Welcome to the JRB art blog! If you are a parent, I hope seeing what we are creating in class will help you discuss your child's artwork with them!
If you are another art teacher, feedback is welcome! Whoever you are, please leave a comment!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WANTED: Cotton balls, Bottle caps, and Coffee cans, oh my!

I am looking for some donations of cotton balls, colored bottle caps, and coffee cans for some upcoming projects. Anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pattern Project Posters

Here are some of the projects students will be undertaking over the next few weeks:


Thursday, November 10, 2011

November is PATTERN Month!

What are you thankful for?

This is the question J.R. Briggs students and staff are answering as they create hand-shaped leaves for our gratitude tree hanging outside the art room. Come on in and take a peek!

Throughout November, we will be studying pattern and repetition in art. The Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks states that, For pattern and symmetry, [students should] explore the use of patterns and symmetrical shapes in 2D and 3D works, identify patterns and symmetrical forms and shapes in the environment and artwork, and explain and demonstrate ways in which patterns and symmetrical shapes may be made.”  In order to meet this goal, we will be studying and creating a variety of works that focus on this concept.

Kindergarten will be learning about ways to make patterns with shapes, colors, and even people. They will explore textural patterns through creating rubbings, and identify patterns in the environment.

The work of Gustav Klimt will be studied by the first graders, as they create a “Tree of Life”, based on Klimt’s famous painting. I have posted a link on the website to a slide show students will see on Klimt’s work. However, Klimt does have work that is not appropriate for younger viewers, so please do not blindly Google his name; stick the resources I have provided.

Second grade will continue studying abstract art through looking at the works of Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, two artists famous for their “Op Art”. Op art  creates optical illusions for the viewers through the use of different patterns.

Frank Stella, an artist still working today will provide inspiration for the third grade as they learn to turn a two-dimensional drawing into a paper sculpture.

Fourth grade will take a break from realism and explore the work of Andy Warhol and Laurel Burch, two very different artists who use pattern in their work. Through combining styles, children will explore colors and repetition.

Another artist known for his work with pattern and repetition is M.C. Escher. Fifth graders will be challenged to create a tessellation drawing. Tessellations are also supportive of the math curriculum.

During this month of gratitude, I want to be sure to thank everyone for their support of the art program through Square 1 Art. I was thrilled to see the students beautiful work displayed on the complementary stickers. Your support is very much appreciated.

Lastly, I want to make sure everyone has taken the time to visit the art blog. I have spent time during the last month posting new resources and websites for you and your kiddos to peruse. Take advantage of the fun! Stay Creative! :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Don't Forget Your Square 1 Art Order!

Orders for Square 1 Art are due this
Don't miss out on your chance to order!
Thanks again for all of your support!

FamilyFun Magazine is Looking for Submissions

FamilyFun Magazine is launching a new, super cool kid’s magazine called Disney’s FamilyFun Kids! It’s an ad-free, creative, can-do magazine packed with easy crafts, puzzles, games, art pages and more! And, they need your help…

FamilyFun Magazine is looking for submissions for two fun sections of their upcoming issue. If you have students or children between the ages of 6-12, here are two ways they can get involved with the magazine:

1. Make something weird out of chewing gum and googly eyes and send FamilyFun a picture.
2. Have kids take photos of any other really cool projects they’ve done such as crafts, games, recipes, artwork and more–and briefly explain what the project is, how it was made, and what makes it so cool.

Parents or teachers should email their kid’s ideas/photos to: Jordan.L.DeFrank@disney.com

If FamilyFun uses your idea in the magazine, they will send your child this cool t-shirt!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Everyone should have received their complementary Square 1 Art stickers as of today! I looked through some of them, and I think they are wonderful! I cannot wait to see how they products come out! Thank you in advance for all of your support for the art program! Your support helps us do great things with your children! ENJOY! :)