Summer Art Camp, Second Session, July 13-30

Monday through Thursday, 9:00-12:00
second-grade students and older

Instructor: Tanya Robinson

There is no better way of discovering your own art ‘style’ than first taking a close look at what others have accomplished. Learn about famous artists, their unique techniques, and the art movements/styles they started while doing a variety of two and three-dimensional fun art projects. An assortment of art’-isms’ such as minimalism, mannerism, dadaism, etc. will be discussed and students will create their own artwork (painting, collages, sculptures, etc.) using the same style/techniques. By the end of the session, students will have a better understanding of the art movements/styles; and will be able to discuss the technique that best appeals to them and describes their own work.

Monday through Thursday, 12:30-2:00
Kindergarten and first-grade

Instructor: Tanya Robinson

What could be better than having a story read to you (by Mrs. Robinson) after lunch and then using the illustrations in the book as inspiration to create your own work of art? The children will not only learn about fun authors and illustrators of children’s books but will be exposed to a variety of art media (drawing, collage, painting, and sculpting) and create their own work of art based on these stories.


The Last Word

Dear Del Mar Pines Parents,

As the academic year nears its end, I would like to take a moment of your time to discuss a few matters.

First, I like to thank every one of you for your support. Whether you volunteered during our art sessions, participated in our annual art auction, purchased art supplies or additional art instruction for your child, exposed them to artists and works of art, or more recently, helped them with their ‘distant learning’ art projects, your interest and engagement in their art education are what determines our program’s success. It is this partnership between you and me that makes all the difference and I appreciate it deeply. Thank you.

Second, art instruction concludes at the end of this month. Their last art assignment is due May 29th. For me to update their Artsonia portfolios and give your child credit for having completed the third trimester’s assignments, I need to collect and photograph their projects. You can see if I have received your child’s art by checking their Artsonia entries against the list of Google Classroom art assignments. There should be about seven assignments per grade since we began our at-home projects.

If there are assignments missing or none posted, you can either photograph and upload their art to Google Classroom, or email it to me at, return their art (in the large white art envelope) to your classroom teacher, or mail to DMP, attention of T. Robinson. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT I EITHER GET THEIR ART OR PHOTOS OF THEIR COMPLETED PROJECTS BY MAY 29TH. Thank you.

Third, as we look forward to the future, uncertain about in-person art camps and classes this summer, I would like to recommend the following on-line resources for purchasing art supplies. There are many good videos on how to create art on YouTube. Please preview them to make sure that they are the right choice for your child.  

 On-line art supplies:

Fourth, here are some art-related videos and websites for your enjoyment.  I think they will make for great dinner time conversations.

 Interesting art and artists:

Lego Art by Nathan Sawaya

Duct Tape paintings of David Fobes

Doodle Art by Gregg Visintaine

Jackson Pollock Expressive Abstracts

Not letting obstacles prevent you from following your dreams

Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water House

Jan Vormann’s art using Legos

Land Art by Andy Goldsworthy

It has been a pleasure exploring the visual arts with you and your children. Wishing you all a healthy and serene summer vacation. 

With regards,

Tanya Robinson


Mother and Child, 1890

May’s mystery artist is one of my old-time favorites and very well known. This female American painter was fiercely independent. At a time when most women were expected to get married and have children, she wanted to study art. She persuaded her family to let her go to Europe for a less traditional approach to art. In Paris, she met up with other artists that were trying a technique that became known as Impressionism. This art style explored the formal qualities of color and light through loose brushwork and open compositions. She became one of the notable members of this movement. She is best known for her many paintings of mothers and children, even though she herself never married or had any children. She has many paintings titled Mother and Child. This painting is not as famous as some of her other paintings (with the same title) but one of my favorites because of the tender moment captured.

Who is this American Impressionist?

