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Art


Week of April 8, 2019

Art Show

Discovery Elementary School has their display up at the Syphax Education Center now through April 24th. A few examples of student work from each grade level is on display.  The Gallery Hours are from 7:45 a.m. -5:00 p.m. If you are in the area stop by and see a selection of our student work.

Week of April 1, 2019

4th Grade

This past week fourth grade artists worked with Rachel Schmidt, a visiting artist, brought to us by the Arlington Art Truck. Students created and reflected on artwork that created a social impact on our world. The topic was on the amount of waste that we produce each year in Arlington. Students wrapped plastics, that were brought in by our community as well as plastics recycled from their own lunches in the dining commons, in stickers that had images of nature. The artist Rachel Schmidt commented that by wrapping the plastics in images of nature it shows that the plastics are becoming part of our environment, a negative impact, but that it also makes people stop and think about how they could reduce their waste so it doesn’t end up in nature, a positive impact.

Students had creative solutions for ways that they can help to reduce the amount of waste we produce such as bringing their own silverware, fabric sandwich bags, and glass containers that can be washed and reused for lunches. In the community we can make sure to recycle any litter we see in our community as well as when we travel to the beach or other locations. Stop by and see our Trash Garden on the main hallway of the school and reflect on how you can help to reduce your amount of waste.

Family Day at the Hirshhorn

On Monday Families joined Mrs. Burke and Ms. Williams for atour of the Hirshhorn Museum. The Guide took of through parts of the permanent collect of the museum as well as the exhibit Pulse. Families were able to learn more about the artist and interact with the Pulse Exhibit. We always enjoy spending time with families outside of school at art museums. If you were not able to join us this time look for more of these opportunities in the fall next year!

Week of March 25, 2019

4th Grade

Next Tuesday 4th grade artists will be working with Rachel Schmidt, a visiting artist, brought to us by the Arlington Art Truck. In addition to the plastic that our community has brought in we will also be using the clam shells that are sold in the cafeteria. This artwork will be a comment on the waste that we use and hopefully will help us as a community reflect on and change our practices. “The Trash Garden” will showcase our need to reduce our waste and focus on materials that can be recycled rather than using single stream products.

Sarah Weeks Challenge

Sarah Weeks Creativity Challenge

Win one of three opportunities to take a photo with Sarah Weeks with your project.  

  • We will randomly pick 7 names in a drawing from all who enter.

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Two ways to enter

Option 1 - Character Maker Challenge.

  • Create a character from one of Sarah’s books out of recycled material.
  • You may also make something that represents part of the book.

Option 2 - Character Drawing Challenge

  • Draw or paint one of the characters from one of Sarah’s books.
  • You may use the back of this paper or your own.
  • You may also draw something that captures the spirit of the book.

 

Additional Details

      Deadline Monday April 8th

      All entries must have your first and last name.

      Go to SarahWeeks.com for more inspiration

      Everyone who enters to have a picture taken with Sarah Weeks.  

Here are some ideas - feel free to be creative – those crazy cats named Mac & Cheese, Oggie Cooder, the baby turtle from Follow the Moon, kids from Save Me a Seat, a lunch tray, Lardo, a pie, Mrs. McNosh, Sophie Peterman, Glamourpuss, Bluebelle the dog, penguin from Without You, animals from Woof, Mo the dog from Honey…..

Week of March 18, 2019

Third Grade

Artists have studies landscapes in science and are now creating a landscape collage to go along with their mythological clay creature they created in art. Students discussed how to show space in a work of art in order to show foreground, middleground and background. The cut large shapes and smaller details to refine their landscape collages.

Sarah Weeks Challenge

Sarah Weeks Creativity Challenge

Win one of three opportunities to take a photo with Sarah Weeks with your project.  

  • We will randomly pick 7 names in a drawing from all who enter.

_____________________________________________________

Two ways to enter

Option 1 - Character Maker Challenge.

  • Create a character from one of Sarah’s books out of recycled material.
  • You may also make something that represents part of the book.

Option 2 - Character Drawing Challenge

  • Draw or paint one of the characters from one of Sarah’s books.
  • You may use the back of this paper or your own.
  • You may also draw something that captures the spirit of the book.

 

Additional Details

      Deadline Monday April 8th

      All entries must have your first and last name.

      Go to SarahWeeks.com for more inspiration

      Everyone who enters to have a picture taken with Sarah Weeks.  

Here are some ideas - feel free to be creative – those crazy cats named Mac & Cheese, Oggie Cooder, the baby turtle from Follow the Moon, kids from Save Me a Seat, a lunch tray, Lardo, a pie, Mrs. McNosh, Sophie Peterman, Glamourpuss, Bluebelle the dog, penguin from Without You, animals from Woof, Mo the dog from Honey…..

Week of March 11, 2019

First Grade

Artists have studied the process of Eric Carle’s textured paper collages. They created a collaborative mural with collaged pollinators (hummingbirds, bats, bees and butterflies), and a painted flower garden. The artists spent a day painting papers, two-days collaging papers and then a day painting the mural. They were thinking of all the living creatures that one might find in a garden, including ticks!

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

Doodle for Google entries are due on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in
that Friday.
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Week of February 24, 2019

Kindergarten and Pre-K/
Montessori

Artists have been exploring shadows and transparent and opaque shapes this week in Art. They have been drawing, cutting shapes, arranging and tracing shapes to create a class mural.

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

Doodle for Google entries are due on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in
that Friday.
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Week of February 18, 2019

World Heritage Night

We celebrated World Heritage Night with a display of student work that was inspired by cultures throughout the world.

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

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Ask your K-5th graders to pick up a Doodle for Google form from their Art Teacher to submit for this year’s contest. The theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The deadline to submit is on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in that Friday. There will be a winner from every state/territory and only five will win the grand prize: a trip to Google, $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 Google for Education technology package for their school, and their artwork displayed on the Google homepage for the day.

Did you see the news about the local 2nd grade Doodle for Google winner in 2018? Check out this link.

Week of February 11, 2019

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

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Ask your K-5th graders to pick up a Doodle for Google form from their Art Teacher to submit for this year’s contest. The theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The deadline to submit is on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in that Friday. There will be a winner from every state/territory and only five will win the grand prize: a trip to Google, $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 Google for Education technology package for their school, and their artwork displayed on the Google homepage for the day.

Did you see the news about the local 2nd grade Doodle for Google winner in 2018? Check out this link.

4th Grade

Fourth Grade Visiting Artist:

Rachel Schmidt with the Arlington Art Truck

April 2nd, 2019, 9AM-2PM

Please bring your clean single‐(re)used plastic to the Art Studios. We need to collect 53 lbs of plastic: the same amount discarded annually by the average Arlingtonian! Artist Rachel Schmidt’s Trash Garden project is one of several curated interactive arts projects brought to public spaces in Arlington from April to October, through the Arlington Art Truck, sponsored by Arlington Arts. For more information, visit www.arlingtonarts.org For info on the artist see: rachel‐schmidt.com

                                                

UPCYCLED MATERIALS NEEDED BY MARCH 29th—

Visiting Artist Flyer

                                        

                                

                        

                

Week of February 4, 2019

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

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Ask your K-5th graders to pick up a Doodle for Google form from their Art Teacher to submit for this year’s contest. The theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The deadline to submit is on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in that Friday. There will be a winner from every state/territory and only five will win the grand prize: a trip to Google, $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 Google for Education technology package for their school, and their artwork displayed on the Google homepage for the day.

Did you see the news about the local 2nd grade Doodle for Google winner in 2018? Check out this link.

2nd Grade

Second grade artists have started to work on designing artwork that will be painted on the crosswalk at the entrance and exit of our school parking lot. They are designing with the intention of promoting environmentally clean ways of getting to school that will in turn promote biodiversity. Watch this video for more information.

Week of January 29, 2019

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

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Ask your K-5th graders to pick up a Doodle for Google form from their Art Teacher to submit for this year’s contest. The theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The deadline to submit is on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in that Friday. There will be a winner from every state/territory and only five will win the grand prize: a trip to Google, $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 Google for Education technology package for their school, and their artwork displayed on the Google homepage for the day.

