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Visual Arts - Mrs. Fessenden

Becky_FessendenHello! I am so glad to be joining the St. Christopher community!

I have a degree in Art Education from Plymouth State University and have enjoyed working in schools in southern NH, summer camps in the White Mountains and private art studios as well.  I love to be active outdoors, sing and dance, and work with children!

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September 2015

Kindergarten: We started the year off with an activity to review shapes, colors and patterns, and to practice cutting and gluing skills. Chidlren constructed person in a "party hat" from these shapes and developed their listening abilities.

First Grade: After talking about the art class "Givens," we dove right into painting with watercolor to create a texture for use in later collage work.  Plastic wrap is placed over the wet paint and allowed to dry to create a unique effect!  Next we investigated shapes in many city buildings to inpire our chalk and black paper drawings.  Using observation and immagination students invented their own cities!  In celebration of the first day of Fall, we used real leaves to make rubbings for the biggest leaf pile, EVER.  At the end of September, students illustrated all about their families in their own personal family quilt drawings.

Second Grade: After talking about the art class "Givens," we dove right into painting with watercolor to create a texture for use in later collage work.  Plastic wrap is placed over the wet paint and allowed to dry to create a unique effect! We then used this paper as the base for our exploration of symmetrical insects.  Students drew from observation butterflies and beetles which are now on display in the library. Next we discussed the vocabulary of foreground and background for our torn paper landscapes.  At the end of September, students illustrated all about their families in their own personal family quilt drawings.

Third Grade: After talking about the art class "Givens," we dove right into painting with watercolor to create a texture for use in later collage work.  Plastic wrap is placed over the wet paint and allowed to dry to create a unique effect! We then used this paper as the base for our exploration of symmetrical insects.  Students drew from observation butterflies and beetles which are now on display in the library. Next we discussed the vocabulary of foreground and background for our torn paper landscapes.  At the end of September, students illustrated all about their families in their own personal family quilt drawings.

Fourth Grade: After talking about the art class "Givens," we dove right into painting with tempura.  Using a variety of non-traditional painting tools, students explored mark-making to develope texture.  These painted papers will be used in later projects.  With the fabulous weather, we went outside to draw trees.  We discussed contour drawing and how to practice "seeing."  Using these skills we moved on to a fall vegetable still life drawing in pencil and charcoal.  After this we dove into color theory where the children mixed their own secondary and tertiary colors from the primary colors using cray-pas.

Fifth Grade: After talking about the art class "Givens," we dove right into painting with tempura.  Using a variety of non-traditional painting tools, students explored mark-making to develope texture.  These painted papers will be used in later projects.  With the fabulous weather, we went outside to draw trees.  We discussed contour drawing and how to practice "seeing."  Using these skills we moved on to a fall vegetable still life drawing in pencil and charcoal. After this we dove into color theory where the children mixed their own secondary and tertiary colors from the primary colors using cray-pas.

Sixth Grade: After talking about the art class "Givens," students were provided with a drawing prompt telling them they won the lottery and to design their dream house! For our next project we used the school code and the easily recognizable ipod advertisement as inspiration.  Students worked in groups of 3 or 4 to turn their line of the school code into an action.  Then they illustrated this action in life-size silohuettes in the style of the ipod ad! Sixth graders also had a chance to go outside to draw in the good weather.