Week of October 31st

Kindergarten:  This was session 3 of the Dinosaur Art.  Most of the students will need one more session to complete the project.

First Grade: I had a substitute for first grade.  The students worked on Dot Monsters with the substitute.  I heard they enjoyed this fun project.

Second Grade and Ms. Torres’ class: Painting Day!  This week the students added color to their pumpkins.  For each section of the pumpkin, students painted the outer edges of the pumpkin orange and added yellow in the center.  The yellow and the orange blended giving form to the pumpkins by adding value.

Third Grade:  The students continued drawing and outlining their city scapes. Next week we will focus on coloring the city scapes and possibly spraying them.

Fourth Grade: The 4th graders continued working on their positive and negative trees.

Fifth Grade: For this week’s project, students incorporated what they learned from gesture drawing and contour drawing.  I brought everyday objects like hangers, scissors, glue bottles, baby shoes, etc.  The students selected an object to draw.  They started with a quick gesture draw and then created a contour outline.

Sixth Grade: We continued working on the Value Mapping project.  Most of the students worked on mapping their photograph and a few were able to start the blending with pencil.

Mrs. Gersten’s class: This week’s art lesson incorporated Next Generation Science Standard K-ESS3-1(Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need).  We read informational texts about owls and discussed what they ate and their habitat.  For their art project, students added feathers to an owl using Tear Art.

Ca VAPA standard: 2.3

NAS: VA:CR2.3k



Week of October 24th

Kindergarten and Mrs. Gersten’s class:  The students continued with their dinosaur project.  Most of the students were still creating their building background. A few students were able to start cutting out their shapes to form their dinosaur.

First grade: The students continued creating their Pablo Picasso inspired abstract art using warm and cool colors.  The art is hanging up in the auditorium, come by and check it out! img_2877

Second Grade and Ms. Torres’ class:  This week we started a new art project which was linked to Next Generation Science standards LS2A. (Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around. ) The students learned how to add form to a 2- dimensional drawing by giving the pumpkin depth. We looked at a real pumpkin and observed the lines and stem of the pumpkin.  The next step will be to add value using tempera paints.

Third Grade: We focused on the element of art of space for this next art lesson.  We discussed how artists include a foreground, middle ground, and a background in art pieces. The art pieces we looked at were city scapes.  Students identified the foreground, middle ground, and background in each of the art pieces.

This art is by Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather, (1896), Camille Pissaro


The students will be creating a city scape with a water reflection using water in a spray bottle. This project will take about 3-4 art sessions.  This week the students drew their city scape using pencil.  They had to include a foreground, middle ground, and a background.

Fourth Grade: The 4th graders continued working on their positive and negative trees.

Fifth grade: We continued our drawing lesson this week by learning about contour drawing.  The students started with a blind contour drawing of their hands.  Then they did 2 more contour drawing, but they were allowed to glance at their hand this time.  Our focus with the gesture drawings were to:

  1. strengthen hand and eye coordination
  2. make one continuous outline
  3. focus on the main lines, and the outline of their hand

Sixth grade: This week we started a new art project called Value Mapping.  We learned how adding different values add form.  For this project, the students selected a black and white photograph.  They had to map out all the different changes in value.  Next week the students will begin blending with pencil. img_2871

CA VAPA standard: 1.1, 2.3, 2.4

Mrs. Simmons’ class: The students in Mrs. Simmons’ class just finished their bat unit.  We tied in the Science unit with art by learning about the influence of bats in other cultures. The first part of the project was to create a dark sky with a moon using varying tints of blue. Our media for this project was tempera paint. We also looked at the following art pieces that depict bats:


Ca VAPA standard:4.2 NAS (National Art Standard):VA:Cn11.1.4