2016-2017 Art Masters Kickoff!

Please come join us for our Art Masters Kickoff meeting for the 2016-2017 school year!

We will be having an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm at Cedar Hill in the Old Library.

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2016-2017 Art Masters

We are looking forward to another wonderful year of our Art Masters program!  Stay tuned for more information for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Arts Night 2016 – A MASTERFUL SUCCESS!

Thank you too all who helped out and participated in the 2016 International Arts Night at Cedar Hill School.  The children’s art work was on display for all to see.  It was a great success, an energetic and unique experience, and an art-filled extravaganza.

The Warwick Beacon reported on Arts Night and they had wonderful things to say about the event.  Check out an an excerpt below.

Cedar Hill’s First “International Arts Night

From the Warwick Beacon May 5, 2016

“Cedar Hill School recently held an International Arts Night to celebrate and welcome the numerous international families that have moved into the Cedar Hill Elementary community…Throughout the school year students throughout every grade worked on various art projects, from dance routines, choral lineup, collages and paintings from various different regions and cultures around the globe.”    

To Read entire article, follow this link:  http://warwickonline.com/stories/cedar-hill-arts-night-has-international-flare,112296?

A BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO DANIELLE GARDINER, MARY CARTWRIGHT, AND PHOEBE MADDEN FOR ORGANIZING THIS FUN-FILLED EVENT.  It was culturally interesting, artistically fabulous and a wonderfully inclusive and welcoming night.  You all did a spectacular job and we can not thank you enough!

See you all next year!

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Arts Night 2014 – Kick Off!

Happy New Year Art Masters Volunteers!

 

I can’t believe it, but it’s time to start planning for our 2014 Arts Nights at Cedar Hill.  Unlike previous years, we will only have one Arts Night, which will be held on Thursday, May 15.  We will split the evening into two parts – Primary Grades from 6:00 – 7:10 and Intermediate Grades from 7:20 – 8:30.

 

For those of you who are new to Arts Night, this is a family event to celebrate the Arts at Cedar Hill.  The event features individual art pieces created by each student, group art pieces created by each classroom, musical presentations coordinated by Mrs. O’Brien and Mr. Schaeffer, and a bake goods “beauty contest” in which all families are invited to participate.  It has also been a fantastic fundraiser for our school where we will auction off the classroom pieces and sell items such as framed prints, mugs, note cards, tote bags, and delicious home-made baked goods.

 

In order to make this event successful, we rely on the concerted efforts of numerous volunteers.  I will be sending out separate email later in January to schedule a committee meeting, but, in general, we will need help with the following areas:  (I have spoken to many of you in advance to see where you would like help, and thanks to those who have volunteered to be sub-committee chairs)

 

  • ·       Hanging art work
  • ·       Framing prints
  • ·       Communications
  • ·       Bake sale/contest
  • ·       Set up – day of event
  • ·       Sales – day of event
  • ·       Logistics – day of event

Arts Night Projects

Click for the list of the Arts Night Class Projects for this year.   Many of the projects are the same as last year, although I have included two new multi-media projects (button trees inspired by Gustav Klimt and oil pastel flowers inspired by Van Gogh).

  • I will leave folders with more details for each class in the bins during the first week of January.
  • I will leave the canvases in the storage room with the file cabinet.
  • Once the canvas is complete, please have the students sign the back in black sharpie.
  • Plan to work on projects during January/February.  Please have the canvases completed by the first week in March.  (Kristin Romano will photograph the finished canvases for us)
  • We have a pretty good supply of acrylic paint in the storage room.  However, if you need any special supplies or colors, please let me know.
  • If you are not able to finish the canvas during Art Masters time, Mrs. Rinker has kindly offered to let us use some of her classroom time to finish the paintings.  Please coordinate with her directly, if needed.
  • Please be mindful the Old Library is now being used for educational purposes during the day.  Try to contain all Art Masters work to the classrooms.

If you have any questions at all, please let me know.  I will be checking in with each Grade Level Point Person periodically to see if any additional help is needed. 

Looking forward to working on this fantastic event with all of you!

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2013-2014 Art Masters

Art Masters Meeting    

Our 2013-2014 Kick-Off Meeting was held on October 8, 2013.  Below are the notes from the meeting.                                            

Background

  • The program was begun as an art appreciation program for students in kindergarten through Grade Six.  Volunteers prepare and present short lessons in Art History, the great masters of art, artistic styles or traditions.
  • The goal of Art Masters is to educate students and help them look at, discuss and appreciate great works of art. By exposing students to more art throughout their elementary years, students have an opportunity to become “art literate” and to recognize, value and enjoy art throughout their lives.
  • Each lesson should include a ‘hands-on’ project.  The project should used be to bring to light what the kids learned in the lesson.

