Week of Nov. 13th

Kindergarten: The students continued their Piet Mondrian inspired paper collage.

First Grade: We “read” the art of Andy Warhol. We discussed the following questions:

What do you see?, What media did the artist use?, Did the artist draw the picture 9 times?

Then we watched a short biographical video about Andy Warhol.  For our project, the students created prints of a leaf with white paint.  They selected a leaf, painted it, and printed it on black paper multiple times.  The students will color the leaves at our next art session.



Second Grade: Mrs. Huffman’s class was the only 2nd grade group that had art on Tuesday because of the 2nd grade field trip.  We “read” the art of Vincent Van Gogh.  The students described what they saw.  Students pointed out the drooping flower, the lines from the brush strokes, the colors, and the realism.  They started a still life flower drawing using oil pastels.  For our next art class, we will “antique” the drawing by crumpling the paper and painting over it with brown and black watercolors.



Third Grade: Vincent Van Gogh was also the subject of our artist study for 3rd grade.  We “read” the art of Vincent Van Gogh and watched an interactive animation of Starry Night. They also closely looked at how Vincent Van Gogh blended colors. The students learned the technique of “dual loading” a brush.  Dual loading is the process of adding paint to one side of the brush, and dipping the other side in another color.  As you paint, both colors appear on the paper and blend. The students created their own version of Starry Night emphasizing the techniques of using short brush strokes and blending.

Fourth Grade: The 4th graders continued their weaving project (we had a 2 week break from the project).

Fifth Grade: This week we started a new art project.  We looked at 3 sculptures.

Love by: Robert Indiana, St. Michael’s Counterguard by: Frank Stella, and Grace hoper by: Tony Smith

We compared similarities and differences, and discussed how form is used.

For the art project, students selected a word that describes them.  They will turn that word into a sculpture.  They also painted a platform for their sculpture. This project will probably take 3 weeks to complete.

Sixth Grade:

We looked at the amazing work of Georgia O’Keeffe this week.  We became art detectives by responding to a series of question about her art.  Some of the questions were:  If you could go inside the art, what would you see, smell, and hear?, What materials did the artist use to make this art?, What is one thing you would change about the art?, What is your favorite part?, How does the art make you feel?, and What questions do you have about the art?  Then the students used a black oil pastel to draw a magnified flower on black construction paper.  They added chalk pastels and blended colors.  They will need one more art class to complete the project.

Mrs. Gersten’s Class: In art this week, we learned a song about the life cycle of a pumpkin.  The students will be creating pumpkins using painted paper.  First, they painted 4 pieces of paper for the pumpkins and leaves.  They also drew over the wet paint with a popsicle Stick.  Next week, they will cut out the leaves and the pumpkin shape.


Mr. Thomas’ class: We “read” the art of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Canna.  We looked closely at how she blended colors.  Mr. Thomas’ students drew a pumpkin with oil pastels  and blended colors using tempera paint.



Mrs. Simmons’ class: The flowers are complete!  They are absolutely beautiful.


Week of Nov. 6th

This week Wolf Canyon celebrated 10 years!  Here is the final mural completed by the students of Wolf Canyon.


Mrs. Gersten’s class and kindergarten:  We learned about the art work of Piet Mondrian. The students made observations about the shapes and colors used in his art.  Then the students created their own Piet Mondrian inspired paper collage.

First Grade: The first graders completed their Russian Nesting Doll paintings.

Second Grade: The students had fun turning their name into a symmetrical name monster.

Third grade:  The 3rd graders completed their foil embossing art this week.

Fourth grade:  No art class this week due to the Anniversary Ceremony

Fifth Grade:  The fifth graders completed their animal eye drawings.

Sixth grade: The students read about the history of Monogram art.  We compared the uses in the past with how monograms are used today.  Using aluminum and cooper tiles, the students designed their own monogram using a craft stick.

Mrs. Simmons’ class:  The students began the weaving process this week.

Mr. Thomas’ class:  The students finished decorating their Chinese tea cups with colored permanent marker.




Week of October 30th

Mrs. Gersten’s class: This week we looked at art paintings of cityscapes and buildings.  We looked closely at the shapes we saw used.  On newspaper, the students drew their own city with oil pastels.  Then they used watercolors to add color.


Kindergarten: The students learned about the art work of Piet Mondrian. We learned that he used primary colors, squares, and rectangles in his art.  They created their own paper collage inspired by Mondrian’s art work .


First Grade:  It’s watercolor day!  The first graders continued working on their Russian Nesting Doll Art. They added watercolors to their drawings. We will need one day to complete this project.  Check out some finished samples in the school auditorium.



Second grade: Mrs. Jackson’s class and Mrs. Huffman’s class completed their Chinese Tea Cups this week.  They drew Chinese symbols and characters on the clay cups with permanent marker. Mr. Thomas’ class also worked on this.

Mr. Inocencio’s class participated in the 10 year anniversary picture during their art time.


Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Sixth grade:  All these grade levels worked on gluing caps on the anniversary mural.


Mrs. Simmons’ class continued their weaving project. Pictures will be posted next week.

Fifth Grade: Mrs. Williamson’s class completed their animal eye art.

Mr. Cross’ class and Mrs. Marmion’s class worked on a collaborate flower project inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe.  The projects are made from recycled materials.  The students used left over bottle caps, and used paper paint palettes.  The student created petals with the palettes and added details with oil pastels and chalk pastels.




Week of October 23rd

Kindergarten and Mrs. Gersten’s class: This week the students created a tree for their owl out of brown paper bags. They also colored and decorated their clay owls with colored permanent markers.


First Grade: Our next art project is a Russian Nesting Doll drawing and painting.  In class we learned about the history of this Russian art. The students drew out their unique doll and outlined it in black Sharpie.


Second Grade: The 2nd grade art lesson started with a lesson about the significance of symbols in Chinese art.  We looked at symbols such as bamboo, fish, pine trees, chrysanthemums, dragons, etc.  Using Model Magic Clay, students sculpted their clay tea cups.  Then, they created a sketch of their Chinese design on paper. Next week when they clay dries, they will draw the design with permanent marker.



Mr. Inocencio’s class painted their clay chickens.  The chickens will be used for the 2nd grade show.


Third Grade: The next project for 3rd grade is a textured design using a foil embossing process.  The first step of this process is to design a simple shape in the positive space and lines in the negative space.  Students added yarn on top of the pencil lines with white glue.  The next step will be completed next week.`


Fourth, Fifth, and Mrs. Simmons’ class:
These grade levels  arranged the bottle caps onto the mural.

Sixth Grade: The 6th graders painted the mural this week with tempera paint.