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Happenings in the Art Room with Mrs. Costin:





Primary Artists studied the color wheel and created secondary colors for their painting project! 

 We learned that various amounts of Primary colors produce different values of Secondary colors. After mixing colors, we painted full papers to use for our collage project. Studying the all the garden colors and shapes, students then constructed their compositions in the style of acclaimed artist and children’s book author, Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and Walter the Baker) to name a few! If you look closely, you can see chrysanthemums, marigolds, and different species of insects layered among the various paste papers.

 Following directions and manipulating scissors was a challenge for some—but cutting out circles in all sizes is a good way to learn cutting the curved line. Congrats to our littlest circle cutters!

 This was an imprint to the second grade planner, “How We Express Ourselves”.

The Central Idea is, “Artistic media helps us discover others and ourselves.”

 It was a beautiful experience to be involved in the world (and style) of Eric Carle! Enjoy!


  Kinder through 2nd graders explored the art element, "Texture". We constructed a collage out of recycled materials. We discovered texture makes everything a little more interesting when applied to art! We know the difference between visual texture and actual texture. This opportunity opened our eyes to notice patterns in textures. Sometimes patterns are natural or man-made. We connected our artwork to the planner, "How the World Works" with the Central idea, "Environmental patterns affect our daily lives". Look for this amazing artwork to be coming home soon!



Botanical Studies – Spring – 2017 - Grade 3rd and 4th


Botanical illustration is the art of depicting the form, color, and details of plant species, frequently in watercolor paintings.

Early herbals and pharmacopeia of many cultures have included the depiction of plants. This was intended to assist identification of a species, usually with some medicinal purpose. 

We studied different floral species with keen attention to detail for our art project this semester. We practiced learning to draw only what we were “seeing” in shapes and forms.

After our botanical illustrations were completed, we studied the Art of Vincent Van Gogh—specifically his still-life versions of flowers. His work was characterized by bold colors and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. We noticed a great difference in the botanical illustrations of flowers with Vincent’s use of color and apparent texture.


Connecting to the planner, “How We Express Ourselves”, we used glue to outline the contour of our flowers. Discovering soft pastels was our next artistic adventure. They were messy but blended very well! After colorizing our artwork, we experimented with printmaking (brayers and inks) on top of our glue lines happily completing the beautiful, organic shapes and forms in a “Van Gogh” likeness.


5th grade mask project:

What can masks tell us about the people who make them? 5th graders brainstormed about the significance of the wearing and making of masks. Some decided it was for social purpose and others thought they were significant as cultural artifacts. We explored connections between cultures and societies relating to their use of masks--in art and for protest, protection and identity. 

These amazing masks created by our 5th graders will be on display until the end of May. 


Artfully Yours, 

 Brenda Costin

Primary Art - Meridian IB World School