Monday, March 23, 2020

Enrichment options for your students

Good Afternoon Green Meadow Families:

First, I hope you and your children are safe and well.  I miss their smiling faces very much right now.   Below is a link to our K-8 Visual Art Activities.   The links provide various art lesson videos, craft ideas, virtual tours of museums etc.

Maynard Activities Page

Please feel free to email me at with specific questions.

Our annual art show is currently scheduled for April 30th.  At this time, the company I work with is having to reschedule all shows due to the National effects of this pandemic.  I will work very hard to move the show to a date later in May if possible.  If not, I will try to create a visual art show of some kind-again To Be Determined as this is a very fluid situation.

Thank you all for your patience.  My very best to all of you.

Mrs. Arcelay

Saturday, June 22, 2019

"Play/Toy" Painting Project with 2nd Graders

Mrs. Holly's Second Grade Class participated in a painting project with local artist Sandra Wilensky.

The “Play/ Toy” Painting Project was inspired by a gift of stuffed animals from a Senior watercolor artist to a teacher of senior Watercolor artists to be used as painting subjects. This led to adults being teamed up with local children to paint paintings of play things. The children chose meaningful toys for inspiration for their acrylic on canvas paintings and the adults chose from the toys (previously selected by the children) for their watercolor paintings.

This project has culminated in a show of 21 pairs of “Play/Toy “paintings that can be viewed in the Meeting Room at the Maynard Library from July 10-August 30. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 6-7 pm. This will be an exciting opportunity for the senior watercolor painters and second grade acrylic painters to meet each other. 

Maynard COA painting teacher Sandy Wilensky who has a studio at ArtSpace Maynard teamed up with Susan Arcelay, Green Meadow  Art teacher and Deb Holly's class of second grade students  at Green Meadow School to complete this rewarding project.  

Below are some photos of the work done by the Second Graders.  

Monday, March 18, 2019

2019 All School Art Show 
Wednesday, April 10th from 6-8pm. 
in the Green Meadow Cafeteria 

Each student will have a framed artwork displayed in the cafeteria.  Frames will be sold for $25.00 and can be taken home that evening.  We will except Cash and Credit cards.  

If you choose not to purchase a frame the artwork will be returned to students at the end of the year.  

If you would like a reproduction of the art work simply find me or the Artome representative to complete a form.  Additional frames for reproductions can also be purchased that night.  

If you have questions please feel free to email me at

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.