Week of April 11th

Kindergarten:  The students continued working on their stand up community art project.  Most of the students are still drawing out and outlining their places. Mrs. Gersten and Ms. Torres’ class started this art project this week.

First Grade:  The first graders started a new art project this week.  We looked at art from around the world (China, Japan, Philippines, Mexico, India, Greece, Australia, and Russia). I was able to borrow 3 Russian Nesting dolls for the students to see.  For the art project, the students drew 3 dolls and decorated it with various lines and patterns.  They outlined it in marker.  Next week they will paint it with watercolors and cut it out.

Second Grade:  2nd graders rehearsed for the show in the auditorium

Third Grade: This week the 3rd graders outlined their observational drawing of a lily with white glue.  Next week they will color it with chalk pastel.

Fourth Grade:  We started a new art project this week.  The 4th graders learned about the art and uses of basket weaving for the early California Indians.  We used straws as a weaving loom.  This week we prepared the loom by threading the yarn through.

Fifth grade and Ms. Simmon’s class: Today was painting day.  The students painted their gesture drawing of a lily plant which, they drew last week.  The students had to use different color values and were encouraged to mix and experiment with the paint colors.

Sixth grade: This week was the 2nd session of our lesson on Chinese paper cutting.  The 6th graders had a another day to practice this ancient art form.

Hello 4th quarter!

Well it’s the last quarter of school and there are some interesting and fun art projects in the works.

We are also in need of yarn for an upcoming weaving project.  If you have any extra yarn at home please bring it to room 502.  Thank you.

Kindergarten: The art this week was tied into kindergarten social studies standards.  We talked about community.  The students started drawing 5-6 places in their community art project.  The project will be traced in marker, colored in oil pastels, folded, and cut.  I attached a picture of my sample.

First graders:  The students completed their self portrait paper sculptures.  They are so fun to look at.

Second grade: The second graders used their art and music time to practice for the 2nd grade show.

Third Grade and Ms. Simmon’s class: We tied Science and Art together this week with drawings of Easter lilies.  We talked about the seed germination process and the life cycle of a plant.  The students looked at Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings of sunflowers as inspiration.  We also discussed the difference between observational drawings and drawing from their imagination.

Fourth Grade:  The 4th graders got to select an art project from an Art menu.  The choices included: creating a brochure, designing a cereal box, creating a new animal at the zoo just to name a few.

Fifth Grade: The fifth graders also drew Easter lilies and we also tied in a quick science lesson.  The students had a discussion about what their observed about the lilies.  Many of the students shared that the soil was dry, the leaves were turing yellow and brown, the leaves were starting to droop, etc.  I purposely did not water the plants because I wanted the students to have this discussion.  We briefly covered standard 5-LS1-1 (Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.)

I asked the students to zoom in on a specific part of the plant (ex: the flower, part of the leaves) rather than the whole plant to create a gesture drawing.Next week the students will paint their art using tempera paints with focus on value.

Sixth grade: The students got a short history lesson about the art of Chinese paper cutting which dates back to the Eastern Han Dynasty.  We read and discussed uses, meaning, techniques, and symbols.  The students watched a video of a Chinese woman creating a paper cut butterfly.  The students then used templates to practice the art. In the next 2 sessions, the students will create their own Chinese paper cutting design on red paper.

Here are the 2 videos we watched in class:

Chinese paper cutting


Mrs. Gersten’s class and Mrs. Torres’ class did not meet due the the Emergency drill this week.


Hello Spring

It’s great to have 2 weeks off to restart and get ready for the last quarter of school!  I am about 2 weeks behind in my blogging.  It was an incredibly busy last week because Wolf Canyon hosted very special visitors on Thursday, March 17th.  Wolf Canyon was selected to be one of the schools to showcase our Visual and Performing Arts Program. Many of the visitors are school administrators from all over the country. 2 students from grades 1-6 were asked to talk about the art projects in the Art room.  These students did a phenomenal job!  Thank you to:

1st grade: Grayson and Dylan (Berman)

2nd grade: Jayden (Jackson) and Reanne (Hernandez)

3rd grade: Gavin and Raine (Sullivan)

4th grade: RJ and Govind (Carreon)

5th grade: Abigail (Lafferty) and Melchor (Williamson)

6th grade: Shiva (Chandroo), Dakota (Robbins), Dago (Simmons)

Here are the projects we left off on before Spring break.

Kindergarten and Ms. Torres’ class: The kindergartners learned about the Pop Artist, Andy Warhol.  We looked specifically at his Campbell’s Soup art piece.  Next the students selected an everyday object,  drew an observational drawing, and wrote a sentence about the object they selected.

First Grade:  The first graders viewed the self portraits created by Pablo Picasso and the human sculptures by Alberto Giocometti.  Using construction paper, the students had the opportunity to experiment with cutting and gluing to create a self-portrait in the form of a paper sculpture.

Second Grade: The second graders spent their art and music time practising their songs for the 2nd grade show in the auditorium.

Third Grade:  Did not meet due to the Art and Music Showcase on March 17th

Fourth Grade: The fourth graders continued working on their Alberto Giocometti inspired foiled sculptures.  These have become quite a popular art project and the talk of the art room.

Fifth Grade: The fifth graders have spent the past couple art classes learning about contour drawing and gesture drawing.  The first week of the lesson, they drew their hand using a blind contour technique.  Then they drew it a few more times where they were able to look at their drawing but their focus had to be on the outline of their hand.

On the 2nd day, they took every day items (similar to kinder)  and learned how to create an outline of the object using hand and eye coordination.  The also added shadows, details, and color value.  These drawings are awesome!

Sixth grade: This was the final day of the animal grid drawings.  The final pieces were very realistic and the students were proud of their final pieces.  We also spent time reflecting on the art pieces.

Ms. Simmons’ class: The students learned about symmetry in art.  We looked at artists and art pieces that used positive and negative space. The students created art pieces using both art principles by cutting designs on construction paper and flipping the design.


Here is the beautiful Egyptian mural hanging on the auditorium stage.


Here is a picture of Wolf Canyon Art at the district.