Inspiration in Art III & Kindergarten Tackles Letters and Sounds

Artist Wayne Thiebaud Inspires Art III Students


Ashley Crampton uses a palette knife to apply thick layers of paint.

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Collage of Thiebaud paintings

Art III students have recently found themselves inspired by artist Wayne Thiebaud! Thiebaud is an American painter who is known for his colorful paintings of commonplace objects. Students have been focusing on composition, creating an illusion of a 3-D object using highlighting, shadow, and cast shadow, adding halation (an outline of bright contrasting color), and using unexpected color combinations.

“Students chose an everyday object as the subject of their painting. A large number of Thiebaud’s paintings are focused on sweet treats like cupcakes, ice cream, candy, pies and cakes. Students like to choose their favorite snacks or things they use in their everyday life such as earbuds, chapstick, lip gloss, pens, and calculators,” explained Ms. Rohloff.

After choosing the subject the students must decide on their composition. In class, students discuss symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial composition. The objects are drawn and then ready to be painted.  Students discuss mixing several values of color to use as highlight and shadow to give the illusion of a three dimensional object. Cast shadows are also added to anchor the objects on the paper. The final touch is adding halation, a pop of bright color outlining some of the object.

Ms. Rohloff concluded, “The students always enjoy painting, but experimenting with a new technique involving thick layers of paint and pops of unexpected color makes it even more fun! The students also enjoy being able to pick their own subject and composition!”


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Kindergarten Students Tackle Letters and Sounds


This long, cold winter finds Mrs. Susor’s kindergarten groups (regular class and Switch-A-Roo groups) hard at work. Mrs. Susor said, “We did a super-duper job learning our letters and sounds. Now we are sliding them smoothly together to tackle new words we IMG_4161want to read and write.” Coming soon, will be a fun unit on maps and globes where students will make their own paper mache globes and highlight features of the globe. Mrs. Susor added, “We will also cover an annual favorite when we do our Kindergarten Market for the goods and services unit.” 

Math brings changes and goals as well. “We are so good at our numbers and values we are now learning addition and subtraction,” explained Mrs. Susor. Students are doing story problems on the iPads and using other tools like number lines, objects, and mental math.

Mrs. Susor concluded, “So much is happening and our students are learning sooooo much; it’s like a snowball rolling downhill…our skills just keep growing and getting bigger!”



NLS District Updates


“Footloose” Tickets On Sale Now!

Footloose Official Poster

We hope you are excited for this year’s NHS musical production of “Footloose” The Musical. Please use the Google Form Links below to reserve your tickets for the show!

Friday, March 16th 7:30pm

Saturday, March 17th 7:30pm

Sunday, March 18th 2:30pm



Northwood Local Schools Parent/Community Meeting:

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College and Career Night:


Samantha June Memorial Basketball Tournament:

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Northwood Easter Parade:


2018 Easter Parade


Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, March 2, 2018 – Ranger Pride Day! Wear Blue and Gold! 

Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Power Lifting Meet

Sunday, March 4, 2018 – OASSA State Cheer Competition 

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Samantha June Memorial Basketball Tournament 

Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Daylight Saving Time Begins

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – NEO Meeting, 6pm

Friday, March 16, 2018 – Opening Night of “Footloose” The Musical, 7:30pm / Fueling Our Schools at Circle K

Saturday, March 17, 2018 – “Footloose” The Musical, 7:30pm 

Sunday, March 18, 2018 – “Footloose” The Musical, 2:30pm 



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