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    Email Address: jrostron@manasquanboe.org
    Phone number: 732-528-8810 Ext.

    ALL GRADES 3, 4, AND 5 JUNE 8-12TH, 2020

    There will not be a new assignment this week.  Please use these last few days to catch up on any assignments you may owe me!  If you have any questions about past assignments, please feel free to email me.  You have all done such a wonderful job!  I hope to see you soon and have a wonderful summer.  

    3rd Grade, 4th Grade (Mrs. Taft's Class), and 5th Grade (Ms. McMullen's Class) June 1-8th, 2020

    Good Morning Everyone!  

    I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend, FINALLY!!!!!!!!! :-)

    For this week's assignment, your project is up to you!!  You can do anything.  It can be a life drawing, or a fantasy drawing.  It could be a cartoon, it could be a repeat of a past project.  If you want to do another still life, you can do that.  If you want to draw a family member, you can!  If you want to create a superhero you can do that.  You can take this in any direction you would like.  Just please understand if you hand in a drawing of a stick figure, you will not be receiving a good grade.  If it looks like you drew it in five minutes, you will not be getting a good grade.  This does not need to be a drawing, if you want to create a three dimensional piece like a sculpture, you absolutely can!  Have so much fun with, I cannot wait to see where you all decide to take this. :-)

    You will have a full week for this assignment.  It will be due on Monday, June 8, 2020.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

     

    Grade 3 May 26-June 1, 2020

    Good morning everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.  For this week's assignment I would like you to draw a place you would like to go!  This could be a place you have visited before that you just absolutely love, or this can be a place you have always wanted to visit!  This can also be a place that doesn't actually exist.  Some examples of real places you would like to visit could be Paris, the beach, or Disneyland.  Some places that do not exist could be Candyland, Hoggwarts, or Monsterland.  You can use any materials that you would like!  Try to think about the three major parts of a landscape which are, foreground, middle ground, and background.  This can help guide you in the set up of your drawing.  Have fun with this and I cannot wait to see what you come up with!  This project will be due on Monday, June 1, 2020

    Grade 4 (Mrs. Taft's Class) and Grade 5 (Ms. McMullen's Class) May 27-June 1, 2020

    Good morning everyone!  I hope you enjoyed the long weekend!  In your email you will find a PowerPoint explaining this week's project.  You will be taking a picture of a face from a magazine or newspaper, cutting it in half, and drawing the side of the face that is missing.  The PowerPoint is full of some visuals for you if this is hard to understand.  You may use any drawing material!  Most students work in pencil for this project, but it is up to you!  This project will be due on Monday, June 1, 2020Enjoy and don't forget to check your email for the PowerPoint!  It will be in there Tuesday morning (May 26th). 

    Grades 3 May 18-26th, 2020

    For this week’s assignment, I would like you to transform yourself or a family member into a robot!!  What would that look like?  What kind of geometric parts would be assembled on you or your family member??  Remember, geometric shapes and forms are manmade.  They have degrees and angles.  They are made with tools.  What characteristics of you or your family member would stay similar to the characteristics of the robot?  For example, If I have blue eyes, shouldn’t the eyes of the robot have blue circles?  If I had red hair, wouldn’t I possibly create red wires coming out of the top of the robot’s head??  These are all things to consider.

    You may draw your robot or build your robot to create a three-dimensional sculpture!  You may use any materials to draw the robot and you can use any materials to build the robot.  Please have fun with this and get creative!  You may decide you want to create your entire family as robots, this is up to you!  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me!  This project will be due after the holiday weekend on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

