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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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Welcome to Visual Arts at St. Christopher’s with Mrs. Rebecca Fessenden!

I am so glad to be joining the St. Christopher community this year.  It has been exciting to meet all of my new students! Thank you to all of the parents out there who have chosen St. Christopher School for their child.

Here in Visual Arts, we will be approaching our art elements and concepts (line, shape, color, pattern, unity etc.) through a variety of media.  We will be exploring watercolor, tempura paint, oil and chalk pastels, crayon, charcoal and more.  Recycled materials, re-purposed and “found object” materials will also be addressed.  Please see the list below to see what you and your child can begin saving to bring in for our art classes!  Our students will have a chance to experiment with different processes such as contour drawing, collage, mixed media, painting and others. Classes will be meeting the state standards for the arts through projects that illustrate ideas about ourselves, others, and our world.  Edgar Degas, the notable impressionist painter and pastel artist, said this:

“Learning to draw is learning to see.”

Furthermore, learning to create artwork is learning to see ourselves, others and our world.  Our art program strives to foster confidence, community and visual communication skills!

 

Recycled Materials List and Information

Did your child bring home a list of recycled materials? That's great! Thank you to that student! If you're interested in learning more, or if the list didn't make it to you, check this out!

-Old Newspapers, Please! NO MORE NEEDED, thankyou! We use these to cover our desks when using wet media like paint.

-Kid Appropriate Magazines, Please! NO MORE NEEDED, thankyou!We use these for collage projects and multimedia creations, or for inspiration!

-Clean White Eggshells, Please! NO MORE NEEDED, thankyou! Mhm? That's right! After you make breakfast, rinse out those broken shells and let them dry.  Place in a ziploc bag.  We can use these for a magical mosaic effect!

-Cardboard Tubes, Please! NO MORE NEEDED, thankyou! When the TP, paper towels or the gift wrap runs out, we get to make something new from that roll!

-Clean Foam Trays, Please! NO MORE NEEDED, thankyou!Many food products come on styrofoam trays.  Please wash.  The FLAT part of these make excellent inexpensive, disposable printing material!

-Knee High or full Nylons, Please! Yes, this sounds strange.  However, here at St. Chris we will be exploring multiple ways to create 3D artwork without the use of traditional clay and kiln! Stretchy nylons are a secret ingredient for some very cool projects...can't wait!

-Wire coat hangers, Please! NO MORE NEEDED, thankyou! These are an excellent non-traditional material which can be easily manipulated for many different projects.

Stay tuned to learn when and where they will be collected! Watch for a marked box in the hallway soon... Thank you to our students and our parents! Together we can create a great year in visual arts!


 

 

October 2015

Kindergarten: For October we explored one of the elements of art: Line.  After collecting different line types from around the room, children practiced directed drawing while learning the vocabulary for the different parts of their paper, such as edge, middle and corner.  Using this knowledge each child drew their own spiderweb and then cut and glued a spider in the color of their choice. Spooky! Next we were able to enjoy painting with watercolors together. Each child drew themselves in the middle of their watercolor paper, and then was directed to choose a different color each time they painted around their portait.  This created a beautiful "aura" effect.  We practiced proper handling of brushes, paint and water cups! Great job, everyone!

First Grade: After examining how a quilt could tell a story, students illustrated their family and favorite things in a family quilt drawing exercise. Next, students were able to create their own individual stamps from recycled bottle caps and adhesive-back craft foam!  After creating their own stamps, students were allowed to experiment with mark making the same class.  Some first graders also had the opportunity to experiment with a white cray-pas and watercolor resist effect in order to create ghosts that magically appear when you paint over them!  After this we tried an old craft material in a new way: popsicle sticks! Students created their own puzzles and then enjoyed trading their works of art with each other to try and solve them!  Our last project of October was a huge sucess! Students discussed the difference between 2D and 3D artwork, then enjoyed building a sculpture "in the round" out of paper.  These were so much fun, and the students really did some great problem solving and independent experimentation!

Second Grade: After examining how a quilt could tell a story, students illustrated their family and favorite things in a family quilt drawing exercise. Next, students were able to create their own individual stamps from recycled bottle caps and adhesive-back craft foam!  After creating their own stamps, students were allowed to experiment with mark making the same class.  In the Halloween spirit, we used magazine and recycled book paper to invent our own monsters in a collage.  After this we tried an old craft material in a new way: popsicle sticks! Students created their own puzzles and then enjoyed trading their works of art with each other to try and solve them!  Our last project of October was a huge sucess! Students discussed the difference between 2D and 3D artwork, then enjoyed building a sculpture "in the round" out of paper.  These were so much fun, and the students really did some great problem solving and independent experimentation!

Third Grade: After examining how a quilt could tell a story, students illustrated their family and favorite things in a family quilt drawing exercise.  Next, students were able to create their own individual stamps from recycled bottle caps and adhesive-back craft foam!  After creating their own stamps, students were allowed to experiment with mark making the same class.  In the Halloween spirit, we used magazine and recycled book paper to invent our own monsters in an original collage.  After this we tried an old craft material in a new way: popsicle sticks! Students created their own puzzles and then enjoyed trading their works of art with each other to try and solve them!  Lastly, students used crayons and black paint mixed with detergent to make their own scratch art paper to be used the next class.

Fourth Grade: Has your child been singing about the primary colors lately? it's color thery time! Students learned a song about the primary and secondary colors and then used cray-pas to mix their own color wheel using only red, yellow and blue.  Wow, did they work hard on these to get it right!  We also discussed complementary colors and how our eyes see color with a fun optical illusion!  After this study in color was completed, we moved on to a multi-day project on radial symmetry.  Students used their name as a template for repitition around a central point using carbon paper for transfer.  After finishing their radially symmetrical lines, students were asked to make their color have radial symmetry as well.  What a satisfying effect they achieved!  Students were introduced to different types of color harmonies such as triad and tetrads and we discussed what types of professionals would use this color information.

Fifth Grade: Has your child been singing about the primary colors lately? it's color thery time! Students learned a song about the primary and secondary colors and then used cray-pas to mix their own color wheel using only red, yellow and blue.  Wow, did they work hard on these to get it right!  We also discussed complementary colors and how our eyes see color with a fun optical illusion!  After this study in color was completed, we moved on to a multi-day project on radial symmetry.  Students used their name as a template for repitition around a central point using carbon paper for transfer.  After finishing their radially symmetrical lines, students were asked to make their color have radial symmetry as well.  What a satisfying effect they achieved! Students were introduced to different types of color harmonies such as triads and tetrads and we discussed what types of professionals would use this color information.

Sixth Grade: We finished painting our "ipod" silouhettes if needed, then moved on to have some fun with Op Art!  This is a really fun type of art that bends flat space to give the illusion of depth, so many possibilities!  We first explored with a simple exercise called the distorted plane.  Using only curved lines we managed to form a great illusion of space on flat paper.  We tried multiple applications of this technique.  Continuing with the theme of "illusion" we began practicing one-point perspective with simple shapes. Students were given class time to experiment and create their own city with buildings, streets and more. 

 
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