Thursday, April 29, 2010

Paintings inspired by Miro

Fifth and sixth grade artists looked at several examples of paintings by Spanish artist Joan Miro. We discussed his unique style and identified several repeated shapes and motifs. Students planned their pieces before they started to paint. Then they built their paintings layer by layer.

Here are some of Miro's paintings that we looked at:

Here are some examples of student work:

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Third and Fourth grade artists looked at the artist Keith Haring's work. Haring is a well known pop-artist, who works in bold colors and with simple figures.

Here are some pieces of Haring's work:

Students practiced drawing their friends in different poses. Like Keith Haring, we kept the figures plain and simple, without faces or clothing. This project helped to build our figure drawing skills.

When each artist had several figures he or she liked, we painted them in color-wheel order and cut them out. Some students chose to add Haring's signature motion lines.

Here are the Fayston artists' Keith Haring-inspired Moving Figures:


Third and fourth grade artists looked at artwork from Canada's First Nation tribes, specifically the Haida. This project tied in with the school-wide study of Arctic regions, as well as the Vancouver Olympic games. Students chose an animal to represent in a style similar to the Haida work we viewed. Here is a salmon painted by a member of the Haidi tribe.

Here are some student pieces:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


SUMMER ART CAMPS at Waitsfield and Fayston Schools for children entering
grades 1-7 in Sept 2010.

Clay Camp at Fayston School. 2 Sessions: Tues-Thurs, July 6-8 and 13-15.
9:00-1:00. $100/session

Art Camp at Waitsfield School. M-F, July 19-23. 9:00-1:00. $120

Contact for more information or to sign up.
Scholarships available.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Kindergarten artists worked in groups to make collages with pictures from magazines. They looked for objects that are yellow, green, blue and red. In order to be successful, artists need to share materials and space and cooperate.

Seeds for Sale!

Fayston artists have decorated seed envelopes for a fundraiser for the School Garden. The seed packs will be for sale at our Community Lunch on Friday, April 30th. We are selling sunflowers, beans, pumpkins, beets and carrots for $2.00 a pack.

Vermont Flags at Vermonte Carlo

Fayston students' Vermont Flags looks gorgeous at the PTO's Vermonte Carlo! Next stop, Vermont Festival of the Arts?

Friday, April 9, 2010


What do you love about our beautiful state of Vermont? Fayston Elementary artists made original Vermont flags showing our favorite things about the Green Mountain State. These flags were completed just in time to be displayed at tonight's Vermonte Carlo. It is so inspiring to see what each student loves about his or her home!