I am in the process of transferring my Art Web Site

New Link to the 2010-11 School Year Art Web Pages!!!

Hello everyone, I am in the process of transferring my Art Web Site to a different server. R.S.U. #57 will not be hosting the site anymore. The will shut it down on August 15, 2011. Please access my site through my blog .

I just retired after 35 years of teaching Art and I still want my former students and anyone else the opportunity to look at the site.

I plan to archive  all  my pages from the year 2000. They range from SPORTS,  MUSIC , DRAMA  SCHOOL LIFE and of course ART.

I’ll keep you posted as I upload them to my new host.

6th Grade Art page is all up to date

My 6 th grade students learned about 1 Point or Linear perspective. They created a room or city with a main focus  to showcase their new drawing skills.One of our fun final activity my students learned about macramé. They learned how to make square knots , create patterns and how important it was to have  the right  tension. They made necklaces, anklets or bracelets


Opening Reception at the Gallery on the Green A SUCCESS!

I would like  to thank the Gallery on the Green for  giving Massabesic Students this opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional setting. The evening was wonderful. My students were so happy to show friends and family their work; they also had a chance to meet the 3 Artists from the Gallery: Roger Deering Jr. , Susan Mesick, Ann Marie Therrien. They each received art supplies and a certificate.  The Expo 2011 is  on display until Saturday April 23, 2011. The Gallery is closed on Easter Sunday . Mr. Minelly’s son Peter, the owner of the Gallery, came up with the idea of the Expo 2011 for one of his High School business course. Great idea.

If you are in Alfred Maine,  stop in and check out  the Gallery. Go to their website to see their hours and the featured Artists.

Click here to see a slideshow of the Opening.

Grade 6 Portrait Paintings

In this painting unit 6th grade students learned about drawing a face using proportion as a measuring tool. They also reviewed the color wheel and identified 6 different color schemes. When they started painting, they had to choose their schemes from: cool, warm, complementary, split complementary, monochromatic and analogous colors. They did a lot of mixing with tones to make their painting more interesting. They learned a lot about colors. And most of all that PAINTING IS FUN!

Click here to see a Slideshow of students at work.

Happy Holidays to all my students!

On December 20th my sixth grade students has fun making giant snowflakes. This was the last day before Winter Break. We took that opportunity to take a group picture. It is always fun using the self timer on the camera. The anticipation of the flashing light always put a smile on our faces. Click on the team’s name to see the pictures.

Carrabassett, Sabattus, Kennebec

Massabesic MMS winners of the Peace Poster Contest.

Masssabesic Middle School students had the opportunity to participate in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Our Local Lions Clubs offered cash prizes.1st Place $25,2nd Place $15 and 3 runner-ups places of $10 each. The first place winner’s poster will go on to the Lion’s District level for the next round of judging.

Congratulation to the following Students:

1st Place Mikaela Callahan

2nd place Kerrigan Goudreau

3 runner-ups Allyssa Morin, Zoe Matthews and Nadine Koehan

Your picture will be taken on Monday morning and you will receive your cash prizes from Mrs. Kustron from the Lions Club.

6th Grade Animations

6th grade students  just finished  their “Animation” project. This is a very exciting project, they are using their artistic abilities in creating their own cartoon characters. they have to come up with a situation and learn about technology. It has been a challenge working with shared laptops. 6th grade students are not as lucky as 7th and 8th grade students. They have to share 1 set of laptops for the team. They each have an account on the school server. We had to work through many little kinks and they had to be patients. Our motto this past week is “Go with the FLOW!”   Some students had to visit Mr. Cram our technology specialist with problems like logging on to the server, running out of space on the server, retrieving password.  On October 26, 2010, we had our first animation. It is now on the Art pagenjoy!
I welcome any comments from my students and parents.

New Updates on the Art Webpage!

The Art Rooms have been very busy since school started.

High School Pottery I – Please go to High School Pottery 1 webpage. We have been working on pinchs pots with slip decorations. We learned how to load the kiln and glaze our pots with a clear glaze.

 Next the class worked on  a  “Ball Construction with a Mold“” Students brought in a bowl from home, then they laid a piece of tulle in the bowl  as a release agent. They rolled small balls of clay and started layering them in their bowls. The clay balls were attached together using their fingers or a modeling tool. Most students did 2 of these bowls and after releasing the clay from the bowl they are put together by scoring and using slip (score and slip). A neck is added using coil or slab.

Each students created a “Kiln God ” to watch over the kiln . All Ball Construction with a Mold Vases made it.!

Students are now working on a coil pot. 

      We are  learning all the different aspects of pottery, from different building techniques, glazes, loading and firing the kiln and also intertwine our lessons with Art History and the Elements and Principles of Design.

6th Grade Art  Our first major project: In this painting unit  6th grade students learned about  drawing a face using  the right proportion. They also reviewed the color wheel and identified 6 different color harmonies or schemes. When they started painting, they had to choose their harmonies from: cool, warm, complementary, split complementary,  monochromatic and analogous colors. They did a lot of mixing with tones to make their painting more interesting. They learned a lot about colors. And most of all   that PAINTING IS FUN! 

Our 2nd project: 6th grade students learned about Art History through shoes. From sandals in ancient Egypt, poulaines in superstitious Medieval times, scarpines with King Henry VIII, platform shoes in  Europe, boots with heels with cowboys , wood shoes or sabot in France, to modern times . After learning basic paper construction: scoring and making tabs , using white glue the proper way, they designed their own shoes.

We are now working on creating a marionette and drawing cartoons. The cartoons will become animated. More info to come on this exciting project!