We have been busy filling the walls with Art here at the Summit. Your children have been using their creativity to express themselves in beautiful ways. We have studied Jim Dine and Wayne Thiebaud. There have been snakes created for Chinese New Year. Minds have been turned into simple machines and books have been finished. There have been drawings created and then crumpled up only to be flattened and painted over with black paint- this was to show how batik works with resist. Positive and negative space has been created. Boxes that are not boxes have been changed into hot air balloons, rockets, and castles. Clouds have been imagined and drawn. Our room is alive with imagination!

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Your recyclables have been put to use and organized to use at a later date.IMG_4030 IMG_4031

We were able to order new supplies with the money raised from Art to Remember!IMG_4032

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Vegetable and fruit drawings are being made with the anticipation of Spring. Garden Arts will be brought into our classroom and we will learn how to be creative with growing.

The next 6 week after school class begins next week. There will be Garden Arts offered as well as Knitting. Sign up with the link on the home page of the school website if your student is interested.

Garden Arts will also be offered twice a week in the afternoons in the summer.

Your children are amazing and their creativity is such an inspiration.

Our Artists

We have been Weaving on Reused-CD’s, Paper Plates, Toilet Paper rolls, Fencing, and Hangers. For our 100th Day of School project we talked about Monet and the Gardens he grew and painted. The 1st and 2nd grade did a mural inspired by Monet with 100 (ish) flowers. The Beginners, Pre-K, and K painted flower pictures inspired by Monet as well.

The 4th grade just finished their Hanger Weaving and they are hanging down in the lobby, make sure to look up when you come in.

5th grade is busy with a long project of hand bound books. They are going really well and they are learning to sew!

3rd grade is working on tube weaving.

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We also have a wall of color in the 3rd floor lunch room. IMG_3557IMG_3554

Weaving on the fencing made it easier to see the in- out patterns.IMG_3566IMG_3570 IMG_3561IMG_3571 IMG_3573IMG_3574 IMG_3576IMG_3585 IMG_3589IMG_3591 IMG_3595IMG_3596 IMG_3617 IMG_3615 IMG_3616 IMG_3619

After these next few weeks we will be studying Wayne Thiebaud and Jim Dine. These artists will help bring in some math and sculpture to our classroom. Then we will begin to get ready for Spring and some Garden Arts.


We can always use your recyclable items such as toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, plastic wipe containers, Cereal boxes, and dry cleaner bags. Oh and Glue sticks!


Thank you for inspiring creativity in your children they are truly amazing.

Welcome Back!

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A new year brings new projects! All classes Beginners-5th grade will be working turning

2-D lines into 3-D collages. This will introduce the concept of sculpture as well as keep our hallways bright and colorful through the winter blahs.

We will then jump into bookmaking, weaving, and other textile based projects. I am very excited!

Walls are covered!

If you haven’t been in the building lately, you should wander through and look at all of the great artwork the kids have been making.

Beginners are doing hand collages today and have been doing different pieces with lines.

Pre-K did self portrait collages earlier this week and today will be doing winter skylines.

Kindergarten is studying Community Helpers and we did collages of themselves as Community Helpers. One comment about a piece was… “I don’t need to put hair on mine because when I grow up I will be bald like my dad.” I love their rationale behind their work. They make me laugh.

1st and 2nd grades both finished up studying Space. So, we did Space Quilt Collages and they are spectacular.

3rd grade is getting ready to study Thomas Hart Benton and do a stamp for Missouri.

4th/5th grade are still carving away on their linoleum blocks. Some will be ready to print my Monday.


Thanks for allowing me to spend time with your children. Their excitement for learning is contagious.

Printmaking and Lines

We are bringing our Lines study to a close. We have been studying how lines work in printmaking as well as how Piet  Mondrian and Paul Klee used them. We have talked about “Human-made” lines and “Natural” Lines.

Students in 1st and 2nd have made collages of the different types of lines and experimented with different objects in printmaking.They have also done Mondrian study and will be starting a Paul Klee project this week.

Beginners have experimented with texture and line.

Pre-K used different medialines to make a picture and will be making Mondrian inspired pieces in the next few weeks.

Kindergarten will be using construction paper and crayons to create a piece like Mondrian’s as well.

Third grade veered off the line path and made salt dough maps of Missouri and then painted them. Today they used crayons and watercolor to simulate the black lines and primary colors Mondrian uses


The Fourth and Fifth grade have been working on Linoleum block prints. Today we began the carving process and it proved to be a new skill to get used to. They will have many more classes of this project and I am excited to see how they turn out.