Did you see the news about the local 2nd grade Doodle for Google winner in 2018? Check out this link.

4th grade

Fourth Grade artists are creating symbolic sculptures of their personal cultural heritage. Students brainstormed ideas of their cultures traditional foods, sports, art/architecture, clothing, and celebrations.  They have created them using ceramic handbuilding techniques. We will hopefully show them at the Discovery World Heritage Night on 2/21, weather permitting!

 

Week of January 21, 2019

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

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Ask your K-5th graders to pick up a Doodle for Google form from their Art Teacher to submit for this year’s contest. The theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The deadline to submit is on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in that Friday. There will be a winner from every state/territory and only five will win the grand prize: a trip to Google, $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 Google for Education technology package for their school, and their artwork displayed on the Google homepage for the day.

Did you see the news about the local 2nd grade Doodle for Google winner in 2018? Check out this link.

3rd grade

Third grade artist finished or are working to finish their simple machine amusement park rides. They reviewed simple machines then designed and constructed their visions for a ride that used at least one simple machine. At the end of the project they reflected on their project and shared with the rest of the class their successes as well as what they would do if they had more time to work at home.

Week of January 14, 2019

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

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Ask your K-5th graders to pick up a Doodle for Google form from their Art Teacher to submit for this year’s contest. The theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The deadline to submit is on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in that Friday. There will be a winner from every state/territory and only five will win the grand prize: a trip to Google, $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 Google for Education technology package for their school, and their artwork displayed on the Google homepage for the day.

Did you see the news about the local 2nd grade Doodle for Google winner in 2018? Check out this link.

Week of January 7, 2019

Doodle for Google

Contest

2019

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Ask your K-5th graders to pick up a Doodle for Google form from their Art Teacher to submit for this year’s contest. The theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The deadline to submit is on March 15th. We will mail the submissions in that Friday. There will be a winner from every state/territory and only five will win the grand prize: a trip to Google, $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 Google for Education technology package for their school, and their artwork displayed on the Google homepage for the day.

Did you see the news about the local 2nd grade Doodle for Google winner in 2018? Check out this link.

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners have explored clay over the past few weeks. They made pinch pots which they are glazing this week.

After reading the book A Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi, students visualized and created sculptures of images they recalled from the story including, trees, silent footprints in the snow, tea cups, pies and forest animals. Students will glaze these sculptures in the coming weeks to create a culminating forest scene.

Week of December 17, 2018

2nd Grade

2nd grade artists having been working on a Sense of Place unit, using their senses to explore the schoolyard habitat and outdoor classroom at Discovery. They have studied the naturalist art of Audubon and Charley Harper. They are in the process of creating collagraph printing plates of objects they found in nature showing symmetry/asymmetry and patterns. When we return from winter break they will print their plates. Ask your student what they sensed.

1st Grade

1st grade artists worked in clay last week to create a clay slab animal showing skin textures. Ask your student what animal they made and if their animals skin was fur, feathers or scales. The artists ceramic artwork will be fired in the kiln to become bisqueware and the students will glaze them after winter break.

Week of December 10, 2018

River of Kindness

On Wednesday night members of the community helped to repair our river of kindness. We are thankful for people taking part in repairing the river so it can “flow” again soon!

3rd Grade

Maker Materials

Third grade artists are going to be starting a project where they will build amusement park rides using simple machines. In order to complete this project we will need more recycled maker materials. If you have any of the materials listed below please have your student bring them in to add to the collection.

Chopsticks

Old CDs

Small cardboard boxes- can be thin (cereal boxes) or thicker (shipping boxes)

Used ribbons

Milk containers- half gallon paper or plastic

Paper towel or toilet paper rolls

Egg cartons both paper and plastic

Other recycled materials that they think they will need!

Here are some photos of students using the materials!

5th grade

All 5th grade classes are working a personal still life project. Students will need to complete this part at home.

Select 5-8 items that represent you for a still life, these can be everyday objects or ones that are very special to you. Take photographs or bring in the objects to draw. The items can be representational items, for example if you like reading it could be a book. You can also use a symbol, for example if you want to represent your sibling and you like to play Legos with them it could be a Lego character (it does not have to be a photo of the person.)

Week of December 3, 2018

MLK Contest

Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Arlington Public Schools students are invited to take part in the annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest.” Entries are due by 5 p.m. Thurs, Dec. 13.

https://www.apsva.us/post/now-accepting-entries-for-the-2018-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-contest/ 

We will also collect entries by Wednesday December 12th and deliver to the drop off site.

Family Museum Day

Join your art teachers, Ms. Burke and Ms. Williams, for a  tour of the new exhibit Pulse by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at the Hirshhorn Museum on January 28th, 2019 from 10:15-11:30.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
I
ndependence Ave and 7th St
Washington, DC 20560

Meet your art teachers at the registration desk in the front lobby at 10:15AM.

FREE EVENT—All Grades welcome! Parents accompany their students. Transportation is not provided.

Sing up HERE

Maker Items Needed

3rd Grade

Third grade artists are going to be starting a project where they will build amusement park rides using simple machines. In order to complete this project we will need more recycled maker materials. If you have any of the materials listed below please have your student bring them in to add to the collection.

Chopsticks

Old CDs

Small cardboard boxes- can be thin (cereal boxes) or thicker (shipping boxes)

Used ribbons

Milk containers- half gallon paper or plastic

Paper towel or toilet paper rolls

Egg cartons both paper and plastic

Other recycled materials that they think they will need!

Week of November 26, 2018

MLK Contest

Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Arlington Public Schools students are invited to take part in the annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest.” Entries are due by 5 p.m. Thurs, Dec. 13.

https://www.apsva.us/post/now-accepting-entries-for-the-2018-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-contest/ 

We will also collect entries by Wednesday December 12th and deliver to the drop off site.

5th Grade

The 5th grade artists have been working on a portrait unit. Students have learned about proportions of the face as well as how to draw the different parts of the face accurately. This knowledge was applied to creating 3D recycled cardboard portraits. They used additive and subtractive methods of sculpture to create with self portraits or portraits of people they admire.

Week of November 12, 2018

MLK Contest

Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Arlington Public Schools students are invited to take part in the annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest.” Entries are due by 5 p.m. Thurs, Dec. 13.

https://www.apsva.us/post/now-accepting-entries-for-the-2018-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-contest/ 

We will also collect entries by Wednesday December 12th and deliver to the drop off site.

1st Grade

 

1st grade artists have studied tree formation patterns and how weather and insects can affect their growth. After reading Sky Tree, students painted a tree of their choice in their favorite season.

Week of November 5, 2018

4th Grade

Fourth grade artists drew personal narratives showing a figure in correct proportions in an action. They used oil pastels and blending techniques to show a range of tints and shades.

Pre-K/
Montessori

What can you make with a Perfect Square? 4-5 year old Pre-K/Montessori students transformed their squares into beautiful cut, hole-punched and torn paper collages.

 

Week of October 29, 2018

Reflections

Art Contest

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due on November 2, 2018. Students should reflect on a common theme "Heroes Around Me" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA. The entry forms and drop off bin are in the front lobby.

1st Grade

First Grade Artists have been exploring drawing trees showing the parts of the tree and using patterns and fractions to make the branches. These are inspired by the book Sky Tree, and designer Bruno Munari, Drawing a Tree. Next week they will paint trees in their favorite season.

 

Week of October 22, 2018

Reflections

Art Contest

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due on November 2, 2018. Students should reflect on a common theme "Heroes Around Me" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA. The entry forms and drop off bin are in the front lobby.

3rd Grade

Third grade students have been exploring figure gesture drawing over the past few weeks. They have used their imagination to turn themselves into superheroes in action who help to solve world problems.

 

Week of October 15, 2018

Reflections

Art Contest

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due on November 2, 2018. Students should reflect on a common theme "Heroes Around Me" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA. The entry forms and drop off bin are in the front lobby.

1st grade

First grade artist learned about architecture. They have listened to stories and looked at famous buildings. They are in the process of creating their own building paintings. As an extension students are using 3D building objects to practice their building skills.

