January 2020 Art Updates

Kindergarten:  Textured Hearts Session 1

Element of Art: Texture

Materials and Media:  Foam sheets, heart templates, construction paper, and glue

TK and Mrs. Gersten’s class: Pizza Collage

Element of art: Shape

Music connection: I am Pizza Song

Materials and Media: red Tempera Sticks, colored construction paper, and glue

Mr. Thomas’ SDC class: Mexican Mirrors

Cultural Study: Mexican Folk Art

Math Connection:  Symmetry and shape

Element of Art: shape and line

Principles of Design:  Balance

Media and Materials: Aluminum tiles, construction paper, and Crayola Construction Paper Crayons

Mrs. Simmon’s SDC Class (Session 2): Textured snowflakes

Science Connection: snowflakes

Math Connection: Symmetry

Principles of Design:  Balance

Media and Materials: broken CD piece, scissors, construction paper, and white Elmer’s Gle


1st Grade: Painting with Straws (Session 1)

Cultural study:  Cat symbols in art from Japan, China, Egypt, Russia, and the United States

Art Process:  Blowing paint with a straw

Media and Materials; Oil pastels, black tempera paint with water, straws, and watercolor paper

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2nd Grade: STEAM lesson designing a playground, a shelter, and a new spieces of animal

3rd Grade: City Scape (Session 1)

Art Process: Printmaking

Media and Materials: Scratch Board, water colors and black ink

4th Grade: STEAM Lesson Landscape drawing inspired

Artist Study: Jenn Ariyani

Art Process: painting with Watercolor and Salt

Media and Materials: Watercolor, salt, watercolor paper, and thick &thin Sharpie

5th Grade: STEAM lesson-Light up cards

Science Connection: Make a circuit

Media and materials: copper tape, 3V Cell battery, light bulb, cardstock, permanent marker, and colored pencils.

6th Grade: African Animals on Carboard

Cultural Study: African Rock Art

Media and Materials: Cardboard, Oil pastels, white Elmer’s Glue, cardstock, adn chalk pastels

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Hello 3rd Quarter

Welcome back students and families!  Here is a look at the first week of the 3rd quarter.

4th grade, 5th grade, 3rd grade and SDC classes meet for Art this week.

3rd Grade: Engineering lesson using Kidspark (Gravity and Force)

The 3rd Grade students made helicopters using the Kidspark templates.  Then they designed and created their own helicopters.  They had to decide on the purpose of the helicopter (i.e. rescue helicopter, military, fire support, etc.).

Mr. Thomas’ class, Mrs. Simmons’ class,  and 4th grade: Mosiac Snowflakes (STEAM lesson)

Principles of Design: Balance

Elements of Art: Texture and shape

Science connection: How Snowflakes are formed?

Media and Materials: Broken CD Pieces, blue construction paper, white paper, and white glue.

5th Grade: Session 2 One point perspective 3D shape art

Mrs. Gersten’s class: Polar Bear Art (STEAM Lesson)

Element of art: shape

Science connection: Polar bear adaptations


December Art Updates

Holiday Greeting Card Contest Winner!

Congratulations to  Leanne Balangan who won the Holiday Greeting Contest for Wolf Canyon Elementary.  Leanne also won 2nd place at the District level.  Her artwork was presented at the District Board Meeting on December 18th.

Card contest

Tk and SDC TK-2

  1. Vincent Van Gogh Inspired Collage

Artist Study: Vincent Van Gogh

Element of Art: Color (mood)

Media and Materials:  Yellow fabric, Crayola Slick sticks, black construction paper, and glue

2. Landscape Drawing

Element of art: Space (foreground, middle ground, and background), line, and shape

Media and Materials: Crayons, glue, and construction paper

Kindergarten:  My City

Artist Study: Leonid Afromov

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Elements of art: Line, color

Media and Materials:  Tempera Paint, Flat paint brush, construction paper

First Grade:

  1.  Flower drawing with Chalk and Black Glue

Artist Study: Vincent Van Gogh

Elements of art: Texture and Color (mood)

Media and Materials: Chalk Pastels, Construction paper, glue with black tempera paint


2. Abstract Self-Portrait

Artist Study: Pablo Picasson

Elements of art: line, shape, and color

Media and Materials: Crayons, Black Sharpie, and Playcolor sticks

2nd Grade: Owl Drawings on recycled material

Science connection:  Owl habitat, food, and adaptations

Elements of art:  Texture and shape

Media and Materials: brown paper, oil pastels, black Sharpie marker, and chalk pastels

