Friday, December 31, 2010

First Grade Portraits

After looking at portraits by various artists, students drew self portraits. They learned to create skin tones using pastels. After reading Faith Ringgold's "Tar Beach", we used "gadgets" to print patterns that we included in our quilt border.

Fourth Grade Underground Worlds

Fourth grade students reviewed prior lessons based on narrative artwork and viewed Surrealistic and other fantasy narrative art. We looked at Saul Steinberg's "Continuous Miner" and discussed how the artist used repetitive lines that produced a simulated texture in the "ground" area. Students drew a normal above ground scene with an imaginative world below, and filled in the surrounding area with simulated textural designs.

Third Grade Trees

Students looked at landscapes painted by Canadian artists, including Emily Carr and focused on the expressive skies. After learning how to paint trees, we looked at how various artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Gustav Klimt and local artist, Alynn Guerra created tree forms with expressive and symbolic characteristics.

Second Grade Narratives

After a VTS discussion and viewing several narrative artworks, students created an art work that told a story. They started with the setting, followed by their characters and details.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Student Art Work on Artsonia

By the end of next week each grade should have work uploaded in Artsonia. First and Kindergarten has work posted and as soon as I can complete photographing and downloading student work, the rest of the grades will have lessons online. Activity slips will be sent home as a reminder with student name/codes and security codes for parents who are not registered. If you need assistance with your student's Artsonia account, feel free to contact me at

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday United Arts Curriculum Extension

The United Arts Curriculum Extension offering on Friday afternoon is an exciting addition to the North Oakview week. The Fourth Grade students were able to learn about paper making and the Third Grade students are creating Pop Ups. It is thrilling to see the creative enthusiasm and problem solving taking place.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Students from the 3rd, 4th and Deaf and Hard of Hearing classes attended ArtPrize's ARTcation Day, Monday, September 27. The weather was fabulous and the Art was EVERYWHERE! Can't wait until next year!

Monday, September 13, 2010

There is much to celebrate! It is National Art Education Week! Locally, we are gearing up for Grand Rapids ArtPrize.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New School Year in the Art Room

         This is an especially exciting new school year. The Elementary Art program has been expanded so each school will have its own Art Specialist. I am looking forward to being at North Oakview everyday, but I will miss the wonderful students at East Oakview and West Oakview.
      Students, 1st- 4th, will have Art once a week for 60 minutes and our Kindergartners will have 45 minute classes. We will be exploring more, looking more and creating more art in many different ways.
      I will continue to post student artwork on Check it out! New students will be added and notes will be sent home in a few weeks with the student information and parent security codes.