Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our multicultural event is just one month away! Each grade will study a different continent. Kindergarten- North America; 1st grade- Asia;  2nd grade- Europe; 3rd grade-Africa; 4th grade- South America; and 5th grade- Australia .  There will be art, performances and food tastings from all over the world!  Stay tuned for more details. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Several classes are exploring the art of printmaking. They painted a plate for a monoprint, where a temporary image is made to make one print. The other type is a relief print. It is an additive process where materials are used to make two levels on the printing plate. 2nd grade is gluing rope on cardboard to make raised images. ART SMART words: printmaking, medium, plate, pulling the print, monoprint and relief.


Monoprints



Additive Relief Plates

Monday, December 19, 2016


Ms. Wilson's class was one of two to win an art party!  They had the most students wear dots on Dot Day. They ate popcorn and made sculptures from toothpicks and mini marshmallows. It was amazing to see them collaborate and use strategies. Everyone enjoyed the STEAM project and the group with the tallest sculpture received a prize of color palette erasers and sketchbooks.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

RLE has a brand new kiln! Same workhorse as our old Skutt but this one has features like a preheat mode. It took at least 3 DCPS departments to get it installed and now it's ready to go! Thanks to Consolidated Services, Code Enforcement, Maintenance, and much gratitude to the district Arts Department for this wonderful gift. Tiles will be the first pieces in the kiln to continue the mosaic around the flagpole.



Monday, December 12, 2016

My principal found a slab roller in a trailer that had to be emptied for demolition. Looks like it needs some cable adjustments but otherwise in good condition. I'm looking forward to putting it to good use, what a time saver!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

3rd grade is learning to draw gesture. Gesture is a quick, snap shot of the action the figure is doing at that particular moment. Students drew the angles of the mannequins limbs and torso showing many different poses. After class I noticed they positioned them all alike. Dabbing mannequins! ART SMART words: gesture, movement, torso, limbs, action. 




Thursday, December 1, 2016

I call this -What the art teacher did during scrimmage testing =)  This is a blind contour line drawing.  The process is exactly as it sounds, no looking at the paper only the contour of the subject -my leg. Typically the tool should not be lifted from the paper until the drawing is complete but I got up a few times to assist students.  Can you tell where I stopped and started again?
   

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It was wonderful to see my good friend Dale Harris who was the art teacher before me at Reynolds Lane. She's fabulous, tiny but mighty and left big shoes to fill. Happy Holidays, everyone!

I love the PRISMA app!  Have you tried it?

Monday, November 14, 2016

3rd, 4th and 5th grade looked at the work of Wassily Kandinsky and created compositions using overlapping geometric shapes.  They painted them with tempera cakes and used a third color in the shapes that were made by the overlapping. This project gave students opportunity for drawing, paint application and color theory.  Great job Pride artists, your compositions would make Kandinsky proud!  ART SMART words: geometric shape, overlap, composition and technique.  

Composition in shape paintings in progress, 4th grade


3rd grade critique

Thursday, November 10, 2016

My wonderful pre-intern, Ms. Montero, read the book The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers, to 2nd grade and did a lesson on cast shadow.  ART SMART words: cast shadow and light source. 




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

We had a great turnout for our Dia de los Muertos celebration!  There was school wide participation for the music performance, traditional dancing, and art making.  I was not able to get to the other areas, so if you have any photos from this event, please send them my way and I will be happy to add them to this post.  Was very glad to find these Fred and Friends Sweet Spirits cookie cutters, they were perfect for the clay skulls.  Here are some photos of the sugar skulls.  Thanks to the RLE staff and guests who made the event a success.  We hope everyone enjoyed it!  ART SMART words: Calaveras (skull), offrenda (offering), altar, marigold and symmetry.  



Ms. Wilson and her intern, Ms. Troha helped students embellish
their clay skulls with feathers, glitter and jewels



The set came with 4 designs.  The templates were easy to handle and plastic over the clay before cutting made for easy removal.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Don't you just love autumn?!  Even in Florida we can have an appreciation for falling leaves, color, and a changing landscape. Pumpkins are the ideal subject matter to study contour line, organic shapes and experiment with rubbing plate textures. ART SMART words: autumn, contour, organic shape, and texture.  




Students in 2nd grade looked at a painting called "Castle and Sun" by Paul Klee.  They learned about geometric shapes and used a variety of templates to create art in his style. Below is a photo of the painting and the art students made.  ART SMART words: geometric shape, template, and pattern.

"Castle and Sun" by Paul Klee
Oil on Canvas, 1928




Thursday, September 15, 2016


Happy International Dot Day!

Students celebrated Dot Day and made circular art and wore dots!  The book, the Dot, 
encourages  bravery in art. 
Make a mark. See where it takes you.










Monday, August 8, 2016

Starting the school year with a DTO pep rally!  Looking forward to making art with the amazing and talented students at Reynolds Lane Elementary.  
We are The PRIDE! 