3rd Grade and Mr. Thomas’ Class: Metal Mexican Mirrors

Cultural Study: Mexican Folk Art

Principles of Design:  Repetition and balance

Media and Materials:  Aluminum tiles, pencils, Crayola Construction Paper Crayons, construction paper, and cardboard work mats

4th Grade:  Paper Plate Weaving

Cultural Study:  Early California Indians

Principles of Design: Balance and repetition

Media and Materials:  Yarn, paper plates, and Playcolor sticks

5th Grade:  one point perspective shape art

Elements of art: shape and space

Media and Materials: cardstock. colored pencils, Black Sharpie marker, rulers, and black poster board

6th Grade, Mr. Thomas’ class, and Mrs. Simmon’s class- Mola Stockings

Cultural Study: Folk Art from Panama

Elements of art: Shape

Principles of Design: Balance and Repetition

Media and Materials:  Colored construction paper



Week 5 and 6

TK and Mrs. Gerstens’ class: Leaf People

Element of art: texture

Media and Materials: Leaves, black paper, colored pencils and white Elmer’s glue

Kindergarten: STEAM lesson

Text: The Napping House

Materials: plastic cups, character printouts, popsicle sticks, and clothespins

Using the materials provided, students had to make a bed for the family, and then balance the characters (the cups) into a large tower.



First Grade and  Third Grade: These grade levels used the Kidspark Engineering Kits to build tractors.  The lesson was on “How Things Move”.  They made modifications to their tractors too make it push and pull.

Second Grade: Symmetrical Tiger Prints

Principles of Design: Balance

Cultural Influence: Japan, Korea, and China

Media and Materials: Tempera Paint and grey construction paper

Fourth Grade: Weaving using a Flower Loom

Element of Art: Line (Movement), Texture

Social Studies Integration: The history of basket weaving for early California Indians.

Media and Materials: Paper plates, Playcolor sticks, flower template, plastic needle, and yarn.

Fifth Grade: Cactus Paintings (sessions 2) and Kidspark Engineering Kits

Kidspark lesson: “Make it Strong”  Students made a castle wall strong enough to withstand a battering ram. Students tested their walls multiple times and made changes along the way.

SDC Classes:  The students made Veteran’s day cards with a patriotic themed art piece

GATE: Multiultural dolls/figurines (session 2)

Week 4

This week grades K, TK, all SDC, 1st, 2nd, and 6th had art this week.

1st grade, 2nd grade, and SDC 4-6 used the Kidspark Engineering Kits this week.  The focus was “How things move?”  The students made tractors and made modifications to it to make the tractor push, pull, and haul materials.

Tk and Kindergarten- Texture monsters

The students created fun monsters and added texture with texture plates and crayons.

Element of art: Texture

Materials and Media: Crayons and texture plates

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6th Grade:  Session 2 Animal Grid Drawings

(We will need one more session to complete this project)

SDC Tk-1: Found Objects art with leaves

Elements of art: Texture and Space

Materials and Media: leaves, white glue, colored pencils, and black paper

SDC 2-4:  Session 2 Textured Foil art

Week 3

This week Grades TK, K, 4th, 5th, 3rd and SDC Classes had Art.

TK: Piet Mondrian inspired collage

Artist Study: Piet Mondrian

Elements of Art: Shape and Color

Media and Materials: Construction paper, glue, and markers.

Kindergarten:Printmaking inspired by Piet Mondrian

Artist Study: Piet Mondrian

Art Process: Printmaking with cardboard and black paint

Elements of Art: Shape and Color

Media and Materials: blue, red, yellow, and black Tempera paint, cardboard pieces, and construction paper


3rd Grade: Embossed Tin Foil Art (Session 2)

Mr. Thomas’ class started this project this week.

Check out these completed projects!

4th Grade: STEAM Lesson using Kidspark

The students explored the Kidspark Engineering Kits.  They build tractors and made modifications to push, pull, and haul objects.

5th Grade: Southwest Cactus Paintings

Artist Study: Gerogia O’Keeffe

Elements of Art: Shape and Space

Media and Materials: Black sharpies, Watercolor paper, and Watercolor paints

Mrs. Simmons Class:  The students completed their Painted Pumpkins.


It’s 2nd quarter! Weeks 1 and 2

Important Announcements:

1. Come by and check out the PTA Reflections Art Gallery in the Library on starting Wed. 10/23 until Fri. 10/25.

2. Congratulations to Areyna Macomb, who won 1st place in the CVESD Red Ribbon Art Contest and will be receiving an art basket prize. Wolf Canyon will also receive $500 to purchase supplies for our Visual Arts programScreen Shot 2019-10-19 at 10.19.59 PM

TK and Mrs. Gersten’s class: Mosaic pumpkin


Text: Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Element of art: shape

Media and Materials: 1 inch orange squares, and construction paper (black, white, and green).

