Wednesday, March 2, 2016

KINDERGARTEN . . . Dr. Seuss!

 Drawing by Michaela
Drawing by Ally

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, Kindergarteners drew a picture of a very familiar friend of theirs . . . a cat in a tall, striped hat! "The Cat in the Hat" is one of 44 books illustrated and written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), better known to all of us as the beloved Dr. Seuss.

Kindergarteners celebrated the day by walking to art today with the tall striped hats they made in their homeroom classes. Some wore red in honor of the Cat in the Hat and we were all given extra reading time today too!

Look at this wonderful sculpture made out of Legos of the famous cat!

Here are some more of our drawings. To see all of our work, click on this link for artsonia. com and scroll down to the Kindergarten exhibit.

Drawing by Ava
Drawing by Claire

Drawing by Noah

Drawing by Timmy

Monday, February 29, 2016

SECOND GRADE . . . A Ranney Landscape

Landscape by Dylan
Second graders created landscapes of Ranney School. Can you recognize some of the buildings in Dylan's illustration? Using creative choices for his colors, he drew the Barn Building (the ECEC), the Lower School building, the Clock Tower and the Little White House! A large sign welcomes everyone to his scene.

Inspired by the artwork of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), we saw how the amazing details of Rockwell's scenes helps to capture our interest and tells us a story about life in 20th century America. The image below is a street scene of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the town where he lived. Norman Rockwell not only included the buildings on Main Street in Stockbridge, but he filled his painting with people and cars passing by to give us a feeling of life in the town. We can also tell it takes place during December by the Christmas decorations on the buildings, the bare trees outside, and the snow on the ground.

To create our landscapes, we looked carefully at the architectural details of the buildings on our campus. For the most part, the buildings all start off as a rectangle and many of them have a triangular roof just over the front door. Adding special details, such as the windows, the columns, a flag, a winter tree, a sign, and kids playing outside, help to tell our story of Ranney School. Here are some more wonderful examples of our landscapes! To see all of our work, follow this link to our exhibit page on

Landscape by Alexander

Landscape by Mara

Landscape by Tori

Landscape by Sammy
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