Week of October 9, 2018

Reflections

Art Contest

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due on November 2, 2018. Students should reflect on a common theme "Heroes Around Me" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA. The entry forms and drop off bin are in the front lobby.

Fire Prevention Week
Art Contest

Show us your creativity!

Create a poster promoting this year's fire prevention week theme: “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere”. 

Bring your poster to any ACFD fire station during Fire Prevention Week: October 7 - 13, 2018. Take a picture with your poster at the fire station. Share your picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and Tag @ArlingtonVaFD Prizes include a ride to school in a fire truck, dinner at a fire station and ACFD swag More Info at: fire.arlingtonva.us/postercontest/

Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to participate. The Contest will be divided into two (2) age groups: (K thru 4th) and (5th-8th) Only one (1) entry per person. All posters become the property of the Arlington County Fire Department and will not be returned.

Week of October 1, 2018

Reflections

Art Contest

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due on November 2, 2018. Students should reflect on a common theme "Heroes Around Me" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA. The entry forms and drop off bin are in the front lobby.

5th Grade

Fifth Grade artists have been practicing drawing their portraits using correct facial proportions using observation. Students are learning the skills to begin creating ‘Day of the Dead’ Calovera wire sculptures.

Week of September 24, 2018

Reflections

Art Contest

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due on November 2, 2018. Students should reflect on a common theme "Heroes Around Me" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA. The entry forms and drop off bin are in the front lobby.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten artists are creating beautiful stuff drawings. In the photo below a student has arranged found objects such as corks, bottle caps and feathers to observe and draw lines and shapes to create a portrait.

Week of September 17, 2018

Reflections

Art Contest

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due on November 2, 2018. Students should reflect on a common theme "Heroes Around Me" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA. The entry forms and drop off bin are in the front lobby.

Line Exploration

As we start the year each grade level is working on exploring the element of art line in a variety of ways. Fifth grade is focusing on contour drawings by practicing blind, continuous and modified contour drawings. Fourth and third are looking at figures in motion and creating gesture drawings. Second, first, kindergarten and montessori are looking at artworks with lines, then rotating through stations to create lines in many different ways. Here are some pictures of students are work.

Week of September 10, 2018

Reflections

Art Contest

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due soon. Students should reflect on a common theme "Heroes Around Me" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA.

ART B2SN

Presentation

Thank you to the Discovery families who attended our Back-to-School Night Presentation! We’ve attached it here, in case you missed it! Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Art Department this year.

Week of September 4, 2018

Welcome to ART

at Discovery!

Welcome to another amazing year in Art! Mrs. Burke and Ms. Williams are ready for a fantastic new year where students will dream, discover and explore in art! Stay updated in new projects, field trips, and requests for materials on this learning log. We look forward to getting to your students and you through the year. Stop by and see us next week at Back to school night.

Mrs. Burke

Ms. Williams

Below are the grade level and classes that each teacher will be teaching this school year:

5th Grade-Standley and Olmsted

4th Grade

2nd-Knowlan and Coulouris

1st-Duncan and Klanderman

Kindergarten

Pre-K Montessori-Spierto

5th Grade-Bridges, Zarkowsky and Oby

3rd Grade

2nd Grade-Kuleski and Stein

1st grade-Upshur, Wright and Healy

PreK-Montessori-Ms. Anthony

Life Skills

Week of May 28, 2018

SEPTA Family Picnic

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All Grades

Students have started to bring home their art portfolios from this past year. You can see their growth through the projects they have completed. We are proud of what all students accomplished this year through the variety of media and subject matter that we explored.

Week of May 21, 2018

SEPTA Family Picnic

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Week of May 14, 2018

SEPTA Family Picnic

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2nd grade

Second grade artists have been making folder paper animal sculptures. Students first started with a stencil to create the basic form of a 4 legged animal. Then they folded and added details to the basic form to create their own animal. They enhanced the folded paper form with their own collaged details. Here are just 2 examples of the creative animals they made.

Week of May 7, 2018

1st Grade

First Grade artist have been studying different types of animals that have textures. We discussed texture words such as soft, hard, bumpy, fluffy and smooth. Students then created an animal out of clay. They first made the clay in to a slab, cut out their animal and finally applied texture to their animal. After that they glazed their animal. They did a great job representing many different types of textures.

4th Grade

Fourth Grade Artists have been creating maps that show ways they could travel around the DC area using sustainable transportation. The artists had to show 4 stops, their route and are using LED lights, copper tape and batteries to create circuits to light up their path. They began by using Google maps to identify their route and the travel time it would take them to get there. Students created symbols on their journey and used value and color to embellish their work.

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Week of April 30, 2018

Discovery Woods Clean Up Day

We need lots of volunteers to help clean up the wooded area next to school to begin building our outdoor classroom - which the 5th graders will be using for the Seat Challenge this Spring!  Meet at Discovery on Saturday, May 5 at 9 - 11AM

Volunteers need to bring work gloves, wear pants, and long sleeves!

Maker Event

MAKE YOUR MARK 2018! A HANDS-ON FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY SATURDAY, JUNE 2 • 12 – 4 PM • FREE ADMISSION

                                                

3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington Va 22206 INFO: 703-228-1850 ARLINGTONARTS.ORG

Experience hands-on making and innovation. Learn new skills: papercutting, calligraphy, mask making, weaving, pottery, and more. Not an arts and crafts fair, Make Your Mark! lets you immerse yourself in a multicultural coming together of artists and makers ready to ignite your creativity!                                

3rd Grade

Third Grade artists are using the app Turtle Art to code. The app allows students to create images using block codes. Students are becoming experts by experimenting and sharing with their peers what they have discovered. This week they are learning about how Islamic culture uses geometry in many of their designs. Inspired by the geometric tile designs they are creating code that makes a geometric design.

TedED talk about the complex geometry of Islamic design

** Note to parents: This app does cost money. Discovery has licences for 3rd graders only.**

Week of April 23, 2018

5th Grade

Design Challenge

On Friday, Architect  David Stubbs II of Shift+, who designed the desks and shelving systems at Discovery, is video skying the 5th grade class in the Dining Commons. This is the inspirational launch to the sketching and prototyping phase of the 2018 Design Thinking Challenge. He will share his process and inspirations with the students.

David Stubbs has had more than 20 years’ experience in planning and designing learning environments. His passion is to create sustainable improvement in schools. He has received important architectural awards for his designs. Shift+ is his first collaboration with VS.

Pre-K/

Montessori Kindergarten

(5-6 year olds) 

Spring is finally here and Kindergarten artists have been studying and painting cherry blossom branches this week. They painted the branches using branches, and next week they will stamp print the petals and flowers.

Week of April 16, 2018

River of Kindness

Students from all grade levels have been participating in a school wide art installation project called the River of Kindness. Students have read the book Only One You by Linda Kranz and have also been inspired by nature artist Andy Goldsworthy. In class they have been painting rocks to be placed in a rock river by the turf outside of the dining commons.

Watch the time lapse video of the installation of the art work.

Week of April 9, 2018

River of Kindness

Students from all grade levels have been participating in a school wide art installation project called the River of Kindness. Students have read the book Only One You by Linda Kranz and have also been inspired by nature artist Andy Goldsworthy. In class they have been painting rocks to be placed in a rock river by the turf outside of the dining commons. They will add symbols of kindness to the rocks before the art installation next Thursday April 19th.

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Family Museum Day

On Monday April 9th, during the teacher work day, students and their families joined Mrs. Burke and Ms. Williams at the Freer Sackler Asian Art Museum. They were lead on a tour of the gallery by two docents and were able to appreciate the artwork on display. Students were engaged with discussion about artwork from other cultures. One of the highlights of the tour for most students was peacock room designed and painted by James Whistler.  

