Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Thank you to EHS Seniors!

What fun we had yesterday at LSS during Senior Service Day! We hosted 30+ Exeter High School seniors who came to LSS to complete a morning of service.  Their tasks were many and varied: sort books, weed gardens, plant gardens, take down bulletin boards, create and hang displays, assist LSS students. I had a fantastic group of young men & women who were open to help in any way.  And though I appreciate having the help with the many tasks I have piling up in the art room, what I really enjoy is watching the EHS students interact with our LSS students. During the first class of the day, a 3rd grade boy asked an EHS student if he played basketball.  The conversation that followed was amazing. They talked about their shared love of the game and the techniques they use.  They smiled and laughed together.  During the final class of the morning, a 4th grade student needed help with her strike-out poetry project.  An EHS senior stepped right in and said, "I think of what story the page is trying to tell and then I just bring that story out." Wow ... I don't think I could have said it any better!

Thank you to all the students who came and played 4-Square, made tessellations & strike-out poems, played music and became part of our LSS culture for the day! We love having you back :) 
Happy graduation week! 

Stephen & Ryan showing + & - space
Margee & Emerson showing + & - space

Monday, May 8, 2017

Learning from the Masters: Drawing Challenge

James Aponovich's "Still Life with Parrot Tulip" by Nikki (4 Poly)
Drawing can be challenging - whether you are looking at a picture of something or you are looking at something in real life. Grade 4 students are working through their challenges as they re-create famous paintings. This project begins with the drawing: the breaking down of a painting into lines, shapes and details. We all do this in different ways. Some of us simplify and see the painting as abstract lines. Others must record every detail with great patience. I have been hosting a group of these students during open art and recess times - admiring their perseverance and skill!

Please come see all the paintings by LSS 4th graders on Integrated Arts Night next Thursday (May 18th). And, always, the LSS hallway gallery is open to you to view at any time - just sign in at the front office and enjoy the show :)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

"Integrated Arts Night " at LSS

Integrated Arts Night is May 18th this year!  This is the night that students display a piece of writing with the piece of artwork that inspired the writing. The school is filled with incredible paintings, drawings and sculpture.  Visiting artists display their work in the library.  Dancing and general merriment can be found throughout the school!  It's a great celebration of all the arts and how they influence and inform one another.  I love this night and all the fun it brings.

One of the challenges of Integrated Arts Night is saving the artwork from the entire school year to pass on to the classroom teachers so that students can chose a piece to write to.  That leaves an entire school year with no artwork coming home until the end.  Some wonder if we even make art here because no work comes home all year.  That's hard on the students, especially when they make a piece of art that they are excited to share.  Please assure your student (as I do) that their work is safe and will be available to go home soon!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Drawing and notes by Ian (5 Rob)

Drawing is challenging.  The blank page can be intimidating.  All I can say is to get better at drawing, you must simply keep looking and drawing.  Ian said it beautifully:
"I learned that I should never judge myself at art because when you put your abilities and patience and thought into it you can do amazing things."
Enough said ... thank you, Ian :)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Youth Art Month: March

Every March is Youth Art Month. (YAM) This is the month that we celebrate all the arts that our students make: music, theater, visual art, dance, film. Here in SAU16, we have an amazing art show at the town hall in Exeter during the month of March.  This show features visual art from the SAU16 district as well as other students in the area
- and on opening day (March 11th) will feature musical acts, as well.

Sharing our art with the community is important. Many community members don't come into our schools so they don't have the opportunity to see all the great work students are creating every day. I love being able to showplace a sampling of the artwork made by LSS students. I only wish I could share work from more students.

Here is just one of the pieces that will be on display at the town hall in March.  Please come down and see the rest in person: Saturdays & Sundays - March 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26 from 12 - 4pm!

Leaf print by Arlena (3D)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lamont Gallery: CLEW

The Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter is a wonderful and free resource in our town.  It is easy to get to and is open almost every day.  The show that is hanging until April 15th is called Clew: A Rich and Rewarding Disorientation. I saw this show the other day and found it to be one of the most thought-provoking shows I've seen in awhile. It is abstract and conceptual - bringing poetry, sound and visual arts together as they overlap and interact.  The art forces the viewer to look in new ways, both literally and figuratively. I felt like I was walking on another planet - it was that disorienting! I know that I need to return to spend more time with the work because it demands close examination.  I hope you take the time to explore this show - perhaps over vacation week :)

"Clew: The word can mean variously a ball of yarn, part of a ship’s sail, and an expanse of wings.  The most famous clew in Western culture was the ball of thread given to Theseus by Ariadne, used to guide the hero back through the labyrinth of the Minotaur.  Over time clew has come to mean “a fact, circumstance, or principle which, being taken hold of and followed up, leads through a maze, perplexity, difficulty, intricate investigation” (OED).  The labyrinth in that famous story is often a metaphor for what is baffling, complex and unfathomable.  But a labyrinth can also suggest mysterious and uncanny.  Wandering through a maze – to be in a state of “amazement” – can be a rich and rewarding disorientation.  When sailing in uncharted waters, the clew we need is one that brings us into proximity to the unknown and then back out again.  Wings open and expand."

Monday, February 6, 2017

Creating Landscapes

Grade 4 students have been creating landscapes - or seascapes - or cityscapes! They are playing with using 3-D techniques such as size relationship, overlapping or vanishing point to add a realistic edge to their landscapes. They included a ground line and something in both the foreground and background. Oil pastels are the material they are using to complete their landscapes. They need to layer and blend colors to add to the complexity of their landscapes. The results are lovely! Here are just a few for you to see - come into the LSS Hallway Gallery next week to see the rest!

A Cityscape by Nadia (4H)

A Seascape by Olivia K (4E)

A Landscape by Troy (4E)