Art Appreciation

Welcome to Art Appreciation 2016 – 2017!

This year, the students will explore two artists.  Romero Britto and Robert Rauschenberg. 

Britto is a Brazilian born artist currently living in Miami, Florida. He is known to create art using vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope and happiness. It is hard not to smile when you look at his work. The children will create their own "master piece" in the style of Britto.

The second artist is Robert Rauschenberg. Rauschenberg is an American painter, sculpture and graphic artist that is well known for his "combines" where he uses non traditional materials and objects in innovative ways.  The children will create their own collage in the style of Rauschenberg using pictures, art supplies and everyday objects.


Committee Co-Chairs:  Please contact the art appreciation chair responsible for your child's grade if you have any questions.

Lauren Brickman: Kindergarten and Grade 2

Sara Greisberg: Grades 1 and 5

Ovidio Bacallao: Grades 3 and 4


Volunteer:  Interested in becoming an Art Appreciation volunteer for your child’s class this year? Art Appreciation volunteers will lead a classroom discussion and direct an art project in their child’s class twice during the school year.

We encourage all volunteers to attend the two Art Appreciation informational presentations on October 6th and January 27th to learn about this year's curriculum.

Scheduling your classroom presentation: Each lead volunteer for the Art Appreciation program will be provided with an email invitation to reserve a time via the Sign Up Genius website ( If you have not yet received an email with this information, please contact any of the Co-Chairs.

Please note: All presentations will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Murray Large Cafeteria.


Romero Britto (1963 - current)

Volunteer Presentation: Thursday, October 6 at 9:30am.

Romero Britto is an international pop artist, painter and sculptor. He is one of the premier contemporary artists of our time. He is known for his vibrant, bold and colorful art work. He combines elements of cubism, pop art, and graffiti in his work. His use of vibrant colors and bold patterns reflect his optimistic view of the world that he wants to be filled with hope and happiness.

Click here for the Britto Lesson Plan

Letter to the Parents on Britto Presentation



Robert Rauschenberg (1925 - 2008)

Volunteer Presentation: Friday, January 27 at 9:30 am.

Robert Rauschenberg was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Rauschenberg is well known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993. He became the recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts in 1995 in recognition of his more than 40 years of fruitful artmaking.

Click here for the Rauschenberg Lesson Plan

Letter to the Parents on Rauschenberg Presentation