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Studio Art - Altered Book

Studio Art - Pop Up

Pop Up
History of Paper Engineering
Have you ever read a pop-up book? How do they work? When were they invented?
The first movable books were created for educational purposes as early as the 15th century, almost 500 years ago! One of the first books was an anatomy book that used flaps for each layer of the human body. This book was created in 1553 by Andreas Vesalius. People start creating movable books for recreational purposes (just for fun) hundreds of years later. This time, the books used flaps to reveal different adventure scenes in a story.

Engineers and artists think about forces when designing or building something. What is a force? (Answer: A push or pull on an object.) Not all forces occur naturally like wind and gravity. People can create forces using energy. This occurs when we push someone on a swing, use our feet to push a skateboard or pull someone in a wagon. When we read pop-up books we apply very small forces (pushes or pulls) to tabs and flaps to make them move.

Engineers and artists take into consideration the impact of manmade forces on an object they design, as well as natural ones. For example, is it important for an engineer to consider the impact of the accumulated weight of many people as they walk across a floor on the second story of a building? Even the smallest forces need to be taken into account. Any push or pull that affects the balance of a structure, large or small, must be thought about by engineers and artists during the design and creation process. In making pop-up or moving books, the creators are called “paper engineers.”

Planning ahead is a very important part of the engineering design process. Why? (Answers: It helps with the collection of materials, prevents the wasting of materials, saves time during the construction phase, and keeps projects organized.)

Lesson: choose option 1 or option 2

option 1 - complete at least 3 of these below
Pop-Up Card

spiral and pull through

templates and directions

many different ideas

option 2

build a scenes with complex and many layers
she created these pieces by layering up 4 colors of paper cut outs

What We Have Learned

7th Grade What We Have Learned

6th Grade What We Have Learned

End of the marking period student evaluation



Studio Art:

Remington Arts Festival Student Art Exhibit at TAUNY

Front, from left, Savanah Russell, Sierra Riley, Kahentase Terrance, Linzy Arquette, Avery Oakes, Jarrett St. Ann and Layla Mayville. Back, Jenifer Backus, Riane Richichi, Lauren Martin, Colonie Gray, Kaylee Adams, Caroline Russell and Adriana Reardon.

Remington Arts Festival Student Art Exhibit at TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate NY) in Canton exhibited art by 13 Salmon River Central students.

The winners from the middle school included seventh-grader Jayden Lazore (Committee Award with a stained glass ornament), sixth-graders Jarrett St. Ann (honorable mention with $25) and Sierra Riley (Heart Award medal).

Salmon River students art that was exhibited this year shown below:
Jarrett St. Ann, 6th grade, Oil pastel dog portrait - photo 1
Linzy Arquette, 7th grade, Mixed Media Still-life- photo 2 far left
Kahentase Terrance, 7th grade, Mixed Media Still-life - photo 2 far right
Avery Oakes, 6th grade, color pencil dog portrait - photo 2 middle
Jayden Lazore, 7th grade, Mixed Media Still-life - photo 3
Sierra Riley, 6th grade, Oil pastel dog portrait - photo 4
Savanah Russell, 7th grade, Mixed Media Still-life - photo 5

Check out the publicity!! 



Donors Choose Funding

Hi Friends and Family! I'm trying to raise money for my art room and have 2 projects I'm hoping to get funded through this organization called Donors Choose. Both of these projects qualify for the SPARK match which means for the next 7 days, when someone donates to my project and enters the code SPARK, DonorsChoose.org will MATCH their donation dollar for dollar (up to $100).

Looking back to last year and considering that we had less then a $300 budget and I spent hundreds of dollars of my own money for over 300 students, I'm amazed by how much we created together. With DonorsChoose.org maybe we can have even more materials and they can have a well rounded art education experience.
ALSO If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along! 


Have a great summer!


Kid Snippets: "Art Class" (Imagined by Kids)

Such a funny video. I thought you'd like it.

Elements of Art PowerPoint

Nasco’s Line Designs Sculptures

8th Grade
Students will turn line designs into original sculptures by drawing lines, textures, and patterns on paper; cutting and rolling into tubes; and gluing tubes together to create 3-D structures. Encourages class discussion of types of lines, textures, designs, patterns, movement, and balance.
Click here for directions:
Line Designs Into Sculpture

fabric bowls

High School Creative Crafts


These pretty fabric bowls are perfect for holding keys at home or favors for your next party. They would be an adorable take on an Easter basket filled with goodies this spring, or a nice gift for mom filled with a few sweet trinkets for Mother’s Day. Any coordinating mix of fabric will work for the bowls which makes each one unique.


The bowls have quite a few steps but are super easy to put together. You can make a stack of them assembly line style in a very short time! You will need; a variety of fabric strips cut about 1” wide and long enough to cover the bottom of your bowls, an assortment of different size bowls, plastic wrap, pre-made fabric binding, glue,  tacky glue and scissors.

To make the bowls, mix equal parts glue  and water and cover the bottom of one of your bowls with plastic wrap. Pick one fabric for the inside of your finished bowl and one fabric for the outside. Try using coordinating patterns!

Soak fabric strips for the inside color of your bowl in the glue mixture for a few minutes. Place the first strip over the bottom of the plastic wrap covered plastic bowl. Make sure to place the RIGHT side of the fabric DOWN. Continue placing the strips all around the bottom of the bowl until it’s completely covered. Soak the fabric strips for the outside of your bowl in the mod podge mixture for a few minutes. Place these strips over the first color with the RIGHT side of the fabric UP. Continue overlapping strips of fabric. When the whole bowl is covered, let dry overnight.
Gather your scissors, tacky glue, and fabric binding. Cut all of the selvage off of the edge of your new bowl, creating an even edge and even it out a bit if necessary. Cut a strip of binding long enough to edge your whole bowl. Starting at one end of the binding, adhere the inside edge of the binding to the outside edge of the bowl.

Continue all the way around. Place a line of tacky glue right at the top edge of the inside of the bowl. Fold the binding over to the inside of the bowl. Glue and fold all the way around.

Clay Scentsy Diffuser

8th Grade & High School Creative Crafts

Essences ceramic diffuser

June 9, 2012 by Miriam 2 Comments
Building with coils, the essences ceramic diffuser must be large enough for a candle. You can build the container for the candle and the cup for the essences separately and then you can join them. When the clay as hard as leather you can cut the opening for the candle and some openwork decoration behind.
After the first firing you can decorate with engobe and glaze with transparent glaze. The diffuser is ready for the second firing in the kiln.

Two Salmon River Middle School students won 2nd place awards at the 1st Annual North Country Art Teachers Association Regional K-8 Art Show

Two Salmon River Middle School students won 2nd place awards at the 1st Annual North Country Art Teachers Association Regional K-8 Art Show that was held on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at the BOCES in Canton, NY. There was a terrific attendance estimated around over 600 people. There were 14 districts represented from St. Lawrence and Franklin county, 25 art teacher K-8th, and each school could submit 16 artworks. Cady Wells a 7th grader won 2nd place in the collage category and Ashley Ghostlaw a 8th grader won 2nd place in the sculpture category. Great job girls! 

Jazz band Pop-Up

High School Creative Crafts

Jazz band Pop-Up

A simple Pop-Up that is possible to make with children: the “Jazz band” is a stair cut from an  old score, you just follow the instructions  drawn on the  sheet of squared paper, and glue some black silhouette (musicians, dancers, singers…) to have your personal concert!

Cut just the BLACK lines. You fold externally the REd lines and fold internally the GREEN lines.