Dennett Elementary School’s art teacher Erika Voss aims to teach students that art is a visual language, and a creative way to express and communicate ideas! The display at the Plympton Public Library, which will be there through the end of the month features artwork from students in grades K – through 6th grade.
Some of the artwork has an environmental theme. The 5th/6th grade underwater scenes, 3rd grade pandas, and 1st/2nd grade tigers show the beauty of nature. Students created mixed-media artworks that involve paint, oil pastel, and collaged elements. They learned how to mix and blend colors while they designed their animal and habitat.
“I always encourage students to express themselves and be creative,” After exploring Mexican Metepec Clay Suns, 4th- 6th grade artists were challenged to draw a unique sun with a face. They used geometric and organic shapes and lines, as well as color, contrast, and harmony as they purposefully designed their suns. They used a variety of art media to add color. They should be proud!
Our youngest kindergarten artists are also capable of great things. In kindergarten they learn how to mix the primary colors to make the secondary colors. They then created their own rainbows by mixing the colors. They added clouds featuring “happy faces” that they designed. Kindergarten castles are also featured in the display. The kinder artists enjoyed using their knowledge of shapes to draw an imaginary castle.
Lastly, several landscapes are featured. The 4th graders learned how to draw 3D barns and show distance in their artwork as they invented a farm landscape complete with a variety of farm animals. Also, 4th-6th grade artists learned about various watercolor techniques as they created watercolor landscape paintings.
All the students should be proud of their accomplishments! You can see their effort and creativity. “I am inspired by them everyday,” Voss said.