September/October Projects

I have introduced the artist Romero Britto in several of my classes. “Romero Britto is a Brazilian neo-pop artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor. He combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope and happiness.” Visit Wikipedia for more information or the artist’s website, Romero Britto.

4th Grade created pop up nylon flyers using their name or a word of inspiration as their theme. Students first drew their design on 9 and 1/2 ” sq. white paper. Then they placed their paper under the nylon disk and traced their design in pencil. They used colored sharpies to color the designs and then outlined in black. The disks are able to be collapsed to a third of their size and fit into a small pocket they can color as well. They had fun flying them before I put them up.Here are a few examples:


5th Grade had fun painting “Wild Sunflowers” using bright unusual colors that Romero Britto would. I emphasized how to paint to show value and choose colors to show contrast. Here are a few samples:


6th Grade created word sculptures in Romero Britto’s style.They traced 4″ letters onto cardstock, drew simple designs on them, outlined the design with black Sharpies and then colored them with colored Sharpies. Then they cut the letters out and created their sculpture by notching two letters and sliding them together, supporting them in the center with a plastic rod and cardboard. I’ll post a few examples soon.


Kindergarten has been practicing their names. They created name plates of foam and name designs using mosaic squares.


1st Grade started making a design with their name and coloring them in warm and cool colors. Then they made apple pictures by just painting dots.


2nd Grade drew their names and outlined the letters in radiating colored lines. They are currently creating an oil pastel “Apples in a Bowl”.


3rd Grade made a name design in warm/cool colors and then had fun drawing a pumpkin scene with watercolor markers. They wet the bottom of the paper to make it look like their pumpkin was in a puddle.


You can check out all the pictures I posted on If you haven’t, please sign up so you can view your child’s work. This is a change from last year. This year you will only see pictures of students who have been granted permission by their parents.

Welcome Back Cougars

Sept. 19, 2016

WELCOME-Art is happening already. We spent the first week getting into our routine. We went over the rules and our theme, “Art is in You, Let it Out”. I believe each child has the potential to create beautiful art work. I want to provide positive experiences so children learn to love and be proud of the art they create. If you ever have a concern, please make an appointment to see me. I want your child to love being here at Art.

OPEN HOUSE was packed in the Art room with over 80 students dropping in to say hello. We made quilt squares using primary and secondary colors. Each grade did a little different geometric design. They looked wonderful. Children received a sticker and were challenged to find their art work in the hall and stick it to it. Thirty-seven students were able to do this. They will receive a piece of candy when I return their quilt square.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT-Our first major project is learning about the artist, Romero Britto. Each student grades 1-6 will observe his paintings and then create a stylized picture of their name or a word in his style. I will post a few on my blog on the school’s website and link you to Artsonia as they are finished.

SUPPORT- Parents, you can support our art program in two ways:

First, use your PriceChopper AdvantEdge card and ask at your local store to have North Warren be your designated school. Our school code is 16317.  The Tools for Schools program donates money to our school each April to be used for Art supplies.

Second, visit our Artsonia site. I have displayed student’s art work on Artsonia, an online gallery for over 3 years now. Parents say they love showing relatives their children’s art and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. You can purchase items with your child’s art on them to support our program. I intend to continue posting our art work so parents that don’t get the chance to visit and see our hallway displays can see the great work our students are doing. NOTE: This year parents must sign up for an Artsonia account to be able to see their child’s work. This is the best way for Artsonia has to meet the requirements of different states regarding privacy & Internet access. If you have already signed up, thank you, and your child’s work is already visible.Artsonia will email you when new art has been posted so you don’t miss anything!

DONATION suggestions for the Art room are different than last year. Your help is always appreciated. Please click here for the list.

Thanks to all those who came to see where your child loves to create beautiful art.

Cathy Kearney

Art Teacher