Thursday, March 9, 2017

SECOND GRADE . . . A Ranney School scene

Drawing by Mia G.

Second graders created landscapes of Ranney School. Can you recognize some of the buildings in Mia's illustration? Using creative choices for her colors, she drew the Commons, the Little White House (the art building) and the Clock Tower! Children are playing in the scene and it is a bright, sunny day.

Inspired by the artwork of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), we saw how the amazing details of Rockwell's scenes help capture our interest and tell 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

Drawing by Tyler

Drawing by Brooke

Drawing by Claire

Drawing by Jonathan

Drawing by Sydney
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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

KINDERGARTEN . . . Crazy Hat Day!

Drawing by Andrew

Crazy Hat Day?
The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that!

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2 and 'Crazy Hat Day', Kindergarten artists 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.

In our drawings, we drew the famous cat wearing his tall hat and juggling objects as he balances on a ball. Here are more examples of our illustration. To see all of our cats, follow this link to our home page at

Drawing by Annika

Drawing by Asha
Drawing by Reilly

Drawing by Harley