warm and cool colors in their art work. Warm colors are red, orange, yellow (like fire). Cool colors are blue, purple, green (like ice.) They connected warm and cool colors to the change in temperature outside.

Ms. Chaffee

“The Sunflower is mine, in a way.”


Mrs. Juenker and Ms. Maggie’s kindergarten students have been busy these first few weeks of school. In addition to creating a caring, kind and considerate community, students have been exploring sunflowers. In science they have observed actual sunflowers, in math they have measured their height to create a sunflower that is as tall as they are and counted petals up to twelve. In literacy they have been reading many books about sunflowers. Through Visual Thinking Strategies, students have been introduced to the work of artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Students then created their own community paper and used this paper to make their very own sunflower art.

Common Core Standards
Count to tell the number of objects
K.CC.4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RL.K.10. Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

Vermont State Standards
Visual Arts
APK-K:10 Students show skill development when creating art by using line in various media (e.g., paint). Handling of art tools and materials (e.g., texture tools)

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