3rd grade students studied Jackson Pollock and learned about abstract expressionism. We discussed his drip paintings using body movement. Students also watched a video on how he made his abstract drip paintings. As a class we talked about how liberating and expressive his art is. We talked about how space is being occupied when he is painting. As a result, we made our own inspired drip paintings expressing ourselves through movement in our arms and how texture is created within the lines. There was also music in the background to calm our mind and stay focused in our abstract painting. Students used different hand techniques to create their own placement of the paint. After our abstract expressionist drip paintings were dried, we looked for objects that we unconsciously made with the ambiguous lines and outlined it in black oil pastels.


Students in class 5-235, 5-237 and 5-239 learned about the Stone Age era and Lascaux cave paintings. We started off using various wooden tools to carve out images that were in caves on hardened clay. We learned about the importance of cave paintings through the Neolithic stage and how they created the artwork. As a class we observed the earthy colors that were used and what kind stories were portrayed in the caves. Students worked as a team through group work showing their narration of people communicating through story telling. Students used inspiration through understanding the culture and history of cave paintings in their own work displaying animals, people, tools and evidence. At the end of the class students critiqued each others work by hypothesizing their stories through visual arts and history.


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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District 20 Art Gala

“Brooklyn Beats” – Tate and Sophia designed this artwork for the District 20 Art Gala.  Luckily Ms. Rogalle won the raffle, so their artwork can continue to be admired at TAOTS.  Great job!

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