BAC is offering several full-day art classes on Veteran’s Day (Observed Friday, November 10)! Students ages 5-7 can join ArtVentures: Build It to take on the role of artist-engineer as we envision and design sculptural, architectural artworks. For students ages 8-12 we are offering a Mixed Media Illustration Intensive where they will taking collage to a whole new level using experimental techniques such as transfers, textured mediums, stencils and more. We also have our popular Jewelry and Metals Intensive for ages 12-17. For more information and to register, visit www.brooklineartscenter.com/classes/vacationdaynovember

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This year, I want to give first graders a few more sketchbook assignments so that they can learn different ways to use their sketchbook. For this lesson, I read the book Ten Black Dots, by Donald Crews. The book shows various ideas for transforming a dot into something different. After reading the book, first graders sketched what they wanted to turn a dot (or many dots!) into.

Next, students used their sketch as inspiration for a collage. After making a plan in their sketchbook, students used paper to create the shapes they saw in their sketch.

For their first Artist Trading Card assignment of the year, second graders focused on line. I showed students three different materials/techniques they could use to create lines. The first station had different types of paper and edger scissors that students could use to make a line collage.

The second station had lined paper, pencils and Sharpies to make a line design or pattern.

The third station had ink, toothpicks, q-tips and calligraphy pens to experiment with creating lines with different tools.

The fourth station had colored glue. Students had a blast with this one, although a lot of the designs ended up being more about color and shape, but sometimes that’s what happens when students experiment!

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For their first sketchbook assignment, first graders sketched a picture of something they did over the summer. This year I shared pictures from my summer trip to Thailand and then asked students about what they did over the summer. I  loved learning about all of the different things students did!

Students finished creating a name design for their folder. I laminated each one and then attached it to the front of the folder and labeled the top right corner with a colored piece of tape (to show what table they sit at) and their class.

I give each table a folder of idea pages of different fonts to use as they work.