2nd grade Visiting Artist

Karen Brown visits Discovery’s 2nd Grade
Through the APS Art and Humanities Project, Discovery will have a visiting artist, Karen Brown, in April to work with our second grade class this year. The theme ties with our Eco-action focus of the year “sustainable transportation”. Students will create Galimoto's which are kinetic toy bike sculptures made from recycled materials. She will work with various classes on April 2nd, 6th, 13th and 16th.
We need to collect recycled materials for the project:

  • Round lids- any size, bottle tops, oatmeal lids etc.
  • Cardboard boxes- small to medium- cream cheese boxes up to cereal boxes

Week of April 2, 2018

Family Museum Day

Join your art teachers Mrs. Burke and Ms. Williams at the Freer Sackler Museum, specializing in Asian Art. We will be lead by a docent on an Exploring the Arts of Asia tour. The tour starts at 10:15 am, please plan to meet at the museum entrance by 10 am for us to break into groups.

The Museum is on the Washington Mall and is metro accessible, Smithsonian- orange/blue/silver lines. There is metered street parking near the museum as well.

Peach Jar Sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4BA8AF29ABF49-april

2nd grade Visiting Artist

Karen Brown visits Discovery’s 2nd Grade
Through the APS Art and Humanities Project, Discovery will have a visiting artist, Karen Brown, in April to work with our second grade class this year. The theme ties with our Eco-action focus of the year “sustainable transportation”. Students will create Galimoto's which are kinetic toy bike sculptures made from recycled materials. She will work with various classes on April 2nd, 6th, 13th and 16th.
We need to collect recycled materials for the project:

  • Round lids- any size, bottle tops, oatmeal lids etc.
  • Cardboard boxes- small to medium- cream cheese boxes up to cereal boxes

2nd grade

Second Grade artists created zoomorphic vessels out of clay. They looked at historical images for reference from a variety of cultures to get inspiration for what they were going to create. First they started by making a pinch pot out of clay, then they added and subtracted clay in order to make their artwork. After the works were fired in the kiln once they glazed their artwork. These are a few examples of some of the finished work. They will be on display around the school for the next few weeks, take some time to see their creative solutions.

Week of March 12, 2018

Family Museum Day

Join your art teachers Mrs. Burke and Ms. Williams at the Freer Sackler Museum, specializing in Asian Art. We will be lead by a docent on an Exploring the Arts of Asia tour. The tour starts at 10:15 am, please plan to meet at the museum entrance by 10 am for us to break into groups.

The Museum is on the Washington Mall and is metro accessible, Smithsonian- orange/blue/silver lines. There is metered street parking near the museum as well.

Peach Jar Sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4BA8AF29ABF49-april

2nd grade Visiting Artist

Karen Brown visits Discovery’s 2nd Grade
Through the APS Art and Humanities Project, Discovery will have a visiting artist, Karen Brown, in April to work with our second grade class this year. The theme ties with our Eco-action focus of the year “sustainable transportation”. Students will create Galimoto's which are kinetic toy bike sculptures made from recycled materials. She will work with various classes on April 2nd, 6th, 13th and 16th.
We need to collect recycled materials for the project:

  • Round lids- any size, bottle tops, oatmeal lids etc.
  • Cardboard boxes- small to medium- cream cheese boxes up to cereal boxes

Nancy Wells

Parent Chat

Children and Nature: How access to nature benefits human health and well-being

Principal Chat— video chat with Nancy Wells

April 3rd 2018, 3-3:30PM

Blue Sky Studio, Discovery Elementary

This year, the 5th grade design challenge is focused on designing an outdoor learning space in the Discovery Woods that is made of sustainable materials, and will have a biomimicry (structures modelled from nature) inspired design. Come hear one of the experts participating in this design thinking challenge that researches the benefits of learning in nature.

This presentation will examine various health and well-being benefits of time in nature, particularly for children.  We will explore the research evidence regarding nature’s effects on cognitive functioning, mental health, physical activity, and more.  In addition, we will consider the potential role of nature in bolstering resilience, buffering income-based disparities in health, and enhancing children’s capacity to navigate risk. Lastly, we will consider a few examples of outdoor learning environments.

Week of March 5, 2018

5th Grade Seat Design

The 5th graders are in the middle of the research phase for the Design Challenge that will be built in June. This year students are focusing on building an outdoor learning space in the Discovery Woods inspired from nature. On Wednesday, they took part in the second phase of research which  focused on sustainable design. They rotated through 6 stations where they learned more about Cradle 2 Cradle practices from expert Michelle Amt of VMDO, the story of the chairs at Discovery from expert Dina Sorensen of DRL Group, and exploration of the natural materials that are in the Discovery Woods. Their research will help inspire their designs for their seat.

Grade K

Kindergarten Artists created cut paper collages inspired by the book The Perfect Square by Michael Hall. Students tore, hole punched, and cut their papers to transform their squares into something else.

Week of February 26, 2018

Doodle for Google

Message from Google: This year we ask students to think about “What inspires me” and to express that inspiration through a creative, uplifting doodle. Any medium is acceptable: from crayons to wood to Legos to wooden Lego crayons. (Why not?). Deadline for entry is March 2, 2018.

If your student is interested please have them ask their art teacher for more information or go to doodle4google.com.

2nd Grade

Visiting Artist, Karen Brown will visit 2nd grade Art classes in April

Through the APS Art and Humanities Project, Discovery have a visiting artist, Karen Brown,  in April to work with our second grade class this year. The theme ties with our Eco-action focus of the year “sustainable transportation”. Students will create Galimoto's which are kinetic toy bike sculptures made from recycled materials. Please send in clean recycled metal and plastic lids and plastic caps-all sizes, and small boxes.

Thanks! The Art TeamImage result for galimoto

Artist April Visit Dates

2nd- Richards, Room 216

6th  Kuleski, Room 213

13th-  Coulouris, Room 216

16th  Oby, Room 213

Week of February 19, 2018

Doodle for Google

Message from Google: This year we ask students to think about “What inspires me” and to express that inspiration through a creative, uplifting doodle. Any medium is acceptable: from crayons to wood to Legos to wooden Lego crayons. (Why not?). Deadline for entry is March 2, 2018.

If your student is interested please have them ask their art teacher for more information or go to doodle4google.com.

World Heritage Night

We are excited to display student artwork that has been inspired by cultures from around the world. Please stop by and look at the artwork by Discovery artists in the main hallway through the end of the week. Here are some highlights of what is on display:

  • Combination Animals with Adaptations inspired by Japanese and Chinese Mythology
  • Ceramic Masks Across Cultures inspired by African ceremonial, Japanese Noh, & Greek Chorus masks
  • EXPLORERS HIKE AROUND THE WORLD! 3D Topographical Maps
  • Pinch Pots Inspired by Central Americans
  • Ocean Animal Dot Paintings inspired by Australians

Week of February 12, 2018

Doodle for Google

Message from Google: This year we ask students to think about “What inspires me” and to express that inspiration through a creative, uplifting doodle. Any medium is acceptable: from crayons to wood to Legos to wooden Lego crayons. (Why not?). Deadline for entry is March 2, 2018.

If your student is interested please have them ask their art teacher for more information or go to doodle4google.com.

Grade 1

First grade students learned about Navajo weavings. They watched a video of artists making yarn, dying it and then weaving on a loom. They created their own unique paper warp and weft by drawing patterns with crayon and then painting overtop. Finally they wove together their papers to create a basic tabby weave.

Week of February 5, 2018

Doodle for Google

Message from Google: This year we ask students to think about “What inspires me” and to express that inspiration through a creative, uplifting doodle. Any medium is acceptable: from crayons to wood to Legos to wooden Lego crayons. (Why not?). Deadline for entry is March 2, 2018.

If your student is interested please have them ask their art teacher for more information or go to doodle4google.com.

Grade 2nd

Inspired by Nathalie Miebach’s astronomical, ecological and meterological sculptures, second grade artists have been working on creating a weather data mobile. They have collected the data from our Discovery weather channel for the Fall and Winter seasons, and created sculptural symbols of the types of weather. (Temperature, Humidity, Precipitation, Wind chill, Solar Radiation, etc.) They are threading the symbols onto the wire to represent the various days at Discovery and adding to one class sculpture.

