Week of January 21st

Monday: Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (6th grade, Mr. Thomas’ class, and Mrs. Gersten’s class will have an extra art class next week to make up for the day off)

Kindergarten:  The kinder students painted today.  We focused on blending the tempera paints.

First grade: The 1st graders completed their Andy Warhol, inspired leaf prints by coloring in the prints with colored pencils, and adding a colorful construction paper background.

Second Grade: The students created symmetrical monsters using the shape of their name.  They decorated and colored their monster with markers and crayons.

Third Grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class:  Check out these whimsical and fun flowers so far.  The students will need one more week to complete their flowers.

Fourth Grade:  This week in art, we learned  how to draw the human figure.  We focused on body proportions.  As the students drew the human figures, they had to consider where the joints bend and the shape of the overall body.

Fifth Grade:  We continued our series on drawing.  This week the students learned about contour drawing. We focused on strengthening hand-eye coordination through a drawing exercise called “blind contour drawing”.  The students had a lot of fun with this and their subject was their hand. After practicing the blind contour twice, the students drew the same hand positions but they were able to look the 2nd time around.

Week of January 14th

6th grade, Mr. Thomas’ class, and Mrs. Gersten’s class did not meet due to the teacher prep day on Monday.

Kindergarten: This week in art, kindergarteners learned about symbols in art.  We focused primarily on what lions represent in various cultures through their art.  Students participated in a carousal walkthrough of 6 different art pieces. Then students drew a giant lion head using basic shapes.  Next week we will add the mane by blending tempera paint.

1st grade:  We started a new art project this quarter learning about the art process of Printmaking.  The students were introduced to the famous Pop Artist and Printmaker, Andy Warhol.  First, students collected leaves outside. Then they painted one side of the leaf with white paint.  Then they pressed their leave onto black paper to create a print.  They repeated this process 4-6 times.  Next week students will add color with colored pencils and mount the leaves onto colored paper in an Andy Warhol Style.

2nd grade:  Due to the modified schedule, only Mrs. Zavala, Ms. Shockley, and Mr. Inocenio had art this week.  Those classes assembled their art portfolios and completed any unfinished art pieces.

3rd grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class: Our next art project in 3rd grade is three dimensional paper sculpting.  Students will be creating a flower sculpture. We began the lesson looking at several paper sculptures and discussing how they think the artist used paper. Then we students were introduced to the technique of looping and pinching paper.  This project involves a lot of patience.  It will probably take 4 weeks to complete this art piece.

4th grade:  The 4th grade students also had an art “catch-up” day.  Most of the students had to finish up their positive and negative animal art.

5th grade: It is drawing 101 time!  The students learned how to create gesture drawings.  We watched a video of a professional artist explaining and demonstrating gestural drawings. We practiced this skill by drawing several silhouettes of people and animals.


Welcome to the 3rd quarter!

Welcome back artists!

Our art class is in need of a few supplies.  If you are able to donate these supplies, please drop them off to room 706.  Thank you in advance for your donation!

baby wipes

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

black Sharpies

glue sticks


Here is the 3rd Quarter Art GATE Schedule:

January 18th

January 25th – No Art Club (Mrs. Adamos at District Meeting)

February 1st

February 8th

February 15th Holiday- No Art Club

February 22nd – No Art Club (Mrs. Adamos at District Meeting)

March 1st

March 8th

March 15th– No Art Club (Art Exhibit)

March 22nd – No Art Club- Last Day of the Quarter

December Projects

PTA Reflections update!

The following students have  moved onto the next stage of judging.  The artwork will be judged at San Diego PTA council.

Jayla Marcial 3rd grade

Noelle Barcus 4th grade

Darius Balmes 5th grade

Amri Aranzanso 6th grade

Inez Lujambio 6th grade

CVESD Holiday Greeting Card Contest!

Congratulations to Hatsumi in 5th grade for winning the Holiday Greeting Card Contest at Wolf Canyon!

Supplies needed…

We have completed so many wonderful and MESSY projects this 1st half of the year.  And we have extinguished our baby wipe and Magic Eraser supply.  We could sure use more!  Donations can be dropped off at room 706. Thank you!

What’s going on in the Art Room…

Kindergarten and Mrs. Gersten’s class:  The kinder students are learning about implied texture and actual texture.  Using texture plates, students created crayon rubbings on a grid.  These grids will be painted with Water color paint.  Students will then write out the letters of their name on the grid.

First Grade:  The students just finished their Painted Paper Patterned Tea cups.  They are beautiful.  We learned about how artists use line to achieve patterns.  Using oil pastels, students created  several patterns on their tea cup, handle, and saucer. Then they painted a background using a sponge and green tempera paint. They added white smoke using Color Sticks.

Second grade:  The students learned about the Japanese Cherry Blossom.  We learned about the Science behind the timing of the blossoms in a National Georgraphic Video.  Student created their own cherry blossoms by coloring in a chalk pastel background and blowing black paint with a straw to create the branches.  Afterwards, students used q-tips to paint the cherry blossoms.

3rd grade:  The 3rd grade students are making warm and cool city scapes using the printmaking art process.  Using “scratchboard”, students engraved a drawing of a city using a dull pencil.  They painted a warm and cool background representing sky and  water.


4th grade:  Check out the completed project sin the school auditorium.  Using burlap and yarn, students designed a tapestry piece.

5th grade and Mrs. Simmon’s class:  The students were taught one-point perspective drawing skills.  Using a vanishing point, converging lines, and a horizon line, students drew a winter picture through a “Worm’s eye view”.

6th grade:  The 6th graders just finished their Egyptian profiles.  We are starting a new project involving Origami and Radial symmetry.