Visual Art with Ms. Pichette

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                                                                                                                 VINCENT VAN GOGH'S PALETTE


           As an art educator I have always been mindful in teaching students what they need to know through the visual arts. Whether concentrating on environmental issues, STEAM, a work ethic or our relationship with others, the Matthew Thornton art room is a resource for all our students.
     This year we will be continuing "The Crayola Take Back Program." Last year the visual art educators Ms. Cowen and I enrolled Matthew Thornton School in this worthwhile environmental program which prevents tons of dried up markers from landfills. Collection bags were placed in each classroom to collect any dried up markers. Once containers are filled our students bring them to the art room where they are boxed, weighed and sent back to Crayola to be recycled. Crayola pays the shipping by allowing us access to print out a prepaid shipping label.

      We are fortunate to house a smart board as a resource in the art room. This technology allows Ms. Cowan and I to create visual models, supportive interactive projects and access research from museums and contemporary artists. It is a great tool to quickly find information relating to our curriculum. Students are enriched by easy access to information on the web about art history and today's visual culture. This year we are hoping to use the mobile lab for special projects in grade five.

        The art teachers, with the help of the PTA, we will once again be participating in the "Art to Remember" fundraiser. Our students’ artwork is superimposed on a selection of products that parents may or may choose purchase. Informational packets along with the students art work with will be sent home in time for mother's day. They make great gifts. Thank you, to parents from the PTA for their hard work to make this fundraiser a success. The send out date will be determined by the PTA.

         Part of the proceeds of this fundraiser pays for our fourth grade field trip to The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester NH. A field trip we have participate  in for over sixteen years. This year our field trip will be on Monday 11/ 21/ 2016.
The featured exhibit is;
"MOUNT WASHINGTON  The Crown of New England"
        In addition to tying the Mt. Washington exhibit to NH History, the Currier Museum has affiliated themselves with the Mount Washington Observatory in order to involve our students in learning about weather. Our fourth graders will have the opportunity to Skype with scientist in the observatory at a scheduled later date.

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                                    "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes
                                        Art is knowing which ones to keep."

                                                                                        Scott Adams_ American Cartoonist

Throughout the Year

        Each of our students in first through fifth are building skills, critically thinking and learning about the elements and principles of design while enjoying art making. The art projects are developmentally simple in the primary grades and become more of a challenge for the students in the upper grades. My projects aligned with the new State and National Art Standards. I do focus on cross curricular integration and technology to expand students' understanding and to enrich their learning experience without impacting their art making fun.

       I like to involve my students in worthwhile programs as well as environmental issues. This year all of our 4th graders will visit the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH. The program will include a preview slide show presentation as well as an art project that relates to the exhibit presented. Information will be sent home to fourth graders at the appropriate time.

       Once again we will participate in the NHAEA art exhibit for grades 1-4 during "Youth Art Month" in March, the 15th District's Art Annual for our 5th graders and a few select poster contests in grades 1-5.

       We certainly stay busy. Most importantly I hope we have fun while we work and learn. If you have any questions, or need to contact me for any reason please call my voice mail at;

Matthew Thornton School

(603)432-6937 ext.6016.

Ms. Pichette