April Art Updates

Mrs. Gersten’s class: This first project was inspired by the Printmaking Artwork of Andy Warhol.  The students used various objects to paint with (card board, foil, popsicle sticks, etc.) Then they cut out flowers from construction paper.

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The next project, we studied the life and career of famous Impressionist artist, Claude Monet.  Students created their own water lily pond using oil pastels and watercolors. We focused on line and color.

Kindergarten: This month the students completed their family portraits on a tissue background.

The next project is a collage piece.   Students viewed several Guitar art pieces by Pablo Picasso.  Using magazines, construction paper,  and music sheets, students created a paper collage.  Pictures will be posted on the next blogpost.

 Mr. Thomas’ class and Mrs. Gersten’s class: For this project, students learned about the art of Quilting.  We discussed how some quilts are passed down family generations and how some tell a story.  Students designed a felt square with fabric.  The pieces will be pieced together to create a class quilt. Mrs. Gersten’s class used paper cut outs instead of fabric.

First grade and Mr. Thomas’ class: These classes looked at the art work of Quilt Maker Helene Knotts and her Garden Patch Cat series.  Students designed their own Garden Patch Cat.  The cats had to be a fruit or a vegetable. The media used for this project were oil pastels, chalk, permanent marker, and magazines.

Second Grade: The students studied the Japanese Holiday, Children’s Day.  The holiday is commemorated with Koinobori Wind Socks.  The students created a symmetrical Koinobori Wind sock with construction paper and water based markers.  They included Japanese inspired features to their koi (large, eye, scalloped lines/shapes, layers, scales, etc)

Third Grade and Mr. Thomas’ class: For this next art project, we traveled to India.  We learned about the traditional Indian Dhurrie Rug.  Dhurrie rugs have intricate designs, are colorful, and are woven on a loom. Using recycled materials (recycled cardstock, oil pastel scrap pieces, donated yarn, and  scrap paper) students designed their own Dhurrie Rug.

Fourth Grade:  The 4th graders are making these colorful self-portraits as a backdrop for the 4th grade show.  The portraits include 5 words that describe themselves for example: their likes, their hobbies, their talents, etc.  The media used for this project were permanent marker, oil pastels, and watercolor paints.

Fifth grade: The fifth graders have been working diligently on this Tessellation Project.  The students viewed artwork by famous tessellation artist, M.C. Esher.  Students then created their own tessellation design.  This project will probably be completed in 2 more art sessions.

Sixth Grade: The last 6th grade project of this year, is the cardboard animal project.  The students learned about African Rock Art and the significant meanings of animals in these early civilizations.  Students selected an African Animal to design on cardboard.  The objective is to create a raised animal head with cardboard, oil pastels, and chalk pastels.

Mrs.Simmons’Class: The 2 projects created this quarter were inspired by printmaking.  The students learned about the Pop Art of Andy Warhol.  Warhol used silk screening  to create his prints.  Students designed a Pop image out of Styrofoam Scratch Board.  Then they printed it with black ink and repeated the process 4-6 times.  Then they glued the prints on colored construction paper.

The 2nd project involved crayon rubbing and radial symmetry.  First, students folded the paper into fourths.  Then they designed 1 section of the paper with black crayon.  Next, they folded their paper over and used a popsicle stick to rub out the design.  Afterwards, they opened up the paper and retraced the design in black crayon. Lastly, they added color with Crayola Color Sticks.


Chalk Walk 2019

Calling all volunteers past and present….

Please let your classroom teacher know if you are able to help in any of the following ways:

  1. Volunteers to help with gridding and drawing Wednesday, May 29th  (time: after school 3:30-4:30) (volunteer does not need to be an expert artistJ We need a basic outline of the picture and grid lines drawn.

 Day of the Event, May 30th

2. Volunteers to set up canopies (8:15-9:00)

3. Supervising volunteers (supervise and help students) At least 2 per classroom (8:30-about 2:00)

       4. Shop Vac (label with your name and child’s room number

       5. Canopy (Please bring by Tuesday, May 28th. Label with your name and child’s room number)

       6. Baby wipes

       7. Blue Painter’s tape (1 ½ “)





Week of April 8th

Hello 4th Quarter!

Kindergarten: The kinder students worked on a project started in 3rd quarter.  This project is a family portrait on a tissue background.  The students created their tissue background using a glue and water solution, and colored tissue squares. Next week the students will glue their family portraits on top.

1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and Mrs. Gersten’s class worked on artwork for an Art Contest.


Mr. Thomas’ class: The students learned about Dhurrie Rugs.  This artwork from India involves colorful patterns and shapes.  The students designed their own Dhurrie rugs using Playcolor sticks and colored construction paper.  They will continue this project next week.

Mrs. Simmons’ class: The students  completed a printmaking project started in the 3rd quarter.  The students designed a “Pop Art” designed inspired by the work of Andy Warhol.  This week the students printed their design. Pictures will be posted next week.

6th grade:  Check out these completed Value Projects!!!! Amazing!!!!


March Art Work

Don’t forget to check out the Art Exhibit!  It is open until Thursday!

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Mrs. Gersten’s class: The students looked at the artwork of impressionist artist, Claude Monet.  We looked specifically at his artwork involving the tulip fields.  The students drew a mountain landscape with oil pastels.  Then they added tulips using tempera paint and Q-Tips.

The next art project was the “zoomed-in” monster.  (see lesson description under first grade).



The kindergarteners “read” the artwork of Carmen Lomas Garza.  The art piece depicted a Mexican family making tamales.  Click here to view the art work. We discussed the importance of family and the special memories shared with family. For this art piece, the students drew a family portrait.  The students learned how to draw people by putting  simple shapes together.  They were not allowed to draw stick figures.  For the next art session, they will add a colorful background with tissue squares and Elmer’s White Glue.

