Connors' Corner

Greetings to all new and returning South School families! 

My name is Mrs. Connors and I am your child’s art educator. My school contact information is  which is the best way to communicate with me. You can also leave a message at 432-6956 x 5307. You will also find my Connors’ Corner columns in the Hawk Talk newsletter and on my teacher page at the school’s website.

Also this year, we welcome back part-time art educator Mrs. Cowan who has two groups of 1st grade learners from Mrs. Connor’s and Mrs. Cournoyer’s classrooms. Mrs. Cowan also works at MT and North schools as well. The best way to contact her is through email at:

There is a lot of news to report this month! Here are some of the Visual Arts programs at South:


All students have started their year off by creating works of original art for the Art-to-Remember fundraiser that is managed by our PTA. Please note the following schedule:

  • Students are scheduled to bring their product brochure and price list home to parents on Thursday, Oct. 19.

  • Students return their order form and payment to school for processing by October 26.

  • Products are tentatively scheduled to be sent home with students in mid-December.

I would like to thank families in advance for participating in this fundraiser which supports our annual Artist-in- Residence program and the Currier Museum of Art 5th grade field trips. I would also like to thank the parent volunteers who help each year with this fundraiser, and other members of the South School community for supporting the Visual Arts programs for our learners. Our parent volunteer coordinator for this project is Denise Inman:  


Plans are well underway to bring NH puppeteer Pat Picciano to South School. He is scheduled to do presentations to all the grade levels in early January as well as a concentrated program for Grade 5 learners over the course of 7 weeks. The other grade levels with be making their own puppets also in art class along with some follow-up learning opportunities in their classrooms.


In early November, our 5th grade learners will be touring the Currier Museum of Art! They will view pieces in the permanent collection as they learn about the “Building Blocks of Art” that artists use in the creative process. Please be on the look-out for the field trip permission forms as they will be sent home with students very soon. Here is the schedule:

November 3 from 9 a.m.- 12 noon     Mrs. Daron & Ms. Lantagne

November 4 from 9 a.m. -12 noon     Mrs. Colantuoni & Ms. Desfosses

I would also encourage you to check out the Currier Museum of Art’s web page as they offer many family activities throughout the year. You can view the site at:



Mark your calendars! We have already set our date for the Annual Student Art Show which scheduled from 6-8 p.m. next May. It’s a fun family event where you can stop by and see artwork on display from all of our learners over the course of the school of year. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • As always, in preparation for the art show, Grades 3, 4 and 5 will be keeping their artwork in their portfolios for the entire school year. This allows these learners to choose which work of art to enter into the show.

  •  Learners in Grades 1 and 2 will bring their work home on a monthly basis and eventually one art piece will be selected for the show.

  • The month of October means that learners in Grades 1-4 will create a clay project which will be fired in the school’s kiln in mid-November. The goal is to have learners bring their clay art home by Thanksgiving or shortly thereafter to share with their families.

  • Grade 5 learners will create their unique clay pinch pots in March which will then be on display at the Annual Student Art Show before they bring them home.



During the course of this school year, learners will have the opportunity to have more ownership of their work. Currently the students are experimenting with art materials and art techniques through 4 basic centers: drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. Teaching Artistic Behavior (TAB) encourages learners to be self-expressive with a greater understanding on how to make informed choices about art materials and art techniques. TAB seeks to build intrinsic motivation and teaching young artists to better reflect on their own work through conversation and writing.