A new year in Art!


This year, we’ve welcomed new supplies, visuals, and most importantly old and new faces to the art room. It’s always a special time of the year, preparing for the arrival of all of you. Even with the addition of some artsy displays, it’s the students that bring the color to the art room. Whether it was in the hallways, at recess duty, or in the art room, your smiles, excitement and creativity made each “first” day together so special. On our first three days together, I saw familiar faces, meet new ones, and even welcomed two new grade levels to the art room. I’m so excited to finally meet and work with our kindergarten and 1st grade artists. We are going to have a wonderful year together in art.

Each year I create something new to add to our studio space. This year it was an exciting new Art Word Wall, chalkboard wall, and new ART letters.


We used the work of Keith Haring to visually explore the way of the art room. These pictures helped us learn or remember what’s expected in the art room. These illustrations came from the wonderful, Cassie Stephens.

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After meeting with 3P and 3O’S for art, I had the pleasure of piecing together our first mystery mural. Each student created their own unique  6”x6” drawing. When these pieces came together, they created a complete image. Our six  collaborative murals will be unveiled and displayed in the hallway, right outside the art room. These murals will visually display the character trait being explored by that grade level. It was fun working collaboratively with Mrs. Hua, the art teacher at HES, to create images that capture these themes. Many of the symbols were inspired by the relatable work of artist, Keith Haring.

Students were encouraged to use the elements of art as they explored materials and there grade levels color.

Van Gogh

The quote, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” by Vincent Van Gogh, now finds a place on our new chalkboard wall. It also fits with the school theme and this special project.

More new things

This year we will be exploring a school wide theme in art. During the course of a year, each grade level will Discover the Impressionist and creating a work of art inspired by this time period in art. Students will study the work of,  Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Degas, and Camille Pissarro. This theme was inspired by my most recent trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum. The, Discovering the Impressionist exhibition is in its final days, and will be closing Sunday, September 13th! You still have 2 days to get there! What a treat it was to see these impressionists’ paintings up close.

Make sure to Follow our TG Art blog or visit each week, to see what we are creating in the art room.

Have a wonderful school year!

Ms. Beck

In My Heart, 1st Grade

 In My Heart

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey 

In My Heart, detail


“My heart can feel so many feelings, and yours can too! Today, my heart is proud. How does your heart feel?”

Our first graders followed this prompt, as they used color and emotion to explore how their heart feelings. We learned that our hearts are full of different feelings, some feel big, others small.  In the book, the heart changes size and color as it uncover feelings of happiness, bravery, madness, calmness, sadness, hopefulness, silliness, and shyness.

To get a better understanding of color, we used an emotional color wheel to create our repeating heart shapes.

The emotional color wheel

We used the emotional color wheel, to talk about the feelings in our heart.

The outer heart represented the emotion that we felt the most in our heart. While, the smallest heart representing the emotion that we felt the least. We created a symbol around our repeating hearts, that represented our feelings for today. I just love the imaginations and creativity of my 1st grade artists. There creations fills my heart with so much happiness. Here is a look, at the beautiful heart creations of our 1C artists.


Post- It Installation


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Mosaic of thought.

I’ve loved getting to know each and everyone of you! Your stories and images have made our first week together so special.  It was wonderful watching our wall of Post-It’s grow over the week and seeing so many of you admiring your work, and the work of others.

Big Idea; expression, visual communication, community, and collaboration 

Post-It Installation: This week in art we explored visual communication and how it pertains to our lives. Through self expression and collaboration students created post-it notes that explored something about them. Students were asked questions like;

What is the most interesting thing about you?                                                              What was the best part of your summer?                                                                      How will you be a bucket filler? 

When students had an idea they could communicate it through the use of a post-it. I really loved getting to know my students through this lesson. Inspiration for the project came from School Art’s Magazine and Giant Robot’s Post-It Show in Los Angeles.

This week in art we will start our first lesson. Friday I will begin choosing an artist of the week from each class. 

The heART of life


The heART of life

The heart shaped crayons that each child will receive on the first day of class are reminders of the individual talents, creative minds, and colorful voices that each child brings to the art room.  It is the students that make up the colors of an art room. As the school year begins, so too do my hopes for our year together.  With that said, I hope you dream big, take risks, play, experiment, ask questions, problem solve, show empathy towards others, and develop a deeper understanding of who you are.

When I was organizing and sorting materials for the upcoming school year I ended up with a bag full of crayons that were, “just too small to use, but too beautiful to throw away”. Reusing, when it comes to materials and ideas, will be something we revisit throughout the year. Using tiny heart shaped molds I began melting crayons and turning my house into a mini crayola factory. What began as small individual broken crayons, when melted formed one. Each heart is unique and special just like each of you! I can’t wait to begin our year together.


El Anatsui exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

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El Anatsui takes inspiration from his homeland in Nigeria. Can you see the resemblance these works have to woven kente cloth?

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Can you believe this entire floor sculpture was composed of condensed milk can lids? El Anatsui Brooklyn art museum 028El Anatsui Brooklyn art museum 029El Anatsui Brooklyn art museum 027

Discarded materials have never looked so beautiful!

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“Breathtaking”, is the best word to describe the work of artist, El Anatsui. Traveling through El’s exhibition, Gravity and Grace, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, I found myself astonished and amazed that one single object, when collected and arranged, could take on an entirely new form. From afar these works allude texture, pattern, shape, light, value, color, movement, and rhythm. So many of the elements and principals we will be exploring this year in art! From up close you see and appreciate the individual material, time, and innovation. Recycled Materials, like metal bottle caps, condensed milk tins, copper wire, roofing sheets, and printing plates, create the intricate shimmering metallic hangings that create El’s current work. Confronting ideas that we will be revisiting through out the school year, El’s work explores big ideas such as transformation, culture, global consumerism, and identity. I hope you enjoy learning and exploring the art of El Anatsui!

Chances are you will see El’s celebrated work resurface through out the school year. He is one of my favorites!