Fill the Mystery Artist form, available on My DMP’s art/forms page or by using the link below:



The Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strips, 1985-1995

Calvin and Hobbes is a daily American comic strip created by an American cartoonist that was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Commonly cited as “the last great newspaper comic”, Calvin and Hobbes has enjoyed broad and enduring popularity, influence, academic, and philosophical interest.

Calvin and Hobbes follows the humorous antics of the title characters: Calvin, a precocious, mischievous and adventurous six-year-old boy; and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. Set in the contemporary suburban United States, the strip depicts Calvin’s frequent flights of fancy and friendship with Hobbes. It also examines Calvin’s relationships with family and classmates, especially the love/hate relationship between him and his classmate Susie Derkins. Hobbes’ dual nature is a defining motif for the strip: to Calvin, Hobbes is a living anthropomorphic tiger, while all the other characters see Hobbes as an inanimate stuffed toy. Though the series does not mention specific political figures or contemporary events, it does explore broad issues like environmentalism, public education, philosophical quandaries and the flaws of opinion polls.

At the height of its popularity, Calvin and Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide. In 2010, reruns of the strip appeared in more than 50 countries, and nearly 45 million copies of the Calvin and Hobbes books had been sold worldwide.

Who is the creator of the comic strip? Print and fill the game’s form and return to DMP, in the large white art envelope when school resumes.

The game’s form is also available on DMP’s website, under the ‘art page’ and then ‘forms’.


For all those students who look forward to sharing their talents on April third, once more we are including visual arts in the show.  Here is how it works:


Genre: free choice

As suggested by Izzy Harris, any theme and subject that appeals to you. It just has to be created in the last two months.


Media and technique: You can create your work of art out of any medium that you prefer (paper, canvas, legos, clay, etc.) using any technique that you prefer (sewing, sculpting, photography, weaving, collage, etc.)


Your full name and grade must be written, or attached to the back of your entry.


Deadline: All entries should be given to Mrs. Robinson, by Wednesday, April 1st. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS.


Installation: All parents interested in helping display the entries (on the day before the talent show, Thursday) please contact Mrs. Robinson close to the date.


Questions: See me at DMP, or via e-mail TROBINSON@DELMARPINES.COM


If families or other members of your household are interested in participating, don’t have them work on your project. Let them know they can submit a separate entry too. We will gladly display their work right along with yours. 



Summertime, 1967

In this collage, this African-American artist assembles images from newspapers and magazines, along with cut paper passages of flat color as seen in blue, pink, and brown. This work expresses a strong duality: sentimental memories of sitting on stoops and enjoying scoops of ice cream on a hot summer’s day are contrasted with the heightened racial moods and tensions of 1967. While the exterior world seems pleasant enough, the inside world of furtive glances out of windows and half-covered faces imply a sense of caution and surveillance, as cities became racial battlegrounds such as the Newark, New Jersey, Riots that year which left 26 people dead.

Do you know this artist? Complete the game’s form and return to the art room before the end of the month.

scanned art




Mixed media

The elements of art line, shape, and color were used to create this charming flock of birds sitting on a branch. Black rocks were used to create the bird shapes. Additional rocks were used by our young artists to create spring blossoms and leaves. The title of the piece symbolizes our kindergarteners’ first attempt at creating a group art piece at DMP, as well as, the dawn of their academic journey.






Mixed media

First-grade students used their knowledge of color families, in particular, the warm colors, and observational drawing skills to recreate autumn leaves catching the afternoon sun over the water. Our first-grade artists provide us the opportunity to reflect on the beauty of nature and the incredible colors we see on the trees lining Torrington Street every fall.






A paper collage

Inspired by their ancestors’ stories of migration to America and the tessellation art of M.C. Escher, our second-graders have created their own tessellation tiles using warm and cool colors, as well as two different watercolor techniques. The tiles are fashioned into a flock of birds flying in opposite directions. Each bird carries the student’s family name, country of origin and virtue they hold dear. The unique colors of each bird symbolize their diverse backgrounds. The birds’ dual flight paths signify how these families have migrated to a new land, yet are very much connected to their past. 







