Nature and space can also be a great source for art! Kindergarten students have used mix media for their space shuttle and planets (we learnt their names and colors), observed the symmetry of a monarch butterfly wings and the color and shapes of the peacock feathers. Second graders had to be very focused when coloring in the manner of Jean Dubuffet, with blue and red stripes and solid colors. We also had fun painting on lunch paper bags as if it was the Lascaux caves walls and we would encounter a wild animal from South of France and from… seventeen thousand years ago! Third and fourth graders have been studying the sky, planets and stars with Ms Troxell so we decided to make a map of the constellations using drawing gum, watercolor and kosher salt for this project! In Fifth grade, our librarians have made a composition using cut out butterflies made out of old books, flying from… an open book! We are now finishing up our Op Art project, an optical illusion drawing that will blow your mind! The Sixth graders have worked long and hard on 3-D drawing and now explore the art of Notan, a Japanese technique based on positive and negative shapes and lines. Three-D drawing, graffiti writing and painting are a few things we’ve done with the Eighth graders when we meet on Fridays, in the quiet and sunny art room.