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    My name is Mary Beth Donovan-Olson, and I'm the Art Educator at Reeds Ferry Elementary School.  I am thrilled to be able to teach Art to your children, and I look forward to sharing my love of this subject with them.

    It is important that you note which day of the week your child has Art.  Having your child wear clothing that is both comfortable and suitable for any art materials will prepare them for art classes.  Students are encouraged to wear "play clothes" on Art days, and to avoid wearing favorite outfits or articles of clothing.  

    Art lessons are aligned with Merrimack School District's Elementary Art Curriculum and New Hampshire's Framework for the Arts.  Each week in art classes students develop and build on an understanding of the art elements and principles.  They apply their knowledge while exploring a range of art materials and tools.  Students from first grade through fourth experience a variety of art techniques, and create both two dimensional and three dimensional art forms.

    Included in the academic schedule are C.I.A. lessons, or Curriculum Integration Activities.  These lessons integrate literacy components, including reading, writing and interpreting text.  Art C.I.A. lessons introduce students to the life and work of professional artists through stories and books, and allow our young artists to create artworks inspired by these artists.

    Some of the special events at Reeds Ferry include the Annual Art Show and Ice Cream Social.  This highly anticipated evening takes place during the month of May, and provides families with an opportunity to celebrate their children's creative accomplishments.  Each student from grades one to four have at least two pieces of artwork displayed throughout the school.  Families will learn about the process their young artist has experienced that resulted in their unique piece of artwork.

    The Art Show features special guest artists:  fourth grade students impersonating professional artists.  This group of fourth graders participate in an Art Club in the preceding weeks to prepare them for this event.   Art Show guests can visit and interact with these artists as they work in their "studios" in the Art Room.

     The fourth grade field trip to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH is another highlight of the school year.   Fourth grade classes are prepared for their visit with a digital presentation given during the preceding Art lesson.  This gives students some history of the museum, as well as an awareness of what they can expect during their visit.

     Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. It is my goal to respond to all emails within 48 hours.

The fourth grade weaving of the nature trail