Every year Google has a scholarship contest for logo designs made by students in grades k-12. This year's theme was "What makes me... me"... A self-portrait of sorts along with an essay on why they chose the imagery for their design.
We had a few submissions from RMS students this year, they were sent to Google headquarters last week.... Good luck to all!
It's that time of year again... Our thoughtful 6th graders donated their art to the patients at Concord Hospital to accompany their Thanksgiving meals last week. Art is a powerful catalyst for healing and I think these kids' artful placemats brought a few healthy, happy thoughts their way. Thank you to all the 6th graders who participated!
8th graders have been learning about human proportions and what better models to work with than Cirque du Soleil acrobats. The combination of the artistry of costumes and creativity of movement is a sight to behold!
possibilities: a photograph of you at the art museum, a postcard from the
gift shop or a sketch you drew of a favorite artwork.
“Me” Collage: Use magazines, photos and your own drawings to create
an “About Me” collage. If you need inspiration, go to google images
and search for “collage artist”.
Read a graphic novel or comic book: Go to your library and check out a book
with images or comics. For older kids, two good suggestions are The Invention of Hugo Cabret orWonderstruck by Brian Selcznick. Write a short
description of the book you read or create a bookmark for the book.
Play with an online drawing game. Print out your results. Here are
Take an art class or summer workshop! There are many places to take art
workshops and art camps around the state! The Currier Museum Art Center (Manchester) and Kimball Jenkins School of Art (Concord) both have summer camps and art
opportunities, among many others across the city and state.
Documentation: Your finished artwork or a photo of you making your
Recycled Art: Find discarded objects around the house (old junk mail,
pieces of wood scraps, random toys or old stickers you don’t want anymore) and
create a new inspiring collage or sculpture.
Environmental/Ephemeral Art: Use leaves, rocks and other natural objects to
make a piece of art (even sand castles count). Look up the art of Andy
Goldsworthy or "ephemeral art" for ideas. Documentation:
Take a photo of your finished artwork.
Photomontage: Take lots of photos. With permission from your
parents, cut out faces or parts of the pictures (or use a photo editing
software like photoshop or Gimp) and combine them to create an interesting
photomontage. Look up the photomontages of David Hockney if you need
Collaborative Artwork: Collaborate with a friend or family member and make
a work of art together! Documentation: Photo of the two of you
working or the finished artwork.
10. Sidewalk Chalk
Masterpiece: Use sidewalk chalk in a creative way to make a
masterpiece. Take a photo of your finished work.
Art: Draw a comic about something that happened to you this summer.
If you have a passion for comics, check out local artistMarek Bennett for workshops and inspiration!
Decorate a t-shirt or sew a piece of clothing! Ideas: tie-dye,
stencils, sew something on it, paint pens or fabric paint.
Documentation: Bring in the item of clothing or a photo.
Make something to wear. Ideas: Local bead shop, Bead-It, has classes and lots of jewelry resources.
Documentation: Bring in the jewelry or a photo.
Painting: Find the perfect (small) rock at the beach, in your backyard,
etc. Decorate it with paints and anything else you’d like.
Documentation: Photograph it or bring in the actual rock.
Instrument: Create a musical instrument using materials around your
house. Documentation: photograph or bring in the instrument.
Building: Using Legos, blocks, rocks, or other building materials, spend
an hour or so designing a unique construction. Take a photograph of your
17. Make a piñata
using paper mache. Break it with some friends! Take pictures.
18. Create edible
art: Play with your food and turn it into an artwork. Or, decorate a
cake, cookies or cupcakes. Take a photo and then eat it!
19. Create a
sketchbook and fill it with sketches and/or mementos of your summer adventures!
CHOICE: Come up with a creative activity to do by yourself or with your
I wish I could include every teapot made by my fifty 8th graders... They were all so carefully crafted! A job well done to each and every one of them. Here is a sampling of some uniquely themed teapots...
7th and 8th graders contributed over 100 colorful and creative banners to the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness' SouperFest event at RMS this past weekend. It was a meaningful contribution to such an inspiring and successful community event. The group raised over $7,000 to support their mission. We look forward to partnering with them again next year.