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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. 🙂

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.

Artist of the Month- May


Big congratulations to 8th grader Jamone Gilchrist, May’s Artist of the Month!  Jamone has skill and passion for the visual arts, especially for drawing.  He always dives head first into all of our projects in art, and spends a lot of his free time outside the art room drawing.  Jamone is also a great singer and dancer…a true Renaissance man.IMG_6364

The portrait Jamone drew that is on display outside of the office is of one of his favorite musicians, Lady Gaga.  It is a piece that shows his talent and his ability to draw realistically.  Good luck to Jamone as he continues on to high school next year.  We will miss you at the Kilmer…keep drawing and pursuing the arts! 🙂


5th Grade Donut Love ❤️


5th graders have been working this month on mixed media artworks inspired by Pop Art and…donuts!  We have been learning about the artist Wayne Thiebaud and his delicious-looking paintings.  We kicked off the project by watching this video:

Students divided their paper into fourths using a ruler, then drew donuts and other pastries into the squares.  We explored how different light locations change shadows, and added shading to our drawings.  Students used whatever mediums they wanted to to add color and value to their artworks- paints, crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels, and markers. Up next the students will be recreating a partner’s 2D donut into a 3D sculpture.  I think they are enjoying the project as I have gotten lots of requests to take these home asap so they can hang them in their rooms! ❤️



UPDATE: 5th graders this week had a BLAST making 3D sculptures out of their classmates’ 2D donuts!  We shuffled up the artwork so no one knew whose artwork they would get. The Design Challenge: Create a 3D version of one of the four donuts in the painting you received, using only white model magic (students would need to tint the clay to create the right colors) in one class period.  They came out WONDERFUL and we all had a blast making them and seeing them come to life.  Some of the sculptures will be on display at the Upper School Art Show at 5pm on Tuesday May 22nd…come by and check them out.