Walter S Parker Middle
Reading, Massachusetts
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Artwork Exhibits - this school year (since July 2013)
 
Oct 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Jan 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students worked with art and science (Steam: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) to make a model of an atom. Ac ...
   
 
Oct 2013, taught by Diane Davis
When students finished their assigned projects, they were given time to make observational drawings from plants or looki ...
   
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Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
When students are done with their projects, they have free time to make any kind of art they wish.
   
 
Mar 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students entered a townwide poster contest about diversity. They were to show a community where everyone gets along. S ...
   
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Jan 2014, taught by Diane Davis
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Feb 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Using the methods that Mesopotamians used to make some of their sculptures, students practiced making pinch pots, coils ...
   
 
Apr 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students experimented with a variety of types of clay manipulation before making these clay relief tiles. Requirements w ...
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Students designed with simple shapes to make pictures from fairy tales, nursery rhymes or scary pictures. They thought c ...
   
 
Davis: 6: Zentangles (99 artworks)
Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Students are starting the year with a review of Elements of Art, the basic art ingredients that make up all artwork. The ...
   
 
Apr 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students need to use the following in a composition of their choice: one or two point perspective overlapping horizon ...
   
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Nov 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Feb 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students set up a still life, took pictures and drew a values drawing from the pictures. They focused on light and shado ...
   
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Jan 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students learned about the 5 basic parts of light and shadow, then looked for them in drawing Christmas ornaments with a ...
   
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Mar 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Using one point perspective , students wrote a word, then illustrated it behind and around the word.
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Students made images that used a principle of art in order to help the audience to see or feel what they intended in the ...
   
 
Jan 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students looked for the highlights in white, and shadows in black, adding middle tones and using the shade of the paper ...
   
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Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Working like an artist. Students looked at the work of illustrator, Molly Bang, and how she made decisions with each el ...
   
 
Nov 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Using the pinch method of manipulating clay, students were asked to make a pinch pot and to create something unique from ...
   
 
Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Students learned how to make a pinch pot, with a multi-step process which allows them to create smooth, thin pots every ...
   
 
Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Students created a pinch pot, then created a specific foot for it. They made a choice on whether to add a neck to the po ...
   
 
Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Students made two tiles, an underglaze tile and a glaze tile. They compared the two, seeing how each controls lines, or ...
   
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Nov 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Nov 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Jan 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students made teapots choosing either pinch pots, coil or slab to create their forms. They added handles, lids and spout ...
   
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Apr 2014, taught by Diane Davis
students worked with armatures of foam, wire, tinfoil and junk sculpture to create a strong frame for their paper mache. ...
   
 
Mar 2014, taught by Diane Davis
in the style of American sculptor, Alexander Calder, we created kinetic sculptures with themes
   
 
Dec 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Dec 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Dec 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Dec 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Davis: AS6: Landscapes (3 artworks)
Apr 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students looked at landscapes and divided them into sections of sky, background, middleground and foreground. They divid ...
   
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Davis: AS6: Portraits (10 artworks)
Mar 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students learned the proportions of a face, how to draw specific parts of a face and how to create contour line drawings ...
   
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Jan 2014, taught by Diane Davis
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Jan 2014, taught by Diane Davis
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Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Working like an artist. Why do artists have some pictures break out through a border or bleed off the page? We looked a ...
   
 
Davis: AS7: Claywork (4 artworks)
Feb 2014, taught by Diane Davis
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Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
They are called Fed Ex days, because the Fed Ex company has a motto, "When it has to be delivered overnight". This is a ...
   
 
Mar 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students learned about proportions of the face and how to draw specific parts of the face. Then using a grid, they drew ...
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Students created a character, then showed traits of the character through the background items they included. We "read" ...
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Nov 2013, taught by Diane Davis
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Sep 2013, taught by Diane Davis
Students are designing and implimenting independent projects that focus on Originality, Technical Skills and Personal Vo ...
   
 
Feb 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students created independent projects by first starting with a universal theme. They brainstormed ideas around that them ...
   
 
Feb 2014, taught by Diane Davis
Students worked with a variety of thicknesses of wire to create a freestanding sculpture on a base.
   
 
Jan 2014, taught by Diane Davis
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Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students were asked to participate in a poster contest about diversity in their town.
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Imagine, Observe, and Free Choice projects designed and created by students in Grade 6 and 7 art.
   
 
Ropple 6: ATC's (287 artworks)
Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Artist Trading Cards are small works of art that are made to be shared. Measuring only 2.5" x 3.5", they do not take as ...
   
 
Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Each student designed an simple, original symbol to represent themselves. They created a foam stamp of the symbol and c ...
   
