Welcome to Visual Art with Ms. Pichette


2019 Art Annual for
Matthew Thornton's Students



           As an art educator I have always been mindful of teaching students the connections across curriculum as well as in life lessons with the visual arts. Art can be a center of learning  no matter what is being taught  The Matthew Thornton art room is a resource for all of our students.

         This will be our fourth year Matthew Thornton School will be participating in  "The Crayola Take Back Program." By recycling all types of dried up markers we have prevented hundreds of pounds of markers from ending up in landfills or oceans. A labeled recycle box is placed outside the art room for the collection of any kind of dried up marker. Once the box is filled students weighed them, print out a prepaid shipping label and return them to Crayola to be recycled.  It has been a huge success in our school. 


      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.

Art-To-Remember  Fundraiser...

    The art teachers and our PTA, will once again be participating in the "Art to Remember" fundraiser. Our students’ artwork is superimposed onto a selection of products that parents may choose to purchase. Informational packets with students' art work was sen t home in time for the holidays. They make great gifts.
 Thank you, to all parents’ for your support and help and our PTA for the hard work making this fundraiser a success.


         Much of the proceeds from “The Art to Remember Fundraising” pays for our fourth graders field trip to The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester NH. All fourth graders at Matthew Thornton have been visiting the Currier for the last seventeen years. This year’s field trip is scheduled in November 15, 2018. The featured exhibit is "The Blue Trees", Ethan Murro: "Hauling" Our students will be concentrating on Art and NH history.
             The Fundraiser also pays for an artist in residence visit for all of our third graders. This year Porfirio Gutierrez a Zapotec Textile Artist from Oaxaca, Mexico 

Throughout the Year in Art...

        Each of our students in first through fifth grade 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 align with the new State and National Art Standards. I focus on cross curricular integration and technology to expand students' understanding and to enrich their learning experience without impacting their art making fun. Once again we will participate in a few select poster contests for students in grades 1-5. We certainly stay busy while learning creatively.
View the 5th grade line project and 2nd grade balloon drawings. Click the picture below.


 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.

Pauline Pichette