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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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”!
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!
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.
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.