1,000 Paper Cranes: Remembrance Project in Honor of Ms. Castro


9i4oj99GTPeople all over the world have been inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima Japan. Sadako died at the age of 12 from the cancer she had developed after being exposed to radiation from the atom bomb ten years earlier. While hospitalized, she tried to fold 1000 cranes, believing that it would ensure a quick and healthy recovery. Sadako was only able to fold 644 cranes before she died. After her death , friends gathered together to complete the task. They soon envisioned a permanent memorial to Sadako as a heartfelt wish for peace throughout the world. Enough money was raised to erect a statue of Sadako holding a large golden crane above her head. Her statue stands today in the Peace Park in Hiroshima.

Each year children from all over the world send millions of folded paper cranes to Hiroshima to be placed around the statue of Sadako. Kilmer students made 1000 origami cranes as a remembrance project in honor of Ms. Castro. Students wrote messages inside the cranes to her, and we know she would love that they are a symbol of peace and a wish for a better world. One of our 6th grade students, Greg Rosenkranz, will bring our 1000 cranes to Hiroshima on his travels with his family to Japan this summer.  The cranes were presented at the tribute to Ms. Castro, which was held at our last community meeting of the year.


Bridget from Project Runway Jr. Visits the Kilmer!


Students at the Kilmer Upper were so excited to have a very special guest come and hang out with us in the Art Room for the day…Bridget from Project Runway Jr.! All students were invited to meet her and ask questions about fashion design and her experience on Season One, that had aired in the fall on Lifetime.  Middle schoolers all got to have their own Project Runway-inspired design challenge- creating fashion from the future using unconventional materials.  It was an inspiring day with a very talented young lady!

Field Trip to the MFA: Megacities Asia exhibit!


6th graders had a blast at their field trip to the MFA this month!  We started off the day looking at Grecian and Roman art and artifacts, which they have been studying in social studies.  We ended the day experiencing the amazing Megacities Asia exhibit, which they had been researching in art class.

In art class, students learned that a megacity is a city with a population of over 10 million people.  Compare that to Boston, which has around 650,000, and it provoked very interesting conversations about what it must be like to live in one- the good and the bad!  Students worked in small groups to learn about one piece in the exhibit- the artist and their life, and the work and its meaning.  Our field trip groups were organized so that each group had an “expert” on the nine pieces we looked at, so they could share/lead the group when we got to their piece.  The students were very excited about the works, and it was great to have an opportunity to see both classic and contemporary art during our trip.

Artist of the Month- April


Congratulations to 6th grader Olivia Burke for being last month’s Artist of the Month!

Olivia is an incredible artist.  She has a wonderful ideas and her craftsmanship is of the highest quality.  I always look forward to seeing what she will create with each project.

For this project, students learned about the Pop Artist Andy Warhol and how he mass-produced images of celebrities and everyday objects through silkscreening.  6th graders created their own Warhol-inspired artworks using printmaking-  a pop art drawing was carved into a styrofoam plate.  Olivia chose to draw the illuminati symbol from the dollar bill on her plate and then created a collage with multiple prints she made from it.  Great job as always, Olivia!🙂IMG_1396

Gallery Walk


A big thank you to everyone who came to the Gallery Walk and Open Mic Night!  During the Open House session, the second floor was transformed into a gallery space with artwork from all the students at the Upper School.  There was lots of food, fun, musical performances, and an art scavenger hunt…a good time seemed to be had by all!

Artist of the Month- March 2016


Congratulations to 4th grader Ruth Aigbe!  She is the Artist of the Month for March.  Ruth is such a wonderful addition to the art room.  She creates wonderful works of art and is always eager to learn about new artists and new methods.

IMG_0789For this project, 4th graders learned all about the pop artist Keith Haring.  They explored gesture drawings with their classmates in the style of Keith, played the Roll-A-Haring game in small groups, and visited haring kids.com in the computer lab.  Students then created their own unique piece inspired by all they had learned.  Ruth’s drawing shows her attention to detail, visual talent, and that she was particularly inspired by the animation she watched on the Haring website.  Way to go, Ruth!IMG_0788

Happy Year of the Monkey!


February in the Art Room is an opportunity to celebrate one of my favorite holidays…Chinese New Year.   This year, 5th graders in Mrs. Cummings’ class welcomed in the Year of the Monkey with special guest teachers…their fellow classmates, Romy Li and Winnie Yuan!  The girls taught the class how to make Fu signs, which are traditionally hung upside-down on front doors to represent good luck in the coming year.

Romy and Winnie introduced this two-class lesson talking about the origins of the Chinese animal zodiac and the traditions surrounding welcoming in the New Year, with help from real-life objects from their homes.  They even had candies and red envelopes for their fellow students as treats!  Everyone had a great time trying out practicing painting Chinese characters and creating their own Fu sign to take home.  Happy Year of the Monkey! 新年快乐