Art, Music, PE & Library Blog

November 21, 2016

4th Grade Art: Art is Human Nature!

The fourth graders have completed their artwork for our “Art is Human Nature” Unit of Inquiry.  We were inspired by the Paleolithic cave paintings created by early humans. Students had an excellent time learning about Carnivores, Herbivores, the Bering Land Bridge and theories for the extinction of the many awesome Mega Fauna that roamed our Planet… View Article

November 18, 2016

2nd Grade Art: Artistic Observations Unit

2nd Grade – painting Textures! To prepare for their Sky watercolor paintings, the second graders have explored 15 different watercolor techniques! We experimented with dry brush, wet on wet, wet on dry, graded washes, straw blowing, sgraffito, plastic wrap, salt, glue texture and lift (to name a few).   The students also reviewed vertical, horizontal, and diagonal… View Article

November 17, 2016

2nd Grade – Musical Legos!

2nd graders have been focusing on working together to show, play, step, sing, and clap a steady beat together.. using circle games, shoelaces, jump rope, drums and xylophones.   We have been playing musical stories, like “The House that Drac Built” where certain repeating  words and phrases turn into musical rhythms and sound effects.   It’s… View Article

November 17, 2016

4th Grade – Blending in, and Standing out

4th graders have been practicing Blending in to the group energy and sound, while also Standing out in a musical way.  As soon as musicians begin Standing out, it seems that the rest of the group starts Blending with the outstanding work.  We have practiced this through many different activities – Vocal warm-ups, Folk dance,… View Article

November 16, 2016

Capoeira – guest artist Dec5-Dec15

5th graders will have the opportunity to learn about Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.  My friend Dilaho, a Capoeira Mestre will be visiting 5th grade music classes from Dec 5-Dec15.  Each ABCD group will have two lessons on this conversational music and movement art form with a rich history.  In preparation we learned clapped, and danced… View Article

November 16, 2016

Strings Dec 6, 2016- 1st & 2nd Grade Music Field Trip

On Tuesday December 6, First and Second graders will be taking two charter buses to Woodstock Elementary for a Kinderkonzert by members of the Oregon Symphony String section, entitled:  Strings: “Classical Capers – Opposites” – December 6 A sunny day after weeks of rain, making noise after being quiet, or a restful night after an action-packed… View Article

November 16, 2016

Cello & Drums

The music room has a couple of new instruments this year, thanks to your generous contributions to Run for the Arts.   We now have a 3/4 size cello!  Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th will have an opportunity to play the cello as a harmonic accompaniment – beginning with pizzicato on open strings C… View Article

November 16, 2016


Third graders have met their recorder!  Each student has a soprano recorder assigned to them for three years from 3rd through 5th grade.  We begin recorder lessons by exploring “extended techniques”  – the music room is filled with field recordings of an Indonesian rainforest dawn chorus, and each student takes their recorder apart and experiments… View Article

October 18, 2016

Greetings from the First Grade Art Teacher

Hello, parents! For those of you who are new to our community, welcome! This is Carolina Barros, your child’s first grade Art teacher. This school year will mark my seventh at TIS. This is my third year teaching first grade, and I have been developing the curriculum to both complement what students have learned and… View Article

October 11, 2016

Early Childhood Music: Welcome to this school year!

Hello!    My name is Kami Richards and I am so happy to be your child’s music teacher.  It has been wonderful this week getting to see familiar faces and having the joy of meeting new ones. It is going to be an exciting year full of musical adventures and fun. I believe that each… View Article

October 11, 2016

Greetings from the Art Room! 2nd-5th Grades

My name is Sarah Harpole and I am the Art Specialist for 2nd-5th grades at TIS. I am so happy to be your child’s teacher for the next four years! I love being a part of the TIS community. I am really looking forward to helping your child get creative with a wide range of… View Article

October 11, 2016

PreK Art News!

Hello! This is Carolina Barros, your child’s Art teacher. I am delighted to meet my new little students and am already amazed at what they are creating during art class!This will be my seventh year teaching at TIS, and I consider myself very lucky to do what I love for a living- teaching as well… View Article