March in the Art Room

A Note From Mrs. Wyrick

Happy March everyone!  As the days get warmer and the trees begin to bloom, the art room changes from penguins to lambs and flowers.  We are also starting to get ready for the end of year art show.  Dates will be announced very soon!  So be looking for that and be sure to plan to come to the art show to see what all of our students have been working on all year!

K – 4

The K – 4 students had a great time making their own robots complete with moving arms and legs!  This was a great exercise of the imagination and just plain fun.  They did a wonderful job.  Then we did some paint stamping and practiced our cutting to make these adorable lambs to help welcome the spring time.  We will be painting our clay hands  next and learning about the art of Pablo Picasso!

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K – 5

The K -5 class read the award winning book “Beautiful Blackbird” and then we did a little project to share what we learned in the book.  Great job K – 5!   After that we learned about lines and drew our own bird cages using straight and curly lines.  We then our own little pet birds to keep in the cages.  How sweet!  UP next for K-5 we will be learning about the art of Georgia O’Keefe and her beautiful large flower paintings!

  

1st Grade

We read the Caldecott award winning book by Faith Ringgold “Tar Beach”. We learned what a story quilt is and then we each made our own designed paper, cut it into squares and shared our squares with the whole class so that each student could make a shared  “quilted border” for their artwork.  The middle art features the student flying through the sky like the author does in the book.  I love these!  Next we will be painting our clay birds.  They are very excited about this.

2nd Grade  

The second grade learned about the Indian tradition of painted elephants .  We learned ways to draw elephants and then drew and pointed our own complete with jewels and gems. We are also nearly finished with our paper weaving project in which we make a field of grass and s bunch of snakes to weave in and out of the grass!  Next up is learning about Picasso faces and making a standing crazy Picasso face.

3rd Grade

The third grade worked on a weaving project after Mrs. Younginer visited us with her weaving looms.  It was really helpful to see how a real loom worked.  First they painted the plates  with a symmetrical design then we wove a small circle in the center.  Great job third grade!  Next we will be painting our ceramic peacocks and then we will learn about the artist Henri Rousseau and his jungle paintings.

4th Grade

The fourth grade also did some weavings after Mrs. Younginers’s visit.  Theirs were a little more complicated because they had to weave back and forth, changing directions and making a tree out of the weaving.  They did a fantastic job!  After that we learned about the art of Salividor Dali, especially his surreal elephant paintings that had giraffe like legs.  We combined  parts of different animal pictures to make some surreal animals of our own in imaginative settings.  Next of is the art of Gustav Klimt!

 

 

5th Grade

The fifth grade learned about the large flowers painted by American artist Georgia O’Keefe.  We then drew large flowers like hers using clear glue on black paper.  We used colorful chalk to fill in the flowers.  These are gorgeous fifth grade!  And now we are working on the much anticipated famous American figures using wooden spoons, soda bottles and a lot of other odds and ends!  So far, so good!

6th Grade

Our ceramic crosses have been fired and the glaze has arrived so we will be glazing the crosses as soon as everyone is back from D.C.!  In the mean time, students have been working on their large self portraits in the Fauvist style (using bright, emotional colors).  These are nearly finished and they are looking really good!  Next we will be working on a mosaic project for the school.  More news to come on that later!

February in the Art Room

A Note From Mrs. Wyrick

Happy February everyone!  I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying the winter.  The art room has been extra messy lately since we have been doing a lot of clay projects!  The back table is covered with drying clay from many of our classes.  We are lucky to have a sources to fire our clay projects!  Yhe students have been busy with lots of different types of projects!

K – 4

The wintery weather inspired us to make some cute little snowman scenes for the K – 4’s.   First the students drew snowflakes and blowing wind with white oil pastels.  Then they painted a blue sky and the snowflakes magically appeared!  We used a blown up balloon and white paint  to stamp white circles for snowmen on the paper.  We finished by gluing on hats and noses and drawing eyes, buttons and arms on them!  Last week we stamped some ceramic clay with designs and cut out our hand shapes in it.  These need to be fired, so while we are waiting for that, we will be working on some fun metallic robots!

K – 5

In the K=5 class we used air dry clay to form some chilly penguins!  They are floating on a Styrofoam iceberg in the Arctic Sea that the students colored.  I just love these!  We are also working on some tissue paper collage hearts.  The students cut hearts out of folded paper and learned about positive and negative shapes, and how when you cut out one heart you really get two… a positive and a negative heart!  We will be adding to these heart collages and then we will be reading the beautiful book “Beautiful Blackbird” and doing a project inspired by that book.

