A Note From Mrs. Wyrick
April and May have been a flurry of activity in the Art Room! Our March show at Scoopy Doo was a big success and I thank all of the families that came down to see the students there and get some gelato! What a treat! At the end of April we had our students art showing again, this time at Portfolio Art Gallery in Five Points where our students art hung next to that of professional artist from across the country. We had an opening night with amazing attendance and a great time was had by all! Thanks to all for your support in these events!
Portfolio Art Gallery Show
We also had our annual St. Peter’s Student Art Show held at the Springhill Suites. This show includes art from every student at the school and shows what we have been working on all year long. I am very proud of the work that our students have done this year. They really are a talented bunch and they work very hard in the art room. It’s always amazing to see their work all together. I hope everyone enjoyed the show and were able to see their student’s work!
K – 4
In the K – 4 room we worked on big muscle drawing when we covered our entire table with a huge sheet of paper and drew BIG all over! It’s great to have such freedom with the crayons! They really enjoyed it. We drew turtles on foil with markers over a net to see the surprising texture that shows up. We pulled out the self portraits that they did back in August and looked at them, then they did their very best job at drawing themselves again. It was really fun to see the difference and how far they have come in just 9 months.
In the K -5 art class we finished our painterly lions and they looked wonderful. I noticed many of the K-5 students drawing little lion faces during their free draw time! We read the book “If the Dinosaurs Came Back” and then we drew pictures of St. Peter’s School and what it might look like if the Dinosaurs came to our school. These children have some big imaginations!
After many weeks of painting and cutting, we finally finished our Vincent VanGogh sunflower collages and they are gorgeous. Excellent job 1st Grade! We also learned about the American Artist Mary Cassatt and the beautiful paintings and pastels that she did of mothers with their children. They then did their own drawings of themselves as babies and their mothers holding them. I love these!
We learned about art in Mexico and the tradition of painting brightly colored animals and birds on bark. We crinkled up some brown paper and got it wet and crinkled it up some more until it had the texture of bark. Then we used bright pastels to make some traditional Mexican birds on our fake bark!
We learned about the art of French artist Henri Rousseau who loved to paint the jungle with animals in it, even though he had never been to a jungle in his life. He had to imagine what it might look like and that’s just what our third grade students did. They did a wonderful job using their imaginations and creating their own jungles!
Our fourth grade class learned a little about the art of Salivdor Dali. He was a surreal artist whose painting were “beyond real”. We had a little fun with this idea and took pictures of cats and put them into surreal backgrounds. There was no limit to what they could do with these cats, and this class has a lot of imagination! We also worked on metallic dragon drawings which were drawn in thick fabric paint. Once dry, they were covered in aluminum foil and the thick paint showed through the foil. They went over these with an India ink wash and when they gently rubbed the wash off the raised part of the drawing , their dragon reappeared!
It took many weeks but the historical figures are always worth the work! These artists did an outstanding job with turning wooded spoons and soda bottles into historical figures from American history. Many thanks to the parents that came back again and again to help with this project! We couldn’t have finished without your help!
The sixth grade learned about African Masks in Social Studies so it seemed like a good time to make some African Masks in art! We designed them based on actual masks, but rather than carving them in wood we carved them into a heavy gauge aluminum and then painted them and embellished them with natural elements. We also did our annual tie dye shirts and they came out very well! Lastly, and I do mean the very last art project for this group at St. Peter’s (sniff sniff), we did angel painting on plaster. We learned about fresco paintings traditionally done on wet plaster walls but since modern day plaster dries very quickly it was a little different, but the idea is the same.
Our very last art club of the year was a great one! I just love these artists that come to art club with such creative energy! We made marbleized paper using oil paints. It was great fun to swirl the colors and then see how they looked on the papers that came out of the bowl of water. We used some of the paper to make beautiful notebooks to keep our ideas in over the summer. They we drew our best hummingbirds and flowers and made a beautiful watercolor background for these birds. Finally, we edged the hummingbird pictures with more of the marbleized paper. So pretty! Great job art club! I’ll be back again next year for more art club fun, I hope you will all join in! Have a fabulous and safe summer! See you in September!