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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.