Monday, April 22, 2019


Monthly Newsletter

April 2019

Ms. Gage - Music/Band


Kinder-2nd - We are preparing for “Fillmore Experience Day”....a performance for the parents! This will be April 30th - May 2nd. We are learning about different genres of music. 2nd graders are enjoying learning how to play the piano. Kindergartens theme for the month is “Keep America Beautiful”. We will make our own instruments out of recycled materials while learning about the Native American culture.

Band - Both Intermediate and Beginning Band students will be performing at the Kennedy Center! Students are very excited about this amazing opportunity and should be practicing hard to prepare.
Intermediate Band - Selected students are preparing for a solo recital in June at Blindo Whino
Parents - If you play an instrument - we would love to invite you to perform a song with us on the final concert. Don’t’s easy, fun, and you student would love to play with you! If you need an instrument, please ask.

Upcoming Dates:
April 30 - May 2 - Fillmore Experience Day (morning classes only) More information to come...
May 2 - after school Intermediate band practice (4:30-5:15)
May 7 - after school practice - beginning, intermediate, and friends/family (4:30-5:45)
May 17 - Art Show and Concert (5-8)
May 20-23 - DCPS Music Festival at the Kennedy Center - Date and Time TBD
June 12 - 6pm - Intermediate Band Solo Recital at Blindo Whino.

Ms. Tsou

Ms. Daniels - Dance

Ms. Strunk - Visual Arts

In April, younger students will be working on a painted landscape that illustrates how artists use size, placement, overlapping, and color to create a sense of depth.

Students in third through fifth grade will do a pastel drawing of forms moving through space.  

All students will be doing a spring flower project.

All grades recently finished a clay project making fish from pinchpots.  The younger grades used one pinch pot to make their fish and the older students made their fish by joining two pinch pots to create a "clay balloon" which they cut open to make mouth.  As soon as the fish have dried and are fired in the kiln, students will use underglaze to paint them.  

Ms Pollet - Digital Arts

Three talented digital arts students from Stoddert ES, Kamil, Nilah, and Mason, have entered their exciting digital landscape collage works in the "Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest".
Each entrant will receive a Certificate of Participation, and, contest winners will be awarded special prizes
Contest winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street, NW.

Based on the top 12 entries for the individual category the judges select, and, 3 top entries of the group category, 
the public will vote on a “People’s Choice” entry on the Festival’s Facebook account before the Festival from March 18 – March 22, 2019. Please vote for Kamil, Nilah, and Mason!
Submissions* will be showcased in a Community Art Show at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery 
from Tuesday, March 26 – Friday, April 12, 2019. ​

Ms Pollet's Key digital arts students, grades 3-5, are making their own business cards in the "Design Intern" unit, where they will also complete graphic design jobs for three clientsreceive class funny money in payment, and learn about having a bank account. 

Stoddert and Key second graders are working on digital self-portrait block prints and digital landscape collage.

Key K students are enjoying working on elements of art in digital self-portrait drawings, while also developing important computer technology motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Ross students in grades 3-5 are completing fun and creative animated posters based on posters from the Library of Congress.

Mr. Battle - Music/Chorus/Songwriting/Keyboarding

Mr. Battle's classes are always explore new and exciting ways to explore music. Students in K-2 are learning the keyboard, reading music books about new artists and explore music technology. 


Ms. Ponka-Carpenter

Key and Stoddert K students Wed AM have finished modeling CERAMIC BOWLS

Key and Stoddert  K-1st graders and Stoddert 3th graders, are observing real fruits on the table and creating STILL LIFE Drawings with Oil Pastels.

Key and Stoddert 4-5 graders are finishing up their SELF PORTRAIT IN WIRE and adding Fine Details on their OPTICAL ILLUSION/ color pencils

Monday, February 11, 2019

Fillmore Arts Center News Letter: February 2019


Monthly Newsletter

February 2019

Music/Band with Ms. Gage

February Newsletter
Welcome to 2nd semester. I am welcoming new 2nd grade and Kindergarten classes. This semester we will be focusing on keyboards, orff instruments, recorders, and auxiliary percussion.

Band classes are starting to work on new music! Please help remind your student to practice...they should all have new music now :)
**If you play an instrument - we would love to invite you to perform a song with us on the final concert. Don’t’s easy, fun, and you student would love to play with you! If you need an instrument, please ask. More info and music to come!**

Upcoming Dates:
April 9-11 - Open House
May 2 - after school Intermediate band practice (4:30-5:15)
May 7 - after school practice - beginning, intermediate, and friends/family (4:30-5:45)
May 17 - Art Show and Concert (5-8)
May 20-23 - DCPS Music Festival at the Kennedy Center - Date and Time TBD

Other things…
Field Trips (+ details)

Visual Art with Mrs. Strunk

Kindergarten/1st grade will be stamping patterns and make an abstract sculpture out of plasticene to explore form.  Practice with plasticine will lead to a project making clay masks in March.

