• Maverick Fox, grade 2 "Van Gogh Inspired Sunflowers" tempera on paper 12"x18"

    Third graders became inspired by the book, Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak. We discussed the amazing texture Maurice Sendak created in his illustrations, and practiced this mark making on our own styrofoam printing plate. I not only love Lia’s mark making on her printing plate, but I’m also impressed by her print’s clarity. Finding the right balance of ink and pressure on a print is pretty advanced. Lia’s skills clearly shine through in this piece! Nice work, Lia!

  • Hannah Hartzell, grade 2 "Yayoi Kusama Inspired Pumpkins" colored pencil on black paper 5"x5"

    Students looked at the contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama, for inspiration for their pumpkin project. Kusama is known as the "queen of polka dots," so I asked students to pick a shape and color in the negative space, opposed to the positive, or actual shape. Hannah made a beautifully crafted patterned pumpkin. Hannah’s design in and around the pumpkin is well thought out and creative! I’m so impressed, Hannah!

  • Owen Aronowitz, grade 2 "Snowmen at Night" chalk pastel on black paper 9"x4"

    After reading a Snowman at Night by Caralyn Buehner, students created their own three-dimensional looking snowmen. Using chalk pastels students picked one light value and one dark value to mix together and create forms. Details were then added to bring their snowmen to life. Owen did an amazing job making this snowman look three-dimensional. I love the way the background snow and scarf add so much movement to the piece. His snowman really feels like he’s in a snowstorm. Great job, Owen!

  • Sofia Firat, grade 2 "Warm vs Cool Colored Leaves" crayon and watercolor on paper 9"x12"

    This fall second graders made some beautiful warm colored leaves. We discussed the difference between warm and cool colors. Students were asked to create warm colored leaves in crayon, and wash over it with a cool colored water color. Sofia’s leaves are popping with color! She used the entire page to design in leaves so they feel as though they are really falling. Her cool color choices really add depth to her work! Excellent work, Sofia!

  • Jordan Heavey, grade 2 "Fauvist Imaginary Places" crayon and collage 12"x16"

    Second grade students created fauvist dream houses with crayons and collage elements. We discussed fauvist artists such as Henri Matisse, and why they were considered to be radical for their time period. Students were then asked to create their own imaginary place with the brightest colored crayons they could find. Jordan’s favorite cool colored mountain range is so beautifully crafted. She added some interesting texture and design elements with the collage paper. Nice use of materials, Jordan!

  • Audrey Edgert, grade 3 "Radial Symmetry" colored pencil on black paper 6"x6"

    In third grade we created images about symmetry. Students referenced images of stained glass, and mandalas. They were then asked to create a corner of their radial symmetry piece and transfer it to the other three corners. Students used a graphite pencil transfer process. Finally students colored in their work using colored pencils. Audrey did an amazing job taking her time transferring her pedals to make a radial flower. I love the way she changed the color of the pedals as they overlap to make a more interesting composition. Great job, Audrey!

  • Nigel Lau, grade 11 "Ai No Kemono" acrylic 10"x12"

    In the piece, Nigel combines his technical knowledge of portraiture with abstract imaginative design. The black and white palette of the face, which seems stoic and more sculptural than natural, competes with the colorful melting pattern. The contrast between the subject and background alludes to the idea that this stoic figure, like many of us, has wild thoughts and ideas waiting to burst out.

  • Jack Fratolillo, grade 3 "Gustav Klimt Inspired Tree of Life" sharpie marker on yellow paper 12"x16"

    Third graders started their year at Wheelock School by studying Gustav Klimt. We discussed his Tree of life image, and focused on his patterns and designs. Students then created their own trees of life with a variety of shapes, patterns, and metallic details, just like Klimt. Jack’s linework is so interesting in this piece. He made some interesting choices about textures and designs, while taking his time to create this awesome image of a tree. So cool, Jack!

