Sunday, February 24, 2019

Massachusetts Art Educators Association - Statewide K-12 Student Exhbition

Congratulations to the following students who had work selected for the exhibition:
Mira, Maggie, Adele, Charlotte, and Fiona

Students, grades K through 12, from across Massachusetts have been selected to have their artwork displayed at the State Transportation Building,10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA as part of the 2019 Statewide Youth Art Month Exhibit.  

The Boston exhibit is the only statewide K-12 exhibit in Massachusetts with work from private and public schools.
The show will be on display and open to the public weekdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. from February 11 through March 27, 2019.

The exhibit is closed weekends and Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019). Admission is free. Parking is available in the building for a fee.
This exhibit, sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA), is part of Youth Art Month (YAM), a national celebration endorsed by the Council for Art Education and the National Art Education Association (NAEA). This yearly celebration is held during March and emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in schools. This year’s Youth Art Month theme is Your Art, Your Story.

Adele - Grade 2
Geli Plate Print Collage with Oil Pastel

Charlotte -  Grade 3
Glue/Charcoal Pastels on Paper

Fiona - Grade 1
Glue and Oil Pastel on Paper

Maggie - Grade 3
Black Glue and Charcoal Pastel on Paper

Mira - Grade 2
Geli Plate Print Collage with Oil Pastel

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bell Organic Garden Celebration

2018 Bell Organic Garden Celebration!

Bell art students created Japanese Carp Windsocks to celebrate the 1st annual Bell Organic Garden fundraiser celebration.

“Koinobori, meaning "carp streamer" in Japanese, are carp-shaped windsocks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate a traditional calendar event which is now designated a national holiday; Children’s Day.
Children's Day takes place on May 5, landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.”

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fall/Winter 2017 National Grand Bank Art Exhibition

Congratulations to our fabulous young artists who were selected to exhibit their work at the National Grand Bank Art Exhibition in Marblehead. Each of our young artists exhibited excellence in their execution of craft and concept.

2017 Fall/Winter National Grand Bank Art Exhibition Artists

Second Grade Rhythmic Watercolor Resist Fish

First Grade Pumpkin Paintings

Third Grade Cityscape Print

Third Grade Landscapes

Third Grade Cityscape Print

Second Grade Owl Print

Thanks to two fabulous art teachers; Cassie Stephens who inspired our cityscape prints and Karla Gerard landscapes and Ursina Amsler for our rhythmic fish watercolor paintings.

Stormy Day in New England - Winter Musical Preparations

One of my favorite times of year is our annual Bell Winer Musical. I found our unexpected January Blizzard gave me some time to catch up on our paperwork musical prep.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Karla Gerard Inspired Patterned Landscapes

This is a new third-grade lesson to develop patterns of line and shape in landscapes. I discovered this lesson on Cassie Stephens art teacher blog. She's amazing and very generous with sharing her lessons. I made a few adjustments to the lesson for our kiddos and I'm thrilled with the work created by our third-grade artists. We found using various colored sharpies to create the landscape patterns worked better in creating more detailed patterns. The kids used tempera cakes as a watercolor wash and fabric puffy paint did the trick for outlining the 3-dimensional buildings. I am thrilled with the process and final outcome of their work.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

1st Graders Study the Art of Van Gogh

Bell School 1st Grader recently completed a unit on the works of Vincent Van Gogh. This is one of my favorite projects during the school year. The kids have the opportunity to study the life of this amazing artist. One of our favorite books is "Getting to Know - Van Gogh". 

A little interesting story about the Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers that I found on the web Although I've read about his story a number of times I thought this was a great way share with children Van Gogh's motivation for these particular paintings... It was August. Vincent didn't have any friends in Arles and was very lonely. He decided to invite a fellow artist, Paul Gauguin, to come and stay with him so they could paint together. Vincent wanted his friend Paul to feel welcome, and he wanted to impress him with his skill as a painter. So he created four sunflower still-lifes to decorate the walls of Paul’s bedroom. Paul Gauguin wasn't very fond of the sunflower paintings and immediately removed them from the wall of his room. Little did he know that a hundred years later one of Vincent’s sunflower paintings set a record for the most expensive painting in the world...

The project included sketches of flower pots and large flowers. Students used white glue to outline their sketches. When the glue was dried. They created an impressionistic drawing style using bright mix of oil pastels in a quick short stroke. Similar to the quick painting style of the impressionists and Van Gogh.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

National Grand Bank Show - November 2014

Congratulations to our Bell School Art Students for their selected entries into the National Grand Bank Art Show!
Works from Marblehead Public Schools grades K-12 will be on display during the winter in the lobby of the NGB Main Branch located on Pleasant Street in Marblehead.

Original art created by our very talented young Bell School students.
Front Row - Left to Right: Madeline & Madeleine grade 3, Cameron & Anais grade 3. Back Row - Left to Right: Matilda grade 2, Riley grade 2, Sadie grade 3 and Sam grade 3.