AAS Elementary Art

Grades 1-5 Art

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school! We have completed our first 12 day cycle and all students Grades 1-5 have had an opportunity to get accustomed to our newly arranged art studio. In fact, it looks much the same as before. The difference being, the socially distanced seating, and more than usual, individualised sets of materials in order to adhere to AAS safety procedures. Students have already demonstrated high levels of responsibility by sanitizing hands upon entry and exit, wearing their masks appropriately, staying seated in their ‘space’, and touching only what is necessary for their learning. They have already learned to place used items at our ‘cleaning station’ and learned to disinfect their table/chair before the end of the lesson. Bravo artists!

During Hybrid, you will have noticed that on the ‘home’ days, students have been provided a link to the Virtual Art Studio (pictures above). This allows students to freely engage in aspects of art which is of specific interest to them. Due to their experience with our choice based art program last year, our Grade 2-5 students are already familiar with independently setting up a workspace, generating their own ideas for art works, engaging in research, creating, presenting and reflecting. Those who are interested to create their own art at home are encouraged to upload photos of it to our Penguin Art Gallery. The link to this is found by clicking on Penguin Art Gallery Image, on the homepage of the Virtual Art Studio. Sharing their work with others allows them a sense of pride in their work, and they also may find inspiration, by viewing the work of their peers. During art time at home, they might also choose to simply listen to/view, art related stories, found in the virtual art library, or they may spend time exploring the styles of various artists. The Origami Room and Art Hub, allows them to engage in some fun skill building through tutorials. It is your child’s choice to engage in their own creative work, or make use of the Virtual Art Studio. It is recommended that students take a moment to further explore the studio each week, as new items will likely be added in time.

Please note that as long as we are working in a hybrid situation, students should not upload work done at home, to Seesaw. We hope to save Seesaw for school work, and keep the Penguin Art Gallery for choice work done at home.

It’s been a great start!

All Grades: Distance Learning End

Click here for Rainbow Art Video

Congratulations on completing six weeks of Distance Learning! Miss Helen will be catching up on Seesaw Posts in the next few days, so continue to look out for comments. I have been truly amazed by the level of engagement from our dedicated artists throughout this time. Thank you to parents for your on-going support. It has been a heart-warming experience, as we pull together as a community. Thank you to everyone.
During our Distance Learning time, AAS Elementary School Artists joined thousands of children, in creating Rainbow Art to share with their community. The Rainbow Art movement originated in Italy and Spain, and soon picked up in the United Kingdom and USA. The children’s art, posted in windows, are a symbol of hope during the testing times of Covid19, and also a sign of appreciation and gratitude for Health Workers, who risk so much on behalf of all of us. Thank you to ES Art Students for bringing, light, love and care to our AAS Community. Stay home. Stay Safe. And ‘Keep on being Creative’.


Distance Learning: How to manage time?

Art: Distance Learning 

Dear Parents,

I am posting this here, in order to avoid the need to post it on daily slides every week. Thank you. 

The 20 minute time allocated for art is the minimum requirement. As this is little time, please know that any art activity started on the first lesson of the week, can carry over to the last one. Students may use two art times to work on one piece. In fact I would encourage this. The nature of our art program means that students are free to work at their own rate – some will use all the allocated time on one piece of work.  Some will do several things in one week. 

They should upload to Seesaw on the second art lesson of the week. 

The majority of our  AAS students really do love art and will want to spend more time. If this is your child, I recommend that you save art to be the last activity for the day, so that they may spend as much time as they like (with your permission of course) on being creative.

Thank you for your attention,

Helen Arnold

All Grades: Distance Learning & Rainbow Art

Examples of First Grade Rainbow Art 

A quick thank you for the support you are providing students with Distance Learning. A very large number of artists have been actively engaged. This is great to see. Let the motivation continue! Grades 1,2,3 have submitted some wonderful Rainbow art this week, demonstrating a great variety of creativity and approaches to the idea of bringing light and love to our community through their art. This idea has been inspired by a current trend in the UK and some parts of the USA where children are posting Rainbows in their windows. See here for news article. Grades 4 and 5 will be asked to contribute next week (Deadline will be Friday 10 April), after they have completed their transdisciplinary work (Unit of Inquiry related Art). We hope to put these together, to form one large community artwork (or slide show) for our end year ‘virtual’ closing ceremony. Therefore, good clear photos, with no text boxes are encouraged for this work. Stay home, stay safe, and keep on being creative!

Correction: Distance Learning Art

Yesterday’s post stated that students will have 40 minutes x 2 a week, allocated to art. My apologies. This was an error.

Grades 1-5 are allocated 20 minutes x 2 a week. Therefore they are expected to spend a total of 40 minutes per week on art.

Students are of course welcomed to spend as much time as they like on their art. The 40 minutes is the minimum requirement. However, they should be helped to manage their time, ensuring they spend the correct amount of time on other subjects too.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Distance Learning: Art

Dear Parents

On Tuesday 17 March, students will bring home their art portfolio. This is the collection of art pieces they have created this school year. Please know this is a working document which they will need for their Distance Learning. Therefore, they should store it safely upon arriving home, and await instructions for the work next week.

