Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hampden Meadows Presents: Jumanji!


The entire Hampden Meadows fifth grade participated in a video project, funded by the Barrington Education Foundation, that allowed them to become scenic designers for a video short inspired by the book Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg. 

Each fifth grade class was assigned a scene from the book to create props, characters and backdrops for. With the assistance of visiting artist Steve Hayes and Mrs Mendez, students were able to bring their ideas and visions for this project to life. 

Students also worked in unison with the URI media and video department, who filmed and edited this movie. The culmination of this project was a movie made entirely of student-built props and designs that were completely controlled and performed by them!

As this was part of students’ art curriculum, it was the first lesson that fifth graders worked on in art this year. 

We’d like to congratulate the entire fifth grade class for their hard work on this project! 

We’d also like to give a special thanks to the Barrington Education foundation for funding this project!

This video short runs 15 minutes long. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Welcome Back!

Below are links to the 4th and 5th grade art curricula at HMS. These sheets include links to assessment materials and visuals that students will use during instruction. All lessons are linked to the National Visual Arts Standards and Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations. If you have any questions regarding curriculum, please contact Mrs. Mendez at mendezt@barringtonschools.org. Have a great start to your school year!

-Mrs. Mendez

PS: The only project not included here is Jumanji!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

End of Year Projects

HMS Art 
End of Year Projects


Both fourth and fifth grade classes experienced using the app Assembly to make graphic mandalas. We talked about tibetan monks and their use of sand to make mandalas. Students needed to make at least 2 lines of symmetry in their mandalas.

Fourth Grade Examples

Fourth graders then created mandala tiles. Some classes painted on pre-made tiles. Some classes constructed tiles using clay.

Comic Cover Pages

Fourth graders derived inspiration for their comic book cover project from 1930s to present comic book covers.


Fourth Grade Examples


Some fifth grade classes completed a weaving project in the art room using recycled plastic bags and ribbons. The results were terrific!

Collaborative Dragon

To connect to our dragon project at the beginning of the year, fifth graders will be working collaboratively on designing a dragon in the art room for the last two weeks of school. I started the outline of the dragon using the Japanese print below as inspiration, while students added scales, spikes, and feathers. Students were also encouraged to make revisions to the face or to add additional features to the dragon. We can't wait to see what it looks like when the entire fifth grade is finished with it!

Designed by Utagawa Kunisada I and his school   Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper:
Utagawa Kunisada

Friday, June 2, 2017

Second Annual Hampden Meadows Zoetrope Animation Competition

Welcome to the 
Second Annual HMS 
Zoetrope Animation Awards!

For the zoetrope animation lesson, fifth graders were given four weeks to experiment with animation and to create a zoetrope "masterpiece." All the while they learned about the history and relevance of animation. This lesson was part of a unit on animation, which included work with praxinoscopes.

For this competition, the top 10 finalist animations were chosen for clarity, complexity, and originality. Additionally, a new category was added this year: Most Beautiful.
The top 50 finalists received certificates of recognition and the top 3 finalists received actual zoetropes!

Congratulations to all fifth grade artists!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ms. Burke's Stop Motion Animation

Stop Motion

Ms. Burke's class just finished their Stop Motion Animation movie in our STEAMology art workshop. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Professional Growth Goal

Professional Growth Goal:
Growth Mindset!

Here's how Hampden Meadows students have been using growth mindset in the art room this year.

Growth mindset reflection chart

For student-led feedback using word prompts, we use  Conversation Cubes based on the 
Elements and Principles of Design!

The word prompts are defined on our art vocab wall!

Students also participate in Gallery Walks and TAG peer reviews for student feedback on their artwork!

Here are some books from our growth mindset library!

And just for fun, here is Ms. Safran, my growth mindset team member, modeling a collaborative student-made tintamarresque for arts night, made by Mr. Tedino's class. We hope to see you there!

Spring Art Blog Series Part Three: Fifth Grade Figures


Fifth graders learned about about silhouette figures in motion from Matisse's cut-out series to the 2003 iPod commercials! They also learned to add lines that depict motion using warm or cool colors. See student examples below!

Artist Examples

Matisse, Icarus, plate VIII. 1947

Susan Alinsangan, IPod Sillhouette Design, 2003

Student Examples