Week of January 22nd

Kindergarten:  This week we learned about the work of Pablo Picasso.  We discussed his unique abstract style, how he broke up planes and shapes, and his collage work. We specifically looked at his work involving guitars as his subject.  The students created a collage background using magazine paper, scrapbook paper, and music sheets.  Next week they will create a guitar out of construction paper to add onto their collage.


First Grade:  The first grade students were involved with a special collaborative project for the 2nd grade musical.  They created leaves for the background mural.. Using green butcher the paper, the students created 10 leaves using oil pastels.  Then they assembled and glued  the leaves together.  They were very excited to have this special role.


They will continue this project next week.

Second Grade: The students continued working on their Jackson Pollack inspired art pieces.

Ms. Zavala’s class created African necklaces for their 2nd grade musical costume. They used paper plates for the necklace, and tempera paint to design colorful patterns and shapes.


Third Grade: The students started a new art unit involving Mexican Folk Art.  The students learned about the characteristics of Folk Art and we specifically focused on art involving metal and Folk Art from Mexico. The objective of the art lesson, is to create a Mexican Mirror using an aluminum  tile and construction paper.  The students started by  cutting the aluminum sheet into a circle and engraving a radial design using geometric shapes and organic shapes (with a craft stick). Then they selected construction paper for the frame and decorated with Sharpie and Crayola Color Sticks.


Fourth Grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class: The 4th graders continued working on their geometric drawings.

Mrs. Williamson’s class began painting using their Pendulums.  It was messy but fun.  Not all groups were able to paint, so we will continue this next week. Mr


Mrs. Marmion’s class and Mr. Cross’ class continued working on their one point perspective collages.


Sixth Grade: The students were introduced to the art of Helder, Z. Vanessa (1904-1968) titled, Rocks and Concrete. We concentrated on the techniques used to demonstrate form such as value, texture, perspective, overlapping, 3 dimensional shapes, and shading.


For the art project, students selected a black and white photograph of a person, or an animal.  Using the photograph the students mapped out all the different values. They drew out all the lines separating the various values.  For the next art session, students will color in (with pencil) the areas matching the values from the photograph. This project with take about 3-4 art sessions to complete.


Mrs. Gersten’s class:  Today the students started their family portrait project (see the kinder lesson kinder lesson from 2 weeks ago)


Mr. Thomas’ class:  The students had a chance to finally completed their antique flower still life drawings.  This week they “antiqued” their pictures by crumpling their papers and adding black watercolor paint.


Week of January 15th

6th grade, Mrs. Gersten’s class, and Mr. Thomas’ class did not meet in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Kindergarten:  The kinders completed their family portraits this week. Visit the auditorium to see some awesome samples.


First Grade: The students were hard at work creating their collages.  We will need one more week to complete this project


Second Grade:  Mrs. Jackson’s class began painting their drip art with water colors.  They were so fascinated by the effect the salt had on the water colors.

Mr. Inocenio’s class and Ms. Zavala’s class started the project this week.  These classes dripped white glue on their papers and added salt.

Third Grade:  This week was the final art session to work on the 3D hand art.  The art is beautiful.


Fourth Grade and Mrs. Simmon’s class: The 4th grade students used the drawing skills they learned the previous week to create a drawing of a shape tower/building.  They had to color the shapes using value to demonstrate form. Mrs. Simmon’s class began this project.  Her class learned how to draw a cube, cone, sphere, and cylinder using value shadings and shadows.

Fifth Grade:

Mrs. Williamson’s class:  This group continued constructing their pendulum.  Many of the groups were able to test their pendulum with water.  It was neat to observe the students making corrections to their construction to make improvements. At the end of our art time, we discussed successes and failures.


Mrs. Marmion’s class and Mr.Cross’ class continued working on their one point perspective collages.




Week of January 8th

Happy New Year!  It has been a great start to 2018 so far.  Here is what was accomplished this week.

Kindergarten:  The students continued a project they started before winter break.  The students read the art of Carmen Lomas Garza titled, Tamalada.  From the painting, the students concluded that this was a portrait of a family making dinner together.


Before break, the students were given instruction on how to draw people.  The students were encouraged to move away from drawing stick people. They used this skill to draw a family portrait.



This week the students completed their family portraits and cut them out.  For the background of the art work, students added colored tissues with a water and glue solution.  Then they added their drawing over the background.

First Grade: The first graders continued a project that was also started before break.  The first part of the project was an activity called listening to art.  Click here to read about this project. For the second part of this project, the students used the paper they created to make an expressionist collage.

Before starting the project they had to plan out:

  1. What emotion/feeling will their art express?
  2. What is the story behind the collage?
  3. What will you create for your collage?
  4. What will the title of your  art piece be?

Check out these collages in progress.

Second Grade: Mrs. Jackson’s class was the only 2nd grade class to have art this week due to the modified day schedule.  Before starting this project, we learned about the artist Jackson Pollack.  We looked at his unique abstract artwork using drip painting.

The students used white glue to create lines using the dripping technique.  Then they added salt to the glue to add texture.  Next week they will add watercolors and more salt.

Third Grade:  The third graders continued their optical art drawing of their hand.

Fourth Grade: We started a new art unit this semester.  We looked at sculptures and paintings that demonstrated the Element of Art of Form. In the art pieces, the students discussed how the artists added shadows, overlapping, shadings, 3 dimension shapes, and color to show form. In class we drew 3-dimensional shapes and added value through shading.

Fifth Grade: Each class did a different project.

Mrs. Williamson’s class:  This group participated in an exciting STEAM project.  The students were given a task to create a pendulum for painting.  The students used their planning, observational skills, and exploration with materials to design their pendulum.  Here is a list of materials available to them to create their art pendulum:

empty water bottles, glue bottle tips, masking tape, clear plastic cups, yarn, binder clips, yard sticks, chairs, plastic crates, hot glue (and Mrs. Adamos’ assistance), rubber bands, scissors, and a hole puncher

In groups, the students began with a written plan or drawing.  Then they began the construction phase.  Next week we will test with water, and if successful add paint to the pendulum.

Each 5th grade class will participate in this project.

Mrs. Marmion’s class:  This group worked on a mural for the 2nd grade show.  The project they started was a backdrop for a tiled landscape.  This week the students, taped lots of boxes together.  These boxes will hold poster board paper for the mural.

Mr. Cross’ class:  The fifth graders began a new art project involving one-point perspective.  The students read a text about Raphael’s famous art piece, The School of Athens. The text also highlighted the merge of Science and Math with Art.  4bde2c3d21611770ae2f79a2a4f60974

For their art piece,  the students had to demonstrate knowledge of one-point perspective by making a collage. They were encouraged to used as much paper in their collage (instead of drawing).

Sixth grade, Mrs, Gersten’s class, and Mr. Thomas’ class did not meet this week.

Mrs. Simmons’ class: This week the students completed their word sculptures.