Monthly Archives: November 2013

November’s Artist of the Month


We are proud to announce this month’s Artist of the Month…eighth-grader Iris Velagoshti!


Iris is a naturally talented illustrator.  She comes into the Art Room eager to learn and goes out of her way to help out.  Iris recently helped create the classroom-wide Kilmer trees by creating the original stencil design.  Iris draws inspiration from the artists Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Michelangelo, as well as contemporary artists and anime.  Come by the Main Office and check out Iris’ beautiful self-portrait.  Congratulations, Iris!


IMG_3341Iris Velagoshti


Colored Pencil on Paper


We Love Boston! project


We started off the school year with a school-wide project about Boston.  This lesson had students thinking about their city and their own sense of pride and community and to create a multi-media cityscape that reflects that.

We started the lesson looking at the history of cityscapes.  Students watched this short film I created in iMovie.

After the film, I asked students to close their eyes and think about what comes to mind when they think about Boston…what graphics and visuals (sea, skyline, trees, bridges, etc).  The list was recorded on the board.  We then had a class discussion about the city…what were their favorite places, what did they like best, what do they miss about it when they are away, what would they like to be different, how can it be a dream city.  These were all added to our list.

Students were inspired and ready to create their own point of view of Boston!  They began drawing their cityscapes with pencil, then tracing over it with a Sharpie.  I used the list we had brainstormed on the board to encourage students who were having trouble getting started or for ideas to help students add details. Next we added color, using oil pastels and then watercolors to create an oil pastel resist.


The students were proud of their finished pieces. To generate a class discussion about the works, I had students think up categories that the cityscapes could fit into (colorful, detailed, realistic, imaginary, etc).  In different areas of the room, I put up signs representing each category.  Students then placed their work in the category that they felt fit best.  We went around to each artwork, talking about whether we felt the piece was in the right category and if there were other categories it might fit in as well.  It was a fun and different way to encourage students to talk about each other’s work.

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Meet October’s Artist of the Month



Each month, one Kilmer Upper studet is recognized for their hard work, dedication, and creativity in art.  The student’s name is announced over the loud speaker and they receive a certificate of excellence in art.  Their work is displayed for the month outside the front office.


This month’s winner is Andre Lesnick.  Andre always comes into the art room ready to work.  He was focused on his project over multiple weeks and always put in his best effort.  His commitment to excellence shines through in his beautiful finished artwork.  Congratulations Andre!

IMG_2801Andre Lesnick

Jamaica Pond

Watercolor and Oil Pastel on Paper