Changes to Program

  • BCI (Bureau of Criminal Identification) Background check – As you may know, RI has passed legislation mandating that anyone volunteering in the school needs to have a background check on file.  I know many of you have already done this.  If you have not, there will be a table set up at the next PTO Meeting (Oct 15) taking info for background checks.  Be sure to bring your drivers license.  If you can’t make it, you can go directly to the Warwick Police Department to have it done.  It is my understanding that any BCI checks done at the PTO meeting will be sent directly to the school (Cedar Hill).  If you do them at the Police Station, you will receive an original which you should bring to the office at Cedar Hill
  • Frequency of Lessons – Teachers have been asked to find an additional 2.5 hours in their schedule each week to implement the new RTI (Response To Intervention).  To help accommodate this, we have been asked to cut Art Masters back to 4 times per year.
  • I suggest doing our lessons in November, January, March and May.  These dates are not set in stone, and I suggest each grade level point person (or applicable volunteer) with directly with the appropriate teachers to schedule dates/times.  I just ask that you leave January open for the Arts Night Project.
  • Curriculum Tie-in – Dr. Mercurio has asked that we try to loosely tie in the Art Masters lessons with the classes’ curricula.  It can be a very simple tie-in.   For example, in kindergarten, we have a lesson using pre-cut shapes to make pictures.  This ties in with the kids learning about their shapes.  In 2nd grade, the kids learn about continents.  If they are studying Asia, perhaps pick an artist or style of art from Asia.  If a class is studying a time period in history, pick an artist from that era.  Ashley Hamilton suggested that volunteers select 5 or 6 of their best lesson ideas as conversation starters and ask the teachers if any of them would make good tie-ins.
  • Change to 6th Grade Curriculum – In the past, the 6th grade Art Masters lessons have tied in closely to the Social Studies curriculum. It has come to my attention that these lessons may be a little too redundant.  We no longer need to do these specific lessons.  I would ask the 6th grade point person to work with the teachers to decide which lessons would be more appropriate.  (If the teachers want to use any of the existing lessons, that is fine)
  • Grade Level Point Person – In past years, it has always worked out well when all classes within a grade did the same lesson.  (some grades did all the classes together, others scheduled each class separately, but did the same lesson).  Typically, all the volunteers would get together for a meeting and decide upon the year’s lessons.  They would then agree on who would prepare each lesson.  I would like to continue this and would like to suggest having a “Grade Level Point Person” to keep everyone in his/her grade in the loop and keep me up to date on how things are moving along.  Point Person volunteers are:
  •  Kindergarten – Marissa Roof
  • 1st – Rebecca Stockdill
  • 2nd – Heather Lynch
  • 3rd – Kristin Romano
  • 4th – Carolyn Wren
  • 5th – Lauri Fine
  • 6th – Cheryl Maynard

Lesson Planning – We will only have 4 lessons this year.  Since one of these lesson will be the Arts Night lesson, that only leaves 3 lessons that will need to be planned by the volunteers.  The upside is that we will have more time really craft fun, interesting & informative lessons for the students.  Existing lesson plans can be found on-line (www.cedarhillartmasters.com).  There are also hard copies of lessons in the file cabinets at school.

Supplies – I did quite a bit of supply shopping over the summer, so we are well stocked.  To mention a few things, we have a new supply of tempera paints, oil pastels, sharpies, watercolor paper, sketch paper, markers, crayons, and several large bins of collage and assemblage materials.  If you need to purchase supplies, please let me know in advance so I can approve the purchase to keep within budget.  I will send out a comprehensive list of supplies with the meeting notes.

New Location – we have moved our supplies to a new area of the Old Library.  The large cabinets with the prints and the file cabinets have been pushed across to the other side of the Old Library.  The rest of the supplies are on the shelves on the wall closest to the Teachers Lounge and in the closet with the paper cutter.  We no longer have supplies in the storage closet. 

Use of the Old Library – Dr. Mercurio would prefer if we did not use the Old Library for working groups and meetings during school hours.  However, we may use it for teaching lessons to the students, if needed.  I believe it is fine to use it after school or to enter during school hours to pick up lesson plans/supplies, however, I will confirm. (confirmed – it is fine to use after school)

Arts Night – I expect most of the Arts Night projects will remain the same as last year, unless anyone has an idea that they really want to implement.  We will need a new project for 6th grade since Mrs. Rinker handled it last year.  Dr. Mercurio and Mrs. Rinker have asked that we only hold one Arts Night this year for all grades.  The tentative date is Thursday, May 15.  I will be meeting with Dr. Mercurio and Mrs. Rinker next week to discuss this option in more detail.