Week of January 29, 2018

Doodle for Google

Message from Google: This year we ask students to think about “What inspires me” and to express that inspiration through a creative, uplifting doodle. Any medium is acceptable: from crayons to wood to Legos to wooden Lego crayons. (Why not?). Deadline for entry is March 2, 2018.

If your student is interested please have them ask their art teacher for more information or go to doodle4google.com.

4th Grade

Fourth Grade artists have been working on creating American Revolutionary War collages over the past few weeks. They chose a Loyalist or Patriot’s perspective to tell a narrative about this moment in history. The artists showed clues of depth, a figure in action, positive and negative space and 2D paper cutting techniques.

Week of January 22, 2018

Doodle for Google

Message from Google: This year we ask students to think about “What inspires me” and to express that inspiration through a creative, uplifting doodle. Any medium is acceptable: from crayons to wood to Legos to wooden Legocrayons. (Why not?). Deadline for entry is March 2, 2018.

If your student is interested please have them ask their art teacher for more information or go to doodle4google.com.

1st Grade

Students have been working creating winter portraits. They started by drawing a person using shapes and then added the details of clothing that they would wear outside in winter. After that they added details to background of a snowy landscape including snowmen, snow plies and winter trees. Finally they reflected on their artwork by writing about their work using art vocabulary and extending their art by writing a story that went with their artwork.

Week of January 15, 2018

Family Day At The Art Museum!

Mark your calendar! On January 26th at 10:30am (teacher workday), your Discovery Art teachers would like to meet you for a day at the Phillips Collection.  Signup genius is here. There are only 13 spots left so sign up today!

Doodle for Google

Message from Google: This year we ask students to think about “What inspires me” and to express that inspiration through a creative, uplifting doodle. Any medium is acceptable: from crayons to wood to Legos to wooden Legocrayons. (Why not?). Deadline for entry is March 2, 2018.

We will be receiving forms and guidelines to share with students. If your student is interested please have them ask their art teacher for more information or go to doodle4google.com.

2nd Grade

Second grade worked on a place-based learning problem earlier this year. The Discovery vegetable garden was lacking visual signage. Students drew what grows in our garden including fruits, vegetables, spices and other plants. Then they created the markers out of slabs of clay. Recently they added glaze to the planters. Later in the school year they will be attached to stakes and placed in the Discovery Garden.

Week of January 8, 2018

Family Day At The Art Museum!

Mark your calendar! On January 26th at 10:30am (teacher workday), your Discovery Art teachers would like to meet you for a day at the Phillips Collection.  Signup genius is here. There are only 15 spots left so sign up today!

Doodle for Google

Message from Google: This year we ask students to think about “What inspires me” and to express that inspiration through a creative, uplifting doodle. Any medium is acceptable: from crayons to wood to Legos to wooden Legocrayons. (Why not?). Deadline for entry is March 2, 2018.

We will be receiving forms and guidelines to share with students. If your student is interested please have them ask their art teacher for more information or go to doodle4google.com.

5th Grade

The fifth grade class has been creating 3D Topographical Maps of a favorite place to hike. Using concave, convex, positive and negative shapes they built a model of the mountains, volcanoes, rivers and valleys they have explored.

Week of January 2, 2018

Family Day At The Art Museum!

Mark your calendar! On January 26th at 10:30am (teacher workday), your Discovery Art teachers would like to meet you for a day at the Phillips Collection.  Signup genius is here!

Kinder

Kindergarten classes have been working on making pinch pots out of clay. They listened to the book the Pot that Juan Built and then created their own pinch pots with texture and patterns carved on the outside. In the coming weeks they will be fired in the kilns and then students will be glazing them before they come home.

Week of December 18, 2017

Family Day At The Museum!

Mark your calendar! On January 26th at 10:30am (teacher workday), your Discovery Art teachers would like to meet you for a day at the Phillips Collection. Please be on the look out for our signup genius in January, to sign your family up!

All Grades

All grade levels have been creating winter scenes showing forms, shading, and upper grades have shown illusions of depth. These artworks were inspired by the book, Snowmen at Night. 

Week of December 11, 2017

General Notes

Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Arlington Public Schools students are invited to take part in the annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Contest.”  The deadline for entries is December 15, 2017. Entries can be dropped off to either Mrs. Burke or Ms. Williams and they will deliver to the APS education center.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Contest Entry Form

Grade

3

Third grade artists have been working on imaginary composite creatures made out of clay. Their inspiration was mythological creatures from Greece and Japan.  Students also made connections with their science SOLs and gave their creatures adaptations, either behavioral or physical. Artist planned their creature and then sculptured it out of clay. The sculptures are currently in the process of drying and will be fired in the kiln after break. Then they will be glazed with color before they coming home.

Week of December 4, 2017

General Notes

Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Arlington Public Schools students are invited to take part in the annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Contest.”  The deadline for entries is December 15, 2017. Entries can be dropped off to either Mrs. Burke or Ms. Williams and they will deliver to the APS education center.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Contest Entry Form

Grade

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Artists have been exploring various lines and color mixing in Art. Ask your Kinder how to mix colors using primary colors! They read inspiring books, such as Lines that Wiggle and Monsters Love Color.

Kindergarten portfolios come home twice a year. Be on the lookout for their art after second quarter is complete.

Week of November 27, 2017

General Notes

Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Arlington Public Schools students are invited to take part in the annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Contest.”  The deadline for entries is December 15, 2017. Entries can be dropped off to either Mrs. Burke or Ms. Williams and they will deliver to the APS education center.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Contest Entry Form

Grade 4th

Fourth Grade Artists have just completed a design thinking challenge unit, to scaffold their learning in preparation for their 5th grade Seat Design Challenge next year. Students experienced the various phases of the design thinking process including: researching pollinators and what colors, shapes and forms attract them, brainstorming ideas, defining the challenge, sketching, maker prototyping and reflecting. Students collaborated in teams to come up with a solution to create a final pollinator sculpture for our butterfly garden. The sculptures had to show the properties of sculpture, repetition of line, shape or color to create unity, and must represent the elements of art that would attract a pollinator. The students will vote on a single or hybrid of their designs that the 4th grade artists will attempt to create this spring for our Discovery butterfly garden.

Week of November 13, 2017

General Notes

Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Arlington Public Schools students are invited to take part in the annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Contest.”  The deadline for entries is December 15, 2017. Entries can be dropped off to either Mrs. Burke or Ms. Williams and they will deliver to the APS education center.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Contest Entry Form

The art department is in need of old t-shirts for smocks. If you have any that you would like to donate please have your student drop them off their their art teacher.

Grade 5th

5th Grade artists created sculptures inspired by biking-to-school to promote our Two-Wheel Tuesday transportation initiative at Discovery. These artworks encourage students to be healthy by drinking milk, to save our environment through sustainable transportation, and to be eco-conscientious as artists with the materials we choose to use. They were inspired to make a bike sculpture that is eco-friendly and makes an impact on their community through its materials and message! The sculpture on the left was submitted into the MadebyMilk Carton Construction Contest on 11/15.

Week of November 6, 2017

General Notes

The art department is in need of old t-shirts for smocks. If you have any that you would like to donate please have your student drop them off their their art teacher.

3rd Grade

Students created paintings inspired by Aboriginal Dot paintings from Australia. The lesson was connected to sustainability by having the students research ocean animals that are being harmed by human pollution. They selected an animal they would like to save from the ocean. First students created positive and negative space with their animal. Then they used either warm or cool color schemes for the majority of their paintings. After that they were able to chose one complimentary color to create contrast with the patterns on their animal and the background. Throughout the whole project students were to use good craftsmanship in order to have a neat final painting.

Week of October 30, 2017

General Notes

The art department is in need of old t-shirts for smocks. If you have any that you would like to donate please have your student drop them off their their art teacher.

2nd Grade

Students have created still life oil pastel drawings. First students drew objects from direct observation, which means that they had to look at the objects while they were drawing them. Then they outlined their objects with glue. After that they layered oil pastels to create rich colors on their drawings. Finally they added patterns to the bottom of their drawings.

