Monday, September 10, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

Green Meadow Students have spent their first few art classes creating "Get to Know You" sculptures using various forms of 3D lines such as zig zag, arch, swirl, etc.  Third Grade students have been creating "Be the Nice Kid" images to hang in the front of the school and accompany the new quote located by the front doors.  

This year we will explore the Elements and Principals of Designs as the focus of our curriculum.  Lessons will focus on Line, color, shape, contrast, movement, rhythm, value, balance, texture, Space, Form, proportion, unity and variety.  

The art room could use the following donations:
  • Paper towels (for cleaning up spills)
  • Clorox wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Sponges 
The Art show will be held during Spring Open House April 10, 2019.  I hope to open doors by 6pm and the show will end promptly at 8pm in order to have time to break down the show.  The format will be the same as last year, framed art will be displayed and frames will be sold for $25 each.  The art room receives $6.00 for each frame.  The proceeds from the show will but used for either a new ceramics Kiln or additional art supplies.  

The art room uses Artsonia online art museum to keep a digital portfolio of your student's work.  If you do not yet have an Artsonia account for your child please contact me at so that I can get your account set up.  It's a fun way to store your student's work from Kindergarten all the way to High school.  

I could use a few volunteers to help with photographing work on Artsonia, organizing donations, hanging art work or changing over bulletin boards.  If you're interested in helping in the art room please email me.  

Looking forward to a wonderful year. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Art Show & Britto

The first K-3rd Art Show was held in April.  There were 435 framed artworks displayed and 67% of those frames were sold!  I'm completely overwhelmed with the response and extremely grateful for the support.  The beaming faces of students holding their framed artwork will stay with me for a very long time! I hope that you enjoyed the new format.  Next year I hope to have some additional work displayed in the halls.  The funds raised during the show have already been put to good use! Thus far I have purchased special jewels for Grade 3 Brazilian masks, Quik Stix tempura paint sticks (kids are LOVING these) and King Sized Sharpies for Romero Britto Hearts plus a few other "emergency" items.  I will also be purchasing silk screens (super expensive!), printing inks,  Gelli plates and some fun items such as Gel pens, and metallic Sharpies.  These are items I could not normal purchase and will students for years to come! I'm very excited to plan silk screening lessons for next year.  Again, thank you for your support.  I'm confident that next year's show will be even better!

We are currently learning about the country of Brazil.  Kindgarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade learned about Brazilian artist Romero Britto and made some colorful & happy artwork!

I can not wait to hang these colorful hearts in the school!  Please keep an eye out for your child's art portfolio which will come home 1 week before school ends.  It will have all the artwork for the year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.  Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2018 Green Meadow Art Show!! April 11th

The Green Meadow 2018 Art Show will take place during Green Meadow's Open House
April 11, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Cafeteria.  This year's show will include students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd.  Each piece will be framed and displayed by Grade, Teacher and then alphabetically by student.  The show serves a dual purpose of displaying the beautiful work completed by students AND raising funds for the art department.

On the night of the show, families will have the option of purchasing the artwork frame for $25.
For each frame sold, the art department will receive $6.00 towards supplies and special projects.  If you'd like and additional copy of artwork for friends or family, Artome offers artwork reproduction!  They will also offer additional blank frames to display other pieces your child has completed that are not part of the show.

I'm very excited to see all the artwork framed and displayed! Please email me with any questions regarding the show.  See you on April 11th!

A reminder flyer will be going home soon!

Susan Arcelay
Visual Art Specialist, MAT, CAGS

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  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,  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!