    Grade 4 (Mrs. Taft’s Class) and Grade 5 (Ms. McMullen’s Class) May 18-27th, 2020

    This week you will focus on something from nature outside.  I want the focus to be organic forms.  As you know, organic forms are from nature.  Of course, if you choose to draw your full backyard, there will most likely be geometric forms involved in the picture as well!  This is more than fine, just make sure that you are focusing on natural forms specifically.  In your email, you will find a PowerPoint full of examples of what direction you may take this in.  Maybe you are drawing the full backyard, maybe a plant, trees, flowers, anything can be drawn, as long as it is from nature.  If you are not allowed to go outside, you can draw what you see from a window, or you may draw a houseplant.  You could also take something from outside and bring it in.  Please understand though this is a life drawing.  A life drawing means that the subject is physically in front of you!  PLEASE DO NOT PULL IMAGES UP FROM YOUR COMPUTER AND DRAW OFF OF THOSE.  YOUR SUBJECT SHOULD BE PRESENT IN FRONT OF YOU.  This way you can get all of the full details and proportions accurate.  Drawing from pictures is great, but we better our craft by drawing from real life.

    You may use any materials and this project is due on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 because of the holiday weekend. 

     

     Grades 3, Grade 4 (Mrs. Taft’s Class), and Grade 5 (Ms. McMullen’s Class) May 11-15th 2020

    Last week you all had technical drawings to create for me.  They were not easy assignments, and yet you all did such a wonderful job!  I am so impressed with the effort you are all giving me on a consistent basis, so please keep up the great work!

    For this week I wanted to give you something that can really get your imagination roaring.  I would like you to think about what a superhero or villain looks like.  What kinds of super powers do these characters possess?  In the past few months, have your opinions of what a true superhero looks like changed at all?

    After researching some superheroes and villains online, I would like you to come up with your own authentic superhero or villain.  This means you cannot draw superman, he was someone else’s idea.  You are to create your own.  They do not need to be of human form.  For example, if Super Cat is your idea, then it can be an animal.  You may take this in whatever direction you may like!  The project can be a drawing or a sculpture.  You may use any materials.  You can just draw a superhero, or you can just draw a villain.  If you want to draw both, you may absolutely do that.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns through email!  I am excited to see what you come up with!

    4th and 5th grade, check your email for a recent work by an artist named Banksy I want to show you that correlates with this project. 😊

     

     3rd Grade May 4th-8th, 2020

    For this week’s assignment you will draw two realistic hands in two different positions.  You will use your non-drawing hand as the model.  So, for example one hand drawing could be giving the peace sign while the other is a fist.  You have done a few weeks of non-technical work, so it is important that we do a technical activity this week.  You cannot trace your hand!  This defeats the purpose of us trying to create an observational drawing.  Take your time with this.  Pencil is fine to use and on any type of paper.  Take some time to google hand proportions to have a better understanding.  If you have rings or a bracelet on, please include those in the drawing!  If you want to draw a family members hand as one of the two, please by all means do that.  Email me with any questions or concerns you may have.  I look forward to what you come up with!  Remember, a good artist looks at their subject 80% of the time and only 20% of the time at their paper.  The more you focus on your subject, the more it will look realistic!  This project is due on Friday, May 8, 2020!

     4th Grade Mrs. Taft’s Class and 5th Grade Mrs. McMullen’s Class May 4-8th, 2020

    This week I thought you could have some fun with some illustrative work!  In your email you will find a PowerPoint highlighting the work of Victor Nunes.  I would like you to review some of his work and come up with your own objects to create illustrations with!  As you will see, he repeats an object and does different illustrations from that.  I tried to give you an array of different examples so you can see you don’t necessarily need to own ten rubber bands of the same color, or ten of the same pair of scissors.  I would like ten different illustrations.  These will stand out the best if done in pen.  You can use any color you would like. If you are nervous to use such a permanent drawing material, feel free to pencil your imagine in first!  If you only have computer sized paper, that is fine, you might just need to use more than one piece to create all ten items.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.  I am so excited to see what you come up with!  Have fun with this and get as silly as possible!!!

    This project is due on Friday, May 8, 2020!

     

     Grade 3 April 27th-May 1, 2020

    I thought we could get a little silly this week!  I would like you to create 2 to 3 animals dressed in clothing that you have designed!  I want you to think about our Elements of design (line, shape, value, color, texture, form, and space) when coming up with the clothing.  What about the Principles of design?  Will you be creating a pattern?  Are you designing a dress, sports uniform, pajamas, superhero costume?  What will you decide?  Will a hat be involved?  This is up to you where you take this.  Please be as silly as you would like!  Take the time to research fashion online!  You can use any materials that you have at your home to create this.  When you choose your animals, try to use photo references so you can draw them as realistic as possible.  Have so much fun and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!  Also, I loved what all of you created for Earth Day last week.  Great job!! 