Next Steps

  1. Grade level point person will set up a meeting with their group of volunteers.
  2. Meet with the appropriate teacher to figure out a curriculum tie in for the November, March and May lesson. (I suggest the “Grade Level Point Person” do this for the grade
  3.  Meet with your entire grade level volunteer group to decide upon which lessons you would like to teach and determine who will take the lead on each lesson, as appropriate
  4. Grade Level Point Person to let me know once the November lesson is scheduled (just to make sure everyone is in good shape) date and time to make sure there are no conflicts.

Website

  • cedarhillartmasters.com
  • Website has an alphabetized list of artists with images of prints and lesson plans
  • Curricula and lists of lessons from past years
  • Calendar so that you can easily see when other classes are having lessons
  • Pictures from previous lessons to give ‘inspiration’

 

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2012 – 2013 Kick-Off!

Thanks to all who came the Art Masters Kick-off meeting today.  It was great to see so many new volunteers and catch up with some familiar faces  For those who weren’t able to attend, here are next steps, best practices and useful information.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Danielle or Rebecca.

Important Next Steps 

  • Please take a look at the attached roster to ensure we have the correct information for you.  If there are any changes, please notify us.
  • Grade Level Meetings – We suggest all the volunteers for each particular grade get together to plan the agenda for their grades and determine which volunteers will plan which lesson.  (this has worked really well in the past and makes for a much lighter workload for all)
  • Schedule Lesson Dates & Times – work with the volunteers for your specific class to determine days/time of lesson.  Schedule directly with the teacher.  We have found it is sometimes easier to schedule all the lesson dates at the beginning of the year (rather than month by month) so that they are on everyone’s calendar.  Please notify Rebecca once dates are scheduled so that they can be added to the calendar
  • Consider Lending Additional Help – In some grades, there are several volunteers for a particular teacher, but only one volunteer for another teacher in the same grade (for example, 1st Grade).  The classes with several volunteers may want to consider helping the ‘solo’ volunteer by taking a turn to help teach a lesson in that class, if needed
Art Masters Website
Please visit our Art Masters website at www.cedarhillartmasters.com!  The password is: iloveart    

The following information can be found on the website (hyperlink included below):

    • Lesson Plans by Artist Name –  this section includes images of all the prints that we have available in the Old Library, as well as electronic copies of lesson plans.  If you have any electronic copies of lesson plans, please forward them to me so that I can add them to the website
  • Curricula – this section includes the 6th grade curriculum, the new Kindergarten curriculum, and project list that other grades have used over past years.  If you have any project lists from past years, please forward them to me so that I can add them to our database
  • Gallery of Canvases – peruse the paintings from last year’s Art’s Night
  • Calendar – this section will be udpated once you schedule lesson

Please note, this website is still a work in progress.  If you find any links that don’t work or anything else that seems amiss, please let me (Rebecca) know so that I can fix it.


General Lesson Planning
  • There is a plastic bin for each class year on the file cabinets in the Old Library.  Please use these to store shared lesson plan supplies
  • There are very detailed suggestions for lesson planning the Art Masters Guide, however, in general please try to include a diverse range of art and artists.  Some things to consider — local artists, how art & science intersect, women artists, artists from minority groups
  • Kindergarten and 6th Grade have pre-determined curricula.  For all other grades, you may choose or create any lessons that you believe would be appropriate for your class(es)

Supplies

    • Please feel free to use the Art Masters supplies.  Just let us know if something is running low so that we can re-stock
  • If you have a ‘supplies wish list’ please let us know
  • Please get pre-approval if you would like to purchase supplies for you class and be reimbursed.  (donations are appreciated at any time)

Prints

    • Just a reminder, prints should never be removed from the school, under any circumstances
  • Now that all our prints are available on the website, it should make it easier to plan from home
  • If you use a print for class work and don’t have time re-file it, just leave it on top of the file cabinet, and we will happily re-file it

Arts Night

 

  • Last year’s art show was such a success that we will definitely be doing it again.  We haven’t scheduled dates yet but will be doing so soon.  We expect it to be in late spring again
  • We will use some of the same themes as last year for the class projects, but we may add new ones.  We will provide you with additional information in December
  • Please be sure to keep January and/or February open to work on the class projects – you may need both months to fully complete the project

Demo Lesson

  • Some of the newer volunteers who do not have a senior volunteer in their group may want to watch a live ‘demo’ lesson in a classroom.  Please let Rebecca or Danielle know, and we will work with you to schedule a demo lesson

Volunteer List

  • Attached is the most current volunteer list.  We still expect to get more volunteers and will update you, as needed
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Welcome Back – 2012-2013

We hope everyone has been having a fun and relaxing summer.  It’s hard to believe August is almost over, and our kids will be returning to school shortly.  We hope that you will be joining us again as Art Masters volunteers for the 2012-2013 school year.  Please stay tuned for updates regarding schedules, lessons, supplies, and other information.  We are excited to launch another year of Art Masters at Cedar Hill!

