All posts by Melissa Kimmons

Art is about creating.



Beginners have been creating posters for Grandparent’s Day, using water to make paintings and have turned themselves into the Giant from “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Many different fine motor skills have been put to the test and the works are truly amazing.

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In 3rd grade we have talked about lines and how to make them appear to be moving. They have also been working on their Mt. Rushmore sculptures which are made of clay and include an extra person…. See if you can figure out who their extra person is.


Middle School is working on a project called “Clue”. They each drew three different aspects of a piece of art and have been doing Master copies from them. The paintings are hanging in the hall on the 3rd floor. They also just finished World Water Day installations. 

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Garden Arts and the Korean Students have been getting our Garden ready for Spring. Potatoes have been planted and seeds have been started.


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The Pre-K has been working on posters for Grandparent’s Day as well as butterfly stage art. 

IMG_3455 4th Grade is finishing up clay sculptures of Mt. Rushmore.



1st grade has been discussing Food Chains in Social Studies. Each student’s favorite food was broken down into parts and then drawn and labeled. These pieces will be hanging on the third floor as well.


IMG_3241 Yukihiro works on a painting while K creates water based paintings.

Art from African countries

During the Month of Feb we have been studying different cultures and art from Africa. We have looked at interactive websites to learn about and create “mud cloths”. We have watched videos of traditional pottery being made as well as cloth being woven. Animals that are native to the continent have been looked at and created with torn paper and pots have been made to hold symbols of students interests. Many of these pieces will be hanging up around school. Please stop in and check them out.

5th grade and 2nd grade each have studied Egyptian Sarcophagus and the stylized way of drawing people. Each student did a self portrait and then attached it onto a cutout sarcophagus where they have drawn symbols and hieroglyphics.




The Pre-K and K have used many different fine motor skills to create Kente cloths from West African countries. First they cut paper into strips and then glued them onto a solid paper. This created the Warp threads for their weaving. Next we used cool or warm colors of crayons to create a weft thread paper. The last class they wove these together to create Kente cloth inspired weavings. IMG_2818IMG_2825 IMG_2895



Nearly every class made a paper plate necklace in the style of the Samburu tribes in Kenya. We studied their use of color and pattern to create our simple versions as we discussed their traditions and customs.

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Garden Arts after school class

After snow days it seems a bit odd to begin our garden. It is cold outside and there is snow everywhere. However, that is just what we did yesterday! 7 students joined the Garden Art after school class and we planted tomatoes! We discussed that even if you think you don’t like tomatoes there is probably something you love that is made from them. Next week we will be planting cucumbers and potatoes!

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Art is about everything

The 3rd-5th grades have been studying Oceans and Sea Life. They combined creatures to make their own. In art we made them come to life, using paper mache over recycled containers and boxes. The students each painted theirs and they are now hanging in their classrooms along with many other Ocean projects. If you have a chance you should stop in and take a look.

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It has been cold and windy around here lately. In the Beginner, K and Pre-K classes we talked about wind and how it hits your body. We drew pictures and then splattered them with “raindrops”. Using straws we became the wind and moved the ink around on our drawings.

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Art is Messy

There are so many things going on in here that it is hard to narrow them down.

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving we talked about Norman Rockwell and the kids drew pictures of their family and what they would do over break.

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There are pictures here from the Pre-1st drawing colorful mittens inspired from Jan Brett’s”The Mitten”

Ours are bright and colorful so you can see them in the snow.

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We also have been working on the Sea Creatures that the 3,4, and 5 have created.

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And…. The gingerbread architecture is underway. The structures are being built and planned.

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These are a few of the books we will be using to study architecture. The students will be constructing different types of architecture out of chipboard and then later covering them with “gingerbread house” materials. We will create a global village in the lobby before Winter Break.