Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Cat in the Hat

Kindergarten students recently enjoyed reading "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss (who had a birthday earlier this month!).  Many students had read this classic before and eagerly anticipated the funny twists along the way.

Students then created Cat in the Hat drawings, following along with step-by-step directions.  It was helpful to think of shapes and letters as we drew (examples: the Cat's face was a giant "U" and his bow tie was made from two triangles and a circle).

Below are finished cats by Ms. Tanguay's class, who completed their creations using red tempera paint and colorful dot markers.  We loved seeing so many unique results!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Watertown Public Schools K-12 Art Show

The Watertown Public Schools K-12 Art Show is now on view!  The exhibit is on display through March 28th at the Watertown Mall.

Come celebrate the hard work and talent of our students at the opening reception this Tuesday, March 21 from 5 - 7 p.m.  All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Below are displays featuring artwork by 1st and 2nd grade students at Cunniff!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

4th Grade Pop Art Prints

Fourth grade students have been working on self-portraits inspired by artist Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement.  To begin, we watched a short video about Pop Art:

Self-Portrait, Andy Warhol 1966

Students learned that Pop Art is short for "popular art" and that Andy Warhol was a Pop Artist interested in exploring popular culture of his time.  He often used bright colors and repeated images, using printmaking to create many copies of his artwork.

For this lesson, we would be creating our own collection of self-portraits, using a printmaking technique called foam relief printing.  To begin our self-portraits, we created simple line drawings using pencil and paper. Students used mirrors to observe basic shapes, proportions, and facial features.

Each student transferred their drawing onto a foam printing plate - first taping their paper on top of foam, then tracing over drawn lines using a dull pencil.  This created a copy of their self-portrait, now indented into the foam.  To carve our image deeper into the foam, we removed the paper and used a dull pencil to press into lines one more time.  

Students learned that when we later add ink to our plates and print, these carved out areas will remain empty and the uncarved areas will hold onto the ink. 

Printing day!  An exciting class where students learned proper printmaking techniques, including how to use a brayer (roller), roll out and apply ink, and hand-print their images onto paper.


Day one of printing was a success!  Students gained practice with relief printing and are looking forward to trying again next week.  Once finished, they will be choosing a few of their best prints to create a final project in the style of Andy Warhol - stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Winter Wonderlands

This winter hasn't been especially snowy, so students at Cunniff created some winter wonderlands of their own.   Our bulletin board display near the library features student work from all grade levels.  Just in time for some real snow arriving outside... finally!

Snowy Houses - Pre-K/K

Matching Mittens - 1st Grade

Winter Birds - 2nd Grade
Snowman Collages - 3rd Grade

3rd Grade 

3rd Grade

Winter Trees - 4th Grade

 Winter Skies by 5th Grade

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Color Wheel Flowers

Third graders recently completed Color Wheel Flowers - a collaborative art project focusing on the color wheel and color mixing.  Students began by discussing the primary and secondary colors.  We watched a fun stop motion animation to refresh our memories: Primary Colors.

The first step of our project involved creating painted paper.  The challenge: using only two primary colors, paint each half a different color and mix when they meet in the middle. Secondary colors began to emerge at this stage.  Students then experimented with texture combs to add even more visual interest.

During the next class, we agreed upon what shape petals we would all try and create - drawing, tracing and cutting out as many petals as possible.  This step required some serious focus.

The true challenge came at the end.  We discussed why collaborating in art is important, as well as what makes good team work - coming up with a list of "ingredients" to keep in mind. Working in small groups, students arranged the petals in color-wheel order, gluing them down once happy with their composition.   Teams completed their flowers by adding fingerprints to the center - making them truly unique and a reminder of the teamwork that went into their creation.


Sunday, January 22, 2017


Welcome to Art at Cunniff!  My name is Mrs. Lucas and I am the new art teacher here at Cunniff Elementary School.  I've decided to create this blog to showcase the wonderful work being created by students at our school.

This year in the Art Room we've explored many things so far, including line, color, value, and shape. We've also had the chance to check out historically famous artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse, as well as art movements like Surrealism and Expressionism.

I'm excited to share moments and artwork from the Art Room with you all.   As an art educator, I hope to inspire and encourage students, while fostering a sense of self-confidence and curiosity through art making.

Please feel free to contact me with questions at

-Mrs. Lucas