Week of April 24th

Kindergarten: This week the kindergarteners drew a background for their bunny using chalk pastels and oil pastels.


1st grade: We studied the work of Jim Dine.  We discussed his use of simple shapes and texture in his “heart” artwork.  The students added texture to their work using yarn, white glue, tissue paper, and a glue solution. IMG_4113IMG_4114IMG_4115IMG_4119IMG_4118

2nd grade: May 5th is Japanese Children’s Day.  We are learning about this unique holiday by creating a Koinobori.  The students designed their Koinobori using markers.  In a few weeks, they will spray the entire fish with water in a spray bottle.  This gives it a really neat color effect. To learn about this holiday click here.koinoboroIMG_4135IMG_4134

3rd grade:Mrs. Johnson’s class and some of Mr. Nixon’s students had their “clay day” this week.  The students created awesome organic shapes with Model Magic Clay. The other classes continued working on their foil embossing art. IMG_4132IMG_4131

4th grade: We continued weaving this week.  We will spend one more day with this project.


5th grade: Check out these awesome art pieces!IMG_4128IMG_4127IMG_4126IMG_4125

6th grade: This week the 6th graders painted their Egyptian profiles with watercolors.


Mrs. Gersten’s class: The students also learned about Japanese Children’s day and created Koinobori also.

Ms. Torres’ class: Ms. Torres’ class added foil to their embossing art and colored it in with sharpies.

Mrs. Simmons’ class:Our focus this week was on movement and optical art.  The students started their project by adding diagonal lines onto a sheet of paper and coloring it in with marker.  In the next few weeks they will add vertical lines and fan out the lines to create the illusion that the lines are moving.IMG_4130

Week of April 17th

Kindergarten: This week the kindergartens selected either a primary color or a second color to paint their rabbit. Pictures will be posted next week.

1st grade: The final step of the Vincent Van Gogh sunflowers was to add a glaze. We used Mod podge to give it that finishing touch.

2nd grade: The students add a trunk and branches with oil pastels and the cherry blossoms using q-tips and paint.

3rd grade: These foil embossed pictures look like stained glass!

4th grade: The weaving projects are really coming together. We will need one more week for this project.

5th grade: It’s scratch day! Using a tooth pick the students “scratched out” their raven design.

6th grade: The 6th graders added a black outline with sharpie to their Egyptian profile drawings.  They also added gold and silver embellishments with permanent marker. Next week we will paint the portraits.

Mrs. Gersten’s class: The students painted their sunflowers. These turned out so beautiful.

Ms. Torres’ class: Ms. Torres’ students continued making their shape outlines with white glue and yarn.

Mrs. Simmons’ class: The students added the final clear coat for their organic clay sculptures using Mod Podge.


Week of April 10th

Kindergarten: In class we read the story White_Rabbits_Color_Book.  We reviewed primary and secondary colors.  The students used model magic clay to sculpt a rabbit.  This is a 3 session project which will involve a clay rabbit, and a background painted with watercolors and colored with oil pastels.


First Grade This week the 1st graders painted their Vincent Van Gogh inspired clay sunflowers. Pictures will be posted next week.

Second Grade:  We read an article about the history of the Cherry Blossoms and how the beautiful trees made their way to the United States.  The students created a sunset background for their cherry blossom tree using chalk pastels.  Next week they will paint.


Third Grade Mrs. Sullivan’s class had their clay day this week.  We learned about geometric shapes and organic shapes.  The students created tiles with organic shapes etched in using sculpting tools.


The other 3rd grade classes continued with the foil embossing project.


Fourth Grade: The 4th graders continued their weaving projects.  We worked on the weaving project outside.  It was nice to sit and weave out in the beautiful sunshine!


Fifth Grade: This week was the 2nd session for the Native American Raven Art. The students painted their entire paper with black tempera paint.  Next week the students will “scratch” out their designs with a tooth pick. 1514

Sixth Grade This week the 6th graders continued working on their Egyptian profile portraits

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Mrs. Simmons’ class:  The students painted their organic shape sculptures this week. 7

Mrs. Gersten’s class: The students learned about the work of Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.  They created their own sunflower using Model Magic Clay.


Ms. Torres’ class : The class is working on a foil embossing project as well (as project the 3rd graders are working on) 18

Hello 4th quarter! I’m back!

Hello everyone!  It is great to be back from maternity leave.  The new baby and family are doing well.  Although I miss my little ones, it is great to be back teaching art.

Kindergarten- Before I left, the students started a 3 dimensional paper giraffe project based on the story Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae . The students completed their giraffes by adding spots, gluing on the heads, and putting together the body and tail. 51qvh4MALwL._SX390_BO1,204,203,200_

2.2 Demonstrate beginning skill in the use of tools and processes, such as the use of scissors, glue, and paper in creating a three-dimensional construction.

first grade

In first grade, we started working with a new media, CLAY! We looked at the work of Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers. Using sculptural tools, students manipulated the air dry clay  creating their own unique sunflower.

2.3 Demonstrate beginning skill in the manipulation and use of sculptural materials (clay, paper, and paper maché) to create form and texture in works of art.

Second Grade did not meet this week because they were preparing for their 2nd grade musical showcase.

Third grade

The 3rd graders were introduced to a fun art process called foil embossing. The is a 3-4 day process.  Today was day 1. students created a design which had to include the use of lines to show movement and/or rhythm.  The outlined the design with glue and added yarn.

2.6 Create an original work of art emphasizing rhythm and movement, using a selected printing process.

Fourth grade

Our next fourth grade project was tied in with the 4th grade Social Studies standards. We talked about how weaving was used in the everyday lives of the early California indians. We also looked at the work of local San Diego artist, Eva Salazar. We used coffee bean bags (made of burlap) from Cafe Moto, to weave.  The students loved the idea of upcycling.


2.4 Use fibers or other materials to create a simple weaving.

Fifth grade

Before starting our new art lesson, the students read a Native American folktale (which tied in with 5th grade reading and Social Studies standards). The students are making “scratch” paper using crayons, black tempera paint, and a tooth pick.  This week the students used crayons to create the first layer of their scratch paper.  They had to color very dark and hard.  Next week we will create the 2nd layer by painting the entire piece black.  On the 3rd day they will add a raven drawing by “scratching/scrapping” the paper with a toothpick.

2.5 Assemble a found object sculpture (as assemblage) or a mixed media two-dimensional composition that reflects unity and harmony and communicates a theme.

Sixth grade

This week the 6th graders learned how to draw a profile of a person.  Our focus was position and proportions.  This skill will be used to create an ancient Egyptian profile.  We read about Egyptian gods and goddesses. The students will select one of the gods/goddesses to draw.  The media for this project will be chalk pastels and sharpies.

2.1 Use various observational drawing skills to depict a variety of subject matter.


Ms. Torres’ and Mrs. Gersten’s class did not meet due to to the modified day schedule on Monday.

Mrs. Simmons’ class: We started our clay project this week.  We discussed the difference between organic and geometric shapes.  The students decided on an object for the topic of their clay sculpture.  The class created rocks, animals, flowers just to name a few.  Pictures will be posted next week.

2.5 Create an imaginative clay sculpture based on an organic form.