Kindergarten: Fall Tree Painting with aluminum foil

Artist Study: Vincent Van Gogh

Science integration: Seasons (Fall)

Elements of art: Texture and color

Media and materials: White construction paper, oil pastels, tempera paint, and aluminum foil

First Grade: Close-up monster (session 2)

Artist Study: Georgia O’Keeffe

Elements of art: Space and texture

Media and materials: White construction paper, oil pastels, black permanent marker, “scratch tool” (Popsicle stick)

Second Grade: Antique Flower Drawing (Session 2)

Artist Study: Vincent Van Gogh

Elements of Art: color, texture

Media and materials: water and black paint solution, white construction paper, oil pastels,  and black crayons.

Mr. Thomas’ class: Glowing Leaves

Science integration: Seasons

Media and materials: Chalk Pastel, Leaf templates, blue painters tape, and black construction paper.

4th Grade and Mrs. Simmon’s class: Value pumpkins

Elements of art: Color (value), and Space

Media and Materials: tempera paint (red, orange, yellow, and white), oil pastels, and white construction paper

6th grade: Animal Grid drawings

Elements of art: color (value), line, texture, and shape

Media and materials: White construction paper, animal magazines, rulers, permanent marker, charcoal pencil, and colored pencils.

GATE: Multicultural paper mache figurine (session 1)

For week 2, the students began their research on a culture they selected for their paper mache figurine.  Students planned out and designed a sketch of their figurine on a planning sheet.

3rd Grade, 5th grade, and SDC classes had a pumpkin drawing lesson with a substitute.





Week 8 and 9

Mrs. Gersten’s class and TK: Turtle color wheel (continued)

Kindergarten: Textured Name Art Session 3

1st Grade: Up close monsters (Session 1)

Element of art: Space and Texture

Artist Study: Georgia O’Keeffe

Materials and Media: White construction paper, black permanent marker, Popsicle sticks, tooth picks, and oil pastels

2nd grade: Antique Flower drawings (Session 1)

Artist Study: Vincent Van Gogh

Element of art: texture, space

Materials and Media: oil pastels, black tempera paint and water, and paint brushes

3rd Grade: Organic shaped foil art (session 1)

Element of Art: Shape (organic vs. geometric shapes)

Materials and Media:  Yarn, cardstock, Elmer’s white glue, foil, tape, and colored sharpies)


4th Grade, 5th grade , and Mr. Thomas’ class- Keith Haring inspired art

Element of Art: Line (movement)

Artist Study: Keith Haring

Materials and Media: Markers and white paper

6th Grade: Value flowers

Element of art: Value

Materials and Media: Charcoal Pencils and white construction paper


Week 6 and 7

Tk and Mrs. Gersten’s class: Color Theory-Color Wheel turtle (Session 1)

Element of art: Color (Primary and secondary colors

Art technique: Torn paper collage

Media and Materials: construction paper scraps, construction paper, crayons, and oil pastels

Kindergarten: STEAM Lesson: Texture rubs

Materials: Oil pastels, texture plates, various textures items, water colors

1st Grade: STEAM Lesson: How do they make silly sounds in movies?  How do you make a rain sound device?

Materials:  Paper towel rolls, beads and pebbles, masking tape, blue butcher paper, aluminum foil

Mr. Thomas’ class and 2nd grade: STEAM Lesson Pollinators

Materials: pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, pom poms, yarn, goggly eyes, and hot glue (handled by Mrs. Adamos).

3rd Grade STEAM Lesson: Painting with Magnets

Materials: Magnets, metal objects (screws, paperclips, etc.), tempera paint, construction paper scraps, and white paper.

4th Grade and Mrs. Simmon’s class: Positive and Negative Space art

Element of Art: Space

Media and materials: Colored tissue paper, glue and water solution, paint brushes, black construction paper, and silver Sharpie.

5th Grade: STEAM Lesson (session2) Thaumatropes

6th Grade: STEAM Lesson: Build a Solar Oven

Materials: cardboard, foil, tape, plastic wrap, and cookies!

PTA Reflections Art Contest

Calling all film-makers, dancers, musicians, and artists!

The 2019-2020 Art Reflections Contest is here! Click here to view a video about Art Reflections.


See Mrs. Adamos or visit this link for contest forms and rules. To request supplies and learn about workshop hours during parent conference week (Sept. 16-20), see Mrs. Adamos in room 703.