April and May 2017 in the Art Room

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!

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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.

 

K- 5

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!

 

1st Grade

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!

   

2nd Grade

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!

 

3rd Grade

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!

 

4th Grade

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!

 

 

5th Grade

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!

 

6th grade

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.

   

 

Art Club

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!

March Newsletter

A Note From Mrs. Wyrick

I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and that some of you made it out to Scoopy Doo to get some gelato and to see the wonderful artwork done by our students that is hanging there!  If you haven’t made it yet, you can see the art at Scoopy Doo until the end of March!

ART SHOW!!!!!  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 9th from 4pm to 7pm for the St. Peter’s Annual Art Show at the SpringHill Suites in the Vista!  Every student will have their art on display at the art show so come and see your child’s art and see what the rest of the school has been working on too

K – 4

Our K – 4 students learned about one of my favorite artists, Pablo Picasso, and how he made some of the faces in his pictures a little abstract!  We then made our own Picasso like faces on these felt hand puppets!  They really enjoyed playing around with these cut out shapes and then coming up with a face that was just what they wanted!

We are also working on our second self portraits of the year.  We did one back in September and are doing one now too, it will be fun to see how they have changed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K – 5

The K -5 students made these cute paper collages of their hands feeding a fish!  First they had to paint the paper blue for their water, then they had to cut out all of the shapes (I helped with the hands) and glue them down along with a little glitter for the fish food!  Fun!  We are currently working on some painterly lions and I expect that they will do a fabulous job on the lions too!

 

1st Grade

We finally got our clay fish back from being fired and they look great!  The students did a great job on making them very colorful and happy looking.  We even melted marbles for the eyeballs for a great effect!  We have now been learning about Vincent Van Gogh.  We are making a painted paper collage of the Van Gogh’s famous sunflower painting!  This is always one of my favorite projects of the year.  These will be done soon and I can’t wait to share them!

2nd Grade

The Second grade worked really hard on their paper mache bowls.  It took several weeks to get enough layers on them to make them strong enough to stand on their own!  They look beautiful!  We are now working on a Picasso standing face with paint, wire, cut paper and buttons!

3rd Grade

The third graders are now painting their clay elephant bodies and heads.  We will be making these into colorful and fancy Indian elephants!  They had to wait a long time for the clay to be fired so they are anxious to get working on these.  In the mean time, we learned about the jungle art of Henri Rousseau and they designed a jungle of their own.  We will be painting these jungles when the elephants are done!

4th Grade

The fourth grade students learned about the well known American artist, Norman Rockwell.  We discussed that he did the cover for the Saturday Evening Post magazine for many years and that his illustrations usually told a story about American life and were often humorous.  The students thought about a story that they might be able to tell in an illustration and they are currently working on a Saturday Evening Post cover of their own.  They are really doing a great job on these!

5th Grade

I am in love with the 5th grades Hokusai “Great Wave” paintings!  They all did an amazing job on these!  We learned about the Japanese artist Hokusai and his well known print of the Great Wave.  We gave it our own twist by using only cool colors in the water and painting the sky in all warm colors.  They are stunning!  The students are all excited to get to work on their famous American spoon people!  Thanks to those parents that have agreed to come in and help during the 5th grade art period for this project, we need a lot of hands to help the budding artists, especially with the glue gun!

6th Grade

The sixth grade got their ceramic crosses back from being fired as well and they were worth the wait!  I think they’re amazing and the students are proud of their work.  Way to go 6th grade!  To correspond with their lessons in Ms. Gurn’s class, we are learning about and making African Masks.  We are going to be “carving” them in heavy aluminum and then embellishing them for an authentic African look.

Art Club

The Wednesday art club artists are working on their own version of the famous Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.  They have really used their imaginations to make these special!  We are also working on some smaller canvases that will hang in a unique fashion!  The Thursday class is learning about art in Peru, we did these amazing llama paintings with oil pastel and watercolors.  I love them!  Now we are working on making our own worry dolls!  Join us in April (there will only be 2 sessions) for mosaic stepping stones!