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Dec 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
This project brings together several different activities: observational contour drawing, understanding the principles o ...
   
 
Nov 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
As a first step in a mixed media project based on identifying with an animal for a subject in a work of art, students us ...
   
 
Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
After learning about art elements, students created a personal response to the theme of trees. Each student chose their ...
   
 
Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students learned a drawing strategy that uses a grid to break up a complex image into smaller parts that can be drawn mo ...
   
 
Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Students reviewed the art elements by creating a composition of an original monster. The composition needed to have at ...
   
 
Ropple 7: Hand Designs (91 artworks)
Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Our first project of the year! Students did a simple hand tracing and filled it in with words that describe themselves. ...
   
 
Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Each student created a drawing that demonstrated understanding of two point perspective drawing techniques.
   
 
Dec 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
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Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
For our first project in the half-year class Drawing and Painting, each student created a two sided acrylic painting o ...
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Students made observational sketches of small artificial pumpkins to record unique qualities. Next, they brainstormed id ...
   
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Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Every third class students share a work of art from their sketchbooks. Projects can be self-designed or based on an ide ...
   
 
Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Students selected a photograph of an interesting object from a magazine and attached it to paper. They then used drawing ...
   
 
Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
As an additional step of the planning process for the Symbolist arrangement painting, students collaged images of growi ...
   
 
Nov 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Students learned how to paint on canvas with acrylic paints by creating an original floral still life. In class we looke ...
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
As part of the planning steps for the Symbolist Arrangement painting project, students created at least one page that sh ...
   
 
Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
After looking at lithographs of abstract bulls by Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichetenstein, students experimented with creati ...
   
 
Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Independently designed first quarter projects by students in AS8.
   
 
Nov 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Independently designed work from Art Studio 8!
   
 
Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Third quarter work, self designed and created by students in Art Studio 8.
   
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Dec 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
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Nov 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
We virtually "travelled" around the world to view examples of architecture that we liked, and created small rendered dra ...
   
 
Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
We collected leaves from outside and then created rubbings from them using soft pencil on white paper. Next, we added t ...
   
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Ropple: AS6: Pastel Owls (13 artworks)
Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students observed photographs of owls and used pastels to create original interpretations. Some students chose to use na ...
   
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Ropple: AS6: Pumpkins!! (23 artworks)
Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Members of the class suggested painting pumpkins for Halloween, so we did! Before painting on them we did observational ...
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Each student created a self-portrait drawing showing themselves in a place they loved. As part of this project, they dev ...
   
 
Jan 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
We made simply formed slab pots and decorated the surface with interesting textures and colors. Very playful and fun!
   
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Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students created a multi-layered collage to illustrate the concepts of foreground, midground(s) and backgrounds.
   
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Apr 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
These postcard paintings were made in response to virtual travel on the Internet. Students viewed photos of places they' ...
   
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Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Independently designed an created work by students in the full year Art Studio 7 for Quarter 3.
   
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Apr 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
As a break from the usual curriculum and projects, students took one class period to closely examine their shoes and cre ...
   
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Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Each student creates three ATC's for homework to share in class once in our schedule's cycle. The cards are shared with ...
   
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Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
As a first project for the course, students chose a font they liked and made a letter design, filling it in with found p ...
   
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Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students chose images of subjects that showed strong dimensional form to "build" out of colored magazine papers.
   
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Nov 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Capturing texture with a high contrast drawing material.
   
 
Jan 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
For this project, students chose an original way to portray a season using page design and watercolor techniques. In pr ...
   
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Nov 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Looking carefully at a semi-crumpled soda can in order to see regular and irregular form (a crushed cylinder), and shape ...
   
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Jan 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
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Apr 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students created original vector digital paintings using the "artistic media" tools. They imported a photograph and bui ...
   
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Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
These are vector images created with Corel Draw. Students worked from a raster visual resource and "built" their buildi ...
   
 
Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students used the Corel Draw X4 program to create a non-random work of art while learning how to use the basic program t ...
   
 
Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Working with fonts and word placement to describe a memorable experience. Can you guess what each artist is describing?
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
As an extra credit project, students designed origninal video game characters using CorelDraw.
   
 
Nov 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Students learned about Photopaint masks and effects by changing a basic apple image into nine original compositions, and ...
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
These landscapes were made using a vector-based media tool that works like a paintbrush on paper. Students selected a la ...
   
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Jan 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
As a final project, students used both Draw and Photopaint to create a CD package for an imaginary music group.
   
 
Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Students selected a photograph of an example of architecture and then created in vector form. They next completed the co ...
   
