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December’s Artist of the Month


I am excited to announce the last Artist of the Month of 2018…congratulations to 6th grader Thomas Temple!  Tommy is an eager, enthusiastic, and talented artist. He brings a positive energy to the art room, and is always willing to take risks and try new things.

In this multi-media project, 6th graders practiced drawing using a grid in the style of the contemporary artist Chuck Close. Students took photos of each other using a digital SLR camera, and then used the photographs to create a self-portrait using the grid method.  Students layered their drawing on top of a collage representing images that represent themselves that they painted using a gradient wash.  Tommy was a natural at drawing using a grid and at finding images that represented himself.  The strong final piece hanging outside the office shows his visual talent.


Kilmer Artists Create Holiday Bags for Food Drive


With the help of 6th graders, our school had a food drive to support the local food pantry. Students spread the word and collected enough food to fill 9 huge boxes during the last two weeks of school before vacation.  During art, all students created beautiful artworks on 300 bags for the pantry to put the food in to help spread some holiday cheer.💗 Big thanks to Roche Bros. Supermarket for generously donating the bags!

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!