Sunday, March 8, 2015

Chinese New Year Art Projects and Art Display in the Lagunitas School District Office

The week after our mid-year break opened during Chinese New Year 2015, the Year of the Ram. During the warm break the plum blossoms around Marin County opened up in full force with their pink and white flowers and fragrant scents. In honor of the Chinese New Year and following the Japanese and Chinese tradition of painting plum blossoms, the children had fun learning how to paint with sumi brushes, black ink and colorful paints on long banner-shaped paper. They painted plum blossoms, bamboo stalks and learned how to write their names and good luck symbols in Chinese. Their art work will be displayed in the hallway above the computers in the Open Classroom during the month of March.

Plum Blossom Painting Set Up
Bamboo Painting Set Up

Dragon Paintings with Molly Edwards

The March winds are blowing in the afternoons, inspiring the kids to make kites to fly in the playground during outside play time.

Flying the Kite
Kite Making

If you are pass through the Lagunitas School District office on the lower campus this month be sure to check out a display of the Open Classroom's children's art on the right side closet doors. We have a sample up of most of the projects created this year from kindergarten to 6th grade.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Welcome to the Open Classroom Art Room Blog!

Welcome to the Open Classroom Art Room's first blog posting!

It may not be fancy, but consider it an art work in progress, and please feel free to write back with your questions and comments.

Keep posted to find out what your children have been working on throughout the school year with art teachers Kristy Arroyo, Molly Edwards, Wednesday morning art room volunteers Amena Hajjar and Valerie Fowler Daley and other art room related topics.

This first posting will feature photos and brief descriptions of some of the projects we've been working on since December.

Magazine collages of positive affirmations for Martin Luther King Day
("I have a dream . . .") guided by Amena Hajjar.


Valentine's Day bags drying on the line, ready for those Valentines!

Sensory collages using a variety of collage material, paint and glue.

Laurie Riley's 4-6th grade class practiced gesture figure drawings and blind contour drawings during their Tuesday afternoon class with Kristy Arroyo.

A close-up of the blind contour drawing of the San Geronimo School playground.

Collagraph prints and styrofoam relief prints.


 Fruit and vegetable prints of imaginary aliens from another planet, in collaboration with Anita Collison's 3-4th grade class.

Laurie Riley's class practiced looking at the negative space around an object by writing their names and then drawing in the negative space around the letters and coloring in the positive and negative shapes.
It was harder then it looks!

Larry Nigro's class is currently studying the ocean. This was a collage and watercolor project of the sea life above and below the water.

One of the sock puppets created with Louis Fox, a parent volunteer who is currently teaching the children how to use hand puppets.

Our giant purple heart group art project for Valentine's Day.