Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Painting by Christina A.., 5th grade
We will be getting ready to hang the art show in Panther Hall Gallery as soon as the book fair is finished. Here is a sneak preview of our artwork for the show. These beautiful canvases were painted by students in grades 2-5 during our after school activity art club.

Please stop by Panther Hall next week to see our winter art show. These canvases as well as all of our fall artwork will be on display.

 Sophia B., 3rd grade
Ava A., 2nd grade

Ava K., 5th grade

Sammy L., 2nd grade

Gwendolen, K., 3rd grade
Elle B., 3rd grade

Caitlyn C., 3rd grade

Ryan H., 2nd grade

Lukas V., 2nd grade

Shia K., 5th grade

Marcella L., 3rd grade
Sean K., 3rd grade

Tyge F., 5th grade

Sabrina L., 3rd grade

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

PRE-KINDERGARTEN . . . Forest animals!

Forest by Reilly
We have been busy completing our fall forests. This project was a mix of many different materials and techniques. Pre-Kindergartners are becoming more and more confident as artists in Lower School!

The background started as a watercolor painting. We used a very large brush and lots of water to make the colors fill the page. The trees came next. Students drew a pattern of lines on their brown paper to make it look like bark. Then we practiced our scissor skills, cutting strips of the paper to make the many trees in the forest. The animals were drawn separately. Students learned how to draw an animal using basic shapes like a circle or an oval. We can tell what the animals are by the face, the ears and the special details in the drawings. Reilly drew a perfect owl and it is proudly perched on his brown tree! Finally, the leaves were cut out of colored foam and then glued down.

Here are a few more of our colorful forests to enjoy! To see all of our projects, please follow this link to our homepage of Artsonia...

Forest by Benjamin

Forest by Annika

Forest by Vivienne

Note to families...
This art blog will be updated regularly with new posts sharing our daily activities in the art room and news about upcoming art exhibits. To respect the privacy of our students, names will always be limited to first name only and identifiable photos will never be accompanied with a name. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write in the comment box below or send me an email at I would love to hear from you!
    In my class, students are given the chance to explore different materials and fun new techniques as they develop their signature style. Some young artists love to draw with a pencil, some like to paint on canvas or create images in a digital format, while others prefer working with clay and molding three-dimensional forms. In my classroom, we use a variety of materials allowing all artists to experiment and figure out which type of art they like the best. At Ranney School, we place a strong emphasis on originality and celebrate artistic differences, always nurturing and encouraging the imagination of every student.
     Remember to check out our display of finished artwork and student portfolios in the Ranney home page of