On Exhibit at Pines Gallery

We have two very talented artists displaying their work at Pines Gallery this month.

Ethan, second-grader shares his passion for drawing and all sorts of creatures by giving us vibrantly colored sea serpents and dragons. Ethan says that he has tried his hand at painting (just once) but definitely prefers drawing. We look forward to seeing more of his creatures.

We also have a fifth-grade artist, Heidi, sharing her painting and weaving talents. In contrast to Ethan, Heidi much prefers painting to anything else. Heidi’s paintings and meticulously woven piece all reveal her interest in the use of color in her creations.

Please visit the Art Room to view these wonderful creations. Available until the last week in October.



Astrological Astroplane, 1968

This artist was born in Germany and traveled extensively throughout his childhood eventually settling in the USA. In the sixties, he was as famous as the Beatles thanks to his colorful surreal graphic artwork which was used as posters, album covers, t-shirts… 

In this painting, the artist combines his love of space, astronomy with his love for vivid colors. When asked about the work, he said: “That era (the 60s) was so fabulous, so rich in its aura, in its hopefulness. It was the first time we saw planet earth photographed from afar…It was evident that there are no borders, this is one big park, all the divisions aren’t important.”

If you know who this artist is, fill the Mystery Artist Form and return to the art room before the end of the month.


Every now and then the teacher becomes the student. Luis Mirabal, a second-grade student, wanted to make sure that our community, as well as his art teacher, were familiar with this artist who passed away this summer.

The art: Crosswalks in Wynwood, 2013.

The artist, who died this summer at the age of 95, harbored a seven-decade obsession that the common understanding of color was wrong. “Colour,” the Venezuelan-born artist believed, “evolves continuously in time and space.”

“I want people to realize that color is not a certainty, but a circumstance,” he said in 2014. “Red is maybe red. It’s not the same if you hold an object under the sun as when you hold it in the shade.”

He sought to demonstrate this through artworks ranging from paintings and sculpture to light installations and architectural interventions, all characterized by their geometric abstraction and a vivid repetitive palette. His experiments made him one of the leading figures in op art, the 1960s school interested in optical illusion, and kinetic art, which, around the same time, introduced movement, suggested or actual, into art. This Venezuelan artist has lived and worked in Paris since 1960.




Gorgeous art. I love the fact that he went around adding color to our surroundings.

If you know who this artist is, fill the Mystery Artist form and return it to the basket in the art room before the end of the month.


We are welcoming Kate (a second grader) back to Pines Gallery. Her passion for creating art during her free time, as well as sharing her work with our community, has no equal. This time she has created a drawing representing each month of the year. Stop by the art room and see the images that Kate conjures up for each month. My personal favorite is April’s.

Kate’s work will be on exhibit until the end of May and is our final show for this academic year.



This female American artist is known as the painter of mothers and children. Thanks to this American painter, the viewer sees effigies of enchanting tots painted with an utterly charming sort of delicate tenderness. In Children Playing at the Beach, 1884, without revealing the identity of the little girls specifically, the artist depicted them in a manner that implies that they are related. Playing close together, the girls are comfortable with each other’s presence. By positioning them side by side in nearly identical outfits, she established both a compositional and psychological relationship between the two figures. Her tightly cropped scene reduced the number of objects in the background to draw attention to the two little girls digging in the sand. Absorbed in their activity, they embody the naturalistic attitude prevalent in both art and literature of the time. It is believed that the painting is a tribute to the artist’s beloved sister who passed away a couple of years earlier. Who is she?

Complete the game’s form and return to the art room before the end of the month.


A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.

In 1515 this German artist (painter, engraver, and printmaker) created a woodcut of a rhinoceros without ever having seen the animal. In fact, he copied the woodcut from a drawing and a description given by an eyewitness before the ship carrying this gift for the king of Portugal sank on the way from India. Nonetheless, despite the lack of direct observation, the resulting image was immensely popular and formed many people’s ideas of the animal’s appearance. As with religious images from this period, the replication of print gave this woodcut its own type of truth. Who is this artist?





