Week 8 Activities-

KIndergarten and First-  Texture is way something feels to our sense of touch.  We use adjectives to describe texture like slimy, smooth, hard, fluffy, spikey, sharp ,or rough.  Can you look around and find things with different textures?  Can you draw them in a way that you would know how they feel from looking at your picture?  Try using different lines and shapes that we have studied this year.

Second and Third-  Texture is an Element of Art that describes how something feels.  We can transfer texture onto a sheet of paper with nothing more than a crayon.   Try to find some interesting textures like tiles in the bathroom or kitchen, pavers or concrete outside, tree bark, or a cool looking plant.  Place your paper over the texture and rub with the crayon to transfer the texture into a design.  This works best if you take the paper off the crayon and use the side not the tip.  Also be sure to hold the crayon with your fingers don't roll it on the paper.

Fourth and Fifth - Texture is an Element of Art that describes how something feels.  Can you draw in a way that makes your artwork look like the texture you are drawing?   Experiment with different lines, shapes, and colors overlapping.  Can you find some interesting things around your yard that have different textures?  Pine cones, mushrooms, flowers, tree bark, and rocks are probably near your home.  Can you create a still life of the things you find?  See how many different textures you can include in your drawing. 


Week 7 Activities-

Experimental media-   Every artist needs to make mistakes as they learn to be great.  Whatever you chose to create your artwork with is called the medium.  Clay, paint, crayon, even the type of paper you use are different mediums.  This week we want to focus on what we are using to draw, not what we are drawing.

Kindergarten and First-  Your parents get so much mail, imagine if we could have all that paper for art instead of it getting thrown away.  Can you find different types of paper in the mail? Colored paper, thick paper, slippery paper are all good even if they have print on them.  Chose a medium and try it on the different papers you find.  Does crayon or marker make different marks on different types of paper, will paint stick to the slippery paper? Which combination looks/works the best?

Second and Third - Google search  "Jacek Tylicki".  He is an artist who uses nature as his experimental media.  He leaves his canvases in nature sometimes for years and sees what nature creates on them.  After you take a look at his artwork, take a look outside.  Last year we used rocks as our medium when we created kindness rocks for the community.  A sidewalk or fallen tree is a great place to draw, even a stick in the dirt can create a picture. Moving rocks into a pattern or to spell out your name is using a natural media to create artwork.  See if you can create an artwork with a medium you've never used.  Make sure to leave it out so people can admire your artwork as they walk by. Or you can create your own Jacek Tylicki inspired piece by leaving your paper or canvas in nature for an extended amount of time and see what mother nature creates for you!!

Fourth and Fifth- How's this for experimental media, google search "John Kunth" artwork.  This artist uses thousands of house flies to create his artwork.  He raises them from maggots and feeds them sugar water mixed with color pigments.  As they land all over the canvas they leave behind the color.  This results in some pretty cool looking pictures.  Lets try to use a natural medium that's not quite so gross!  Can you find some tree branches and flower stems?  The more different sizes and hardness the better.  Dip the ends in ink or paint and try to draw with them.  See which gives you the best effects and try different types of paper too.  Can you use this medium to recreate something you have already drawn?  Another idea one artist had was to dip the branches of a tree in paint and let wind move them all over the paper.  Wow, that's like letting mother nature draw for you, I wonder how that turned out?