  • William Sroka, grade 1 "Art Dog!" tempera paint on paper 12"x16"

    After reading Art Dog! by Thacher Hurd, students created their own version of an art dog, or art animal. In the book Art Dog is a super hero of sorts, so I really appreciated the way William’s art dogs had a cape and masks to show his superpowers. William’s skills and craftsmanship show through in his painting. It feels well composed and complete. Nice job!

  • Kat Zheng, grade 1 "Colorful Chameleon" watercolor on paper 9"x12"

    After reading A Color of His Own , by Leo Lionni, students created their own versions of chameleons. This was a challenge for many students, but we worked on finding the basic shapes that make a lizard-like creature, and spent a long time practicing our swirly tongues and tails. I was so impressed by Kat’s persistence and ability to make this work her own. Her chameleon is so bright and playful, which adds so much dimension to her work. Great work, Kat!

  • Sarah Lautz, grade 11 "It's Safer Inside" acrylic 9"x12"

    In this painting, Sarah shows how fear can be overpowering and how it tends hold people back from goals and aspirations. From the left edge of the piece, Sarah paints dark streams, representing fear. The subject of this piece is caught in the middle, deciding whether or not to open this door, leaving the viewer to interpret the final outcome. This was the last painting turned in before the COVID school closure, and now more than ever we find ourselves in a similar situation as the subject of this painting, in a more literal interpretation than anyone is comfortable with.

  • Gwyneth McNulty, grade 1 "Elmer the Patchwork Elephant" marker on paper 11"x14"

    After reading Elmer's Special Day, by David Mckee, students made their own versions of Elmer the elephant. Students traced a template to create their shapes, decorated their elephants with patterns. Markers and colored pencils were used to color their elephants. I love the way Gwen carefully crafted her pattern. It’s clear Gwen took her time to thoughtfully create the patterns, and carefully color in her picture. You did an awesome job, Gwen!

  • Olivia Dailey, grade 12 "Natural Happiness" digital photography 5"x7"

    In this piece, Olivia plays with texture, contrasting the consistency of the subject’s hair to the dry grass. Olivia organizes her composition using rule of thirds and utilizes a color palette in muted brown tones. This is a candid photo, and captures a moment of genuine unfiltered joy.

  • Nathan Kiser, grade 1 "Runaway Pumpkin" oil pastel on black paper 6"x6"

    After reading The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis, students began creating their own pumpkin patch. We practiced making the pumpkin look round by mixing lighter values into the pumpkin that gradually become darker. Nathan’s pumpkin caught my eye right away. Nathan’s pumpkin not only looks three dimensional, but he also used all the space in his square composition beautifully! Nice job, Nathan!

  • Brynn Corrigan, grade 1 "Textured Monster" colored pencil on black paper 9"x12"

    In first grade we discussed the illusion of texture. Brynn did an amazing job representing many different textures in a well crafted creature. Her monster has such a fun personality, which was brought out the white lines on dark paper. So cool!

  • Tracey Babin, Teacher "Succulents" mixed-media on paper

    Succulents line all of my window sills in my house. I became inspired by their complex design and texture, and started playing with different media on paper. For this piece I used a variety of acrylic paint, house paint, texture tools, such as combs and toothbrushes. I added details to the plants with colored pencils and ink.

  • Caitlin Knight, grade 11 "Casa Loma" digital illustration 8.5"x11"

    Building up their growing vector drawing skills and using vintage 20th century travel posters as a reference, students create their own travel posters. Caitlin’s poster uses foreground/ middle ground/ background and controlled value relationships to create depth. She skillfully handles the mechanics of the program, while maintaining a vintage feel through her use of color and shape.

  • Izzy Lichtenstein, grade 3 "Modigliani Inspired Portraits" tempera paint on paper with oil pastel 12"x18"

    This fall second graders made some beautiful warm colored leaves. We discussed the difference between warm and cool colors. Students were asked to create warm colored leaves in crayon, and wash over it with a cool colored water color. Sofia’s leaves are popping with color! She used the entire page to design in leaves so they feel as though they are really falling. Her cool color choices really add depth to her work! Excellent work, Sofia!