Little Angels

Performance art captured as a photo collage

Our kindergarten students show off their acting abilities as well as giving us a glimpse at their true nature by striking a pose for Mr. and Mrs. Geist’s camera. Mrs. Lee’s composition and digital expertise capture our little actors in relation to one another as they begin their seven-year journey at DMP.

Jasmine Lee and Tracy and Chris Geist


First Grade

School’s Out

Ceramics and mixed media

First-grade artists try their hand at sculpting and glazing by creating a school of brightly colored fish. Each fish has been delicately patterned, glazed and bears the artist’s initials. The fish swim joyfully outside the hand-blown glass symbolizing our young artists’ delight at completing another year of their elementary education. The glass can hold real fish, seashells, candy or plants making a stunning centerpiece.


Second Grade

Lady Liberty

Suminagashi paper collage

Second-graders used the information that they had gathered for their heritage study to create a unique work of art. With Mrs. London’s guidance, each student created a Suminagashi paper using the colors of their ancestor’s flag. The flag’s colors, the student’s name, the characteristic that their family values the most, as well as their native country, have all been used to create a collage of the Statue of Liberty. The collage, just like Lady Liberty, symbolizes the fact that even though they all come from around the world, and hold different values, they are all united in being American. Our second-graders are proud to be American.

Vanessa London

Third Grade


Encaustic mixed media

The third graders were exposed to the creative form of mixed media art using encaustic. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax.  It is used in a variety of mixed media applications and then applied to wood. The materials and wax are then fused together forming a work of art. Although encaustic is an ancient technique, many well known contemporary artists employ encaustic to enhance and solidify their works.  The third graders demonstrated their understanding of composition and used their creativity to express themselves through color and pattern. Each child composed a mixed media piece on wood and was asked to choose a word that describes themselves. The word was incorporated in their piece of art and together they created a unified piece.  Based on their descriptive word, can you guess which one is your child’s work?

Mary Csiki


Fourth Grade

Looking Up

Canvas quilling

Fourth graders took painted strips of canvas and molded them individually and in small groups to create this collaborative piece. Once the glue dried, children placed their pieces on the canvas to help with the overall composition. Since the piece is 3-D it will change with the orientation, quality of light and shadows that surround it.


Tiffany Soriano



Fifth Grade

The Turtle


Symbolizing mother nature, longevity and good luck, the turtle is a popular theme throughout time. Our fifth-grade artists select the turtle to also draw our attention to the sea turtles diminishing numbers and the issue of environmental protection. Inspired by such American nature lovers as Ansel Adams and John James Audubon, our students use watercolor mosaics to pay homage to this magical creature.

Erin Benson


Sixth Grade


paper collage

Our graduating class concludes their seven-year journey together by collaborating on this final project, which expresses perspective and mastery of representational art. The collage portrays a safe haven and magical setting for departure in hot air balloons toward a colorful and adventurous future. Three look up, reflecting their experiences together and looking forward to the future.

Nicole and Richard Ikkanda


Ellie, a first-grader at DMP, says about her work on exhibit: “I really like art and I really like Spider-Man. I even try to make spider webs out of beads”. Ellie’s passion for art and Spider-Man is clear as you view her meticulously colored in cityscapes, the background scenes from Spider-Man comic strips. Whether you are a fan of Spider-Man or just enjoy coloring books, you will appreciate Ellie’s beautifully colored art. Please visit the art room to view her work.


For all those students who look forward to sharing their talents on March 29, once more we are including visual arts in the show.  Here is how it works:



Whether it is a deep-sea creature or a dessert insect, an imaginary or real creature, drawn to look 3D or abstract, you can enter your art as long as it is a representation of an animal.


Material: Any media or technique is alright. Photography, oil paints, a collage, black and white drawing, sewing or sculpture. It can be anything media or technique as long as it is an animal.


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


Deadline: All entries should be turned given to Mrs. Robinson, by Wednesday, March 26 SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS.


Installation: All parents interested in helping display the entries on Wednesday, March 27, two days before the talent show) please contact Mrs. Robinson close to the date.


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