Back from a Mini Hiatus

It’s been quite some time since I’ve had time to post, so I have plenty to share!  We went on winter break and upon returning to school, I was extremely busy working on decor for Tu Bishvat and Siddur: hence the lack of entries.  However, I have some beautiful pieces to show you.   🙂

On Monday, January 11th, I went the nursery school and introduced the students to the artist Paul Klee.  I showed them one of my personal favorite pieces to view at the Art Institute of Chicago: In the Magic Mirror. 


It’s essentially a face created out of a single line.  I had the students play with a string to try and create a face with a single line as well.  Once they found a design they were happy with, we glued it down and added googly eyes.  Afterwards, I showed them how to illustrate a “normal” face.

5th -8th grades worked on Hamsas.  They learned about symmetry and designed a symmetrical hamsa.  Next, they etched their designed Hamsa onto a piece of foam board and created something of a “hamsa stamp”.  They inked it up and made multiple prints.  I absolutely loved the outcome.



The last project I’m very proud of – was the Chagall stained glass windows that I worked on with pre-nursery – 3rd grade.  I showed the students the stained glass piece on display at the Art Institute of Chicago called: America Windows.

We talked about some of the common images that pop up in Chagall’s artwork such as birds, kosher fish, menorahs, etc.  Students created their own “stained glass” by gluing tissue paper to transparency paper.  Some of the students illustrated Chagall-inspired imagery onto pieces of tissue paper and glued them on top.

The results were positively stunning.  Don’t these make the winter view a tad bit more cheerful??


Value Studies

The last few weeks I’ve been teaching the eighth graders about Value.  If you’re not familiar with art lingo – Value is the darkness and lightness of a single color.

There are many ways to accomplish value in art.  You can do it with pencil, crayon, or colored pencil, by either applying little to very hard pressure when coloring. If you can master this technique – your illustrations are guaranteed to look all the more realistic.


Achieving value with paint can be a bit trickier because it requires some color theory knowledge and a good eye when it comes to mixing paints.

Eighth graders were asked to create a 5 layered landscape which were painted in using a value scale – from light to dark.

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I was pretty pleased with their results.

Noam Yagel 8B
Levi Kreimer 8B
Ally Meiselman 8B

I’ll post the rest when the remainder of the eighth graders are done.  🙂

This week 4th grade also began working on some value studies inside their sketchbooks – sketchbooks are definitely in use right now, so hopefully everyone has them by the next week (grades 3-7)!

Grades 5-8 are working on giant Zentangle initials.  Here is an example of what they may look like when they’re complete.


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Kindergarten had a special clay day since they were all done with their turkeys!

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They love Clay day – I mean who doesn’t??