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.

Week of October 22nd updates

Kindergarten and Mrs. Gersten’s class: Last week the students completed their painted city project. These art pieces were inspired by the work of Russian artist, Leonid Afromov.  The students learned about blending paint.  We also identified buildings in our community of Otay Ranch.  Students created these beautiful cityscapes using tempera paint and construction paper.


This week, we read an informative text about owls and the students started a “tear art” collage of an owl.

First Grade and Mr. Thomas’ class:  Check out these Spooky Cats!  We looked at several art pieces and discussed what the different cats symbolized in each piece.  The students then painted with black water color and used a straw to spread the fur. Then they added details with construction paper and a fun background using chalk pastels.


Second Grade: The project we are currently working on is inspired by the still life flowers of Vincent Van Gogh.  In class, we viewed several of his flower paintings.  The students drew a flower vase with flowers using oil pastels.  The next step in this process is to give the art an “antique look”.  Next week the students will crumple their art into a ball, open it up, and give it a watercolor wash with black paint.

Third Grade: Check out these completed Starry Night projects.

Last week, we started a new project.  The students learned about organic and geometric shapes in art.  The students began their project by drawing an organic design and outlining the lines with white glue and yarn.  Next week the students will cover the cardstock with aluminum foil and color the sections with colored sharpie.

Fourth Grade: It’s weaving time!  The next project was introduced with a lesson on how the Early California Indians used weaving in their everyday lives.  We discussed the different uses for baskets.  The 4th graders also learned about the artwork of local Kumeyaay basket weaver, Eva Salazar. The materials used for this project were burlap, a plastic tapestry needle, and yarn.

Fifth Graders: The students started a new project as well.  We read the art of Tony smith’s Gracehoper (Left) and Frank Stella’s St. Michaels Counterguard (right).


We discussed the Element of Art of Form.  For this project the students are designing a word sculpture. The students selected an adjective or noun to describe themselves.  They  drew the word on cardstock in block letters.  Then they colored to words with Playcolor sticks.  This project will continue for about 2 more weeks.

Mrs. Simmon’s Class: The monochromatic trees are complete. On the painted background and tree, the students added abstract leaves using oil pastels.

Sixth Grade:  The sixth graders worked on a piece for the ArtBox Fundraiser.  They painted with string!  First they colored a background using chalk pastels to represent the sky.  Then they dipped their string in tempera paint.  Next, they placed the paint covered string onto their colored background and folded it in half.  Last they held the paper down with cardboard and pulled the strong.  Viola!  A beautiful flower!


Art from the last 2 weeks of 1st quarter

Kindergarten:  We read the story I Spy Shapes in Art by: Lucy Micklethwait. We looked for shapes in famous art pieces. For this art project, the students made a paper pizza and used various shapes for their toppings.



Mrs. Gertsens’ class and the kinder students also made a fall tree inspired by the Autumn Landscape of Vincent Van Gogh. Using tempera paint, oil pastels, and aluminum foil as a painting tool, students create a beautiful fall tree. Autumn-Landscape-With-Four-Trees

First Grade: The next art lesson was on actual texture and implied texture. We looked at the work of Pop Artist, Jim Dine.  Jim Dine used texture in many of his Heart art pieces.  The students created hearts with white glue and yarn.  The following week, the students added colored tissues with liquid starch.

Second Grade:  The students learned about the work of Jackson Pollack.  The students created their version on drip art using white glue and salt.  The following week, the students added watercolors.  We discussed the chemical reaction that occurred when they added watercolors to the salt.



Third Grade and Mr. Thomas’ class:  The Japanese inspired Koi art pieces are complete!

Fourth grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class:  The students completed their metal insects.  They are phenomenal!


Fifth Grade:  Check out these awesome portraits!

Sixth grade: The 6th grade classes completed their personalized symbols on scratch board.  They etched out a design using a dull pencil onto styrofoam “scratch board” .  They will print this design onto a colorful background when they return from fall break.  The colorful background will be created with oil pastels.

Week of August 20th

PTA Reflections Art Contest Reminder:

If students need specific materials for their art project, please notify Mrs. Adamos by this Friday, August 31st!

Kindergarten: This week was the 2nd session for the Hungry Caterpillar art project.  The students made a leaf using oil pastels and cut with “fancy” edged scissors.  They also sponge painted a blue background.


Mrs. Gersten’s class:  We read the story White Rabbit’s Color Bookwhite rabbitWe discussed the process of mixing primary colors together to make secondary colors.  Using transparent math manipulatives, the students layered 2 primary colors and observed the secondary color it made. Then, students sculpted a rabbit out of Model Magic Clay.  For the next art session,  we will paint the rabbit and add a background.

First Grade: This week we turned those color wheels into a fun rainy day scene.  The 1st graders transformed their wheel into an umbrella and added a raincoat and rain boots.  Then using their pinky their added raindrops with blue tempera paint.

Mr. Thomas’ class: The students continued their Jackson Pollack inspired art piece. Using Water Colors, students added paint to their salt and glue lines.  We discussed the Science behind the process.  The Science vocabulary for this STEAM project was “absorption” and “reaction.”  They had a great time seeing their paint spread along their paper.

Second Grade: For our next art lesson, we focused on the Element of Art, Space.  We looked at the art work of Claude Monet and talked about Foreground, Middle ground, and Background.  The students painted a poppy field.  They had to make the flowers in the foreground larger and more detailed. The flowers in the middle ground had to be painted smaller. For the background the students used chalk pastels, and for the middle ground and foreground they used oil pastels to make the grass.

Third Grade: We traveled around to Japan this week.  The students learned about the significance of the Koi Symbol in Japanese culture and it’s influence on art.  In 2nd grade, the students made a Koinobori Wind Sock also inspired by the Koi.  So they were excited to do another Koi inspired art piece.  We focused primarily on movement.  We looked at several art pieces of Koi and observed the lines made by the brushstrokes, and the lines of the koi’s body to demonstrate movement.


Fourth Grade: AHHHHHHHH!  These scream portraits just make me scream for excitement!

Fifth Grade and Mrs. Simmons’ class: Here are some completed Tape Resist art pieces.


Sixth Grade: Doesn’t this just look amazing!