Week 6 activities-

This year we learned about using Proportion in our artwork.  Proportion in art stands for the relation based on size between parts or objects within a composition.  That means making the parts of what you are drawing the correct size when you compare it to the rest of your drawing.  For example if you draw your nose out of proportion it may be way to big or tiny, which makes your whole portrait look unrealistic, or not in proportion.
Kindergarten-  Can you think of things that use shapes of different sizes?  A snowman, a bowl of different fruits, the solar system all use the same shapes but different sizes.  Can you draw something that uses the same shape more than once in different sizes?
First-  We learned about size relationships in our work.  Small, medium, and large were words we used to describe these different sizes.  Can you find something in you house that is tiny and draw it huge, and pick something huge and draw it tiny.  Maybe your cat is bigger than your house, or your baby sister is stepping on your Dad's pickup truck?  You are the artist, make it happen on your paper!
Second-  Our bodies are in perfect proportion.  Did you know if you measure from finger tip to finger tip with your arms stretched out it is the same distance as your height.  But let's change your proportions.  Can you draw yourself with better proportions?  Maybe short legs so you could pedal a bike fast, or long arms so you could pick fruit from trees without a ladder, maybe even giant eyes that can see into the future. 
Third and Fourth-  One way we practiced proportion was to gesture draw.  When you gesture draw you have a model pose in a interesting way (standing like the statue of liberty, swinging a golf club, doing karate) and you draw them as quickly as you can.  Try not to draw for more than 60 seconds on each pose ( you could pick people on tv or youtube if you don't have someone to model for you).  Because you don't have much time you have to draw what's the most important first, focus on not just creating stick figures.  You need to include feet, knees, hands, and elbows.  If they are holding or doing something that is important you need to include that too.  If they are supposed to be pitching a baseball in the pose, don't forget to draw the ball.
Fifth- This year we learned about the proportions of the human face.  We learned how your eyes are actually half way up your face.  Your ears line up with the top of your eyes and bottom of your nose.  Your hair actually covers part of your face in front of your ears.  Pick someone in your family and try to draw their portrait making sure to try to keep the parts in proportion so your portrait looks realistic.  Remember if you get stuck on one part can you think of an interesting way to cover that part?  If you remember my example I am bad a drawing mouths so I made myself sticking out my tongue and it disguised that part of my drawing I had trouble with.


Week 5 - Art

Kindergarten-  How do we represent things that are far away in our artwork?  Things look smaller the further they are away from you.  We want our artwork to look realistic so we have to draw the same way we see.  Can you pick something to draw up close(big) and far away (tiny).  Did you add more details to the thing that was close up or far away?

First-  This year we learned about overlapping.  When something in our artwork is in front of, or covering something else, it is overlapping.  Unless a shape is clear like glass, we can't see whatever it overlaps.  Can you practice drawing things that overlap, you could try something simple like shapes, or something hard like your parents car overlapping your house/apartment.

Second-  As we tried to add depth to our artwork we learned about horizon line.  Horizon line is where the sky and ground meet in the distance.  The best example of a horizon line is when you go to the beach, because there aren't any trees or houses in the way.  Can you find an interesting horizon line near you that you can draw (tree tops and skyline count).  Maybe there is something cool along the horizon line you need to add in, like a water tower, or billboards.  Maybe you can pick a time during the day when the light and shadows are the most interesting to .

Third-  This year we practiced adding depth into our pictures by using 1 point perspective.  Remember to start with a horizon line, and a vanishing point on the line.  Things should get smaller the further away they are/ or closer to the horizon line they are.  Can you draw your backyard in 3-d with something cool in it?  Maybe a jungle gym, or a rocket ship on a launch pad, maybe a laser security system around a tree with golden acorns!

Fourth-  To add depth to our work we created cities that used 2 vanishing points.  Remember to start with a horizon line and 2 dots at opposite ends.  Can you see anything from your window that you could draw in 2 point perspective?  Most buildings can be best drawn in 2 point perspective so you can see more than just the flat front of a building.

Fifth-  This year we created dream bedrooms using perspective.  Can you create the best 3-d quarantine space using perspective?  Remember to start by creating your empty room and then fill it using your vanishing point on the back wall.  How creative can you make your room and what cool things would you put in it, arcade machines, basketball court, lava lamp walls, disco ball and light up floor?


