First Grade Self-Portraits

First graders looked for clues about Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Khalo in their self-portraits. Vincent Van Gogh never smiled in his self-portraits.

Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat. Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise).

Autorretrato con Bonito – Frida Kahlo. 1941Frida Khalo was known for painting self-portraits with animals and curtains of leaves as the background. First graders created self-portraits in the style of Frida Khalo.

Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville

Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville- Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 p.m.

We had so much fun with Melinda Gopp  and Ms. Terry! Melinda Gopp is the artist in residence for the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville . She was on hand to show our students how to translate music into visual art. The student art will be on display at the orchestra’s concert at the Jacksonville Jewish Center on Sunday, December 10!

Fourth Grade: What is Art?

Fourth graders worked in teams and created lists of unique criteria of art. Then they critiqued Meret Oppenheim’s and Marcel Duchamp’s sculptures.

Marcel Duchamp created ready-mades. One of his ready-mades is a bicycle wheel attached to a stool.

Meret Oppenheim used materials that were not thought of as art materials. She covered a teacup and saucer with fur and called it art.

Meret Oppenheim. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon.  Copyright© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pro Litteris, Zurich

They discussed if their criteria for art changed after looking at the sculptures. Students drew and painted teacups.

Kindergarten: Action Jackson

Norman Rockwell was a fan of Jackson Pollock’s art. He admired his art so much that he created a painting of himself looking at a Jackson Pollack piece named “The Connoisseur”.

Connoisseur, Norman Rockwell, 1961. Oil on canvas, 37¾” x 31½”. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, January 13, 1962. Private collection.

Kindergartners recreated this famous painting.

They made a mini Jackson Pollock by programming the Sphero robot. The Sphero robot rolled in paint to create the action painting.

Day of the Dead

Students learned about Day of the Dead celebration and the importance of MARIGOLDS in MEXICAN culture. In Mexico, Marigolds are grown for The Day of the Dead Celebration. Kindergarten and third grade read the Day of the Dead book written by Tony Johnson and  illustrated by Jeanette Winter. They learned about COLOR and SHAPE to create a MARIGOLDS. They used WARM colors and RADIAL designs.

3rd grade: Fabulous Foreshortening!!

Third graders learned about foreshortening. Foreshortening is a type of perspective that adds depth. Foreshortening is when the size of an object is manipulated to look closer or further away. Foreshortening is shown by the large hands and feet and small body.  Students created tints of blue to create the background. A tint is when when add white to a color to make it lighter.

Third graders used accurate art vocabulary to describe works their art and art processes.

K- Lions with Luxurious Lines!

How many lines can you make? Kindergarten students learned about a variety of lines. Lines can be curly, straight, zigzag, thick or thin.  Lines were used to create the mane of the lion. The lion itself was made with the following shapes: rectangle, triangle, and circle.

Line and shape are Elements of Art. Elements of Art are the ingredients to art.

Fifth Grade: Funky Photos!

Fifth graders learned about forced perspective photography. Forced perspective photography is the optical illusion of making something looks larger or smaller than it actually is.

Students worked in teams to create these amazing and funny photographs.



Cross-Collaboration interweaves classroom subjects and increases student understanding between disciplines.  By mixing STEAM concepts into Jewish Education, the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School creates a unique appreciation for a student’s connection to Judaism and strengthens their Jewish identity.  It also enhances learning and the ability to transfer knowledge and skills to and from other subject areas.

In Jewish Studies, fifth graders prepared for Sukkot. They learned about the custom of the Ushpizin (Biblical guests) that visit the Sukkah during the holiday. Each student picked one biblical guest and wrote a Hebrew summary about them.  Using prior knowledge of drawing  ¾ self-portrait, they drew a ¾ portrait of their ushpizin that was hung in the Sukkah at school. To document this process, they created time-lapse video with a voice overlay of the Hebrew summary about their chosen ushpizin and posted it onto their blogs.

In art, students examined the influences that inspired Georgia O’Keefe to paint subjects close-up. In Jewish Studies Fifth grade students learned about the Four Species and designed close-up artworks of etrogim for Sukkot.  They use tempera paint and colored pencils to create the still-life.

In science, students created a battery out of lemons and etrogim. Fifth graders experimented with closed and open circuits while testing conductive materials using the Makey Makey and etrogim. A Makey Makey turns anything that is conductive into a keyboard. Etrogim are conductive. The Makey Makey turned the etrogim into a keyboard.