Surreal Sculptures


unnamed-5If you have been on the 2nd floor of the Kilmer lately, you may have seen some strange-looking, bizarre creatures around!  We just finished Clay Week, and some classes made surreal sculptures inspired by the surrealist Joan Miro.  Click here to see some of Miro’s sculptures from my Art We Heart blog series.  The students loved sculpting their own creatures and painting and glazing them…and they all loved seeing their classmates ideas come to life too!


Artist of the Month for May


Last month’s Artist of the Month award goes to 5th grader Diandre Raymond.  Diandre is a very talented visual artist. He always thinks outside the box and is highly skilled in his craftsmanship.  He has created so many wonderful projects in the last two years as my student.

IMG_5030IMG_5034For this project, Diandre’s class made mixed media cityscape collages.  Students chose a perspective of the city of Boston they wanted to create.  Diandre chose the iconic National Grid gas tank in Dorchester, incorporating collage and printmaking, to show it on a rainy day.   The finished artwork hangs proudly outside the office…come by and check it out.  Congratulations Diandre!

Kilmer Students Soar…


IMG_4936Each year in the Art Room, the Kilmer Upper works together on a school-wide collaborative project. This year, our Kilmer Students Soar project is inspired by the What Lifts You project by the street artist Kelsey Montague. Kelsey creates large murals in different cities, where the viewer is invited into the piece. Participants are encouraged to post their photos with the artwork to social media with the hashtag #whatliftsyou to share their experiences.  You can visit my Art We Heart blog to learn more about Kelsey and watch some videos.

Kilmer Upper students each created a unique zentangle feather with what makes them soar/lifts them written on the back.  We assembled them into a large wing mural to be part of our Art Show.  At the show last Wednesday night, students, parents, and staff were encouraged to take photos of each other interacting with the wings and to add what lifts them to our bulletin board.  So fun to watch everyone having a blast with the art!

Students who participated in the Art Show scavenger hunt this year got their usual prize but also got their name added to a raffle.  The winner received a copy of Kelsey Montague’s coloring book…congrats to 6th grader Victoria Odunuyi for being the winner drawn on Thursday morning!

Artist of the Month for April


Our Artist of the Month for April is 6th grader Winnie Yuan!  Winnie is an amazing artist…talented and with a unique vision all her own.  She puts 100% effort into all of her projects, big and small.  She embraces her creativity and shares her inspiration and knowledge with her classmates.  She is a truly inspiring student to have!IMG_4958

For this project, 6th graders created Greek vases inspired by their trip to the MFA.  They sketched a story from Greek mythology, then transferred their illustration, along with Greek-inspired geometric patterns, onto handmade scratch paper vessels.  Winnie’s Medusa-inspired vase is a beautiful example of her artistic talent.  Congrats, Winnie!


Youth Arts Month Exhibit: Opening Celebration this Tuesday night!


Next Tuesday is the opening of the annual Youth Arts Month Exhibit for Boston Public School students.  Come join us as at the Bolling Building from 5:30pm to 7pm on Tuesday, April 4th to see our students’ work at the Opening Celebration…it is always a fun event!  21 students from the Kilmer Upper have been selected to have work on display.  Congratulations to Olurimi Alofe, Lance Berry, Madilynn Burke, Maria Castillo, Leah Coffey, Rezart Comeau, Grace Donovan, Amie Kane, Sarah Kane, Mashal Kashif, Justine Joel Lara, Corey Lawler, Ayralis Mejia, Awo Musa, Mishara Nozea, Joseph O’Brien, Eveanna Rosskothen, Nicolleta Savvidis, Samantha Schell, Grace Sullivan, and Maya Valencia.

Check out the some of the students’ wonderful artwork, all hung and ready to go!


March’s Artist of the Month


Today is the last day of March…we are all excited for the warmer days ahead.  Congratulations to this March’s Artist of the Month…6th grader Nicolly Viana!IMG_4733Nicolly is a natural artist.  For this Chuck Close-inspired collage project, Nicolly created a collage of her interests and passions.  She painted a gradiant wash over the collage in her favorite colors and added a self-portrait drawing she carefully created using a grid and a photograph.  The end result is visually stunning and the portrait very realistic. Nicolly always comes to art eager to learn and ready to jump into our projects…she is truly an awesome addition to the Art Room!


4th Graders’ Slinkachu-Inspired Installations


Students and staff at the Kilmer may have discovered some miniature people around the building.  They are the fourth-graders’ art installations!  After learning about the street artist Slinkachu during our weekly Art We Heart♡ (where we start class with a quick look at my blog about fun happenings in the art world) , 4th graders came to me a few days later and asked if they could create their own mini worlds in the style of Slinkachu.  Who can say no to that enthusiasm?  Click here to see the Slinkachu post.

Students worked together in small groups to sketch out their ideas, scout a location, and sculpt their pieces out of clay and found objects.  Like Slinkachu, we photographed their work right after installation and left them to be discovered.  Check out a few of the installations-(top of page) zipliner (below- top to bottom) building a snowman, spiderman & villain, swimming pool/camping, gardener, rocket to the moon. 🙂