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 the following classes: Ms. B. Johnsnon (Grade 4), Mrs. Height (Grade 3), Mrs. Lavoie (Grade 2) and Mrs. Connor (Grade 1). 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 Friday, October 18.

  • Students return their order form and payment to school for processing by Friday, October 25.

  • 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 TJ O'Loughlin:


In the spring of 2020, all students will have the opportunity to work with our school's art educators Mrs. Connors and Mrs. Cowan to paint details onto wooden fence for our Apprentice Garden area. Our plan is to design and paint the fence in May and have it installed during the summer months.


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 Slips and Health Forms as they will need to be completed and returned to school. 

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, November 6 from 9 a.m.- 12 noon-  
     Mrs. Sullivan & Mr. LaRosa

Thursday, November 7 from 9 a.m. -12 noon-    
      Mrs. Desfosses & Mr. Swanson

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. in 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  in grades 3, 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to have more ownership of their artwork. 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 with art materials and art techniques. TAB seeks to build intrinsic motivation and teach young artists to better reflect on their own work through group discussion, public speaking and writing.  

Updated 1/27/20