Exploring with Clay

Students in various grades have been or soon will be exploring with clay. We will create pinch pots as well as pieces with coils and slabs. Here are a few photos of 6th grade as they construct with clay.

Inquiry through the Arts

Many classes have been exploring inquiry by looking at pieces of artwork, observing things they notice and asking questions like What do you see? What do you think is going on in this painting? What evidence do you have to back up your thinking? Students enjoy looking at art and delving into pieces with a more critical look. We intend to more of this as the year progresses. Join us in this activity by asking the same questions at home when you observe pieces of art or listen to music as a family. Here is an example we’ve looked at in 5th grade.

Amate Bark Paintings by 5th grade

The fifth grade has been creating Amate Bark Paintings in the style of Mexican folk artists. These examples were created on brown paper that has been torn on the edges to mimic the look of bark. Students used bright colors and lots of detail as in the original art they observed from Mexico. To see them all, don’t forget to attend our Arts Show coming this Spring. Stay tuned for more details.

Peace Day 2018

Students and staff of LES shared what peace means to them during our all school event on September 17, 2018. The event included the planting of pinwheels as a symbol of our desire to work towards a peaceful school building, and in turn more peaceful communities, cities, countries, and world. It all starts with each one of us striving for peace within ourselves and sharing that desire with others. Thank you for those who were able to join us in our celebration of International Day of Peace. Here are some pictures from the event.

Metal Tooling in Fifth Grade

Fifth grade explored metal tooling this spring. They each developed their own radially symmetrical design to create these brilliant pieces of art.

Fun with Printmaking

All grades explored printmaking this spring in the LES art room. Here are some examples of our beautiful work.

Community Weaving

Leonore from Leverett Crafts & Arts Center came to visit today in the art room. She taught us some new things about weaving. We started a classroom weaving on a loom she created for us. She also taught us how to make homemade ropes! It was a lot of fun. We hope she comes back soon. Stay tuned for more pics of our finished weavings.

Sixth grade cup sculptures

Students created interesting sculptures using a found object. They were creative in the way they looked at the cup shape, attached cups together, and used cutting tools.