Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!

Here is a fun cartoon from Walt Disney made in 1929. Enjoy!
Disney Skeleton Dance

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gone Batty!

Students at Cumberland get in the Halloween spirit by making bat puppets every year. Third graders especially like the fact that we discuss the ideas of symmetry while making our projects. I am attaching
the materials, directions and templates for you to make your own bat collection at home. Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 24, 2011

We rock the smock!

First graders show they can be responsible by bringing in an old shirt from home to protect their clothes. If you haven't brought in your smock yet, please do! It saves our clothes and keeps us away from germs.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Checkerboard

There are so many cool things to draw at Halloween. Fourth graders learned how to make a more complicated pattern this week using a design and checker concept. This pumpkin was created by Valerie.

To make one of your own:
1. Draw a very simple drawing.
2. Use a ruler to draw straight lines through the design like a checkerboard.
3. Start in a corner edge and color in every other shape with one color of marker. Make sure to alternate the shapes within the checkerboard.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cumberland hosts Technology Night

Welcome Parents! We hope you enjoy our technology night, and would like you to comment on our wiki space, and blogs. Please let us know what you like, and how we can better communicate with you and your children.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

How-To Draw Halloween Fun!

Halloween season is here, and we love to get some inspiration from step-by-step drawings. Here is a link to how-to-draw cartoons online that can help you create some fun Halloween cartoons. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Zentangle Mendhi Body Art

Cultures throughout the world put designs and art on their bodies. Mendhi is a form of temporary tattoo that women in India and Pakistan create to adorn themselves for weddings and celebrations.

I just started this project with my 5th graders, and can't wait to see their designs unfold! We are looking at traditional designs from Mendhi, as well as Zentangle. Zentangle is a new idea in art where black and white designs are built upon as the artist gets deeper into the drawing. There is no planning, or mistakes. The idea is to fill up their space with unique doodles.

I can't wait to share their designs in a few weeks!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mouse Paint

The Second graders in Mrs. Polson's class reviewed the color wheel by reading "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh. The story tells the reader about mice that find jars of paint, and fill up a paper. The students used their imaginations to create what they thought the primary color paintings look like.

Monday, October 3, 2011

D62 Winter Greeting Card Contest

Here's your chance to show your talents students! Enter the D62 Winter Greeting card contest. Paper and permission slips are available in the art room.  Click on the links below for details and permission slips!

Winter Card Competition

Permission slip- English

Permission slip- Spanish