  • Grace Buzgo, grade 9 "Cubist Still Life" mixed media 18"x24"

    In Introduction to Art, students learn how the elements and principles of design are used to create an effective composition. Here, Grace carefully selects and arranges different parts of the still life throughout the picture plane to create this engaging work.

  • Liza Young, grade 10 "Untitled (Cut Paper Problem)" collage 8"x10"

    In Introduction to Art, students learn the design principles of unity and variety. In this collage, Liza uses these two seemingly opposing ideas to create a cohesive, yet active composition. She is mindfully engaging positive and negative space to create visual movement and balance.

  • Hailey DePaola, grade 10 "Puzzled" digital photography 5"x7"

    This picture was taken while Hailey was documenting her life in quarantine. Here, Hailey captures the enormity of the task ahead of her father and alludes to the new uncertainty and extra time many have had on their hands in the early days of social distancing.

  • Emery Swirbalus, grade 11 "21st Century Anime Horror Girlz" mixed media 9"x12"

    While originally intending to create a monster, Emery quickly became absorbed in the madness of the collage behind her. This piece challenges the limits of chaos. A variety of media is used including a lock of hair, plastic babies, candy wrappers, notes from the guidance counselor and much more.

  • Tyler Paquin, grade 10 "Plastic Statistics" 35mm Film 5"x7"

    Traditional photography requires that attention be paid to every step. From skilled camera use, to proficient darkroom technique, analog photography tests one’s skills as a photographer in ways digital cannot- and you still must create a compelling image. Here, Tyler uses a 35mm camera and a forced perspective to capture this eye-tricking scene.

  • Anne Zhang, grade 4 "Colorful World" collage 8"x10"

    Students used cut and torn paper to create shape, line, and texture in their collage. Anne was attentive in her color selection and the configuration of her shapes. She also layered in painted textures and patterns.

  • Cara Knight, grade 4 "Beach" tempera 12"x18"

    For this assignment students were given the challenge to create the illusion of distance in a work. Cara organized her composition by showing careful attention to the size of the objects and their positioning on the page.

  • Emilie Cabezud, kindergarten "Patterned Rug" marker and cut paper 8"x12"

    This project is where two ideas collide. It requires understanding and creating colorful and unique patterns as well as keen cutting skills. What makes Emmie’s stand out is how clean and colorful the patterns are and the thought that went into cutting nice fringes to really create that “rug” look.

  • Cole Bryson, grade 5 "House" tempera 12"x18"

    Monochromatic color was employed to deepen the students’ knowledge of depth and contrast. Cole’s piece demonstrates his understanding of the relationship between shape and value.

  • Elizabeth Cumming, grade 4 "Monkey" scratch art 8.5"x11"

    This assignment focused on close observation of texture and contrast in a photograph. Elizabeth’s drawing carefully records the characteristics of the monkey. She also creates a sense of space through her repetition and layering of the trees.

  • Justin Bae, grade 5 "Bells" tempera 12"x18"

    For this assignment students were exploring how artists use reflective surfaces in their work. Justin gave the still life objects a sense of depth by diligently painting the variations in color on the leaves and reflective metal bells.

  • Nathan Bills, grade 4 "Cityscape" tempera 12"x18"

    For this assignment students were given the challenge to create the illusion of distance in a work. Nathan layered his structures and used size to set them back into space.

  • Sadie Morrison, grade 4 "Panda" scratch art 8.5"x11"

    This assignment focused on close observation of texture and contrast in a photograph. Sadie has shown careful attention to detail, balanced with a variety of textures.

  • Zoie De Hoff, grade 5 "Sunset" tempera 12"x18"

    This assignment focused on the challenge of using color theory to camouflage a magazine swatch into a painting. In this piece Zoie has demonstrated her knowledge of blending color. By carefully considering the placement of objects on the page she has also created a sense of depth and tension within the space.

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