8th Graders Visit the Fiber Arts Studios @ MassArt


We started off the week in the art with a super inspiring field trip to Massachusetts College of Art and Design on Huntington Avenue.  After having MassArt come to the Kilmer the previous week to investigate fibers and make yarn from sheep wool, students were excited to go to the college and see how students study fiber arts in a college setting!  We started off our visit with weaving on small looms, then got to visit fiber art classrooms and studios, finishing in gallery space where we looked at tapestries on display.  It was a wonderful way to spend a rainy Tuesday and get us excited for our upcoming fiber project (that was requested by students)…sewing plushies!



Artist of the Month- November 2018


Big congratulations to November’s Artist of the Month…5th grader Ginger Suh!  Ginger is a very talented young lady, she draws all the time and her illustrations are amazing, fun, and show her unique eye.  I have enjoyed each of her finished projects since she came to the Upper Building last year and am so happy to give this well-deserved award this month.fullsizeoutput_d94

Come check out Ginger’s self-portrait outside the office.  The 5th graders learned about the Italian painter Amadeo Modigliani, and then stretched out the proportions of the human face to create a similar style of their own face with oil pastels.  Awesome job, Ginger!

Artist of the Month- October 2018


We are very excited to announce our first Artist of the Month of the school-year.  Big congratulations to 7th grader Awa Diagne!  Awa is a very talented artist and is always drawing.  She fills sketchbook after sketchbook with her freehand drawings.  She inspires the other students during art class and has a true creative spirit.IMG_8578

For this project, students looked at the portraits by the artist Pablo Picasso.  They then created a self-portrait collage inspired by Picasso’s cubist style, showing multiple perspectives at the same time.  Awa drew separate features, cut them out, and resassembled them onto cardboard to create this portrait of herself.  It is on display outside the office for the month of October.  I hope you get a chance to see it in person!


Kilmer Helps Create Peace Flag for Boston 🏳️‍🌈



Students kicked off the school-year in the Art Room by participating in a community event to create the world’s largest peace flag mural (and maybe get in the Guinness Book of World Records)!  Partnering with the Children’s Services of Roxbury, every student in the Upper Building designed a purple cloth square to be part of the flag.  The flag will be unveiled at the Boston Common on October 20th at 11am.  Students are encouraged to bring friends and family to this free event.  The flag will try to beat the world record in size, and they are also trying to make the world’s largest human peace sign at the event too.  If you can’t make the event, stay tuned for photos. 🙂

UPDATE: Here are some pics of the finished flag, on display last Saturday at the Boston Common.  Hundreds of people were there and were checking out the students’ artwork.  I am very proud of their artwork and messages that we live in a world where all humans can co-exist peacefully! 🏳️‍🌈 (3rd photo down taken by the Children’s Service of Roxbury)IMG_8648IMG_865244658270_10156942872059201_3045209367088463872_n

Clay Gargoyles


Haven just gotten back from Paris this spring, I shared with my students some of my photographs of the wonderful gargoyles that sit on the top of Notre Dame looking down on the city.

We learned about the history of gargoyles (and grotesques) and their functional and visual purpose, and watched a video of a contemporary gargoyle artist at work.  Students then made their own gargoyle, sculpting them out of clay.  I think the final pieces reflect how much fun the artists had creating them!

Artist of the Month- June


Congratulations to June’s Artist of the Month…6th grader Yesenia Ruiz.  Yesenia, or Jessie as she likes to be called, is a very talented visual artist. She has created some amazing art works this school year.  Her intuitive sense for color and pattern can be seen in her art work on display outside the office.  Students created an abstract painting of concentric circles onto a paper plate, inspired by the artist Kandinsky.  We then turned the plates into circle looms and created a weaving on to the piece.  Congratulations Jessie, I look forward to seeing more of your amazing artwork in the future!


Art Show at the Kilmer Upper

Thanks to all who came out on Tuesday night for our fifth annual Kilmer Upper Gallery Walk!  It was wonderful to see so many people come celebrate the arts and all the talented young artists we have at the Kilmer.  Snacks, music, and a scavenger hunt for the kids helped make the night extra festive.  Check out the pics of how the second floor was transformed into a gallery with all the students’ beautiful art.