 
Jan 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students in class each chose a tool or technique not yet covered in detail in class, and learned how to use or do it. Th ...
   
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Nov 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Each collage of words represents an idea that the artist did not directly name. Students were asked to choose at least ...
   
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Dec 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
This project involved "photoshopping" skills -- combining layers of images to create a new, believable image of somethin ...
   
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Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students invented mythical creatures that would help in solving problems, both world and personal, and would show their ...
   
 
Ropple: Grade 6: Potato! (63 artworks)
Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
These drawings are careful observations of potatoes. Students used a variety of pencil skills to represent the potatoes ...
   
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Oct 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
These small drawings were done to practice contour drawing. This involves quieting down, focusing on one small bit of in ...
   
 
Dec 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
As part of our Inner Animal Project, students created an abstract experimental paper using wax crayons and oil pastels a ...
   
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Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Miscellaneous things that don't fit into our exhibits are shown here!
   
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Feb 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
As a beginning activity for our unit on artistic styles, students carefully observed two drawings (one from the medieval ...
   
 
Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students created observed contours of their hands, and then used a variety of pencil techniques to render inside the sha ...
   
 
Jan 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
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Mar 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Independent work based in the categories of IMAGINE, OBSERVE, and FREE CHOICE.
   
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Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
Students learned about how Chagall used diagonals and curves to create a dream-like effect in a design. We made experim ...
   
 
Jan 2014, taught by Amy Ropple
Students experimented with finding an image of an existing work of art and playing with the filter effects in Photopaint ...
   
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Sep 2013, taught by Amy Ropple
This is the first art project for Digital Art class. Students were asked to experiment with basic tools that include mak ...
   
 
Non-Exhibit Artwork (3 artworks)
Mar 2014
   
Artwork Exhibits - last school year (July 2012 - June 2013)
Artwork Exhibits - 2 years ago (July 2011 - June 2012)
Artwork Exhibits - 3 years ago (July 2010 - June 2011)
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for this school year ... state nation
6480 artworks #1 #33
564 fanclub members #6 #299
381 comments #3 #99
2001 artist statements #1 #14
  overall rank #3 #72
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School Awards & Honors
  2012-2013 Leadership Award
Ranked #2 in Massachusetts (#75 in the nation) for overall participation among all schools
  2012-2013 Art Publishing Award
Ranked #1 in Massachusetts (#15 in the nation) for art published among all schools
  2012-2013 Fan Clubs Award
Ranked #8 in Massachusetts (#348 in the nation) for fan club signups among all schools
  2012-2013 Comments Award
Ranked #1 in Massachusetts (#122 in the nation) for comments posted among all schools
  2012-2013 Statements Award
Ranked #1 in Massachusetts (#7 in the nation) for artist statements collected among all schools
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Student Hall of Fame
Shown are five randomly-selected students who have entered the Hall of Fame this year.
 Emily20574
awarded on 9/25/2013
 Beth567
awarded on 1/17/2014
 Emily26142
awarded on 2/11/2014
 Jakob1347
awarded on 10/28/2013
 Owen4328
awarded on 1/29/2014
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Recent visitor comments ...
Excellent art, Samantha! Your hand looks so realistic to me. I especially like the curve in the fingers and the nail on the thumb! You have quite a talent as an artist. Keep up the great work. I love you, Nana Jackie -- Jackie
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Beautiful Piece!! -- Christine
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Very realistic looking! I am waiting for Darth Vader to show up! -- Christine
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Recent artist statements ...
I drew a wolf because its one of my favorite animals. Iout lined the body of the wolf first so i could get the shape of it. then i started adding the eyes and the nose and the mouth and started adding texture to the ears. i finally had the body complete and started adding hair to try to make it look realistic.
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I chose to do the wolf because its one of my favorite animals. I like how wolves are sneaky, sly, and quiet and I am sneaky, sly, and quiet sometimes. I used wax resist in my wolf.the way i used wax resist was that i out lined the wolf so i know were to color in with the wax resist then i used green to make the grass and painted around those areas with water color paint. I smuged a little black in the wolf to show that its a wolf and not a dog. i did that because sometimes people think its a dog and not a wolf.Then I made the rest gray. I like how much work I put into my work. I used alot of colors and I took my time and work at my own pase. The thing I dont like about my art work is that the trees are kind of sloppy and could use more work. Next time when I do an animal that has trees in the background im going to take the time at work on the trees.
written by Kylie4247
To render my potato, I used hatching and smudging for the most part. I think mine looks sort of 3D, but I think it could be much better. I enjoyed doing this because it was fun and challenging.
written by Erin5190
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