First Grade:

The first graders completed their paper sculpture self-portrait.

For the next art project, the 1st graders and Mrs. Gersten’s class, examined the zoomed-up paintings of flowers by Georgia O’Keeffe.  We talked about how artists use The Element of Art “space”.  The students created “zoomed-in” monster faces.  They had to draw only part of the monster’s face on their paper.


Second Grade and Mr. Thomas’ class:

Mrs. Masterson’s class created 3D banana sculptures out of tissue paper for the 2nd grade musical.  You can see the banana tree on the auditorium stage.  The other 2nd grade classes and Mr. Thomas’ class, learned about the role of tigers in Asian Art work.  Then the students painted abstract symmetrical tigers with tempera paints.

Mr. Thomas’ class: The students also completed their paper self-portrait (see 1st grade lesson).

The next project was inspired by the Faberge Eggs of Russia.  The students added a tissue paper layer around a plastic egg.  Then they decorated the eggs with gems, sequins, and ribbons. Check out the final product in the Art Exhibit.

3rd Grade:

The 3rd grade students worked on collaborative project for the Peace Run Event on March 7th at Camerena.  They created paper cranes.  The cranes were attached to a wand and were waved around to welcome the Peace Runners.

For the next art project, the students learned about the amazing optical art of M.C.Esher.  Using a ruler, pencil, and Mr. Sketch markers, the students drew their hand and used straight and curved lines to show movement.

4th grade:

The 4th graders completed their foil sculptures.  Prior to the lesson, we discussed the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti.  The students also learned how to draw the human form using proper proportions and placement.  They  practiced this skill by drawing several poses using a wooden mannequin.

The next drawing lesson focused on shading and drawing 3 dimensional shapes (cube, cylinder, sphere, and cone)

5th grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class:

The students completed their amazing animal eyes!  The students experiment with blending media, using charcoal pencils, and adding texture, and details.

Mrs. Simmons’ class and 5th grade worked on a fun Self-Portrait inspired by the art work on illustrator, Nate Williams.  Williams’ art work is characterized as being appealing to children and fun.  For this art piece, the students drew an abstract portrait of themselves and added words to describe their likes, hobbies, heritage, extra curricular activities, and any other words that told me more about them.  The students used oil pastels, permanent marker and water colors.

6th grade:  The 6th grade classes has several projects going on this month.  The first project was a drawing for the Peace Run event at Camerena Elementary.  The theme for this drawing was, My Vision of Peace.  The students were given the choice to use watercolors, chalk pastels, oil pastels, markers, crayons, paper, and Playcolor Sticks.  The art pieces were displayed at Camerena on March 7th.

The next series of lessons focus on value.  The first exercise gave students the opportunity to practice using varying shades with a charcoal pencil.  The students drew an “organic” shape with 3 different shades from their value scale.


Week of February 4th

Kindergarten:  The kinders completed their “Flying over my Favorite Memory” art piece.

First Grade: The students continued their paper portraits. It is fun seeing them explore an play with paper.

Second Grade:  The 2nd grade students learned about Space.  Space is one of the Elements of Art. We focused on overlapping.  The students used circle tracers to draw donuts.  They had to erase any overlapping lines.  Then they outlined the drawing with black marker and colored the donuts with chalk pastels.

Third Grade: The third grade classes are creating art for an event hosted by Dr. McLaren at Camerena called the Peace Fun Run.  The students are creating origami cranes to symbolize peace.  Participating students will be holding the cranes during the Peace Fun Run.  We did the 1st half of the crane this week.

Mr. Thomas’ class and Mrs. Gersten’s class also created art work for the Peace Fun Run.  This art work will be displayed at Camerena.

Fourth Grade:  The fourth grade classes began their Foil Sculptures.  This week they created platforms by wrapping colored butcher paper around cardboard.  They sketched out their plan for next week.

Fifth Grade: Check out the progress of these animal eyes!

Sixth Grade: The 6th graders are also creating artwork for the Peace Fun Run.  The theme of the project is: Visions of a Peaceful World.  The students were able to choose from a variety of media.

Mrs. Simmons’ class:  The students are creating an abstract self-portrait inspired by the artwork of Nate Williams.  The students also selected words that described their personality, hobbies, likes, etc. 38

Week of January 28th

Thank you everyone for the art donations!  We have a full supply of pink erasers and tape.  Here are the items we are still in need of:

Crayola Model Magic Clay (White)

Silver and Gold Sharpies

Kindergarten: We began our lesson by reading the story Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. This art lesson was inspired by the beautiful patterns framing the artwork on each page of the book.  The students designed patterned borders using markers and crayons.  Each student took a “flying” photo which will be glued  work next week.

First grade: This week we learned about the art of makling self-portaits.  We looked at Pablo Picasso’s many self-portaits.  The students began their own self-portaits out of cut paper.  This art project allows them to explore and experiment with paper. (Pictures will be posted next week)

Second grade and 4th grade did not meet this week

Third grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class:  The whimsical, colorful, fun flower sculptures are complete!

Fifth Grade:  The 5th graders began their Animal eye drawings this week. They sketched out the shape of the eye and main lines using gesture drawing.  Pictures will be posted next week

Sixth Grade:  The Paper Relief Sculptures are complete!

Mrs. Gersten’s class:  This week we focused on color and how mood is represented through color.  We talked about warm colors and cool colors.  The students used magazines to cut and sort out colors onto their color wheel.  Then they drew a peacock and used the color wheel for the tail.


Mr. Thomas’ class:  We studied the paper cut out work of famous artist Henri Matisse.  The students designed their own cut out collages.