Week 4 Art Learning Board Activities-
Kindergarten-  This year we saw that objects cast a shadow on the opposite side of the sun/light source.  Do you see anything with a shadow?  Does the shadow change size and length during the day? Can you draw a picture that is full of shadows?
First-  This year we not only noticed that objects cast a shadow on the opposite side of the sun/light source, but we also noticed that the shadows changed when we moved the light source, or the object.  Draw an x somewhere outside where there is a lot of sunlight.  Try standing on the spot at different times during the day.  Mark where your shadow is and compare.  How did your shadow change?  When was it longest, shortest?
Second-  This year we experimented with adding shadows in our work to make our drawings look more 3-D.  This is called adding Value, and it is one of our Elements of Art.  Can you try drawing something you see and add shadow to it to make it look more realistic?  The harder you press with your pencil the darker the shadow.  If the sun is very bright you can use the white of the paper to represent the shine/glare, this is called negative drawing.
Third-  This year we learned about Value, which is showing light and dark to our Artwork.  We can create all sorts of different levels of darkness depending how hard we press with our pencil.  Pick a simple shape and try to make it 3-D by adding value.  Remember the white of the paper is also a value.  When we use the white of the paper as positive space it is called negative drawing.  How many different grays can you get out of your pencil? 
Fourth-  This year we studied Value and all kinds of different media we could use to express it in our Artwork.  Try to see how many different values you can create with different media. (pencil, chalk, crayon, watercolor).  Remember you can practice creating value in a "value scale" at the bottom of your paper before you start your final picture.  Chose something in your house and put it in a place with lots of different light, maybe a darker room with light coming in a window, or set up a flashlight on your object.  Try to draw the shadows as real as possible.  See if it makes the thing your drawing look more 3-D.
Fifth-  This year we studied Value and all kinds of different media we could use to express it in our Artwork.  Try to see how many different values you can create with different media. (pencil, chalk, crayon, watercolor).  Remember you can practice creating value in a "value scale" at the bottom of your paper before you start your final picture.  Find a tree you can see or another interesting object outside and wait for it to be interestingly lit (maybe noon, or before or after a storm, just moon light).  Try to draw the light/dark you see, this isn't about drawing the tree or object perfectly it is about trying to show the light accurately.

Week 3 Learning Activities- (for those who want to try them all!)

Kindergarten-  Another element of art we learned about was Color.  How many colors can you identify in your home?  Are the colors primary (red, yellow and blue) or secondary (orange, green and purple)?  Can you experiment with your parents to try to mix primary colors to create secondary colors?  You don't have to use paint, food coloring in water works well, or maybe you have left over egg dye if your family celebrates Easter.

First-  We learned about Primary colors this year.  They are red, blue and yellow.  They can be mixed to make all other colors.  Can you find anything in your house in these colors?  Can you draw a page full of things that are only primary colors?

Second- This year we learned about different color combinations.  One of these combinations was analogous colors.  Analogous colors are very close on the color wheel, like blue, green, and yellow  or purple, red and blue.  Can you create a pattern or design that uses analogous colors?  Look for analogous colors in your house for ideas such as tile on the bathroom or kitchen floor.  Maybe your carpet, wallpaper and curtains are analogous?  Analogous colors look very attractive together.

Third-  This year when we studied the color wheel, one combination we saw was complementary colors.  Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel, like blue and orange or yellow and purple.  Can you find something in your home to draw and then use complementary colors to complete your picture.  With complementary colors you have a lighter color and a darker color so it is easy to show shadow in your work.  Did you know mixing complementary colors is one way to make brown?

Fourth-  This year we studied the concept of monochromatic color, this means using one color and only one color in your picture.  But only using one color actually leaves you with a lot of options, just look how many different "blues" are in a box of crayons.  Choose a comfortable place and one color, and try to draw another house/apartment you can see from your window using monochromatic colors.

Fifth-  As we studied color this year we learned about tints and shades.  Every color has tints and shades, you create a tint by adding white to a color (pink is a tint of red) or a shade by adding black to a color (dark red is a shade of Red).  Wait until the sun is setting or rising and find a comfortable place by a window.  Draw what you see but add tints to your picture where the light is intense, and shades where shadows are starting to form.

Week 2 Learning Board 

To my Wildcat Artists who want to try all the learning board activities, here's Week 2 a little early.....

