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Ms. L. McWilliams:  Art teacher of all Kindergarten and First Grade students at AP Morris School and teacher of Grade 2nd-6th grade students at Calvin Coolidge School in Hillside.


Dear Parents and Students,

As schools have closed in the state of NJ, it is extremely important that students continue their studies at home. Please submit screen shots of your work to my email so it can be checked and please include your classroom teacher's name, and your own comments about what you learned, or what skill you improved in. This information will be checked periodically. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email lmcwilliams@hillside 

Wishing you all the very best of health and looking forward to hearing from you all,

Ms. McWilliams

Hillside Art Teacher


Art Activity Week of 4/13/20-4/17/20   "Student Choice Drawing/Painting" Grades  2-6

Students may draw, paint, sculpt or make a collage of their choice using any and all materials of their choice. Students should view "important and influential" art work created by 20th and 21st century artists and use the viewed work as a form of inspiration for making their own art. The artist's name should be written on the back.


Art Activity Week of 4/20/20-4/24/20" Self Portrait" Grades 2-6

Using a piece of plain white paper and a pencil, students should create a picture of themselves (head+shoulders). Students should first start with an oval lightly sketched, no smaller than their hand. Light vertical and horizontal lines should be drawn for symmetry and eye placement. Facial features should be added as well as a neck, ears, clothing line and shoulders. Correct placement is important as studied in class. This may be a pencil only drawing in which shading should be used for eyes and hair or a full color drawing.


Art Activity Week of 4/27/20-5/1/20  "Figure Drawing" Students should draw a figure or figures, no smaller than their hand, of a person or people engaged in an activity. Some suggested activities include riding a bike, playing a sport, dancing, running, walking in a park, riding a skateboard or playing at the beach. The local environment should be drawn, where the figure is (beach, park, bike path etc.)  This drawing may be done with crayon, marker, paint or colored pencil.


Art Activity Week of 5/4/20-5/8/20  "Landscape in Full Color: Animals by the River Bank" Students should draw  a river by creating two simple horizontal lines. At the "edge of the river" Students should draw at least three animals. Ideas to consider include an alligator, large birds, deer, a snake, a rabbit a turtle etc. This could perhaps even be a close-up view of the river that might have tall grasses, butterflies and other insects. Good planning usually results in "good art". Apply color.


Art Activity Week of 5/11/20-5/15/20 "Collage Using Real Flowers and Leaves" Using a plastic bag, take a short walk outside to gather interesting weeds growing in grass, flowers (tiny are fine), flower blossoms from bushes, leaves from bushes, small twigs, grass and anything else that is interesting and can be glued down. Seal the material in a plastic bag, in will stay fresh for several days. On a heavy piece of paper, arrange and  create a composition using the found material. Use a lot of glue so plant material will not fall off. This collage might be flowers in a vase, a garden, or a "close-up" view flower branches. Detail may be applied with crayon,colored pencils, markers or a combination of all.


Art Activity week of 5/18/20-5/22/20 "Smudge Prints" Try this new trick with old crayons. Steps: 1 Sketch and cut out several different sizes and shapes of silhouettes from heavy paper similar poster board, however, no need to buy anything as cardboard from a cereal box will work just fine. Geometric shapes, flowers, stars, or houses, trees, cars are all good ideas. Remember: silhouettes only, no detail just the shapes. 2  Color the border of each silhouette stencil, covering it darkly. Use a different color on every stencil. 3 Place a stencil on white paper. 4 Holding the stencil firmly with one hand, use the eraser end of a pencil to smudge the crayon onto the white paper. Do this around the entire boarder of the stencil. 5 When you lift the stencil, you'll see its fuzzy shape outlined on the paper. 6 Use other stencils to create a scene or an "all-over" design composition. Also try coloring the boarder of the stencil with more than one color. Hint: Rub the eraser on a piece of scrap paper to remove the crayon.


 Art Activity week of 5/25/20-5/29/20  "Spinning Wheels" Materials Large white paper, markers (crayons may be used if markers are not available)


1.  Begin the design by making points or dots at various areas all over the paper, limit the dots to 6 or 7.

2.  Then around each point or dot, with any color, make a circle of short, straight lines. Do this around each point or dot on the paper.

3.  Continue by putting another ring around each circle. changing colors.

4.  When the corcles begin to touch each other, decide which ones will complete their circles where they meet. Completely fill the paper.

5. The "Spinning Wheels" will look like fireworks!

Variations:  - When the coloring is complete, a water color wash of a bright color such as yellow can be painted over the entire paper to create an unusual effect.

                   - Try usuing a pastel-colored paper instead of white and only 2-3 bright colored crayons.


Art Activity Week of 6/1/20- 6/5/20 "Line Pictures" Technique- Line Drawing  Materials White drawing paper, crayons, markers or another drawing material of your choice


On a piece of practice paper, illustrate the various types of pictures that can be made by simple line drawings. Some ideas for your composition might be a simple landscape with 2-3 trees and mountain, close up view of flowers in a garden, or a house with a front yard, trees and clouds.

I recommend that the picture be something that you are familiar with, something that you have drawn before. This project is more about the use of lines and line variation than the subject.

Use short lines to create the picture. Contrast and variety can be achieved by varying the length of lines, changing the width of the lines, and by putting some close together and some far apart.

Variations: Try creating a simple composition by light sketching out the main areas, a house, a garden, a simple landscape, BUT instead of lines, fill in with various size dots. This type of art is know as "Pointillism".


 Art Activity Week of 6/8/20-6/12/20  "Textured Fruit" Crayon Scratch Etching" Materials: 9x12 heavy paper such as poster board, old crayons, a small bit of baking flour or pancake mix, etching tools such as tooth picks, paper clips, a pencil with a broken point, nail file etc., a few sheets of news paper as this project can be a bit messy.

1.  Cover the work surface.

2.Apply bright colors using crayons in sort of a "patchwork quilt pattern" over the entire surface of the heavy paper. Press hard with the crayons to get a  good build up of wax.

3 Pat lightly a small amount of the flour over the entire surface, a little goes a long way.

4. Cover the entire surface with a very thick layer of crayon. (If black tempera paint is available, mix a small amount with a drop of dish soap and apply instead of the black crayon.) Let dry completely.

5.Whan the entire sureface is conered with black, use the etching tools to "scratch"  out a planed picture; a bowl of fruit, or one piece of fruit. Use changing pressure for medium tones, highlights and textures. Practice using a variety lines, dots and other marks. The colors from the color patchwork will come through!


Art Activity Week of 6/15/20- 6/19/20 Symmetry "Cutting on the Fold" Materials: scissor, colored construction paper

Steps: Practice step

1 Take any piece of paper and fold it in half  

2 On the folded edge, draw a simple shape, heart, a leaf, a Christmas tree (Pine tree) a butterfly, a piece of fruit ect.

3 Keep the paper folded and cut out the shape, then open. The shape is "symmetrical" The same on both sides. This was the practice step.

4 Take a piece of construction paper and fold in half, Draw some inserting shapes on the folded edge. Open to check, see what's needed, fold again and repeat the process until you have an interesting work of art