Curriculum by Teacher

Marja Carpenter

GENERAL ART/ PK-2 grade:

Modeling ceramic bowls (dinnerware safe)  and creating “Book About Me” /Author and Illustrator.

Followed by Still Life drawing of fruit /Oil Pastels.

SCULPTURE/ 3-5 grade:

Modeling ceramic sculpture for PEACE inspired by Beniamino Buffano, Italian immigrant.


Planning, exploring and sharing ideas how to create environmentally friendly community. Discussing space use, building categories and transportation etc.




Karen Daniels


Yoga – for flexibility, mindfulness and self awareness

Jazz Dance Styles with music and choreography.

Movements, history and choreography of Alvin Ailey (modern), Katherine Dunham (modern/ethnic), and Rennie Harris (Hip Hop)

Integrated Dance and Visual Art Unit, “Jazz Dance with Romare Bearden”  Collage (w/Marja Carpenter) and Painting to Music (w/ Diana Arnold)



Holly Gage

K – 2 General Music

Kindergarten Music is having so much fun with exploring musical through instruments, form, books, and circle games.

2nd Grade Music we are working on reading rhythms and will start learning how to play the recorders starting this month.

3-5 Band 

Band is off to a running start. All band students should be practicing daily and returning a Practice Journal every week. Practicing is the only way for new information to stick…please help your student create good habits. Beginning band has learned 3 notes and working really hard on reading notes, rhythms and fingerings. Intermediate band is expanding our skills to learning scales and have started our winter concert songs.



19-21 – Open House AM 10-11am, PM 1-2pm


10 – 2nd Fillmore After School Workshop – Holiday Decorating – 3:45-5:45pm


9 – Band Practice – 4-4:45-Beginning, 4:45-5:30-Intermediate

16 – Winter Music Concert 7pm

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Monique Flowers

K-2nd: Theater

Storybook, and Poetry- Reading aloud different storybooks, and poems, learning about story elements, settings, characters, etc) and the acting out the retelling of a story and or poem. 

Readers Theatre learning the guidelines for readers theatre, creating a script, reading script with fluency, and  having the ability to put on presentation for our fellow peers from other classes. 

3rd-5th: Theater

This spring for 3rd -5th graders started off with variety of theatre challenges. Monologes- How to breakdown a monologue into beats,(Objectives) quick memorization skills and more. Scene work- How to highlight scripts, choosing character roles, breakdown beats, blocking(actors stage directions).  Students have successfully completed their monologue task and now working on scene work.

In the next upcoming weeks students will then have opportunity to help with selecting our spring production that we will end with in June. 


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Christine Kharazian

3rd-5th: Strings

Beginners are discovering notes with fingers on strings and playing their first notated tunes. One of our first such songs is Boil’em Cabbage Down, a fun fiddle tune with it’s variations. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own rhythm variations of this tune, our first steps in improvisation!

Intermediate students are playing scales and working on Bonaparte’s Retreat, a folk song arranged by Mark O’Connor and Mexican dance, Firoliralera. The Theme of the Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is in our plans. In addition to the Fillmore spring concert, intermediate students will have some additional performing opportunities, one of which is DCPS Music Festival at the Kennedy Center in April. 



 Tiik Pollet

K – Shapes, Layers, Elements of art and Digital Block Prints:  Kindergarten students are using iMac’s and learning Photoshop as they explore black & white shapes, positive & negative space, colors, and keyboard commands. Photoshop tools used are the brush, eraser, lasso, color picker, layer panel, and history panel. Learning HOW to use a mouse is BIG this year because most of the K students have been using touch screen technology.

2 – Digital Block Prints: Students are learning to explore black & white shapes, positive & negative space, and keyboard commands using iMac’s, Photoshop, the lasso & brush and command i. Students are creating original and some interpretive block prints.

3-5 – Photoshop Animation: Students are independently exploring the use of Photoshop for creating original animations with the frame by frame timeline. 

3-5 – Comic Books: Using Comic Life and Photoshop, Digital Arts students are eagerly engaged in collaborative teams developing narratives for Comic Book stories – planning storyboards, drawing characters and scenes, and writing dialogue. Creating Comic Books allows students an excellent opportunity improve literacy while having fun. 

3-5 – Stop-Motion Animation: Students were introduced to working in collaborative stop-motion animation teams using the dry-erase boards /camera’ setups. This is another excellent opportunity for students to improve literacy and develop collaborative skills while engaged in pre-production, production, and post production for narrative.

3-5 – Digital Collage: During the semester students may work on digital collage. Techniques may include Photo-Surreal, Metal Creatures, and the Cherry Blossom Contest. Cherry Blossom digital collage works are made ready for entry in the spring DC Youth Art Contest.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival and DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative invite students from DC public and public charter schools in grades K through 12 to participate in the Youth Art Contest. Fillmore students have often been contest winners. Using Photoshop, students create original collage compositions.

3-5 – Logo Design: Digital Arts students may be engaged in the graphics of LOGO design, learning the 5 principles and definitions of good LOGO design; Simple, Memorable, Timeless, Versatile and Appropriate. Using the internet to research successful, less successful and failed LOGO designs gives students a broad look at the industry, as well as ideas about what may and may not work as they brainstorm their own designs. Designs begin on paper and are finalized using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. Students have the choice to work collaboratively or independently. 


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Sally Tsou

My students are building, and making 3D ceramic cake treasure boxes (Key 3-5th), 3D functional soup bowls (Stoddert 3-5th), free standing 3D dragons ( Ross, Marie Reed 3-5th), And drawing Cherry Blossom landscape (all students) 1920 gold lines designs (k – 5th), and will be working on Corner Stone (Key 2nd grade) Asian Batik fabric designs (Ross 3 – 5th).

Submitted images of students’ art works with the inspiration of the American Artist, Frank Stella inspiration to Crayola National Art Exhibition contest.