1st Grade

We worked with ceramic clay learning how to make a pinch pot, they we turned the pinch pot into a bird by adding a neck and a head.  After these are fired we will be glazing them to  look like the beautiful South African guinea hen pottery!  While we are waiting for  the clay to get fired, we will read the classis book,
Tar Beach” and learn about the art of Story Quilts.  We will then make our own story quilts with pictures in the ce3nter that echo the “Tar Beach” story.

2nd Grade

The second grade learned about the color wheel, complementary colors, primary colors and secondary colors.  To put all the knowledge into practice we made these cute little bird pictures, mixing our own secondary color and choosing the complementary colors for their feathers!  The students have been working hard on their Indian Elephant drawings and those will be done soon!  They are really doing well on this project!  After than, we will be reading the book “A Splash of Red”  which tells the story of African American artist Horace Pippin.  We will then work on a project inspired by the artist!

3rd  Grade

The Third grade finished their big eyed animal pictures and they are really fun!  This was a great exercise in drawing BIG and  of how to used recycled materials in art. The third grade also worked with ceramic clay.  They are making some beautiful peacock holders!  We are waiting for these to dry and get fired before we paint them!  Third grade will also be reading the book ‘A Splash of Color” and learning about the art of Horace Pippin.  We are lucky to have Mrs. Bonnie Younginer coming to visit with the 3rd and 4th grade art class .  She is a master weaver and will bring in several of her looms for the students to learn how weaving works and then have a chance to try it themselves.

4th Grade

The fourth grade finished up their recycled/found item robot constructions and they are great!  I love this project because they learn about recycling items to make art and they really have to use their imaginations to think about every day object being something entirely different!  The fourth grade was very lucky to have our guest weaver come and show them how to weave on a loom.  We will be working on our own weaving projects in class too.  We will also be learning about the African American folk artist Clementine Hunter and read the book “Art From the Heart” which tells her story.

5th Grade

The fifth grade will be learning about the beautiful flower paintings of American artist Georgia O’Keefe.  We will be doing large O’Keefe inspired chalk drawing of flowers.  The Fifth grade will also t African American artist Tyree Guyton and his amazing art in the city of Detroit. After that it will be time for the Famous American sculptures!  They are very excited to get started on those!

6th Grade

The sixth grade worked for several weeks studying the notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci.  They made notebook pages like his that detail and illustrate their own inventions.  This is a very creative bunch!  We made our clay crosses and while we wait for them to be fired we will begin working on our Fauvism self portraits.

January in the Art Room

A Note From Mrs Wyrick

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope this is a year full of blessings for us all!  We will continue to work hard in the art room while enjoying the joys of art and learning about artists, art works, cultures and ourselves.

The first, second and third grades will be taking a field trip to the Columbia Museum of Art on the 10th to see the Henri Matisse exhibit!  We are excited about this upcoming adventure!

 

K – 4

We will be making a snowman painting to go with this cold winter weather we are having.  We will learn about how white snowflakes drawn in oil pastel resist water color paint and  “magically” appear when they are painted over!  We will then use balloons to stamp some circles to make snowmen on top of our snowy scenes!  We will also be experimenting with markers and water and if time allows we will start our robot stick puppets!

K – 5

The K – 5 students will be working with Model Magic clay to make little penguins, this is great for the muscles in the hand.  We will then make an iceberg for the penguins to live on and an ocean for them to float in!  Next we will work on a tissue paper collage.  We will learn about cutting paper hearts to make a positive and a negative heart shape to put on our collages, just in time for Valentines Day!

1st

The first grade is also making penguins, it seems right in this chilly willy weather!  They are making theirs with cut paper.  Any time you have a chance, please let your student practice cutting at home!  They will glue their penguins onto a beautiful Northern Lights scene that they will make with soft chalk pastels.   We will also spend on art class at the Columbia Museum of Art .

2nd

We are finishing up our color wheel birds.  Students have learned about primary , secondary and complimentary colors and used these colors to create a painting featuring some fun little bird.  They have really enjoyed giving each little bird it’s own personality. After that, we will be learning about the Indian tradition of painting elephants and we will do a beautiful drawing of an Indian elephant.

3rd

The 3rd grade has been working on paintings of large cartoon animal heads.  We are working on keeping things BIG and fighting the impulse to draw tiny!  We will be giving these animals great big bottle cap eyes!  When these are finished it will be time to get out the clay!