Week of October 23, 2017

General Notes

The PTA’s Reflections contest is due soon. Students should reflect on a common theme "Within Reach" and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may enter the national awards program through their school's PTA. All entries are due next Friday November 4th. Image result for pta reflections 2018

Kinder

Inspired by the book, Walter Was Worried, Kindergarten artists created torn paper collage portraits showing their feelings.

Week of October 16, 2017

General Notes

The 3rd annual Imaginations Day of Play Cardboard Challenge will be happening during Pumpkin Fest again this year in the Art studios-213 and 216. We look forward to seeing everyone MAKING with their students.

We are still in need of recycled materials including cardboard and other items such as buttons, bottle caps, paper towel rolls, corks, and beads. Please have your students deliver them to the art rooms.

Sign up here to volunteer!

1st grade

Students have been working on creating dream houses out of basic lines and shapes. We looked at real houses from around the world as inspiration to make a their own dream house. They printed straight and curved lines with black paint to create geometric and organic shapes. Next they used good craftsmanship to color their house and the background. This is just one beautiful example of the houses they made.

Week of October 9, 2017

General Notes

The 3rd annual Imaginations Day of Play Cardboard Challenge will be happening during Pumpkin Fest again this year in the Art studios-213 and 216. We look forward to seeing everyone MAKING with their students.

We are still in need of recycled materials including cardboard and other items such as buttons, bottle caps, paper towel rolls, corks, and beads. Please have your students deliver them to the art rooms.

Sign up here to volunteer!

4th Grade

Inspired by Wolfgang Buttresses’ The Hive, fourth Grade artists are creating Pollinator Sculptures to attract pollinators to our butterfly garden. They are using repetition of color, shape and form to attract the pollinators. Please continue to send in your recycled materials for this artwork!

Week of October 2, 2017

The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia has a yearly contest to promote wearing helmets in order to prevent falls, which is a possible cause of epilepsy. Here is the link to the contest that students can enter on their own. Please let us know if your student enters the contest.

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Week of September 25, 2017

Discovery 5th grade artists are working on a place based art lesson to promote the new discovery transportation initiative, Two-Wheel Tuesday. They will use milk cartons to construct their sculptures to reinforce a healthy mindset. These sculptures will be entered into the Made by Milk Contest on november 15th. Two-Wheel Tuesday’s goal is to increase biking and walking to school by 5%.

Week of September 21, 2017

Discovery Artists created their journals this week in Art. They use the journals all year to plan, sketch and prepare for larger works of art. Their cover design was inspired by the books Beautiful OOPS! by Barney Saltzburg or Frida and Bear Play the Shape Game by Anthony Browne.  The Discovery artists used their imagination by transforming a scrap of paper into something else. This lesson teaches students to persevere when they feel they have made a mistake and to not give up!


Week of September 11, 2017

This week in Art, students have been listening to the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds in preparation of celebrating Dot Day on Friday September 15th. The book is about a student who does not think she can draw, but with a little encouragement from her teacher she realizes she can! The book teaches children perseverance and that if you put your mind to something and try then you will get better! Pre-k through 3d grade students have been making assembled sculptures and photographing them, while 4th and 5th grade students have been taking abstract photographs of dots on a scavenger hunt around Discovery. Below are some beautiful examples of the students work.

Week of September 5, 2017

Welcome to another amazing year in Art! Mrs. Burke and Ms. Williams are ready for a fantastic new year where students will dream, discover and explore in art! Stay updated in new projects, field trips, and requests for materials on this learning log. We look forward to getting to your students and you through the year. Stop by and see us next week at Back to school night.

Below are the grade level and classes that each teacher will be teaching this school year:

Mrs. Burke                                        Ms. Williams

4 and 5 year olds in Pre-K                        3 and 4 year olds in Pre-K

Kindergarten: Ms. Nesmith & Ms.Gray        Kindergarten: Ms. Hughes and Ms. Little

                                                All of 1st grade

2nd grade: Ms. Coulouris & Ms. Richard        2nd grade: Ms. Oby and Ms. Kuleski

                                                All of 3rd grade

All of 4th grade

All of 5th grade                                Life Skills

        

Week of May 30, 2017

As the year quickly comes to an end students will be starting to bring their art portfolios home. The portfolio is the collection of artwork that students have done throughout the year. We hope that you can take some time to discuss with your students what each of their projects was throughout the year. They call tell you which ones were their favorites and why they liked it the best. If papers and art projects become overwhelming then we encourage you to take photographs of students work to see their progress throughout their time in elementary school.

Week of May 22, 2017

Jonathan Pidwell, an Industrial Designer and Product Design expert, who leads furniture design research and development for school and workplace environments in Germany, skyped the 5th grade on Monday morning. This was the kickoff to their Discovery Makes: Explore! Make! Blastoff! —Seat Design Challenge sponsored by the Discovery architecture firm, VMDO. Students learned about the chairs we sit in, desks we work at and places we inhabit that are designed by experts who study trends in health, comfort, well being and productivity. Students got a deeper awareness of the everyday objects in and around their school and thought about their previous research looking at the furniture and shared spaces in their school. Jonathan will work with the 5th grade class in person on June 8th and 9th, as they work through their seat design process of transforming sketches into prototypes. Students will pitch their ideas as class teams, and vote on a new seat design for Discovery that they will build. For a complete schedule of events, see Seat Design Challenge.

Week of May 15, 2017

The Fourth grade class is working on colonial houses made out of clay. They connected their learning to the social studies curriculum.  We discussed the parts that help to identify a colonial house and their purposes during that time period. Then students designed their own colonial house out of clay. The finished products will be fired and then glazed.

 

Week of May 8, 2017

The Fifth grade class is exploring and collecting data on the seating spaces at Discovery in preparation for an upcoming “Seat Challenge” with the architecture firm of Discovery, VMDO. The students will become the designer and expert collaborator by working with an Industrial Designer, a visiting artist and architects to follow the design thinking process to build a new seat at Discovery.  They will discover, be inspired, design, create/build/prototype and reflect through this process. This event will take place during the Discovery Explore. Make. Blast off!, formerly called Discovery Maker Faire, in June.

Week of April 24, 2017

This Earth Day, Discovery Explorers participated in a sustainability initiative by pledging to reduce their single-use plastics in the month leading up to Earth day. Inspired by the documentary, A Plastic Ocean, students learned about the garbage patches of plastic in the ocean that are affecting the sea life and contaminating the waters. Discovery screened this film on March 16th to their community where nearly 150 people attended. They skyped UNC-W researcher and artist, Bonnie Monteleone, who was an instrumental researcher in the film. Explorers participated in a penny challenge and raised over $286.86 for the Plastic Ocean Project. They will use the money to support their Fishing 4 Plastic Tournament 6/3/17 In Art, all 530 students upcycled and painted single-use plastics to create environmental activist sea life sculptures. They are on display near the Hedge at Discovery in celebration of Earth Day.


Student video of project

Week of April 17, 2017

We had a great family field trip day sponsored by the PTA at the National Building Museum. There were two different groups, one for K-2 and another group for 3-5. The K-2 group learned about city planning and the different types of building that are needed in a city. Then they used a Maker space to create the buildings that would be in the city.

The 3-5 group learned about how architectes draw floor plans and create models of buildings. They first drew the plan, elevation and sections of a bell pepper to practice. Then they drew a floor plan of a house for a client, a lego person. Finally they built a model of their floor plan out of legos.

        

Week of April 3, 2017

We enjoyed working with a team of 5th graders on the musical set for Aladdin Kids. They worked hard in sketching, designing and making the set for the musical. We are very proud of the results of their hard work.

Week of March 27, 2017

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the A Night to Discovery, all school art show this week. We had a wonderful meeting and talking with students and parents about the artwork students have created this year. Here are a few photos from the night!

                

Week of March 20, 2017

We are excited to be able to showcase some of our students work at the Education Center off of Quincy Blvd. We selected artwork from a variety of classes and all grade levels are showcased. The artwork will be up from now until April 25th. There will be an opening reception held on Wednesday April 5th from 6:30-8:00pm. You are also welcome to come to see the artwork at any time during the gallery hours of 7:45am-4:30pm.

