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,  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 


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

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 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.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Winter Update

Happy 2015!  Here are some samples of the work we've created recently including Grade 1 pattern owls.  They've taken up residence in the front display case so please stop and take a look when you visit the school.  They have such individual personalities- I just LOVE them.  Also, please keep an eye out for this week's School Newsletter.  There is important information about our move to the online art museum ARTSONIA.COM where I will upload student work for families to view, share and order items with artwork on it.  If you'd like to get an idea of what it's about, scroll down to Grade 3 and see directions on how to see their work.  Also, a HUGE Thank You to Lydia Clancy who has been volunteering in the art room on Thursdays and has helped me organize, clean, label work and put up the beautiful displays in the school.  I could never get all this done with out her! Thank you Lydia!!!

Donations:  Clean Egg Cartons, old marbles or glass beads, buttons, CDs, clorox wipes, paper towels, hand wipes, old hardware parts (no nails please), cardboard from boxes (at least 9X11 size)

Grade K: Heather Galler Folk Art Landscapes.  Students drew their hills, divided their hills into sections, added patterns, drew a house, tree, and the moon or sun.  Students outlined their work in Sharpie, colored their patterns with crayon and painted with watercolor.

Grade 1: Pattern Owls based on the book "The Little White Owl". Students read "The little White Owl" then drew their owls, added patterns in Oil Pastel and painted with watercolors.  Students then cut out their owls and added a branch for them to perch on.

Grade 2: Snowmen At Night in Chalk.  Students studied light and shadow and blending chalk after reading the book "Snowmen at Night".   We discussed light and shadow and students drew their snowmen focusing on the light and shade then dded details to their drawings.

Grade 3: Birds with Birdhouses.  Students drew and painted birdhouses then created birds using craft and painted paper and glued them on to their birdhouses.  To view examples visit, click on "schools" just under ART MUSEUM.  Select Massachusetts, then Maynard MA and Green Meadow will appear.  
*inspired by a lesson on DeepSpaceSparkle

Thursday, November 6, 2014

October goodies...Spooky Trees, Nighttime pumpkins & Mama Spiders

We've been very busy in the art room!  October was filled with all things fall and spooky!  In first grade, we made Nighttime Pumpkins.    In second grade, we worked to finish our Louise Josephine Bourgeois "Mama" spiders and in a few third grade classes, we created blown paint Spooky Trees.  Below are photos and descriptions of the projects.  Enjoy!

Night time Pumpkins in 1st Grade.  1st Graders learned how to draw Pumpkins in black oil pastels using a "segmenting method" building from a center oval and drawing curved lines down on each side to create segments.  They then added stems and drew two leaves on their paper.  Students learned how to use Primary colors (yellow, red, blue) to make Secondary Colors (Orange and Green).
They painted their pumpkins and leaves yellow then added Red to their pumpkins to make Orange mixing their paint directly on the paper.  After cleaning their brushes, students added blue to their leaves to make green.  When their paintings were dry, students cut out their pumpkins and leaves and glued them down to black paper.  Using white, brown and green chalk, they added highlights, stems, vines, a moon and stars.  Some students added extra details like a fence or even a rocket ship! Aren't these just gorgeous?

Second Grade Mama Spiders:  Students used Sculpture Wire, tissue paper, Mod Podge, newspaper, googlie eyes and pipe cleaners to create these whimsical spiders.

Students learned about Louise Josephine Bourgeois- a  French/American sculptor who's Bronze Spider sculptures were 30 feet high and 33 feet wide!  Ms. Bourgeois made these sculptures as an ode to her mother who passed away when she was 21 years old.  Ms. Bourgeois felt her mother was like a spider because she was a weaver, protector, and very cleaver (like a spider).    My room is currently over run with more than 100 spiders but it's quite exciting! Every child who enters my room comments on them.   Here are a few examples of the Second Grader Spiders.   I will post more photos as I begin displaying them.  Some will come home and some will be kept for display at the end of year art show.

Third Grade Spooky Trees:  Students in 3rd Grade learned how to create a water color wash using yellow and red water colors to create a fall sunset background.  After their backgrounds were dry, students used watered down tempera paint and straws to blow spooky trees.  Some students added trees higher up on the paper to give the feeling of depth to their compositions.  Additional details such as bats, spiders, witches, ghosts, etc. were added using a black Sharpie Makers.  I love the way the students solved problems (trees to short, trunks too thick) and their imaginations to create these fun works of art.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!