This is the art blog for Fayston Elementary School, located in the Mad River Valley in Central Vermont. This blog is updated frequently to showcase the artwork of Fayston's students and celebrate all things creative!
Kindergarten artist read "One Cool Friend," by Tony Buzzeo. They created cut out penguins using the guide below to help them. They made a background using tissue paper and glue. These will be one of the option for the Original Works PTO fundraiser.
The collaborative fall trees were made by grades K to 3. Kindergarten artists used sponge stamps to print the leaves then other classes outlined each leaf with oil pastels. Then we used these painted papers to construct large trees.
I always love introducing young artists to Andy Goldsworthy! Because we are lucky enough to live in such a beautiful location, Goldsworthy's work resonates with many of us. After viewing examples of Goldworthy's natural creations, we headed outside to gather and construct. In just a short amount of work time, students came up with some beautiful collaborative pieces of nature art.
Our study of Andy Goldsworthy ties in with our up-and-coming Artist-in-Residence, stone artist Thea Alvin. This fall, Thea will join us to work with students to build a rock wall installation around the front of our school. Click here to see more of Thea Alvin's work.
Here is a short video of Andy Goldsworthy's Art in Nature.
Students at all levels will be celebrating Dot Week during the week of September
12th in Art Class and Library/Technology. This special event is based
on the book “The Dot,” by Peter Reynolds. It is a story that encourages artists to “just make a mark.”
International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a
doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to
“make her mark”.
What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper
becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of
self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless
children and adults around the globe.
And each year on International Dot Day –
with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What
started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and
learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power
and potential of creativity in all they do.
This collaborative Dot Art Mural was created by students in grades 1/2 and 5/6. We rotated through Dot Art stations so that only three or four students were painting on the mural at a time. We started with our largest paintbrushes and finished with Q-tips dipped in paint. I think I'm in LOVE with this piece of artwork!
The other Dot Art Stations were Collage and Dot Zentangles. I felt like I could see the creativity pouring out of students!
Students also used Dot-a-Dot stamper a to create dot art and painted paper plates with liquid watercolor.