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Friday, June 2, 2017

Land Art Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

This beautiful morning first, second, and third grade students at Smilie Memorial School were able to go outside and build Land Art. Last week, the children worked in small groups to design their piece of Land Art. We were all inspired by the amazing works of Land Art done by Andy Goldsworthy. 
In reflecting on the process, all students determined that Land Artists needed to be flexible and creative problem solvers--after all building with only natural materials is tricky business.

The children were amazed by the wealth of natural materials available to them in the wooded area.

I saw SO much amazing teamwork and cooperation!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mixed Media in the Morning: Preschool at Smilie

Preschoolers enjoyed dripping glue onto their pieces that they had painted last week in art. This was our second day working on these "mixed media" works. The preschoolers have learned that mixed media means using many different types of art materials on the same piece of artwork. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tea with the Queen

Our kindergartners at Smilie have been very busy making teacups out of clay. The children have been learning all about clay and, most recently, they used the pinch pot technique to make a teacup. Today, was exciting because we got to actually USE the teacups the students made. We had a VERY fancy tea party with our special guest--the Queen aka Mrs. Cole. It was meaningful for the children to see that their own art creations were real and functional.