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Art in the Fourth Grade Classroom

May 28, 2021 | Clara Buckley

With Ms Buckley now teaching in the classroom, the fourth grade are excited to use new art materials. Every child has their own watercolor set to experiment with.

We learned different techniques of watercolor resist using wax crayon and masking tape. We used these techniques to build layers of color in our experiments.

We tested the difference in application of color on wet watercolor paper and dry watercolor paper.

We’ll use these watercolor techniques to build up layers of color as we create an observational painting of a seashell in our final project of the year.

Clara Buckley

Teacher, Rivers Class; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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