Participation-Responsibility-Initiative-Determination-Effort


Thursday, March 31, 2016

You may recall from an earlier post that the curriculum format has changed to CHOICE BASED art making.  The model is called TAB- Teaching for Artistic Behavior.  The Drawing, Architecture, and Fiber Arts Studios are available now.  Drawing is the first studio that is introduced using the TAB model, because after all, everything with art begins with a LINE.  There are a variety of supplies and materials in the drawing studio for making shapes, freehand designs, observational drawing, and how-to draw example pages.  There is an art library for everyone to use to spark ideas and inspiration.  New to the Drawing Studio are rubbing plates.  The plates are great for adding texture in the work such as a brick background, or to include botanical elements like leaves and flowers.  The most popular plates with kindergarten are the giant insects!  In the Fiber Arts studio are practice weaving materials for the youngest artists.  These are great for fine tuning motor skills.  3rd-5th are working on yarn weaving.  The architecture studio has modeling clay, soft sculpture building materials, and sets to practice attachment skills such as notching and clamping. Below are photos of students working with the materials in the studios. 
ARCHITECTURE STUDIO:  Kindergarten using the Brain Flakes set which helps students learn "notching" and how two parts attach.  Of course it fine tunes motor skills too!
FIBER ARTS STUDIO- 5TH GRADE WEAVERS
DRAWING- 2nd Grade using templates and how-to draw pages
FIBER ARTS- Close up of 3rd grade Weaver. 
This student is interweaving a second color with a block he has done.

DRAWING STUDIO- 2ND GRADE







Monday, March 28, 2016


            2ND Grade Ceramic Owls


2nd grade made these charming owls.  They looked at photos of owls and identified the major parts- head, wings, beak, etc.  Next there was a practice session using modeling clay and at the next class the owls were hand built using white clay.  After the owls were constructed students used a pencil to draw texture details such as feathers.  They painted using the glaze colors of their choice.  Some looked more real, while others chose arbitrary color.  Great job artists, you should all give a HOOT about your hard work and successful owls!  ART SMART words were realistic, arbitrary, natural clay, texture, details, bisque and glaze.

Monday, February 29, 2016


Kindergarten made clay medallions!  A medallion is a circular pendant.  We read the story "Hunta's Medallion", and learned how clay is formed and where it is found.  These little artists focused on the element of texture and used a variety of objects to press into their medallion.  Next they painted them with the glaze and they were fired in the kiln.  Our ART SMART words were medallion, circular, natural clay, texture and variety.   

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Exciting curriculum changes are happening in the art room!  Instead of each student making the same art like we do with PROJECT BASED learning,  CHOICE-BASED  ART provides opportunity for students to decide how they make their art and with which mediums they would like to use.  This type of approach will allow for more exploration and creativity, planning, problem solving and collaboration.  This is how artists create!  We will begin with Drawing Studio.  As students become proficient with the practices and procedures new studios such as architecture, fiber arts (weaving and sewing), collage and painting will become available.  Stay tuned for photos of the studios as they open, and photos of student work. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016



2nd grade is doing a unit on Greece and will invite their families to see their displays.  In art we studied the different shapes of vessels made by the ancient Greeks. Each vessel shape dictated a specific use such as for storing grains or carrying water.  An art object that is designed to be used is called "utilitarian".  The vessels were embellished with geometric patterns and black or red figures, depending on the color of the clay composite.  Our ART SMART words were symmetry, geometric, vessel, and utilitarian.



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December was the perfect time to practice caricature drawing.  Ms. Farah led the class in drawing an "Elf on the Art Shelf".  Students were able to practice the principle of proportion in fitting their figure to the size of the paper.  They added their favorite art materials and other elements to personalize their drawings. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

EMPTY BOWLS 
SERVICE PROJECT

Art Club students made ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Hunger Program sponsored by Lutheran Social Services.  At this event attendees are served a simple meal of soup, bread, fruit and water and are invited to choose a bowl to take home as a keepsake.  Artists made their bowls using the hand build coil method and also cut out forms to enhance the theme such as insects and moon and stars.  Thank you artists, for your time and  talent in making the bowls!  Our Art Smart words were community, awareness, clay, hand-build coil, fire, bisque, and glaze.

Friday, November 13, 2015


FALL STEAM AHEAD!


At our recent STEAM night students and their families participated in a range of activities that included Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and Music!  In art, we made clay leaf bowls.  We rolled out a clay slab, imprinted a leaf design, cut out the shape and slumped it to make a bowl.  The pieces were fired and glazed and made it home in time for Thanksgiving.  Thank you to everyone who attended.  We hope you enjoyed!  

Friday, November 6, 2015

Dia de Los Muertos


3rd, 4th, and 5th grade artists made skull drawings for Dia de Los Muertos which is a Mexican and Central American holiday on November 1st and 2nd that remembers loved ones who have passed.  Often times the name of the loved one is written across the forehead and the skull can reflect the character of the loved one such as adding a hat, glasses or earrings.  For the celebration, Hispanic foods, photographs, sugar skull folk art, candles and marigold flowers are put on a table which is called the Offrenda, or offering.  Our Art Smart words were- calaveras (skull), symmetry, symbol, folk art, culture, tradition, craftsmanship and color scheme.  Many of the skull drawings are on display in the courtyard.  






Monday, September 21, 2015

Here are some finished works by 3rd and 4th grades for International Dot Day. Students used repeating lines, color and shapes to create RHYTHM in the art.  Our ART SMART words were circular, circle, shape, rhythm, pattern, and balance. 

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Michelle "Meche" Farah; I have a BFA in Painting and Illustration and Art History Minor from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Before I discovered a love to teach, I worked in interior design, and film production. My teaching certification is from Jacksonville University. This is my 10th year as a teacher and I thoroughly enjoy teaching at the elementary level because students learn best art practices at a young age. I am a professional decorative painting artist and a board member of DATA- Duval Art Teachers Association. I am an active FAEA- Florida Art Education member and attend state conference every year. My FAVORITE project is "Recycle-Transformation" which simply means going green and making old items new and appreciated. Our FUTURE is in our hands, I include recycled materials in student projects. In my art program students explore art production through drawing, painting, ceramics, and printmaking. It is not only important to make and learn about art but how to talk about it. ART SMART words and other vocabulary are used to describe the work. Thanks for viewing our art blog, we are glad you stopped by!

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