Indian corn, 1st Grade

Tara   Reegan   Lorenzo   Jack

Our first grade artists have been busy creating these beautiful indian corn paintings. I’ve loved watching these observational drawings come to life! We begin this project by looking at a photograph of Indian corn and using our observational skills to answer questions like; What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder? Once we identified the subject matter for our next project, we read the book, “Corn” by Gail Gibbons. We looked at how corn grows, how it got its name, How many different kinds of corn there are, and how it is used in our food and the food of animals.

With the help of some real indian corn, students got to work studying the shape of the cob, the husk and the kernels. We drew these observations using sharpie markers. Once our shapes and lines were drawn, it was time for color! Students used pan watercolor sets and liquid watercolor to mix colors and paint their kernels. Students brought their indian corn to life and off the paper by creating a wood texture for the background and even adding a shadow to make their corn look 3 dimensional!  I Just love looking at these fall still lifes. They currently on display for all to see an admire!

Pumpkin Art!

Pumpkin Art!

Looking for a FUN FAMILY FALL activity this weekend!? Check out the AMAZing Pumpkin Carve. The Hopewell Valley Arts Council has partnered with Howell Living History Farm to create an aMAZing exhibition of one-of-a-kind works of art. The event will feature giant pumpkins artfully craved by area artists, craftsmen and pumpkin enthusiasts. Enjoy all 50 pumpkins! Here are a few photos from the event! Can you spot the one that looks like Vincent Van Gogh?

4th grade, Autumn leaf studies

Fall into The Elements of Art, with these beautiful Autumn illustrations created by our 4th graders. 

Line- Various marks were used to create each leafs shape and inner structure.

Shape– Leaves are organic shapes! We traced a minimum of 7 organic shapes in our composition. Leaf size and types varied.

Color– Autumn leaves are rich in color. Hues like red, yellow, green, orange, and brown were used to bring our leaves to life. Using watercolor pencils, we mixed colors and blended them together using a brush and water.

Value– Sometimes our leaves changed in value from dark to light.

Space– Space is the area between and around our leaves. The space around an object is often called negative space.

Texture–  The structure of our leaves (veins) were draw to create “visual” texture. Our center leaf, captured texture through seeing and feeling.

Form– To study our leaves we had to look and feel them. Our 2-dimentional leaves gave the illusion of form while our center relief held it.

The elements of art are the building blocks used by artists to create a work of art. 

Autumn Tree Studies


5L tree studies shown together. I loved how each students personality and unique use of mark making came out in these. 

Our 5th Graders have been busy studying trees! This lesson has easily become one of my favorites. My fifth graders would agree they have loved watching their trees take shape.


I love the expressive use of line in Maggie and Annabel’s tree studies! 

Students began their drawings by blocking in the shapes of their trees. They then began adding details through the texture of their trunk, branches, and leaves. We added value through the use of charcoal and chalk pastels. While we were drawing our trees in art, 5th graders were also exploring autumn trees in Music. After going on a nature walk, students wrote about what they saw, heard, and felt.  I can’t wait to show you our 5th graders poems and drawings on display together.