Was created under Mrs. Soriano’s guidance.

Inspired by the random thoughts, the children each randomly placed their acrylic dot, each unique in their color shape and size. Then the two pieces were pressed together to get a nearly identical mirroring image. The children all have their individual opinions on what they see in the piece and the background shines as brightly as they do. 




Mixed Media

It is hard to believe that fourth-grade children can create the illusion of three-dimensional river rocks and pebbles sitting in a babbling brook out of pieces paper. This realistic landscape shows off our students’ drawing and shading abilities as well as hinting at their studies of soils and rock layers.









Was created under Mrs. Soriano’s guidance.

Inspired by the random chaos that can sometimes fill their lives, each child poured paint onto the canvas and then it was all spread and moved about using a hairdryer.  Then using their breath, they fine-tuned edges and created the final piece of art. The outcome of the piece was unknown and ebbed and flowed as each child placed their mark on it. 






While the kindergarteners’ artwork focused on dawn and the start of their academic journey at DMP, the sixth-grade students paint individual seascapes. Many have chosen to paint a sunset, reflecting the conclusion of their DMP journey. While others depict a colorful sunrise and the embracing of the new chapter in their quest for knowledge. The varied horizons, the amazing colors found in the sky and water represent the uniqueness of each student’s experience.


Brooklyn Bridge, 1919-20

Brooklyn Bridge is our mystery artist’s best-known and most moving testimonial to the power and majesty of America’s modern industrial landscape. His fascination with the bridge began with his first sight of it shortly after his arrival in America in 1896 from his native Italy. He described it as the shrine containing all the efforts of the new civilization of America. It was not until moving to Brooklyn and actually living in the bridge’s shadow that he committed his feelings to canvas: “Many nights I stood on the bridge—and in the middle alone— lost—a defenseless prey to the surrounding swarming darkness—crushed by the mountainous black impenetrability of the skyscrapers—here and there lights resembling suspended falls of astral bodies or fantastic splendors of remote rites—shaken by the underground tumult of the trains in perpetual motion, like blood in the arteries—at times, ringing as alarm in a tempest, the shrill sulphurous voice of the trolley wires—now and then strange moanings of appeal from tugboats, guessed more than seen, through the infernal recesses below—I felt deeply moved, as if on the threshold of a new religion or in the presence of a new DIVINITY.” The artist returned to the subject of the bridge many times throughout his career. Who is he? You have until the last week in February to complete the form.

January’s Mystery Artist Game

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, 1931

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, ArtistGrant Wood,Paintings

In this oil painting, the artist depicts the legendary story of the American patriot Paul Revere, as learned from an 1863 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. From a bird’s-eye view, the painting shows Revere on horseback racing through a colonial town square in Massachusetts. Despite the work’s historical subject matter, the artist did not attempt to depict the scene with factual accuracy. The houses are overly bright as if lit by electric light, and the dramatic moonlight casts unrealistic shadows. The stylized houses, geometric greenery, and high perspective give the painting an otherworldly or dreamlike dimension.

Who is this American painter? Complete the Mystery Artist Form (available in the art room as well as the art page of DMP’s website) and return it to the art room before the last week in January.



Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, 1943

This American artist is best known for his magazine and newspaper illustrations, depicting average Americans, images of their everyday life, their traditions, and celebrations.

Inspired by President Roosevelt’s January 1941 address to Congress, (where the President articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear), he decided to do more for the war effort by  illustrating Roosevelt’s four freedoms.

By chance, attending a town meeting where one man rose among his neighbors and voiced an unpopular view, the artist got the inspiration to paint the four freedoms from the perspective of his own hometown experiences using everyday, simple scenes.

Do you know this painter and illustrator of everyday life in the U.S.A.? Complete and return the Mystery Artist Form to the blue basket in the art room before the end of the month.