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!

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!