March Art-ness

A note from Mrs. Stansell:

As the March Madness month comes to an end, the art is just beginning! As St. Peter’s newest member to the staff family, I am enjoying getting to know the students and picking up their art journey where Mrs. Wyrick left off. We are finishing up my first set of projects as we speak and I can’t wait to show off what the students have been working very hard to create.

Important Dates:

April Art Club is coming up soon! K4 – 2nd will be held on Wednesdays, April 3rd, 10th, 24th and 3rd-6th will be held on Mondays, April 8th, 12th, 29th. Contact me at for more details and sign ups!


K4 has been learning all about process art and how the simple act of a technique can create awesome pieces! We’ve been exploring coffee filter diffusion with water soluble markers and creating mobiles to remind us of our hopes for our future. We have also explored monochromatic collages and watercolor resist techniques.


Kindergarten has been working on their self portraits with tissue paper transferred backgrounds. Examples to come soon!

1st Grade

First grade is exploring the abstract works of Pollock as we discuss color mixing and combining it with the art of weaving. We will be weaving our abstract works cut into strips to create a paper “rug.”

2nd Grade

Henri Matisse is our inspiration for our works with a little twist! We are creating paper cut collages and drawing what we see to show the pareidolia effect. Pareidolia is the phenomenon that causes people to see patterns in inanimate objects. So many of the 2nd graders used cars as examples. We can all see faces made by the grills and the headlights of cars. Very excited to show the final products!

3rd Grade

Our 3rd graders finished their peacock lesson from Mrs. Wyrick and are now working on Folk Art inspired landscapes to showcase their knowledge of foreground, middle ground, and background while creating new patterns with sharpies and markers!

4th Grade

Fourth graders are learning about the art of surrealism by creating their own “exquisite corpse” animals coined by Frida Kahlo. They are using creating a new species of animal by combining multiple pieces of the body cut outs from a scientific animal identification dictionary. They will use their new animals to etch into styrofoam and create prints through printmaking processes. You can see our process photos below and we should have final prints next week!

5th Grade

Fifth grade is exploring what they call HOME by creating “I am from…” poems and illustrating particular lines on collaborative panels that will come to together as a class when finished! We have some wonderful poems that I can’t wait to share when they have finished their works.

6th Grade

Last but certainly not least, we have the 6th graders exploring art in technology by creating their own paper cut stop-motion animations. Our theme for this project is transformation and we have many story lines that are taking place. I will upload some of the final works in a few weeks!

I leave with a quote from Pope John Paul II :

“Those who perceive in themselves… the artistic vocation as poet, writer, sculptor, painter, musician, and actor feel at the same time an obligation not to waste this talent but to develop it, in order to put it to service of their neighbor and the humanity as a whole.”

Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Stansell