Kindergarten- We learned about so many different shapes in Art class this year.  How many can you remember and draw? Can you name them for your parents? Can you fill the page and color your shapes?

First-  We learned about lots of different shapes in Art class this year.  But the coolest shapes were organic shapes because they have no rules!  Can you find some organic shapes (ex. leaves, flowers, rocks) and trace them onto paper.  Color them in and see if you can make yours look just like what you traced.

Second - We learned about organic and geometric shapes in Art this year.  Geometric shapes have rules like a square or circle, but organic shapes have no rules.  You are an organic shape, can you trace(or have a family member help) yourself onto a sidewalk or driveway with chalk? Don't just leave the outline...decorate yourself!!

Third-  We learned about organic and geometric shapes in Art this year.  Geometric shapes have rules like a square or circle, but organic shapes have no rules.  Your body is an organic shape.  Can you trace your whole body on the sidewalk or driveway with chalk?  Maybe you can pose in an interesting way? Or trace yourself multiple times doing different things (ex. maybe one of your tracings is jumping over your other tracing, or your two tracings are having a karate fight!).  Be sure to decorate your tracings so when people see them they know an Artist made them.

Fourth-  This year we learned about different shapes and the space they exist in.  Google search  - M.C. Esher Artwork -  He was an amazing artist who used shape and space to create optical illusions.  What shapes to you see most in his artwork, geometric or organic?  Could the things he drew really ever exist?  Why or why not?  Please share with your parents, see if you can recreate one of his illusions.

Fifth-   A scientist who studies plants and catalogs them is called a Botanist.  A botanist is not only a scientist but also an artist because they draw unidentified plants as they find them.  There are lots of plants blooming near your home now.  Can you take a walk collect some samples of plant life and catalog(draw them)?  Be sure to note their color, size, and shape.  When a botanist discovers a new type of plant, they get to name it!

Week 1 Learning Board Activities

These continued learning activities are found on the activity board given by your homeroom teacher for April 14-17, but if you want to try them all...you must be an artist!!!

Kindergarten: We began the year with Line and it's many variations.  How many line variations can you draw? (ex. wavy, straight, dotted, zig-zag, curly)  Can you change to an new color with each line?  Can you fill a page with your line variations?

First:  We began the year with Line and it's many variations. How many line variations can you draw? (ex. wavy, straight, dotted, zig-zag, curly).  Can you use the line variations to create a picture?  Straight lines make blades of grass, curvy lines make cool clouds, and wavy lines make mountains in the distance!

Second: We learned about Contour Line, it's a solid line that defines/outlines a shape.  Can you pick something related to spring to draw with just solid contour lines.  You could pick something as small as a clover or flower or challenge yourself with a whole tree!

Third: We learned about Contour Line, it's a solid line that defines/outlines a shape. Pick a window in your house and draw everything you see with solid contour line.

Fourth: We started this year with our simplest element of art, Line.  One type of line we used was called continuous contour line.  To create a continuous contour line drawing once you start you can't pick up your pencil till you've drawn the whole picture.  Choose a window in your house and see if you can draw what you see using continuous contour line.  Challenge yourself not to cheat, if you pick your pencil up before your done just put it right back where you were and keep the line going.

Fifth:  We started this year with our simplest element of art, Line. We used Blind Contour line (you couldn't look at the paper as you drew), Continuous Contour Line (you had to draw the whole picture as one long line without picking up your pen), and Inverted Contour line (you have to draw upside down).  Pick something in your house and try these techniques again.  You can pick something simple like a chair or something really challenging like your parent's car!

Continue learning about Art even during our extended break!

Please check out the links below: (if link are not active simply copy and paste into google)

NGAkids Art Zone
National Gallery of Art's interactive offerings which feature  a variety of art-making tools

National Gallery of Art
Lesson plans and resources to adapt to online learning

eLearning Resources
Includes links and resources for visual art

Keith Haring Kids
Lesson plans, coloring books, etc.