Second grade will do a self-portrait with a friend using overlapping.

Third through fifth grade will explore contour line by drawing a selection of art materials and tools which they will turn into a negative/positive space design.  They will begin making small "animal jars" from clay.

Visual Art with Ms. Tsou

 Ms. Tsou's Class just finished: 

-Clay Dragon sculpture and Negative, Positive paper cut outs with the Stoddert, Key and Ross 2nd - 5th grade.

-We had a great time with the pk 3 and 4 creating the patterns on the wood sticks for the a relief building sculpture.​

-Ms. Tsou had a wild time at the Fire House with the Ross pk 4.

Unicorn, World Globe and  Tree of life are finished at Stoddert's wall design for the 3rd grade's hallway.  Ms. Tsou is woorking many other steps to create the big wall, please see attached images:)​

Digital Art with Ms. Pollett

Students  from Stoddert, Ross and Key have been excitedly engaged in using Photoshop CS6, Dragon Frame animation, and camera's to create original works of art. 

Photoshop students are exploring; 
  • digital block prints (K-6)
  • digital self-portrait block prints (2-5)
  • digital self-portrait collages (2-5)
  • Various themed drawings - summer, Holidays, my family, food still life - using layers to explore foreground, middle ground and background
  • Photoshop animation with cars and sleds
  • Stoddert K kiddo's have been working on "How To Create A Cat with A Mouse"
Dragon Frame animation students are learning the movie making stages of Pre-production, Production and Post Production.
The process started with brainstorming and the "paper & pencil" storyboarding of their narrative. Next they moved on to dry-erase drawing and filming the drawing stages using cameras and Dragon Frame software. Finally they end with editing frames and audio in iMovie or Premiere Pro.
West scholars in grades 5-8 are enjoying independent explorations of Flash CS6 animation on a beginner level. They are creating a variety of scenes involving cars, people, airplanes and more.

Hardy students in grades 6-8 created large collage works with a theme of “Freedom In America”, and freedom themed comics. 

Dance with Ms. Daniels

The Dance Department wrapped up the fist semester with performances as follows:

(K-2 graders) "Little Drummer Boy," KWANZAA, and "Soaring Butterflies."

(3-5 graders) "Made For Now, " African Dance/Drum Medley," and "Colors."

I applaud the dance students for their outstanding artistic expressions, creativity and unity as an ensemble.

We also welcomed guest artists - Vincent Williams, Nile Ruff, and Jazmine. Wow!

In the upcoming semester we will explore: Artist Activists (Black History/Social Justice), Work of legendary artists such as Alvin Ailey (modern),
  Norma Miller (swing), Rennie Harris (hip-hop),and more; and drum rhythms.

Our February field trips sponsored by the DC Arts and Humanities Collaborative include:  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Musicianship, and "The Watsons go to Birmingham."

Ms. Daniels also attended the 31st International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference In Dayton Ohio at the end of January.

We encourage all students to attend a dance, music, or theater performance each semester. And to visit an Art museum or visual art exhibit.

Music/Strings with Ms. Kharazian

Visual Art with Ms. Carpenter

All students K-1 grade
Soddert and Key are in the process of using PRIMARY colors to mix/ make
SECONDARY colors with a great delight to see the colors changing!

Those painted papers are used to create MOSAIC SQUARES that display how the secondary's were made

Music/Choir/Songwriting with Mr. Battle

Hello Friends!

I am always excited about another opportunity to share light, love, and music with you all. In K-2 music classes we are exploring the music and art of African Americans, AfroLatinos, West Africas, East Africas, and Afro Caribbeans. 

In choir, we are preparing a series of spirituals, songs of unity, and even exploring ASL!

Theater with Mrs. Flowers

Greetings Fillmore Friends and Families,

In theatre we've finished strong in January with Peer and Family presentations of "The Day the Crayons Quit" with 3rd and 5th graders. Our K-2nd graders performed a song called " A man named King" as a spoken word poetry piece.

In the month of February we will study a Black History Artist each week by reading aloud books, viewing images and videos of their work and collectively creating an performance piece.

Students in 3rd-5th have been challenged in this new semester to use their actor tools of Voice, Body, and Cooperation to direct, a Readers theatre script. We are moving along swiftly, please be on the look out for upcoming performance opportunities for students soon.