Week of March 13, 2017

We were excited to kick off Discovery’s Earth Day celebrations this week. There was a showing of Plastic Oceans on Thursday night and a question and answer session with the artist and one of the research scientists in the movie Bonnie Monteleone.  We have teamed with the Eco- Action club to have all students and staff members do a no single-use plastic pledge for the month. In addition, students will be creating sea creature collaborative sculptures in their art classes starting next week. We have collected used plastics; such as water bottles, caps and plastic bags, and will be using these to create the sculptures of seas turtles, jellyfish and a squid. We look forward to sharing our updates on the sculptures and we will be displaying them at our earth day gallery walk on April 19th at 7pm.

Week of March 6, 2017

We wanted to thank the PTA for sending us to the National Art Educators Association Conference in New York City last week. We were able to hear from famous artists, such as Jeff Koons, Olivia Gude-higher ed art educators, Blaise Aguera y Arcas—Google Ted Talk presenter, attend sessions to learn about STEAM programs and arts integration from educators around the country. The conference also gave us the ability to go to museums and galleries around NYC and see artwork that we teach to students. We have become inspired by this experience and are excited to try new things with your students not only for the rest of this year, but it will also inform our planning for next year.

Without your support we would not have been able to go and we are very grateful for your generosity.

Jeff Koons                Mrs. Burke and Ms. Williams at the MET

Chuck close woodcut prints with 84 colors

                                         

Portrait exhibit at the Whitney Museum         

        

Week of February 27, 2017

March is Arts Month

Mark your calendar! Come to A Night to Discover, before the Aladdin musical, on Thursday, March 30th from 6-7 p.m. Tour the building and enjoy the Discovery artwork from all grade levels and then go to the show!

Week of February 20, 2017

Fourth grade has been working on drawing caricatures of people who changed history. First, they learned to draw correct facial proportions. Then the students researched who they wanted represent in  their caricature. They had to pick someone who changed history; it could be someone from American history, World history, an athlete, scientist, artists or another category! After they researched their person they started to create their caricature. They added symbols to to represent this person in the background. Below are samples of the caricatures. Can you guess who the person is?

Week of February 13, 2017

The Art department is going to be collaborating with all grade levels to create recycled/upcycled sculptures to help promote our school’s mission of sustainability. The project will kick off after the viewing of A Plastic Ocean, a documentary about how plastics are impacting the ocean ecosystems. During class students will participate in a group sculpture of ocean animals. After the projects are completed they will be shown in a gallery walk on April 19th at 7pm.

We need your help to collect recycled colorful plastics which include: bottles, bottle caps, and plastic grocery bags. Make sure to RSVP for the viewing of “A Plastic Ocean” here.  

Week of February 6, 2017

Last week the 5th grade presented their shadow puppets at the CARES Assembly. The project was integrating their social studies egyptian studies and science study of light. The students made a video that was shown to the Discovery students at a CARES Assembly. They produced a video themselves which showed all aspects of the process of creating their shadow puppets.

  

Week of January 30, 2017

We had a great day at the National Gallery of Art’s East Wing on Friday February 3rd. There were about 30 students and their families that came out for a tour guided by Mrs.Burke and Ms. Williams! We made stops to talk about and draw artwork.

Thank you to Mrs. Johnson, who is a parent of a 1st and a 4th grader here at Discovery, who works at the National Gallery of Art for talking to the group about what she does at the gallery.

If you had a great time or if you are interested in coming to another art field trip. Join us at the National Building Museum on April 17th.

 

Week of January 23, 2017

Our field trip to the National Gallery of Art next Friday. We are excited for adults to join their students at this free event! Mrs. Burke and Ms. Williams will be taking you on a tour of some of the galleries and drawing like the artists. This is the link to sign up

Week of January 17, 2017

UPCYCLE for the ARTS!

The Art Rooms are in need of a few upcycled items. For painting days, we could use old, clean t-shirts or button-up shirts. Other items that we could use are large yogurt cups, colored bottle caps, plastic bottles all sizes, and paper towel rolls.

Other needs: tissues and ziploc bags

Week of January 9, 2017

We are excited to share that we have 2 days set up at museums for field trips. These field trips are going to be happening during teacher workdays, so you will be able to experience the museum with your students.

February 3, 2017 10 am- 12 pm East Wing of the National Gallery of Art

Tour and activities guided by your Art Teachers, Ms. Williams and Ms. Burke

This event is free there is a 50-person limit (All grade levels welcome)

Parents will share in this experience with their child.

Transportation is not provided.

Please meet by the sculpture at the entrance of the East wing at 10am.

April 17, 2017 10 am-12 pm. National Building Museum

This is the last day of spring break and a great way to get back into learning! Meet at the registration desk in the lobby at 10 am for a workshop.

Two workshops K-2 City by Design (20 spots) and 3-5 Architecture 101 (20 spots). The cost is $7 per person, both students and adults must pay. Please send in your money to your art teacher by April 5th to reserve your spot.

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Week of January 3, 2017

Students have been participating in Discovery Arts days where students have rotated through stations of choice based instruction. Students have been drawing, building, engineering, weaving, modeling and sculpting. These are great activities that students can continue to do at home during the upcoming 3 day weekends! Ask your students what their favorite activity was and see if you can continue that learning at home!

Week of December 19, 2016

Our favorite places to visit over Winter Break

We put together a list of places that would be great to visit over winter break with your students.

Ms. Williams’ Pick

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art (in the same building)

This is Ms. Williams favorite local museum! There is a gallery devoted to the Presidents of the United States of America which is a must see. Go on a hunt to find the artwork made out of tin foil. There is also currently a watercolor that commemorates the life of John Glenn.

Mrs. Burke’s Pick

Phillips Collection

There is a visiting exhibition featuring the migration series by Jacob Lawrence. More than 75 years ago, a young artist named Jacob Lawrence set to work on an ambitious 60-panel series portraying the Great Migration, the flight of over a million African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North following the outbreak of World War I. Another must see area of the museum, if you want to relax and zen out, then go to the Rothko room.

Both Ms. Williams and Mrs. Burke want to go here!

The newly Re-Opened

Smithsonian National Gallery of Art East Wing

The East Wing houses modern and contemporary art.

Week of December 12, 2016

Hour of Code in 3rd Grade Art

Third Grade Artists are coding their art during Hour of Code week, using a program called Turtle Art. Inspired by Islamic Girih tiles, with geometric patterns found on Islamic architecture, the artists code symmetrical and asymmetrical geometric patterns using Turtle Art. In collaboration with Mr. Dudek, Technological Systems, Inventions and Innovations Teacher at Williamsburg MS, the third graders will 3D print the tiles to use as a mold to impress their designs into a ceramic slab tile. These coded tiles will be on display for Math Day in February.

Week of December 5, 2016

Martin Luther King Entries are DUE Friday December 9th at 5PM. 

Create your work and turn it into Ms. Burke or Ms. Williams, they will deliver the works to the drop off point.

MLK Entry Form

What To Do Over Winter Break

Georgetown GLOW 

From now through January 1, you can see Georgetown in a whole new light — literally. Georgetown GLOW is the annual holiday season exhibit that has the neighborhood sparkling with modern light art installations on display throughout the bustling community, which is extra lively and festive this time of year.

National Gallery of Art 

Check out the newly renovated East wing.

The Phillips Collection

National Building Museum

The monthly Little Builders Storytime takes place at 10:30am & 11:30am in the Building Zone. You can also see the Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse exhibit featuring many dollhouses that take you through London history, all of them beautiful with intricate details. Children will also enjoy areas that encourage pretend play with dress up and props inspired by some of the displays. And the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs is always fun for kids. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm. Exhibit admission is $10/adult, $7/child, free for members.

Week of November 28, 2016

Pre-K and Montessori: Students are learning about shapes. They can identify and create circles, squares, rectangles and triangles.  They have cut, painted, collaged and drawn the different shapes.

Kindergarten: Students have used fined motor skills to cut paper shapes to make imaginary robots. They have cut squares, rectangles, triangles and circles and arranged them on a black paper to make the large parts and the details of their imaginary robot.

