Week of April 16th

Kindergarten and Mrs. Gersten’s class: This week we started a new art lesson about symbols in art.  The students looked at several art pieces with lions.  They discussed what they saw in the art and what they thought each lion represented. Then the students drew a “ferocious” lion.  Geometric vocabulary (triangle, semi-circle, rectangle, oval, etc.) and different types of lines (curved, diagonal, straight, jagged, vertical, and horizontal) were used as the students were drawing their lions.  Next week the students will use tempera paint to add the mane.


1st Grade: The students were introduced to Japanese art this week.  We also talked about the importance of symbols in Japanese art.  We watched a video about the history of the Cherry Blossoms.  The students designed a Japanese inspired vase.  They selected symbols from a handout and a class chart.  The symbols included the chrysanthemum, crane, mountains, water, clouds, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, spiders, sakura and Japanese characters. Next week the students will paint a cherry blossom branch.




2nd grade: The 2nd grade musical was a success!  Check out some of the art pieces created by our talented art club, 4th-6th grade, and 1st grade classes.

3rd Grade: The students continued the yarn coiling process for their snakes.

Mr. Thomas’ class: We completed sculpting all the parts for the tropical bird. Next week we will color and decorate.

4th Grade: This was the last week to finish coloring the optical art project.  The next step will be to cut, “fan” out, and glue the art.

5th Grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class: Abstract away!  These students are still working on this fun project.

6th Grade: This is the 2nd art session for the kaleidoscope names.  The students will need one more week to complete this artwork.

Week of April 9th

Thank you to the families who have donated art supplies!

We are still in need of baby wipes.  🙂

Kindergarten and Mrs. Gersten’s class:  This week the students completed their favorite memory project.  Check out these flying kids!

First Grade:  The Garden Patch Cats are complete!  I absolutely love the colors in this project.

Second Grade:  The 2nd graders are continuing to rehearse for their musical.  Thank you to the art club for setting up the stage and props.  And a special thank you to my 3 stage crew students.

Mr. Thomas’ class: It was sculpting day for Mr. Thomas’ class.  We began the lesson by discussing the difference between 2 dimensional art and 3 dimensional art.  The students then sorted out items into the 2D group or the 3D group.  Then the students began sculpting Model Magic Clay into a bird.  This week we made the body, eyes, and beak.  We will continue this project next week. dbb

Third Grade: This week the students began the yarn coiling technique to their snake art.  They students used tape, yarn, and white Elmer’s glue for this process.

 Fourth Grade:  The students continued coloring their optical art piece with markers.

Fifth Grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class: This week was the 2nd art session for the abstract art project.  It is neat to see their students use a variety of media and materials to create their abstract object.


6th Grade:  We had to divert from our drawing unit because the wooden mannequins did not get delivered on time.  So, the students worked on a symmetry project inspired by Islamic Art.  The students learned about the math and complexity involved with radial symmetry.  The students designed a symmetrical art piece using their name.  They created a grid using a ruler and had to strategically plan out how they were going to place the letters in their name.  They also had to write their name backwards and the letters in their name backwards for a part of the kaleidoscope.



Week of April 2nd

Welcome to the last quarter of school!

Mrs. Gersten’s class did not meet due to the modified schedule.

Kindergarten:  The kindergarteners continued their favorite memory art based on the text, Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. They added their pictures, a drawing of their favorite memory, and cotton ball clouds. They will need one more art session to complete this project.


First Grade: The first graders continued their Garden Patch Cats.  Here are a few completed projects.  We will need one more week to complete the project.



Second Grade: The second graders were busy rehearsing for their musical.

Third Grade: We started a new art unit discussing symbols in art.  The students were divided into groups to discuss 5 different art pieces with snakes as symbols.  This week the students created a snake shape out of cardstock. The objective of the project is to create a snake symbol. The students will select colors to match the meaning of their snake symbols.  Next week the students will use yarn in a process called yarn coiling. 10

Fourth Grade:  For this new art unit, the students read an article about the life and art of M.C. Escher.  We discussed how he incorporated math with art to create optical illusions.  The students began their art piece by drawing parallel diagonal lines on a piece of construction paper.  They used a ruler to ensure that the lines were neat and straight.  For the next 2 weeks, the students will colors in the lines with marker.  The last step is to cut vertical lines and “fan” out each cut section to give the illusion that the lines are curved.

Fifth Grade:  Our focus for our next art project in 5th grade is abstract art.  The students read a text about the history of abstract art.

Lesson Objective: Students will create an abstract art piece of an everyday object.


1.Must be abstract

2.Students must incorporate water colors

Subject must be an everyday object

4.Art must be completed in 3 art sessions

5.Has to fit on a 9 X 12 paper

The students were given a variety of media and materials to use for this project.


Sixth Grade:  We are beginning a drawing unit.  We reviewed the drawing techniques taught in 5th grade, such as gesture drawing,  contour drawing, and shading. The students drew an observational sketch of marshmallows.  They focused on shape and value.


Mr. Thomas’ class:  The students completed their aboriginal dot paintings this week.

Mrs. Simmons’ class:  The students helped with a special collaborative project for the 2nd grade musical.  They added black straws to animal silhouettes.