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Friday, February 14, 2020

Artist of the Week 2 / 14 / 2020

  The student I am choosing to recognize this week is pretty quiet. He does really well in Art Class and often surprises me by the unique way he approaches our assignments. 3rd Grade students have been learning about Geometric Shapes. Geometry is where Math and Art meet. A simple way to think about a geometric shape is as a shape that has rules. A square must have 4 equal sides, 4 corners and 4 right angles. 3rd Graders learned it can be difficult to make perfect geometric shapes by hand, and then used our laptops to create digital geometric artworks. This student seemed very comfortable with using his computer to make art. I really like the colors he used in his piece and I think it is very interesting how he used a few shapes to create and abstract landscape with trees, a house, and what might be a tractor. Congratulations E.M. in Mr. Deanes'  third grade class, student artist of the week!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Artist of the Week 2 / 6 / 2020

by W.Q. in 4S

In the past week I have been very pleased with some of the art I have been seeing. 3rd Graders have finished their heart weavings and are on to learning about Geometric Shapes. 4th Graders have completed their Britto Romero inspired hearts and are now finishing up another piece using the same techniques, and 5th Grade students have a good start on their hand puppets.
First I want to recognize a student who is often quiet and thinking. I like talking to him in the hallway in the morning. Congratulations WQ in 4S for his amazing waterfall piece!
I also want to recognize two brothers who often work together on projects. They have participated in extra art many times and can use their combined creative power for good in the art room. They recently really impressed me with the farm complete with animals that they made in their teachers class, congratulations Paxton and Parker Carpenter in Mrs. G 5th grade class!
I also want to recognize Mrs. Cole who was so inspired by last week’s Artist of the Week that she went right home and made an amazing stained glass piece that replicated it. The piece hung in our front office for a few days, but has since been packaged in bubble wrap and sent home with the 3rd Grade student who made the original painting!


Thank you all for trying your best and putting yourself into your art!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Artist of the Week 1 / 30 / 2020



The student I am choosing to recognize this week is a role model. They ask quality questions in class that let me know they are thinking about our lessons, but also how to make their artwork their own. They use their time extremely well. They are able to talk to their classmates a little, but get right to work. They are fast and efficient, but the quality of their work never suffers. They are so efficient they have actually made 2 quality versions of three of our major projects, often leaving one here to share with our school community. And lastly, I must thank them for being both patient and polite when I forget their name. They always remember to call me Mr. Carter when I do. Check out her pink and purple painting she created after completing her Mondrian primary color painting! Congratulations BS in Ms. Newkirk's 3rd Grade Class, Student Artist of the Week!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Artist of the Week 1 / 23 / 2020


Britto Romero is an artist who was born in Brazil and now lives in the United States in Florida. His art has elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti. After spending some time looking at his work Fourth Grade students identified his use of vibrant colors, thick black lines, and simple patterns. They then used his work as inspiration for these heart pieces that should be finished in time to get up in the hallway for Valentines Day.

The student I am choosing to recognize today does a good job remembering our assignments from the week before. He takes pride in his work and is helpful both passing out materials and cleaning the room. I really enjoyed watching him experimenting with color as he finished his piece. He was excited to see the colors mixing and creating new colors, but also managed to not go too far and kept his colors bright and vibrant. Nice work G.A. in Ms. Soule's 4th Grade Class, Student Artist of the Week!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Artist of the Week 1 / 2 / 2020

You know a student is invested in their classroom assignment when they choose to work on it during free time. The student I am choosing to recognize today always does quality work in art class. When students are acting goofy or not making their best effort in Art Class, he separates himself so he can do his work. For this project he is the only student I saw use a ruler to make sure his lines were straight and to cut his snowglobe out and put a ribbon on it. Nice work CP in Ms. Hoskins' 5th grade class, Student Artist of the Week!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Artist of the Week 12 / 19 / 2020



4th Graders have been working on some landscape pictures for the hallway. We talked about evergreen trees, or conifers, and learned that there are many more kinds than just our state tree, the pine tree. Students used oil pastel and then finished their work with tempera water paint. There are many beautiful examples and more will be going up in the hallway throughout this winter season.
The student I am choosing to recognize today is part of an awesome group of friends. They all do amazing work in the art room. They often share ideas and techniques, but also aren't afraid to go their own way and make artwork that looks different than their friends. This student is quiet and creative and always does a great job! I really like the purples that she mixed into her sky, the different greens she used in her trees and the shadows she put under them. Nice work IC in Ms. Phippen's 4th Grade Class, Student Artist of the Week

Friday, December 13, 2019

Artist of the Week 12 / 12 / 2019


  • It's pretty much any teacher's dream when a student takes a skill that they learned in the classroom and then takes that information home to expand on it. The student I am recognizing this week did just that! This student is kind, respectful, and challenges themself in the art room. They weren't happy with their first results when cutting snowflakes, but kept trying, knowing and believing that they could do better. They were able to get a product that they liked better in class, but also took this technique home and then expanded on the idea, carefully balancing their cut snowflakes in this mobile! I hope they won't mind if I share this idea with other 5th graders! Nice work HL in Mrs. Gerrish's 5th Grade Class, Artist of the week!