1st grade: Students are working on creating an abstract map of a personal quest inspired by a Google Maps image of Discovery’s neighborhood. They are using tape to create geometric shapes, warm colors, cool colors and patterns in their artwork. Students will paint their maps to create a resist next week.

2nd grade: Students are starting to work on illustrating their small moment stories that they wrote in language arts. They have picked one part of their story that they will create a collage of in class. Before working on the final project they are learning about organic and geometric shapes and creating a practice collage.

3rd grade: Students are finishing their Simple Machine color theory paintings this week. They designed a machine to solve a world problem using simple machines. After learning to mix intermediate colors from primary colors, they chose to use warm, cool or complementary colors, tints and shades to create their paintings.

4th grade: Students are finishing their Virginia landscape paintings. They selected a specific region of Virginia to paint for their landscape. They painted tints and shades of colors for the basic shapes. Then they added details and implied texture to their paintings. After that students made sure they were using good craftsmanship to make their painting neat. Finally, students are using the vocabulary that they have learned to write a reflection on their work.

5th grade: Students have been working on creating a positive or negative symbol of their identity using bare conductive paint. They coded their work using Scratch programming and a Makey Makey. They then created a conductive mural to create an interactive artwork in celebration of “Hour of Code” week starting December 5th.

Week of November 14, 2016

The 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest is now open!  Join students across Arlington county celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On March 8, 1965, Dr. King spoke about Courage and said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Dr. King urged all of us to feel passionate about freedom and justice--- when we feel strongly, we must speak up and not remain silent.

Using this quote from Dr. King, describe in writing or through visual art how speaking up (or being silent) about something can change your personal life, your community or the world.

Categories and Rules

Writing

Entries must be a minimum of 25 words but not more than 150 words.

Poetry

Poems must be your original unpublished work

All entries must be typed or printed on an 8.5 x 11” white piece of paper

Do not put your name on the poem, instead attach your poem to this form and turn into your art teacher.

Visual

Artwork can be produced in any medium and can be 2D or 3D

Create your work and turn it into Ms. Burke or Ms. Williams, they will deliver the works to the drop off point.

MLK Entry Form

Week of November 7, 2016

What does the future look like? Are cities built in the clouds? Is it a place where everyone gets along - even cats and dogs? Or maybe a world where nobody ever gets sick? With the Google homepage as their canvas, young artists are invited to reach into their imagination and share what they see for the future. The winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage.

Some of the grade levels have begun to sketch ideas for their entry. If you are interested entering, please submit your drawing with your parents signature by December 2nd to the Art Rooms 213 and 216. The art teachers also have extra entry forms.

For more information: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/

Week of October 31, 2016

Global Cardboard Challenge Wrap up

The 2nd annual Global Cardboard Challenge was a huge success this past weekend! We had about 100 children and adults come through the art rooms, which was even more than we expected. The maker team loved to see all of the innovative creations that were made. Thank you to all of those that came out to volunteer and to those that made something! We hope you enjoy looking at a few of the photographs we took from the challenge!

                        

Week of October 24, 2016

Global Cardboard Challenge This Sunday!

We can’t wait to see you at our 2nd annual Global Cardboard Challenge! Then event is taking place during Pumpkin Fest this Sunday from 12-3pm. Come out with your family to create something out of recycled materials and then add technology to make it move or light up. We are excited to see different generations working together to make something new.  If you are excited and can’t wait to start then try making a bug on your own and we will display them in the library!

We are also still looking for some volunteers for the event you can use this link to sign up.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0849a9ad2da5fa7-pumpkin

Week of October 17, 2016

Pre-K and 4th Grade

Students will start painting this week or next. Make sure that they are wearing clothes that are appropriate to paint in on the day their class has art. Students can also bring a smock (old t-shirt) to keep in their cubby and bring it with them to art. They will be painting over the next several weeks.

4th Grade Contest

The Epilepsy Foundation has a yearly poster contest to help prevent children from getting epilepsy. This year’s theme is USE A HELMET, PREVENT EPILEPSY. Poster requirements are:

  1. Name of Child
  2. School Name
  3. Teacher’s e-mail
  4. Parent/caregiver e-mail

If you have any other questions please talk to Mrs. Burke or Ms. Williams

Week of October 10, 2016

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST
PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-2017 theme: What Is Your Story?

Dance Choreography

Dance Choreography

Film Production

Film Production

Literature

Literature

Music Composition

Music Composition

Photography

Photography

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Entry forms are located in the Art Rooms 213 and 216. The deadline for this contest is Friday, October 21st.

Week of October 3, 2016

Global Cardboard Challenge 2016
Explorers, get ready to INSPIRE & CREATE. The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Students, with their parents, are invited to build using cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination. Discovery will be hosting our Cardboard Challenge during the Pumpkin Fest on October 30th from 12-3pm in the Art Rooms (213 and 216). To find out more information about this worldwide event, please click here (http://cardboardchallenge.com/http://cardboardchallenge.com/ or http://cardboardchallenge.com/event/2016-global-cardboard-challenge-at-the-pumpkin-fest/)

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Williams (katherine.williams@apsva.us) or Maria Burke (maria.burke@apsva.us).

Materials Needed:

Donation Days—

October 26, 27, 28th!

Please send in clean/rinsed items

Please do not send materials not on this list

Used cardboard boxes (big & medium size)

Cereal boxes

Shoeboxes

Empty containers of strawberries

Empty bottles and bottle caps

Egg cartons

Milk cartons

Paper towel and toilet paper tubes

Old fabric, pillowcases or clothes cut into scraps

Old stuffed animals and toys

Yarn

Box cutters (for older kids or parents)

Assorted paper for making

Brown paper bags

Bags of confetti

Duct tape

Corks

large/small yogurt cups

Please drop off in the Makerspace area in the Library
(Innovation Commons)

Week of September 26, 2016

Students have been starting to make connections from their classroom lessons in art this week.

Pre-K/Montessori are learning about lines and have drawn and will be painting lines soon!

Kindergarten read the book “Lines that Wiggle” and everyone created their very own line monster. Some were scary others were very nice.

First grade read “My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks.” They are making portraits from found objects using direct observation.

Second graders are starting to make still life drawings! They sketched fake food in class using direct observation and will be making an oil pastel drawing in the next couple of weeks. We are going to be looking at the artist Paul Cezanne to go along with this lesson.

Third grade is starting to explore the big idea of imagination through an art history postcard game. They then started their first lesson on imaginary pet portraits. This week they sketched their drawings.

Fourth grade is making connections with social studies in art by painting Virginia landscapes. We are reviewing the five regions of VA and they will pick one to paint for their landscape.

Fifth graders is starting to explore the big idea of identity through an art history postcard discussion. They then had their first drawing lesson on blind and modified contour drawing of their hands, shoes, plants and backpacks.

Week of September 19, 2016

This week in art class students have been making their visual journals to keep in the art room. These will be used for brainstorm, sketching and choice activities when they finish early with their work. We are excited to see how they will fill their sketchbooks by the end of the year.

PTA Reflections Contest

The theme this year is “This is your story.” Students can compete in different categories such as visual arts, photography, literature, dance choreography, film production and music composition. Students should make an original artwork on this theme and write an artist statement. An artist statement describes the work and how it relates to the theme. The art must be completed at home, but they can pick up the forms in art class! All submission must be complete with an entry form and turned in by Friday October 21st in the drop-off bin in the main hallway.

Week of September 12, 2016

DOT DAY

We continued our celebration of Peter H. Reynold’s book, The Dot, by finish our dots that students started last week. Students then reflected on their dots by writing a short reflection or discussing with their class. If you stop by Discover this week or next look look for dots!

Week of September 5, 2016

DOT DAY

Inspired by Peter H. Reynold’s book, The Dot, Discovery Artists are busy creating their own unique dots in celebration of International Dot Day on September 15th. Students are making their dots with collaged papers, mandala and zendala styles of drawing, elevated foam collage, oil pastel drawings, and watercolor resist techniques. This is a choice-based art lesson and every dot is an original. Ask your artist how they created their dot and what title they would give it.