     

    Grade 4 (Mrs. Taft’s Class) and Grade 5 (Ms. McMullen’s Class) April 27th-May 4th, 2020

     Andy Goldsworthy

    Born: July, 1956

    Where: Cheshire, England

    Type of Artist: Sculptor and Photographer

    Movements and Styles: Earth Art, Environmental Art

     *Goldsworthy produces artwork using natural materials (such as flowers, mud, ice, leaves, twigs, pebbles, boulders, snow, thorns, bark, grass and pine cones)

    *Environmental art-  artistic works that are intended to enhance or become part of the environment or make a statement on environmental issues.

    For this week’s assignment you will need to check your email (Monday morning) for a PowerPoint I have created on the artist Andy Goldsworthy.  In that PowerPoint you will find information on the artist, visual examples of his work, and what I am looking for specifically with this project.  This project will be due on Monday, May 4th, 2020.  I am giving you the weekend as well because of the weather, the opportunity to work multiple days on the piece, and the opportunity to get your families involved in this piece!  If you have a sibling that has been assigned this project as well, you both can work together on it.  I am encouraging teamwork on this one and getting your families involved!  You can use any of the natural materials that are there for you in your outdoor environments!  You may also alter these materials however you would like, just like Goldsworthy does.  If your parents or guardians are uncomfortable with you going outside, you can create the same type of artwork indoors.  For example, you could stack books in a specific way, or take different found objects and place them in the order of the color wheel.  Please take the time to map out your idea and enjoy!  Goldsworthy is one of my absolute favorite artists, and I cannot wait to see what you come up with!  I was blown away last week with your Earth Day pieces!! Fantastic job!!

     

     

     

     

     

     GRADE 3, GRADE 4 (MRS. TAFT’S CLASS), AND GRADE 5 (MRS. MCMULLEN’S CLASS)  WEEK OF APRIL 20TH-24TH 2020

    On Wednesday April 22nd we honor Earth Day.

    Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, this year marks 50 years of celebrating the earth globally! 

    I would like you to create something this week in honor of Earth Day.  I am leaving this very open ended for you to take it in whatever direction you would like.  You could create a drawing representing how much you love the earth or nature.  Maybe you create a drawing out of sidewalk chalk on your driveway or sidewalk!  You could create a sculpture out of recyclable materials.  For example, maybe you create a flower out of a plastic liter bottle, paint a face on a soda can, make an ornament out of magazine pages, or create a sculpture out of natural materials from outside (sticks, flowers, grass, or shells).  Your possibilities are endless!  Please take the time to decide what direction you would like to go in, to honor Earth Day. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me.  Do some research online for possible images to inspire you!!  I am so excited to see what you all come up with.  This project is due on Friday, April 24, 2020. 

     

    Grade 3 Assignment for April 13-17th 2020

    Architecture:

     the art of practice of designing and constructing buildings.

    Or

    The complex or carefully designed structure of something.

     For this week’s assignment I would like you to create your own authentic piece of architecture.  Take the time to research some of the worlds most famous architects.  My personal top three are Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier.  Take the time to look at some of the work of these architects and how they differ.  You will find that some are more organic (from nature) and some are more geometric (mathematically made).  You might think, how can a building or a home be an organic form?  This is where Frank Gehry comes into play because most of his structures are just that!  So first, do a little research. Then, I would like you to come up with your own design of a building, home, or treehouse!  If you want to just draw the exterior of the building, you can do that.  If you would like to also show me the interior of the building, you can do that as well.  You are only required to give me a beautiful drawing of the exterior.  If you have color, I would recommend adding some to this piece!  If you do not have access to color, that is not a problem at all.  My favorite material on this planet is pencil 😊 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me.  I am looking forward to seeing your designs!!!  They are due on Friday, April 17, 2020.