School Specialty Lesson Plans
Large variety of lesson plans for all grade levels

Lesson plans for all ages; includes great ideas

80 art games for kids of all ages, art videos, blog, and more!

Incredible Art
Lesson plans, art media tutorials, games,  and online art activities

Please take care during these upcoming weeks, and enjoy the time with your families!!!     

-Mr. Fennell

March 13th 2020-------------------------------------------------------

Please continue to practice the skills we have been learning in Art during our extended break.  Ideas for Art continued education projects will be posted on the county Art web page.  I hope everyone enjoys the time off with their loved ones!  I will update this once I have a better understanding of what online learning will be provided by PWCPS to keep our students sharp!

-Mr. Fennell


Happy Thanksgiving!!  Please enjoy your break and time with family.  There is still time to visit our schools art display at the Kelly Leadership Center too!  -Mr Fennell

Quick Update-

Students are finishing work with line, pattern, and shape.  We have begun working with texture and color in our classroom projects.

Students also previewed out book fair during encore rotation.

Have a great week!   -Mr. F

Western School Art Display-

Please find attached in the "files and documents" the official notice and recognition of the students listed below being featured in the Western Schools Display at the Kelly Leadership Center.

Thank you for your support and enjoy your Columbus day Holiday!  -Mr. Fennell

Western Schools Fall 2017 Art Display!

Several Wildcat Artists will be representing our school at the Kelly Leadership Fall Display.  Please join me in congratulating the students listed below:

Yeabu K

Seyar M

Juliana D

Mina T

Camillia W

Trinity S

Adrianna G

Graciella L

Deyvi F

 If you are headed to the Kelley Center please enjoy our students artwork on display.

-Mr. Fennell

Welcome Back Wildcats!

Welcome back to another great year of art at EVS.  Students have already begun drawing and working with our first two elements of art : Line and Shape.  I look forward to another year of seeing our Wildcats become great artists who create and sign their own original work!

Please Be sure to join us for our Fall Title 1 and specialist's night next Friday the 22nd!

Thank you for your support of the Arts!
-Eric Fennell


A big thank you to all the families who attended the Spring Arts Festival at Colgan High over the weekend.  The county has announced it was the most attended Art Festival in county history!

Our best in show winner was Nicole B.  whose watercolor landscape will hang in Kelly Leadership Center for all of 2017.

Thank you for your support of the arts!   -Mr. Fennell

The big week is finally here! The Art Show is this weekend!  More than 50 Vaughan artists will be on display representing our school. Students who have artwork on display received their personal invitation last week.

Thousands of pieces of artwork will be on display from the entire county. Crafts and displays are all free to all! Join me at Colgan High School from 10am-4pm this Saturday the 1st of April!!

-Mr. Fennell

Spring Arts Festival

This year's Spring Art Festival will be held at Colgan High School.  It will be on April 1st (no fooling) from 10am- 4 pm.  As it is completely free, and there will be artwork on display from all of the schools in the county including EVS.  I hope to see you there - Mr. Fennell

Hylton Performing Art Center Display-

Jami Manneh will have her artwork on display at the Buchanan Gallery during the month of February.  She will be part of the juried PWCS Art Show.  Her artwork was selected as she competed against all other schools in the county including High School and specialty programs.  This is a great honor for a great artist!  Congratulations Jami!

Our Yearbook Winners are currently on display in the student gallery!  It is going to be quite an art filled book this year!  Please contact Ms. O'Neill for purchase information.

-Mr. Fennell

Yearbook Voting Begins

Stay tuned for results as Vaughan chooses its next yearbook cover!  Voting will occur all week, winners will be announced on Monday.  

Good Luck - Mr. Fennell

Yearbook Cover Contest Update:

We have reached that time of year where we are losing days.  So the deadline for the Yearbook Contest has been set as Dec 5th, which will allow students adequate class time to participate.  As this aligns with so many visual arts Sols students will be given two class periods to work in school on the contest.