 

 

January and February

 A Note From Mrs. Wyrick

I apologize for taking so long to update my newsletter!  This one will be packed full of pictures so you can see what amazing things the children have been creating in 2017.  It always amazes me to see how much talent this school has.  I feel lucky to be a part of it all!  I have three exciting bits of news!

  1. We will once again be having our student’s art on display at Scoopy Doo Gelato Shop in Five points for the month of March!  I letter will be going home to those student’s that will have their art displayed there, but all families are encouraged to visit Scoopy Doo and see the art from St. Peter’s Catholic School gracing their walls, especially on St. Patrick’s day when the school will get a portion of their proceeds!  Look for more to come on this later!
  2. 2.  New for this year, we will also be holding a very special display of our student’s art at Portfolio Art Gallery in Five Points.  We have been asked to provide student art   to hang on one of their walls in May.  There will be an opening event for this show, look for more information to come home on this as well.
  3. The annual art show has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th at the Springhill Suites Hotel from 4 – 7pm!  Mark your calendars!

K – 4

We had fun doing some magic art by drawing snowflakes with white pastels and then they magically appeared!  Then we used potatoes  and our fingers to print these jolly little penguins on our snow storms.

In honor of Chinese New Years we make some paper lanterns with some stamped cherry blossoms on them.  They really enjoyed getting messy with this one!  We also have been working on making these watery fish bowls and then glued our paper fish.  Aren’t they cute!

K-5

In honor of the Chinese New Years, we painted a branch and then stamped some pretty pink blossoms on it, then cut it into strips to make these gorgeous paper lanterns.  So pretty!

We learned about the famous artist, Wassily Kandinski and all about how he experimented with color by painting different colors of circles next to each other. We made our own Kandinski circle paintings!  They look great hanging all together on the wall!  We are just about finished with our next project which is a paper collage fish bowl!

1st Grade

The first grade did an amazing job making their clay fish, complete with stamped scales, fins and a great big glass eye!  They glazed them and the fish are being fired this week.  We are very excited to get them back and see how they came out!

We learned about Brazilian artist Romero Britto and his famous patterns and bright colors.  We copied his style to make these Britto-esque designs on paper.  I love them!  Right now we are working on a really nice Vincent VanGogh painting.  They have really enjoyed learning about Vincent and his interesting life and art!  I’m excited to see these done too!

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2nd grade

We worked really hard on our wintery self portraits and the results are amazing!  I love the hats and scarves and the detail in the faces.  Good job 2nd Grade!  We are almost done with our paper mache bowls too.  These have been a lot of work and really messy too!  They are enjoying the process and the results will be beautiful.

3rd Grade

Back in December, the third grade started our paper sculptures of roller coasters!  This was a great exercise for the imagination as they designed and created their dream roller coaster rides out of strips of colored paper, some of them look like very scary rides indeed!  They even include a little car with the student riding the ride!  These were on display in the library for the month of February!  The third grade has finished the building part of their clay Asian elephant project and as soon as they are all fired we will begin to paint them.  These are a new project for me and I can’t wait to see how they come out!  We also spent some time learning about the art of French artist Marc Chagall and his dreamlike artwork.  He is one of my very favorites!  For this project, we studied his Paris Through a Window painting.  While we are waiting for our clay to be fired, we started our next project, which is a fun imaginative drawing piece where we will be pretending to be in the jungle just like the famous artist Henri Rouseau.

4th Grade

The fourth grade worked together to make a fantastic and large Chinese Dragon for the art room!  We learned a bit about the Chinese New Year celebration and made the dragon in it’s honor! I think it’s great!  Then they each made their own smaller version of a Chinese Dragon, using folded paper, cut paper and some recycled bottle caps.  Great job 4th Grade!

          

5th Grade

The 5th grade combined a little bit of Language Arts class with regular Art class as we did some Alliterative Adjective Self Portraits.  They came up with an adjective to describe themselves that starts with the same letter as their name.  I think they showed great imagination and talent in these pieces!  I love them and they tell a lot about the student too!  Next, we learned about the famous Great Wave painting of the Japanese print maker Hokusai.  They are using watercolors to paint their own version of the Great Wave, but separating warm and cool colors to make the water and the sky.  I think these will be stunning!

