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2020 Spring Art Show

The slide show contains student art work from September until March, 2020.  It is organized by grade and then project.
Our children have done some amazing art work and they are continuing to be creative while at home.  This art show does not contain students more recent work which can be found on 
Here is the 2020 Student Art Show! Enjoy!


Legendary street artist Banksy hasn’t let quarantine slow him down.  He’s paying tribute to healthcare workers with a gift to a UK hospital. His newest work, which shows a young boy kneeling down as he plays with a doll dressed as a nurse—complete with face mask—shows how these vital workers should be celebrated as heroes. This is reinforced by the fact that fictional heroes like Batman and Spiderman sit in a basket, as the boy prefers to play with his new role model.

The work is almost entirely monochromatic except for the Red Cross symbol on the nurse’s apron. Posted to Banksy’s Instagram with the title Game Changers, the artwork was donated by the artist to Southampton General Hospital. Accompanying the artwork was a note that said, “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”


Art@the Heart Award Winners

Congratulations to all the submissions and in particular 3 of our very talented AOL students winning awards!
Ronan Hourican 3rd place 5th Grade
Ana Esteve 1st place 6th Grade
Maya Kingston 2nd place 8th Grade

Between the folds

History of origami:
Composed of the Japanese words oru (to fold) and kami(paper and god), origami has a rich and complex history that spans culture, class, geography, and unique spiritual connection. Origami can be found outside most temples in Japan as a sign that a god resides within.

Classical and Traditional Origami Paper was first invented in China around 105 A.D., and was brought to Japan by monks in the sixth century. Handmade paper was a luxury item only available to a few, and paper folding in ancient Japan was strictly for ceremonial purposes, often religious in nature.

By the Edo period (1603–1868), paper folding in Japan had become recreational as well as ceremonial, often featuring multiple cuts and folds. It came to be regarded as a new form of art that was enabled by the advent of paper both mass-produced and more affordable. Written instructions for paper folding first appeared in 1797, with Akisato Rito’s Sembazuru Orikata, or “thousand crane folding.” In 1845, Adachi Kazuyuki published a more comprehensive compilation of paper folding with Kayaragusa; by the late 1800s, the term for paper folding had morphed from orikata (“folded shapes”) to origami.

Europe also has a tradition of paper folding that dates back to the twelfth century or before, when the Moors brought a tradition of mathematically based folding to Spain. The Spanish further developed paper folding into an artistic practice called papiroflexia or pajarita. By the 1800s, kindergarten-aged children in Europe and Japan were learning paper folding. 
Make an origami boat and go float it in the rain gutters!

Happy Belated Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

In honor of Leonardo Da Vinci's birthday last week 4/15 start a sketchbook, fill it with ideas, observations and curiosities.  You can make a cover using a brown grocery bag or recycled cardboard and staple loose leaf pages inbetween.
Here are some fun facts about the amazing Renaissance artist, Leonardo:
  • He was self-taught. Leonardo was not allowed to go to school because his parents were not married.

  • Only 24 of his paintings remain. Most of what we know about Leonardo’s art and inventions is from his notebooks.

  • He kept dozens of notebooks, and used every inch of the paper. Often times different ideas and notes appear together on the same page.

  • There may have been as many as 13,000 pages of notebook entries, but over half of them are lost.

  • He wrote backwards in his notebooks. Maybe because it was fun for him, maybe because he was left-handed and didn’t want to smudge his ink, or maybe to help keep his ideas secret.

Happy Mail

In honor of Pony Express first starting April 3 1860. Send a letter and spread some happiness to someone stuck inside. Either to an elderly person on your street or a friend near and dear far away. Spread some kindness and love with a homemade card. Make sure to decorate the envelope too!!

Two GRHS student have started this great free resource. Take advantage and have fun over spring break creating paper shapes!
Daniel and Bernie --the PAPER SHAPERS. We are big fans of paper folding and enjoy teaching paper airplane making and origami making. So, we have decided that during these unfortunate times, we want to help others enjoy these paper crafts as well. With the help of Zoom, it is our pleasure to offer free sessions for kids, Kindergarten through 5th grade. If you’re interested in joining us and learning this amazing craft, please email us at, and we will set up some dates and times. Hope to see you soon!
Happy Birthday Raphael! Not unlike Michelangelo who was commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel, Raphael was commisioned to paint apartments in the Vatican palace. This was a big challenge for him considering he had just painted small portraits up until that point. But he rose to the occasion and painted one of the most famous frescos " The School of Athens." (1509-1511)
To draw us in Raphael placed Plato and Aristotle right under the arch at the vanishing point- representing the different schools of philosophy.The fresco represents all the greatest mathematicians, philosophers and scientists from classical antiquity gathered together sharing their ideas and learning from each other. Essentially what we need now!