Monday, March 30, 2015

CRES Artists’ Work In The Spotlight: April 2nd - 16th

Congratulations to these Central Riverside student artists who created these beautiful works of art which will be featured in DCPS Student art exhibits at various community public libraries in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Central Riverside Elementary School’s student work will be on display at the Murray Hill Library located at 918 Edgewood Avenue South. Please, come see this beautiful collection of student artwork!

1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wyatt (Kindergarten)  Painted Paper Collage: Very Hungry Caterpillar
Charles - (5th grade) Collage: Fractions Radial Balance

Jamarian - (5th grade) Drawing from Observation: Shoe
J-Ann - (5th grade) Printmaking: Radial Design

Toby - (1st grade) Painted Paper Collage: Snake in the Garden

Salea - (5th grade) Watercolor Painting: Shells

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Radial Design Monoprints

Fifth grade students learned how to create RADIAL DESIGN prints in art class at Central Riverside Elementary School .  First, they carefully carved a line design into soft styro-foam plates (4" square) by pressing gently with a dull pencil. Next, they rolled PRINTMAKING INK with a BRAYER taking care to apply a thin, even layer to the flat surface. They carefully positioned the inked plate over paper and pressed the back of the plate gently, making sure to add even pressure.  When they removed the plate, a beautiful PRINT was revealed.  They repeated this process four times. 
 When the four prints were dry, the students positioned/glued them onto paper, turning each one a quarter turn to create a radial design. This project was an effective ay to assess my students of their knowledge of RADIAL BALANCE.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Art Appeals to ALL of the Senses!

Central Riverside kindergarten students learned that art can be experienced through all the senses:

Using their sense of TOUCH they felt creamy icing between their fingers.  Using their sense of SIGHT they saw the bright colors of icing.  Using their sense of SMELL they enjoyed the sweet fragrance of the sugary "paint." Using their sense of HEARING they listened and sung to a song that helped them learn their colors and last, they used their sense of TASTE to enjoy the flavor of their "paint" as they licked their fingers.

You might ask, "What's going on in Mrs. Woodlief's art room?" 

Students were given cake icing from the Publix bakery in the primary colors: Red, Yellow, & Blue.  Next they were lead through the steps of mixing them to create new colors - the Seconday Colors! (Green, Purple, Orange)
Blue + Yellow = Green

After they explored many color mixing possibilities, they "painted a masterpiece" on their canvas: a graham cracker.  Of course, a really good artist always remembers to wash their brush between colors so the students licked their fingers!

The last test of a truly successful work of art: how it tasted!  Each student enjoyed eating their masterpiece at the conclusion of their class. 
To reinforce the learning that took place, students learned a song that helps them remember the primary colors called "The Red Yellow Blues" by Greg Percy.  Check it out!
The Red Yellow Blues by Greg Percy

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Congratulations to VSA Student of the Month!

I am so proud of Central Riverside Elementary DHH (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) fifth grade student who was recognized by Florida VSA ( formerly known as Very Special Arts.  VSA Regional Program Coordinator, Pat York made a special visit from the state office to recognize Jordan Williams for his outstanding work as an advocate for the DHH program at Central Riverside. Jordan, with the assistance of ASL interpreter, Jill Kalish, performed a presentation at our school's annual ARTWALK demonstrating the use of QR codes (Quick Response codes) to access online videos of DHH students sharing their artisit's staements, not in the usual way but with ASL, American Sign Language. Please, view Jordans's artisit statement at
DHH Student, Jordan Williams and VSA Regional Coordinator, Pat York