Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Exploring Russian Art and Archetecture

Last month students explored Russian Art and Architecture.  Grades Kindergarten and First learned about Wassily Kandinsky and his rare condition of  synesthesia which caused him to see color when he heard music and to hear music when he painted!  Students created art based upon his "1913 painting "Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles(below) which we compared to writing a song!

Grade K: Concentric Circles using Primary colors

Grade: 1 Collaged Concentric circles using Primary and Complementary colors. 

Second Grade learned about Russian Matryoska Nesting Dolls.  After drawing 3 different sized dolls students used pattern and color to decorate their dolls.  The dolls were glued down to either a warm or cool colored back ground painted with cake tempura paint. 

Grade 3 students studied Russian Architecture and the Onion Domes of St. Basil's Cathedral.  Using line and pattern, students created their own Russian City Scene over a background of blended chalk in either warm or cool colors.  

The next country we will visit will be Mexico where students will make Tortugas, Huipils, Sombreros, and Sugar Skulls.  Have a wonderful break and a Happy New Year.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We're off to a great start!

We are off to a great start in the Art Room.  We have created Summertime Selfies, Oil Pastel Tie Dye squares and Maynard Tigers.  This week we are beginning a unit on Russian Art studying Matryoshka nesting dolls, Vassily Kandinsky and the architecture of St. Basil's Church.  I will post some photos when we complete our unit in a few weeks. 

If you have not signed up for Artsonia, please consider doing so.  Feel free to email me at sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us  I will add your email address to your child's account and you will receive a verification email.  Once you have verified the account your child's artwork will be available to view.  This online art museum is a great place to store all your students work! 

Looking forward to an amazing year! Happy creating! 


Sunday, August 28, 2016

2016-2017 School Year Welcome!

Welcome back!


We will continue to study famous artists such as Claude Monet, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack, Salvador Dali, Jeff Koons, Georgia O’keefe, Andy Goldsworthy, Piet Mondrian and more!  Students will use a variety of materials and methods to study each artist.

Art show:

2nd Grade students will participate in the annual art show in May so the majority of their artwork will stay at school until the end of the year.  Artwork will be uploaded to Artsonia throughout the year for viewing.


Students will have the opportunity to participate in our online art museum, Artsonia.com.  The online museum allows you to view student work, make comments and share your child’s artwork with family and friends.  Their account follows them through their school years so that they will have a full online art portfolio.  You can also upload artwork at home.  The museum also allows you to order t-shirts, mugs, cards and other products with your child’s artwork on it.  A percentage of the proceeds from these sales go the art program to purchase additional supplies. Students who do not yet have an account should complete the Artsonia slip and return it to me. You will receive an email from Artsonia to activate your child’s account.  Until the account is activated, artwork will remain hidden.

*HELP UPLOAD ARTWORK:  Last year, Anne Gibson volunteered to upload artwork to Artsonia.  As a result of her time and effort the majority of student work was uploaded to Artsonia last year!  (Also-thank you to Amanda Hemm for her time.) It is a big job getting all the work uploaded so we can always use help. If you are interested in uploading artwork to Artsonia-please sign up on the volunteers chart.


In addition to this blog you can follow me on Instagram: @artatGM 
I tend to use Instagram more frequently because it quick and convenient. You can also email me at sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us 


We like to make a mess in art and can always use:

  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
For Art projects:

  • Shoe boxes
  • buttons
  • Old watches or clock parts
  • Old hardware pieces (washers, small screws, bolts, etc. no nails please)
  • Toilet paper and paper towel rolls


For the past two years I have had an AMAZING parent volunteer helping in the art room (Lydia Clancy).  She helped me with hanging artwork, organizing supplies & donations, cleaning, hanging the art show-you name it!  She has found a full time job and I will miss her TREMENDOUSLY!  SO….if you are interested in volunteering please email me to discuss options.  You can reach me at sarcelay@maynard.k12.ma.us

Looking forward to an amazing and creative year!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wonderful donation to the Maynard Arts Program!

I'm excited to announce that the Maynard Public Schools received a wonderful donation from the artists at 6 Bridges Gallery and Steve Trumble of the Maynard Fine Arts Theater Place.  This donation has been specifically allocated to the public school art departments.  The group raised over $2,600 for our art department supplies! Each Visual Art Specialist will receive approximately $800 for additional supplies.  At Green Meadow,  I will utilized the funds to purchase supplies I would not normally buy-such as Crayola Model Magic, specialized markers, metallic paints, additional print making supplies, clay and a new shelf for our kiln.  Below is the photo of me and Sean Perham (Fowler School) accepting the check from Steve Trumble and Denise Shea on behalf of the Maynard Public Schools Art Departments.  If you are in town, please stop by 6 Bridges Gallery (on Main Street) or the Fine Arts Theater Place and thank them for the wonderful contribution to our students art curriculum!

Friday, September 4, 2015


The Art Room is getting ready for another great year!  We will spend the beginning of the year doing some community building projects including Maynard Tigers and a Green Meadow community mural.  As the year moves on we will be focusing on studying the Masters including Picasso, Van Gogh, Mattisse, Monet and more.  We will work in a variety of mediums including 2D and 3D work.  The Second Grade will have their annual art show in the spring.  The exact date and location have not yet been determined but we hope to have that information soon.

How you can help.  If you'd like to help in the art room this year, please email me directly.  The following list of supplies would be helpful.

  • old watch or clock parts
  • buttons
  • old hardware supplies (screws, washers, bolts, nuts etc.) no nails please
  • Shoe Boxes
  • paper towels
  • clorox or disinfectant wipes 
  • Hand wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer

Looking forward to a wonderful year.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Art Room needs your help!

The clock is ticking down to the Second Grade Art Show.  The Art Room needs volunteers to help transport work, make signs, hang the show and take the show down.  

Please see the SignUpGenius link below to sign up.  Times are flexible and if you're availability does not fit into the schedule please email me at scarcely@maynard.k12.ma.us to let me know when you'd like to help.  

Many hands make light work!! 

Thank you in advance for your support and assistance.  




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Coming soon! Hope to see you there.  Fliers will be backpacked home tomorrow.