     

    Grade 4 Mrs. Taft’s Class and Grade 5 Mrs. McMullen’s Class Assignment for April 13-17th 2020

    This week’s assignment will be a self-portrait.  A self-portrait is a portrait that we create of ourselves.  This will require you to sit in front of a mirror somewhere in your home.  You will be drawing the head, neck, and shoulders.  You will not be drawing the full body.  You will need to check your email because I will be sending you a PowerPoint regarding this project.  In the PowerPoint you will find information on an artist named Frida Kahlo, the proportions of the face, and my expectations.  Again, you will be able to use whatever materials you would like for this project.  If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.  This assignment will be due on Friday, April 17, 2020.

     

     

     Mrs. Taft's 4th grade class and Ms. McMullen's 5th Grade assignment for the week of April 6-10th 2020

     Welcome to your quarter 4 art class!  Your first assignment will be a personal still life drawing.  This will help get you back in the swing of drawing if you haven't been doing so! For example, students will pick objects that represent them and display them on a table.  So if softball was a big part of my life, one of my objects would be a softball.  If I was really into photography, maybe one of my objects would be a camera.  They need a minimum of three objects in the still life.  You can use pencil, charcoal, crayon, paint, oil pastel; whatever you want.  Please do not think you need to go out and buy anything.  Use what is in your home and get creative if you need to!  You must pencil the drawing in first though, if you should decide to use any form of color.  If you choose to use pencil for all your sketches, that is fine as well!  I should see some shading in these drawings, and they could take anywhere between an hour to two hours, depending on how you spread out your time.  Please also understand that you do not draw each object individually.  You arrange them on your table together as a group and draw them as you see.  I map out what object is closest to me, and then the heights of each object.  I will then lay in all of the major forms to get the proper proportions.  (Proportions meaning, is the camera the correct height compared to the softball).  Once I have all my major forms mapped out, then I will go in and do my details.

    If you are lacking in plain paper in your home, you can sketch on anything; Lined paper, the back of an old poster, cardboard, sky's the limit!
     
    NORMALLY THESE PROJECTS WILL BE DUE ON FRIDAYS, HOWEVER DUE TO THE HOLIDAY THIS PROJECT IS DUE ON MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020.
     
    Remember, a good artist looks at their subject 80% of the time and their paper 20% of the time.  The more time we spend looking at our subject and not just at the paper, the better we will become at life drawing.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me through email.  Please have fun with this and enjoy!
     

     Grade 3 assigment for the week of April 6-10th 2020

    Happy Monday everyone!  This week you will be drawing something from nature for me.  This will be a life drawing.  This means you cannot draw me a flower from your imagination or from a picture off of the internet.  It means you need to draw something that is physically infront of you.  This could be an opportunity to go outside and draw, or it could be an opportunity to bring something from outdoors inside to you.  Some examples would be, pinecones, a beautiful tree you may have in your backyard, or spring flowers that have bloomed.  If you have color to add to this picture that would be great!  If you only have pencil or pen, that is just as lovely.  I want to remind you this is not a drawing that should be done in ten minutes.  This is a study of a specific object and should be really examined and given the proper amount of time.  Due to us not having school on April 10th, this project will be due on Monday, April 13th.  Please enjoy and I am so excited to see what you come up with!

     

     

    Grade 3 assignment for the week of March 30-April 3rd 2020

    Hey everyone!  Your assignment this week is a fun one.  It's time to get a little silly and creative.  I would like you to create your own mystical creature.  You will need to combine at least 3 existing animals to create a completly new creature.  For example, it's possible a unicorn came from someone combining a horse and a narwhal.  You should pull up images from the internet or from books at home of various animals.  By doing so, you will have real images to look off of for refrences.  You should not be tracing anything, but just using these images so you can get your animal parts accurately drawn.  You should be drawing everything out in pencil first, and then if you would like to add color you can!  If you don't have access to any color, pencil works just as well.  Please email me a photo of your finished products, and I can't wait to see what you come up with!!