    

6th Grade

It took the 6th grade many weeks to finish their self portraits because there are so many steps, but they are well worth it.  The students used a photo as an aid in creating the image of themselves and then painted it on a sheet of acetate… backwards.  This is not easy!  As a background, and on a separate piece of paper, they did a colored pencil/watercolor image of where they might like to be in 20 years!  It is really interesting to see what they are thinking about.  Fantastic job 6th grade!  We then did a quick lesson on the polish art of cut paper. Gwizady.  The sixth graders also crafted their own cross designs out of clay.  These are being fired and we will glaze them next week!  They came up with some beautiful designs for this project and I’m anxious to see the finished products!

      

Art Club

I January’s art club the kids had a chance to do some manual labor as they hammered the nails into painted boards for their string art designs.  These came out so beautifully!  I was so proud of them, this is not an easy project!  In February we studied the Italian art of Millifiori which is rolled and sliced clay designs.  The artists made beautiful vases with their Sculpey clay as well as a pen set!   Join us for art club in March!  The more the merrier!

December 2016

A Note From Mrs. Wyrick

The first half of the year has completely flown by!  Here we are, ready for another Christmas.   I hope yours finds you safe and warm with your family, friends and loved ones.  This really is the most wonderful time of the year!  I look forward to the next half of the school year with your amazing children!

K-4

Last in K-4 week we used white oil pastels to draw some snowflakes on white paper, and then went over them with water colors making a wintery blizzard scene!  It’s like magic when the watercolor paint makes the snowflake appear!  We will be adding some chilly penguins to the scene when we return in January

We also made our very last clay color mixing monsters, mixing red and blue clay to make purple!  The purple ones were specially fun I think!

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K 5

We read the Tomie Depaola book “Indian Paintbrush” and learned about painting with watercolors to make a sunset scene!  We also learned about symbols that are used by some Native American tribes.  We drew a teepee, some traditional Native Americans and put symbols on the teepee.  Then we went over it with our water colors making a beautiful sunset scene!  We are presently working on some snow men in a snow globe!

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1st Grade

The first graders got all of their “Me and My Shadow” self portraits finished and they will be going up in the hall this week.  They look great.  This week we used envelopes to make an envelope city, turning each open envelope into our house on Christmas Eve!  It was fun!  We also read a book about the great American artist, Grandma Moses!  In January, we will begin a project about her.

 

2nd Grade

Second graders just finished up a fun project in which we learned how to draw a chameleon!  With a little guidance, each student drew their own version of a happy little chameleon on a branch.  We then used watercolors to make them very colorful, and to finish them off we gave them a ribbon tongue with a little plastic fly for a treat! (yuck)  We are now beginning to work on our wintery self portraits.

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3rd Grade

The third grade is having a great time working on their roller coaster paper sculptures!  They are designing some truly terrifying rides and having a ball with this project!  As soon as we get their pictures taken, they can sit in the coasters and we will be done!  Up next for 3rd Grade is Chinese New Year dragons!

 

4th Grade

The fourth graders read “Nine in One, Grr! Grr!”, a traditional folktale from the Hmong people of Laos.  We  learned about the Hmong tradition of making beautiful and ornate “story cloths” to tell these folktales on.  We made our own story cloths by cutting felt to make an animal in the center, and then carving a stamp in foam and printing this stamp on the fabric all around our animal.  These are really stunning, excellent job fourth grade!

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5th Grade

The 5th grade is working on our self portraits, but with a different twist!  We are using alliterative adjectives to describe ourselves, such as “Hungry Henry” or “Athletic Aiden”.  They had a lot of fun choosing an adjective for themselves, and now they are illustrating these alliterative adjectives!

6th Grade

The sixth grade is also working on their self portraits, which consist a painting of ourselves (with a little help from photos) and a background of where they might want to be 20 years from now!  These take a lot of work but are worth it!

 

Art Club

November Art Club was fantastic!  The older artists painted some beautiful spirit animals on a gorgeous sunset background.  I wanted to keep these for myself!  The younger artists made some fun and beautiful Indian stick games, art can be a lot of fun!  December finds our Art Clubbers making a family of owls out of pinecones and felt, also they will be bringing home some very special ornaments!  My Art Club kids have so much talent and I am always so proud of them!  Way to go!