The students created their own canvas inspired by the Pop Artist Andy Warhol. The 5th graders also created a paper blanket woven together with all of their wishes for their future when they graduate from TAOTS. We had a lot of fun decorating a “TAOTS Art Night Banner” and creating memories in our Pop Art Photo Booth! Check out the pictures below from our amazing Art Night!

Art Newsletter March

Original Works Art Fundraiser

K – 5 will be participating in an Arts fundraiser provided by Original Works. In the month of March the students have been creating their own work of art, which will soon be placed online to purchase with any product. The proceeds will be going towards the TAOTS Art Program for next year. Listed below are what the grades have been working on.

K & 1st Grade: The students are working on cityscapes inspired by Brooklyn and New York City. They are creating their own collages by using cutting and gluing techniques.

2nd Grade: The students are creating their own lighthouse seascape and will be using watercolors and drawing techniques.

3rd Grade: The students are inventing their own castle inspired by the abstract expressionistic artist Paul Klee. Their castles are incorporating cool, warm, secondary and primary colors. They added wax resist techniques using crayons and watercolor.

4th Grade: The students are creating their own city scape using printmaking techniques. They used styrofoam as their plate and engraved their own design. They then printed their design on a watercolor background.

5th Grade: The students learned about India and the significance of the Banyan tree in their culture. The students also learned color theory techniques and new art vocabulary such as; analogous, tertiary, and complimentary colors. They created a silhouetted tree against a color palette of their choice by using oil pastels.

Link: OriginalWorks

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Art Newsletter February

Kindergarten & 1st Grade:

The students read the story “The Shape of My Heart” by Mark Sperring. Inspired by the images and text from the book, they created their own artwork by using various techniques such as; decoupage, cutting, and blending oil pastels. The students were able to experiment with these techniques and design their own hearts, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

2nd Grade:

The 2nd graders learned about the pop artist Jim Dine and viewed many of his brightly colored works of art. The students were inspired by his piece titled “Four Hearts”. First, they drew their heart with sharpie. The next step was to use a ruler to divided the paper into various shapes. Lastly the students added patterns and color to really make their hearts Pop! The students’ interpretation of Jim Dine’s hearts came out fabulous!

3rd Grade:

The 3rd graders created a Valentine using symmetry and values and tints. They explored how many colors they could make with red, white and purple. Mixing the colors, they realized you could create many different values of one color by adding white.

4th Grade:

The 4th graders learned about the Brazilian Pop Artist Romero Britto. They watched a video about the artist and discussed how they felt about his work. The students learned that Britto is currently living in New York City and that he recently released a luggage collection with his artwork printed on various suitcases. His luggage collection is available and can be purchased at JFK International Airport and at Macy’s Department Stores. As an artist in today’s society, this is a great way to get exposure. In addition, the students are also able to see how being an artist could possibly be a long term career choice for them. Inspired by Romero Britto’s artwork titled “A New Day”, the students then used sharpies and brightly colored markers to create their own Pop Art.

5th Grade:

The 5th graders learned about the Pop Artist Burton Morris. They analyzed and interpreted some of his work. They created their own collaged inspired by the artist. Using symmetry and cutting techniques they were able to cut a perfect heart. Burton Morris’s work is also found in NYC at Dylan’s Candy Bar and in the background of many famous TV sitcoms sets such as Friends.

January Art Newsletter


KINDERGARTEN: The students are reading the story “Snow Bears” by Jan Brett. They created polar bear drawings inspired by the illustrations in the story. They also added watercolor as a pop of color and dressed their bears in a festive hat and scarf to keep warm during this cold winter!

1ST GRADE: The students created collage penguins ice skating in the Arctic. They learned many interesting facts about penguins and art vocabulary words. The students used painting methods and collage techniques to complete their work of art. Just in time for the Winter Arts Festival!

2ND GRADE: The students designed winter cardinals inspired by the illustrator Louis Elhert. The students created painted paper and templates to create their unique cardinals.

3RD GRADE: The students created winter birch trees by demonstrating their knowledge of warm and cool colors. They used a collaging techniques to add their trees onto their painted background. They also sketched the birch trees and added shadows on their landscape.

4TH GRADE: The students are learning about the Native American Indian tribes the Iroquois and the Algonquins.  They will be creating original wampum belts that reflect who they are as a person. Learning about the  Native American symbols and motifs will allow them to express themselves by using characteristics of the Native American culture.

5TH GRADE: 5th Grade students learned about the contemporary artist Natasha Wescoat and created their own winter landscape for the Winter Arts Festival. They learned how to mix tints and shades and how to use tempera painting techniques in their own artwork.


3RD GRADE: The students started their Asia Unit in Social Studies and in this month they explored the techniques of Chinese Calligraphy and Japanese Gyotaku Printmaking.

5TH GRADE: The students are beginning their Latin America Unit where they will be learning about the Mayan and Aztec cultures. The students just finished learning about the holiday “The Day of The Dead” celebrated in Mexico. They designed their own sugar skulls using metallic sharpies and construction paper crayons on black paper. They also sculpted their own sugar skull from model magic clay and decorated them as a 3D art form.

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