4th

The 4th grade is working on making our own robot sculptures out of reclaimed and found  items.  This project requires them to use a lot of imagination and 3D thinking. What kind of robot would you make if you could build one?  Once robot construction is complete, we will begin a weaving project!

5th

The 5th grade finished up all of their VanGogh inspired chair self portraits.  We then spent one week recycling some water bottles to make a Dale Chihully inspired hanging piece of art.  This is almost finished it is gorgeous.  Pictures next month!  We are starting a study of Georgia O’Keefe and her beautiful flower paintings. We will be making one with chalk.  We will also miss one class due to Star Lab.

6th

The 6th grade has been learning about the notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci. Particularly about his amazing and numerous inventions.  They are drawing some pages like Leonardo’s to demonstrate their own inventions.  This class has a lot of imagination and I can’t wait to see what they come up with!  Next will be clay!

December in the Art Room

Merry Christmas everyone!  It’s just about here!  I hope everybody has a peaceful and happy holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

We only had a few classes in December due to the music practices and field trips, but boy did we get a lot done!

K – 4

The K-4 artists made a big paper J for Jesus and colored it to look like a candy cane, then we made a little manger with Jesus in it, these are always so sweet!  We also made some finger print ornaments, these went home and hopefully found a place on your tree!

 

K – 5

We learned about the drawings and paintings of Pablo Picasso, specifically about his famous drawing of a hand holding flowers.  They then drew or traced their hands and painted flowers like Picasso did.  Picasso would be proud of these!

1st Grade

After we finished our free paint expressive pieces, we started working on our paper penguin collages.  We have the penguin bodies ready to go, and next we will give them details, clothes and a nice icy place to live!

2nd Grade

We started learning about the color wheel, complementary colors, analogous colors and of course primary colors.  We are mixing paint colors and making some fun birds to show what we learned.

3rd Grade

The third grade is working on some big eyed animal paintings!  We are just getting started so I don’t have anything to show you yet, but next month look for some really fun animal paintings!

4th Grade

We started working on our 3D robots made from recycled objects.  The students came up with ideas for what a robot could do to help them and they are now making these robots out of a big table full of all sorts of recycled items!  They are really using their imaginations on this project!

5th Grade

After we finished up our Van Gogh Chairs, we started working on a Chihully  glass project, with recycled water bottles replacing the glass.  I can’t wait to see this one all done!

6th Grade

We learned about the inventions of Leonardo DaVinci and the thousands of notebooks that he kept his ideas in.  The students are coming up with their own inventions and drawing them out to look like the pages of DaVinci!  This is such a creative class, I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

 

November in the Art Room

A Note From Mrs. Wyrick

I hope this finds all of you enjoying the busy holiday season.  I think the holidays are always more special when children are around.  I hope you are enjoying these holidays with your children while they are young and things seem more magical!  We have been busy in the art room!

K-4

The K-4 artists used mod podge to attach colorful tissue squares to panels of foil.  After gluing some black lines onto them they really look like modern stained glass windows!  Great job K-4!  We also made keepsake Christmas ornament that will go home next week.  We will be starting our hanging bottle fish next!

K-5

The K-5 read the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” in which we find our that giraffes are actually great dancers!  They then drew some crazy dancing giraffes and painted a nighttime background for them to dance in!  These just make me smile every time I see them!  Excellent work K-5!  We have started work on a Pablo Picasso painting based on his painting of hands holding flowers.

1st Grade

The first graders finished up their Native American babies in their papoose.  They covered their papooses with as many Native American symbols as they could squeeze on to them! They  loved this project and most of them really wanted to take them home so that they could take care of their babies!  So I let them, but a few were willing to let me keep theirs for the art show, thanks to those artists!  We are now working on a paper penguin project!  Last week we did a free paint and learned how painting can be a way to express how you feel.  They artists painted pictures to show how they were feeling that day!

2nd Grade

The second grade had a ball making their self portrait “Wanted Posters”.  We talked about different ways to draw a face and the proportions of the human face.  We then drew ourselves as “Criminals”, and came up with our “crimes”, such as “eating too much junk food” or “hugging her baby sister too much”.  When we were done coloring the posters, we painted them with tea to give them an aged look.  We are now working on the color wheel and mixing colors.