From 23rd March, Students will receive activites for art twice a week. Activites are designed for 40 minutes each time. Students may want to, and can, spend more time on their art. However they should of course manage their time with other subjects. Please see here, to know which days they are expected to work on art. The information will come via their classroom teacher. Every time they work on their art, students should document their progress on Seesaw.


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As mentioned above, please keep the portfolio in an accessible place. Some of the distance learning will probably involve working on, photographing, or reflecting upon the work in the folder. It is therefore, very important to keep until 1 May, as it is important to your child’s art program.

Preparing at home for Distance Learning Art

  • Please help them find a workspace – a kitchen table for example.
  • They have been provided an ‘art pack’ which contains a sketchbook and pencil only. They should try to return this to school in August.
  • Online activities will be created in a way that ensures students only need a pencil and paper. However if there are more art materials such as paints, crayons, markers and larger paper in the house, students are encouraged to use them. This is far more fun and interesting for them!

Thank you for your support in these times. Feel free to email me with any questions on Helen.Arnold@aas.ru



Grades Two to Four: W.O.W

This Cycle, Grades 2-4 have begun thinking about a new W.O.W piece. It was quite amusing yesterday as Second Grade entered the room and saw the above slide on the Smart Board, and one student exclaimed “WOW! Wait…. but we already did a WOW piece!” Yes, and it is time to start another, and another and another, until we reach Grade 12 and beyond! As students become increasingly familiar with this, and thinking/behaving like artists, they will work at different rates, and make this move, more independently.

Now that we are in our second semester of our choice based program it is great to see students increasingly independent in their understanding  of our essential questions “What do artists do?” and “Where do ideas come from?” During the first semester, the focus was very much on self management of the environment (our studio) and time. Organisation has been the key. In order to simply allow them to gain confidence, those who wanted, were allowed to copy from images. This semester we are focusing more on the word ‘original’ in ‘wonderful original work of art – WOW’. Some may still feel the need, and this is ok – however students now encounter questions of “where is the creativity?” , “What are YOU bringing to this work?” and/or “Why/How is this important to you?” as a means of making that closer, personal connection to their art.

As the year has progressed, planning documents have grown, as students now have access to four stations, ie. Art Forms: Drawing, Painting, Collage and Printmaking. Students are encouraged to think about which is their favourite art form – one which they feel most passionate about, and incorporate this, into their ‘WOW’ piece. Fourth grades are taking things a step further by considering combining two art forms, or two skills, which they will later be expected to discuss in their artist’s statement.

We look forward to the results of our second round of WOW projects. (Example of Planning Document below).


First to Fourth Grade: Skill Builders, Printmaking & Reflection/Evaluation

A choice based system most certainly does not mean full time free choice. Of course there must be room for specific skill building and learning of new techniques, which students can then apply to their choice based art later.

Since the start of the new year, Grades 1-4 have been involved in some ‘have to’ lessons (otherwise known as Skill Builders), through the introduction of our Printmaking Station. Emphasis has been placed on organisation of workspace, the actual process of various printmaking techniques, and self evaluation and reflection. Printmaking techniques have been planned to allow progression throughout the grade levels.

First Grade: Fingerprinting, Sponge Dot Printing (after observation and critique of pointillism and work of George Seurat), and Printmaking with Found Objects

Second Grade: Styrofoam Prints with washable markers

Third Grade: Styrofoam Prints with washable markers, and basic reduction print with ink (single color/layer)

Fourth Grade: Mono prints, and reduction prints with ink – two colors/layers

Students are encouraged to keep ALL pieces, no matter how ‘bad’ they may turn out. Bad prints are good! Not only will students be able to demonstrate the progression of their skill, they can also use these to discuss their evaluation of the quality of the print, reflect on problems which may be occuring and seek solutions to these, or strategies for improvement.

Ongoing reflection and evaluation should take place through self talk and discussions with peers and the teacher. Thus students are becoming increasingly familiar with discussing their process, inclusive of art specific vocabulary.

Due to lack of time, students are not required to write or record reflections/evaluations on Seesaw daily. Simply uploading a photo of stages of the work, at the end of the lesson is enough to gain a habit of documenting.

In a few weeks students will complete a ‘W.O.W’ piece of art (as a reminder please click on the following link)

First, Second, Fourth and Fifth Grade: W.O.W 

which was posted on 21st November 2019. This will require a more indepth, written or spoken reflection on Seesaw.

Speak to your child about his/her printmaking experience. We hope they can freely discuss their process inclusive of art vocabulary such as ‘found objects, printing plate, printing ink, brayer, sponge, styrofoam…’ according to grade level.

Please enjoy some photos below taken during Printmaking Classes, Grades 1-4.

All Grades: Art Shirts (to be worn over uniform)

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our brand new, art shirts, designed for ES Artists! They are of course supplied to protect student clothes from art materials (as best possible).

However, the design is especially important, as it reinforces the student’s sense of identity, as an artist, and our ongoing mantra “You are the artist, and this is your studio“. We have choices of blue, green, red and yellow. Yes! Color is very important!

All students are expected to wear them over their clothes during art. The majority of students gladly accept this. However there are just one or two who do not want to wear them. Students will be highly encouraged, but not pushed, to wear the art shirts.

Please enjoy these fun photos of the first set of students to wear our very cool art shirts!

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