Students may enter as many times as they wish, with any 2-d media accepted (entries must be flat in order to scan).  Design must include the schools name and school year correctly spelled.  Paper should be trimmed to 8x9.5 in order to keep the computer from cutting off edges of winning designs.

Students will not have their entries returned and the finalists will be narrowed down by a committee of teachers. The reason being that I receive well over 1000 entries.  Students will vote school wide on the finalists.  With the first place being front cover, second back cover, third inside cover, and all other finalists published inside the yearbook.

Good Luck!  -Mr. Fennell

Art Room Update- The Yearbook Cover Contest Returns!

It is that time of year again, time for the yearbook cover contest.  As we begin the contest we will be studying covers from current bestsellers in book stores now.  We will discuss how the cover is effective in grabbing our attention and getting us to pick up that book.  Students will be judging the color, fonts used, focal point, and visuals that make a well balanced composition.

Students will be getting the full contest details in class but a quick overview:

Students can enter as many times as they like using any 2-d media.  Designs must include the school year and any form of our school name (spelled correctly).  Students can win more than once.  A panel of teachers will narrow down the 1000+ designs to a group of finalists for students to vote on.  The first place will be the cover of everyone's yearbook (2nd - back cover, 3rd- inside cover, 4th-approx 30th will be published inside the yearbook).

Students will be provided class time to work on this so a deadline has not been set due to so many days off in early November. 

-Mr. Fennell

Week 6 Update:  Western Schools Display

It still confuses me why we are a Western school considering we are almost the furthest east in the county but....

The following students will have a piece of artwork on display in the Kelly Leadership Western Schools Fall Display:

Tarianna Hayes
Anderson Romero
Harpreet Kaur
Michelle Ackah
Katherine Ventura
Basil Ali
Oz Bar-Moor
Malcolm G.
Jami Manneh

Congratulations to these Wildcats on representing Vaughan!  Their artwork can be viewed in the "Art at EVS" gallery to the left on this page.  It can also be viewed when it is installed at the Kelly Center (approx mid October).    -Mr. Fennell

Week 5:

Good Morning Parents and Wildcats-

This week Students in the upper grades have shifted their focus to adding shadow and light to their pictures.  We are creating gradients in black and white in order to give our pictures depth with the value that is added.

Our lower levels are still focusing on our basics of shape, line variations, and color as we combine all three while reviewing these concepts.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our back to school night tonight!  Be sure to check out our children's art gallery featuring work from the first 3 weeks of school.
  -Mr. Fennell

Week 4:

Students are working with contrasting colors and watercolor in our upper grades. Hopefully a few of these are already hanging on parent's refrigerators.  In our lower grades we are learning to use our supplies better and more creatively.  Enjoy the weekend and we may finally get some cooler weather!  -Mr Fennell

Week 3 Art:

Students in our upper grades are continuing to work with line as they add color to their work.  Students are attempting to create a monochromatic color scheme in their work this week.  Monochromatic color schemes use all different hues, shades, and tints of one color.  Students in lower grades are turning their lines into shapes and learning to overlap.

Keep practicing at home! -Mr. Fennell

Week 2 Update!

It's been a great first week of Art! Students have been introduced to our new art room, had a fire drill and even got to create some artwork on the first day of class.  We will begin working with our first element of art "Line" as we move into week two.

Keep up the great work Vaughan Artists!
-Mr. Fennell

Welcome Back!

Welcome back from a great summer.  It was short, as always, but all the children I have seen so far are excited to be back!  

Art will be taught once a week for a 45 minute block.  Your student will always have art at the same time and day each week.  Our first week we will be reviewing rules, expectations, our quality classroom standards, our classroom jobs and routines, as well as what to do if there is an emergency.  

-Mr. Fennell

Special Notice: Office Hours
Mr Fennell's weekly office hour is Tuesdays at 12:30-1:30PM
(more info soon)

Hello Wildcats and parents!  This will be my 16th year teaching the talented artists here at Vaughan Elementary. I look forward to all the amazing artwork your students will be creating in my Art Room.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  
 -Mr. Fennell