3rd Grade

The third grade finished our swing self portraits, with backgrounds of places that they wish they could ride a swing in.  We made them 3D by hanging little swings in the box and bending our portraits to sit on the swings!  So cute, good job 3rd grade.  We are finishing up our group sculpture project now and then we will work on some big-eyed animals!

 

   

4th Grade

The fourth grade learned about the Native American tradition of the dream catcher.  We also learned about patterns and Native American symbols.  We drew a dream catcher and included these patterns and symbols, then colored it with oil pastels.  Then we dripped watercolors over them.  These look really nice!  We are now getting started on our robot construction projects!

5th Grade

The fifth grade learned about the unusual portraits done by Vincent Van Gogh of chairs that represented his dear friend Paul Gauguin and himself.  These “chair portraits” contain a chair with items on it and in the room that tell us things about the individual it is a portrait of.  We them made 3D chair portraits of ourselves!  These are really interesting and the students did a great job.  Next up for the 5th grade is artist Georgia O’Keefe.

6th Grade

The sixth grade finished their Egyptian God/Goddess projects and they look fabulous!  They really worked hard on these and it paid off.  Next we will be learning about the notebooks and inventions of Leonardo DaVinci.We will be sketching their own inventions just like DaVinci.  Some of them even want to write backwards like he did!  I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

December in the Art Room

A Note From Mrs. Wyrick

I hope this finds all of you preparing for a wonderful holiday season!  The holidays are always so much more fun when children are around so I hope you enjoy them at this special time.  I can hardly believe that the year is nearly half over!  Time really flies when you’re having fun!  It has been lots of fun in the art room, lets look at what we have been doing!

K-4

The K-4 class used mod podge to attach colorful tissue squares onto foil panels to make these stained glass windows.  When they’re all together they really look like a piece of stained glass!  Great work K-4.  We also made some Christmas ornament keepsakes that will go home next week.  We are about to start painting our hanging bottle fish!

K-5

In the K-5 class we read the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance”, which is one of my favorites.  In the book we learn that actually, Giraffes CAN dance and they are pretty good at it!  They drew a dancing giraffe and then painted a nighttime scene for it to dance in.  These are such happy pictures, everyone loves them!  This K-5 group has a great imagination!  We are now working on a Pablo Picasso picture!

1st Grade

The first grade finished their Native American babies in their papoose.  They included as many Native American symbols as they could get on their papoose. They are darling!  They loved these babies so much that most of them really wanted to take them home, and I let them.  There were a few that were willing to let me keep theirs for a while to put in the art show, thanks to those children!  The computer won’t allow me to upload the picture I have of the papoose with the baby, but you will all see it eventually at the art show.  Last week I let them have a free paint.  They were asked to paint a picture that showed their feelings.  They were very expressive and enjoyed the freedom!  We are about to begin working on a penguin project!

2nd Grade

The second grade had a lot of fun making their “Wanted Poster” self portraits.  We talked about the proportion of the features of the face and then we drew ourselves as “criminals”, committing such “crimes” as “hugging their sister too much” and “eating too much junk food”.  They got very silly with this project.  We then stained their portraits with tea to make them look aged.  What a fun bunch of children!  We are now working on the color wheel and mixing colors.

3rd Grade

The third grade finished their self portraits on a swing.  They made up a fantasy place where they would like to swing and then drew themselves.  We made it 3D with an actual little swing!  We are now working on some “big eye animals”!

 

4th Grade

The fourth grade learned about the Native American tradition of the dream catcher.  We talked about patterns and Native American symbols and drew a dream catcher by tracing various sizes of circles and drawing patterns inside of them.  We then used oil pastels to color them and then dripped water colors over the whole thing.  The result is really beautiful!  The fourth  is now beginning to work on their robot projects!

5th Grade

The fifth grade learned about Vincent Van Gogh’s two unusual portraits of Paul Gauguin and of himself.  These portraits are of their chairs, but they inform us about the person.  We thought about what our chairs would say about us and then did our own 3D chair portraits.  They worked really hard on these and I think the results are great!  Next up for the 5th grade is Georgia O’Keefe.

6th Grade

The sixth grade finished their Egyptian God/Goddess projects and they are beautiful.  They really spent some time on these and the results show it!  We will be learning about the notebooks and inventions of Leonardo DaVinci next, and coming up with our own inventions and sketching them out just like DaVinci did.