As we come to December we are finding ourselves short on a few supplies in the Art room. If anyone would care to donate watercolor paints, tempera paint, construction paper, or glue sticks they would be greatly appreciated. If it is easier you can also do a gift card to Daniel Smith or Dick Blick. Either are available online. We raised money from Art to Remember and I will be restocking our marker colors we need as well as buying some specialty items we need for future projects.


Thanks for your help. Your children are creative beings!


We have finished with our study of color. If you ask your child they should know what the primary colors are, secondary colors, and some (1-5th) should know the complementary colors.

Now we are jumping into line study! We will be studying line with printmaking and patterns. I am trying to gather materials for us to do woodblock prints as well as other forms. We will study many different artists who use line in their work including Hokusai, Durer, and Klimt.

Thank you for participating in the Art to Remember program we raised around $700.00 for the art program! I really appreciate it, that is how we can use materials that go beyond crayons, markers, and paper. You are very supportive and your children are always an inspiration.


Well, the Gala Art is all done for all of the classes!

We have just finished up a study of John James Audubon and his bird drawings. The students Beginners-5th have all drawn their own birds and embellished them as they wanted. I will cut them out and have them displayed in the 3rd floor lunch room. We have been studying the idea of community and how birds move around and live in flocks (for the most part) this then will be shown in our “Summit Flock” of birds.


We will continue studying color as we move into Fall. The lower grades did color magic with tissue paper on Wild Science Friday. Their work is hanging on the wall outside the kindergarten room. It was fun and they learned about Secondary colors as well as the words Opaque and Transparent.


The 1-5th will begin complementary color studies this week. We will use Famous Paintings for the 4th/5th grade with artists ranging from Vincent VanGogh to Helen Frankenthaler. The 3rd grade will use Matisse as visual inspiration. The 1st grade will do Fall leaf studies and then switch their colors for contrast. The 2nd will be making up Fall lanscapes and using complementary colors.


I would like to start doing some 3-d work with the students and have been collecting materials to use. If anyone has plastic bags we can still use them. You can leave them with the front desk and I will grab them.

It is always a pleasure being around the kids and they are such an inspiration.

It has been a great first few weeks. We have been working on getting our Art to Remember work ready to send home. The envelope should have been in your child’s friday folders. This program is a great way to support the Art program at school and take care of all of the gifts you will need for the year. I will need any orders back before Friday and if you have any questions please let me know.

We have also been working on getting our live auction artwork done for the Gala. They are coming along great and I know you are excited to see what your kids have done. Each class has created a piece that is sure to show their creativity and excitement for learning about art as well as science.


In between these projects the Beginners, Pre-K, and K have been working with primary colors as well as making drawings inspired by “Starry Night” by Vincent VanGogh. We looked at his use of many shades of colors, movement and shape. These pieces will be hanging up on the second floor if you would like to see how amazing they are.


The 1st grade has also done a study of “Starry Night”. We looked at the same ideas as the others and then added more details. In their work we have discussed how a simple drawing can be made even more interesting by simply adding more details. We also did drawings based on “The Bumblebee Queen”. The students learned about the actions in a colony of bees and how each bee has a job and is part of a whole. We also talked about what is threatening the local bees and what good they do for our community. These drawing were done using crayons and watercolor resist. They are hanging in the 3rd floor hallway and are quite wonderful.


In 2nd grade the students have been working on drawings inspired by the book “Giant Seed”. We took a trip to outer space floating on giant seeds as our transportation. Using their imaginations they drew what they would need to travel such great distances on a mere “seed”. These will be hanging up in the 3rd floor hallway, I suggest taking a look, they are truly beautiful.


3rd,4th/5th grades have only been in Art twice! We had off last week and so I am looking forward to seeing them again this afternoon.


Creative 1st week!

It has been great to be back with all of your kids and to meet all of the new students. Since 3rd and 4/5th have art on Mondays I haven’t seen them yet.

We started off in Beginners talking about color. What their favorite ones are and which are their second favorites. They did a sample page of coloring so that at the end of the year we can see how much their fine motor skills have progressed. The second day we read a book about underwater fantasy lands and they all created pictures of the sea from their imaginations.

In Pre-K and K we did a similar worksheet to set a bar in watching our skills. We also read this amazing book Flotsam by David Wiesner. He has dreamt up an underwater world that spins everyone’s creative wheels. After reading it they did crayon drawings of underwater worlds and we will watercolor them next week.

The 1st and 2nd graders had Art once this week. We did a quick worksheet on color and shapes and then they did free drawing of memories from this summer. Next week we will dive into the underwater world as well.



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