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Arts Night is coming up soon!

Intermediate Arts Night for students in grades 4-6 and their families is coming up the week following school break, Thursday, April 26th. (Arts Night for students in grades K-3 and their families will be on Thursday, May 10th). Please mark your calendars and plan to be there by 6pm for the show!

Each evening will feature beautiful artwork created in Art class by every student. Artwork will be displayed in the hallways for families to enjoy. (Classrooms will be closed.) Mrs. O’Brien is planning a musical performance for Primary Arts Night, while Mr. Shaffer’s instrumental music students will perform on Intermediate Arts Night. There will also be a silent auction of paintings created by each classroom, as well as merchandise featuring the artwork. All items must be paid for the night of the event by cash or check.

What is a Baked Goods “Beauty Contest”? Well, it is our way of offering a bake sale with style. Families are invited to donate homemade goodies that are nut-free and individually wrapped in small portion sizes. Cupcakes, cookies, brownies, candy, dipped pretzels or other specialties are welcome. Once your baked treat is delivered to school it will be on display for our students to judge and they will “crown” the most beautiful goodie. The winning family will be announced in school that day. Then the items will be sold at Arts Night and packaged “to go” to enjoy at home (so that they cannot be eaten within the school because of food allergies). Bottled water will be available for $1.

Volunteers are needed to help before and during both events. There are some small jobs that can be done on your own time. If you would like to help out, please contact Danielle Salisbury with questions: Danielle.is@verizon.net

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Welcome Back! Meeting Notes

Thanks to all who came the Art Masters Kick-off meeting on Monday, Oct. 3, especially for sticking with us through the unexpected fire drill!  For those who weren’t able to attend, here are the topics that we covered.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Danielle or Rebecca.

Art Masters Website
Please visit our new Art Masters website at www.cedarhillartmasters.com!  The following information can be found on the website (hyperlink included below):

    • Lesson Plans by Artist Name –  this section includes images of all the prints that we have available in the Old Library, as well as electronic copies of lesson plans.  If you have any electronic copies of lesson plans, please forward them to me so that I can add them to the website
  • Curricula – this section will include the 6th grade curriculum, the new Kindergarten curriculum.  We would also like to include project lists from past years so that volunteers can see what others have done in the past.  If you have any project lists from past years, please forward them to me so that I can add them to our database

Please note, this website is still a work in progress!  If you find any links that don’t work or anything else that seems amiss, please let me (Rebecca) know so that I can fix it.

Supplies

    • Please feel free to use the Art Masters supplies.  Just let us know if something is running low so that we can re-stock
  • If you have a ‘supplies wish list’ please let us know
  • Please get pre-approval if you would like to purchase supplies for you class and be reimbursed.  (donations are appreciated at any time)

Prints

    • Just a reminder, prints should never be removed from the school, under any circumstances
  • Now that all our prints are available on the website, it should make it easier to plan from home
  • If you use a print for class work and don’t have time re-file it, just leave it on top of the file cabinet, and we will happily re-file it

Lesson Plans/Scheduling

  • We suggest all the volunteers for each particular class year get together to plan the lessons for their classes.  (this has worked really well in the past)
  • In some grades, there are several volunteers for a particular teacher, but only one volunteer for another teacher in the same grade.  The classes with several volunteers may want to consider helping the ‘solo’ volunteer by taking a turn to teach a lesson in that class, if needed
  • There is a plastic bin for each class year on the file cabinets in the Old Library.  Please use these to stored shared lesson plan supplies
  • Once you have contacted the teacher to schedule 2011-2012 Art Masters dates, please let us know
  • There are very detailed suggestions for lesson planning the Art Masters Guide, however, in general please try to include a diverse range of art and artists.  Some things to consider — local artists, how art & science intersect, women artists, artists from minority groups

Arts Night

  • Last year’s art show was such a success that we will definitely be doing it again.  We haven’t scheduled dates yet but will be doing so very soon.  We expect it to be in March again
  • We will use the same themes as last year for the class projects
  • Please be sure to keep January and/or February open to work on the class projects – you may need both months to fully complete the project

Demo Lesson

  • Some of the newer volunteers who do not have a senior volunteer in their group may want to watch a live ‘demo’ lesson in a classroom.  You are invited to observe the 1st grade lesson for Miss McGuire’s class, Friday, October 21, 10:30 am.  Please let Rebecca know if you plan to attend
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Fall 2011

We are in the process of digitizing our curriculum.  Check back to see progress.

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