November in the Art Room

A Note From Mrs. Wyrick,

Happy Fall!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween celebration.  The students told me all about their costumes and the fun that they had.  Fall is my favorite!  There has been a lot of activity in the art room this fall.  We have all been busy finishing up the art for the Christmas cards and they are at the printers right now being printed!  Look for them in the office soon if you would like to purchase some!  And don’t forget, the original art will be sold at the auction in February!

I am really enjoying all of your children in my art classes.  They never fail to amaze me with their ideas, talent and enthusiasm!

K – 4

The K-4 class learned about one of my favorite artists, Claude Monet.  We read a book about his beautiful garden in France and learned about how he loved to paint his pond with the water lilies!  The students then used colored chalk to make a watery background (I am sorry if some of them came home in blue shirts that day!).  We used our fingers and green paint to make the water lily leaves and then made the flowers out of red and pink tissue paper!  They are as beautiful as Monet’s!   We are now working on some shiny stained glass windows!

K – 5

The K – 5 class finished up their dancing self portraits.  Can you recognize who these people are?  When you pull the string their arms and legs move!  They did a fabulous job!  When these were done, we read a book called Giraffes Can’t Dance.  In this story we find out that they actually can dance and we thought it would be fun to draw dancing giraffes.  We are done with the giraffes and are now working on the backgrounds for them!

1st Grade

We finished our lessons on Vincent VanGogh and his famous post-impressionistic sunflower paintings.  The students painted in the style of Vincent, thick dabs of paint, to make these beautiful sunflowers in vases.  Great job first grade!  We also started a new thing with the first grade.  While I was in Amsterdam I found an adorable stuffed Vincent VanGogh doll.  Each week I pick a students name out of a box and that student will bring home the Vincent doll, along with a sketch book and a special VanGogh pencil.  That student has the job of drawing a picture of what they did with Vincent at their home, they can also write about it!  That student will bring everything back to school the next art class and share it with the students!  So far they have been loving it and doing an incredible job with Vincent!

2nd Grade

The second grade learned about famous 3D artist Alexander Calder and his invention of the mobile as an art form.  We then used colored paper to create organic shapes and geometric shapes.  We decorated these shapes with more shapes and put them together into a mobile which we now have hanging above our seats!  The art room looks great!  All of the students are enjoying them.  We are now working on some “Wanted Poster” self portraits.

 

3rd Grade

The third grade learned about positive and negative space by cutting out a symmetrical vase shape and noticing what shape you had left!  We painted the vase in the traditional blue of the Ming Dynasty, creating our own Ming vases.  We then used only blue, yellow and white to paint the flower arrangement in the vase, making a large variety of shade of blue, green and yellow by mixing the three colors.  These are lovely. We are now finishing up some fun 3 D self portraits which you will see next month!

4th Grade

The fourth grade worked on their own self portraits by choosing to make themselves either the King, Queen or Jack of a deck of cards!  They drew themselves in a black pen, we copied it and they colored the two pictures the same to make a playing card!  They really enjoyed these and I think they look great and fun too!  We are now working of some oil pastel and watercolor wash pictures of the traditional Native American dream catcher.

5th Grade

The fifth grade learned about the art of Andy Warhol and the Pop art movement.  We specifically looked at the series of portraits he did of famous people in repeated images.  We then used photographs of the students to help us to make our own Warhol inspired self portraits.   We are getting ready to begin a lesson on Vincent Van Gogh’s Chair and do a 3D project based on that!

 

6th Grade

The sixth grade has been working hard on their Egyptian God and Goddess project!  These take a long time but are worth the effort.  They are really doing an amazing job and the carved metal frames are nearly finished.  I will have photos to share by next month.

October in the Art Room

The first month of school flew by!  I can’t believe it’s October already!  Thank you to everyone that came to the September PTO meeting.  It was a pleasure to show you some of what I did on my summer trip to Poland and what I learned there.  It’s been amazing to share my Poland experience with the students and create some art based on Poland, the culture, the history and their traditions.

All grades have been working hard on the Christmas card art for our Christmas card fundraiser.  Every student participates in making the 5 pieces of art that will be printed into our set of Christmas cards for sale in the school office.  They are doing a great job on these pieces of art and we are nearly finished with them!

K-4

As I said above, the K-4 spent several weeks working on the Christmas card for their class and it is finished.  You will see your child’s handiwork in it!  We also learned about different kinds of art, that music is a kind of art also.  We made some fun maracas to shake and make music with, combining visual art with musical art!

