• April Vacation Art Ideas

    Hello GFB Friends and Families. Are you feeling creative?

    Check out the videos and see if there's something that you would like to try. 

    Please remember to set up a good space to work in. Get all of your materials together and get creative.

    Be responsible and clean up the space when you are finished. 

    breathing warm up

    paper and pencil

    oil pastel

    watercolor

     

    April 2022

    Hello GFB Families,

    April is Autism Awareness Month, Light it Up Blue!!!

    WOW!!! The students did such a great job with the Different Not Less Project.

    We also read a wonderful book titled “I’m NOT Just a Scribble” by Diane Abner. We discussed how important it is to say, “I’m sorry” as well as “I forgive you.” We all make poor choices, it’s important to be responsible for our choices and move forward in a positive way.

    Please, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at j.osburn@winthrop.k12.ma.us

    See you after vacation. Enjoy the break!

    Mr. Osburn

    March 2022

    Hello GFB Families,

    All month long we discussed the importance of working together as we created our parts for the Autism Awareness Project next month.

    As far as artwork the 2nd graders worked with Adinkra symbols and printmaking. The 1st graders worked with paper, we began with paper sculptures and finished with weaving paper hearts and mats. The kindergarten classes worked the alphabet as symbols as we explored the wax resist method of using crayons and then watercolor.

    Please, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at j.osburn@winthrop.k12.ma.us

    Mr. Osburn

    February 2022

    Hello GFB Families,

    This month we celebrate Black History Month. We looked at the work of Jean-Michael Basquiat, an American painter in the 1980’s.We talked about portraits. Here are just a few from our Kindergarten classes. 

    Ms Shatford's class

    Ms Clucas's Class

    Ms DeBisz's Class

    Ms Jennings's Class

    Ms Maniscalco's Class

    Ms Young's Class

    Ms DeMayo's Classes

    Next, we looked at and discussed the work of Alma Woodesy Thomas, an American abstract expressionist painter. I like to celebrate her work because she was a teacher and life-long learner who found artistic success only later in life. We discussed the importance of art not having to look like something, shapes, colors and how they make us feel.

    Please, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at j.osburn@winthrop.k12.ma.us

    See you after vacation. Enjoy the break!

    Mr. Osburn


     

    January 2022

    Hello GFB Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope that we all have a healthy and prosperous new year! 

    We start this year off by discussing perspectives. It begins with a simple horizontal line in kindergarten. We ask ourselves, do we want to draw a big landscape or a big sky, or both? In first grade, we ask the question “How would a huddle of snowmen look to an ant?” For second graders we work with the 1 pt. Perspectives and ask, “is that a road or a river?” 

    In addition, we also started talking about points of view and how everyone has their own perspective. Being able to show respect and empathy is important for everyone to remember and practice.

    Please, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at j.osburn@winthrop.k12.ma.us

    As always, thank you for your patience and understanding,

    Mr. Osburn

     

     

    December 2021 

    Hello GFB Families,

    Happy Winter! We began this month talking about lines. Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal and more!!! Check out the Scratch Garden video we watched. The students loved it! We also enjoyed experimenting more with watercolors. 

    - The 2nd Graders used blue painter's tape and salt to make winter scenes of birch trees. 
    - The 1st Graders drew contour lines with black glue and then experimented with watercolor and salt as well. 
    - In addition to learning about how pencils are made, the kindergartners tried their hands at painting but without using brushes! We use the edges or cardboard pieces to make lines!!!

    As far as looking at art, we have spent a lot of time looking at and talking about Vincent Van Gogh and his work.

    Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday break!

    Mr. Osburn

    Please, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at j.osburn@winthrop.k12.ma.us



    November 2021

    Hello GFB Families,

    Happy Fall! We began this month talking about the warm and cool colors. We have also been experimenting with the wax resist method of using crayons first and then painting with watercolors on top. The students are always excited to see that their crayon colors don’t run. 

    In addition, we have begun to look at and discuss artwork. In the art room we emphasize the Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS).

    We ask ourselves:

    1. What is happening in this picture?
    2. What do we see that makes us think that?
    3. What else can we find?

    One YouTube Channel that I use in class is Scratch Garden. The kids love it! Check it out! 

    Please, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at j.osburn@winthrop.k12.ma.us

    As always, thank you for your patience and understanding,

    Mr. Osburn

     

    October 2021

    Hello, I am Mr. Osburn, your student's Art teacher. 

    The goal of the GFB Art room is to provide your students with an opportunity to experience and explore a variety of techniques and materials used for creating art. We will ask the question, “Why do we create?” We will talk about creative ways of self-expression. We will look at art as we learn to observe the details in the world around us.

    In this class, your students will create artwork using a variety of media. At times we will work with wet and/or messy materials. I will try to let your students know the week before.

    Please, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at j.osburn@winthrop.k12.ma.us

    Thank you for your patience and understanding,

    Mr. Osburn



the dot
the dot
the dot
  • To begin this year all of the students made dots for our hallway! I am very proud of how well the students worked.

    The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

    The Dot is a book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds about a girl named Vashti who discovers her artistic talent.