K-5

The K-5 class learned about the white eagle symbol that is on the flag of Poland and the legend of why it is there.  We then made Polish shields with the white eagle on them.  We talked about how the eagle is an important symbol for Poland, and talked about what would be an important symbol for their family.  The students then made a shield for their family.

1st Grade

The first graders learned about Saint Kinga of Hungary and how she brought  prosperity to the country of Poland by discovering salt there.  The mine she discovered is now a wonderful museum and full of sculptures made of salt!  We made these dimensional pictures using Elmer’s Glue, salt and watercolor paint!  The first grade is now learning all about the art and life of Vincent Van Gogh.  We are learning about how he loved to paint sunflowers and we are making our own Van Gogh inspired sunflower paintings.

2nd Grade

The second grade class learned about the Polish tradition of Pisanka, or painted eggs.  We painted our own eggs after looking at some beautiful eggs that I brought back from Poland with me.  I think theirs are just as lovely!  We are now learning about the art of Alexander Calder, and how he was the first artist to make mobiles, or kinetic art.  We are making our own mobiles with cut paper, these designs in cut paper are also inspired by the paper artist Henri Matisse!

3rd Grade

The third grade was told the story of the great dragon that lived near the Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland.  We made these great dragon faces out of cut and folded papers.  We also gave them some texture and design with a black marker.  They’re ferocious!  We are now learning about the Chinese Ming Dynasty and the beautiful vases that they created.  We are painting our own Ming Vases full of flowers.  These will be just gorgeous!

 

4th Grade,

The fourth grade learned about the Basilica of St. Mary in the Old Town Square of Krakow, and the tradition of the trumpeter.  They drew some amazing versions of the Basilica, including many details.  I was really impressed with them!  You will see the color versions next month.

Next, we will be working on some fun self portraits.

5th Grade

The fifth graders learned about Krakow’s amazing Wawel Castle, and also learned how to use two point perspective to make something look dimensional.  They have done a great job on these castles and are finishing up painting them now.  Next we will be working on some Andy Warhol self portraits

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6th Grade.

The 6th grade learned about the destruction of the city of Warsaw, Poland during World War II,  We rebuilt the city, just like the Polish people did.  But we did it with paper, chalk and black markers.  I think this is fantastic!  Next we will be learning about and drawing Egyptian Gods and Goddesses

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Art Club

Art Clubbers had a great time making their Emoji pillows!  They were really great!  We also learned about the paper art of Henri Matisse and made name panels just like Matisse!

 

A New Year in the Art Room!

A Note from Mrs. Wyrick

Welcome back to all of our wonderful returning artists and welcome also to our new artists!  I am looking forward to a new school year full of new adventures and new projects!  As always, my goal for this year is to challenge each and every student to create their own art from their own sense of what is beautiful and interesting.  At the same time, I will be teaching them about some of the cultures of the world and what kind of art is created in these cultures.  There are so many amazing artist on this planet and I hope to be able to share some of their work with our students.  We will also be learning about famous and important artists throughout history.  While learning all of this we will be practicing new techniques and methods and working with a wide variety of materials.  The art world is vast and I only have them once a week so I will do my best to make good use of their time in my room!

I spent 3 weeks this summer teaching art at a Polish Language camp just outside of Krakow, Poland.  I would love to share with the students what I learned about culture, art, history and people while I was there.  Our first individual class projects this year will all be related to things that I learned or saw while I was in the amazing land of Poland.  There are great stories about dragons, princesses,  castles and cities that I can’t wait to share.  Look for more on this in next months newsletter!

 

All Grades

I started the year out with the same lesson for all grades.  I don’t usually do this but I found a wonderful book named “The Dot” by a Peter H. Reynolds.  It tells the story of Vashti, a girl who thinks she cannot draw and how her surprising  journey of self discovery, beginning with one dot, teaches her that there is a creative artist in each of us.  Every student made their own version of a “dot”.  I drew Vashti and a quote from the book on the back wall of the room.  Everyone’s dots will remain on this wall all year, along with Vashti, as a reminder that we are all artists!  The K-5 class also did some free paintings that started with a dot!

While we were painting our dots, we also each painted a single feather.  I put these feathers all together to create a beautiful pair of wings that are hanging in the hall outside the art room.  I hope that everyone creative spirit finds its own wings and soars this year!

K-4

The K-4 students all did their first self portraits of the year.  I like for them to draw themselves at the beginning of the year and then again at the end and we can see how far they have come!  We will be working with clay next, learning about mixing colors!

 

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!