Art Exhibit/Conferences

Dear Parents,

Please feel free to stop by the art room for a visit during parent teacher conferences. I truly enjoy working with all of your children and I would love to share with you some of their latest creations. Don’t forget to look for your child’s artwork in The Summit Art Exhibit in the first floor hallway, Beginners through High School. It starts in the art room and goes all the way down the hall to the music room.

At The Summit, ART is an integral part of a child’s educational experience. I have developed a curriculum that integrates the expressive arts: painting, drawing, and sculpture, and drama with a STEAM/STEM approach. This includes the integration of math, history, language arts, science, engineering and technology in art lessons throughout the year. An Integrated Art curriculum helps students make the necessary connections for a well rounded educational experience at all grade levels. This integrated STEAM/STEM approach enables children to develop confidence in critical thinking and communication skills, while learning to use innovation and creativity. My goal is to integrate art so your child can build their self-confidence and achieve higher learning skills that can be used for years to come throughout their educational journey. Hope to see you soon!

Thank you,
Lisa Murphy


Beginners and Pre-K have been working with geometric shapes (circles, squares, triangles) and with warm colors for fall (red,yellow,orange). They have been learning to use scissors, crayons, markers, and watercolors to create their art projects.They loved creating ribbon dancer spirals with fall leaves and using them when dancing to fall songs.

Kindergarten created family portraits after viewing the art of Norman Rockwell. Then they created some very impressive paintings of flowers in vases after studying Vincent van Gogh. The class used warm colors of tempera paint to create the objects and cool colors to paint the backgrounds.

1st Grade art students created pet portraits as a collage project. Then we started studying animal adaptations.They especially enjoyed learning about how clever crows and ravens can be by watching videos of how these birds use tools. For a fall project they created monochromatic paintings with a full moon and added silhouettes of bats in various sizes.

2nd grade art students used textures to print leaves and added fall colors with chalk pastels which are on display outside the art room. Then they created space craft patterned after animals. The students had the opportunity to send their final drawings to NASA for the annual art calendar contest. This class also really enjoyed learning how to use their computers to create technology art for the math art contest.

3rd grade art students studied birds of Missouri and their habitats. They enjoyed listening to the bird calls while drawing their favorite birds in their sketchbooks. They loved creating 3-D sculptures of birds, including nests, eggs, and even baby birds. This class also had an opportunity to participate in the NASA art calendar contest.

4th grade has been studying ocean ecology and the importance of recycling. They have used a variety of recycled plastic objects in their art projects to create their sea creatures. They used acrylic paint to blend cool colors and used monochromatic blends to simulate light shining through the ocean. They added silhouettes of sea creatures for an underwater view of a coral reef.

5th grade has been working on cartoon comic strips and creating their own original 3-D cartoon characters. We viewed old video clips to understand the history of animation and discussed flip books, as well as computer generated animation. We viewed the art of a local Missouri artist, Kent Melton. His sculptures have been used by Disney and Pixar to create many animated movies over the last few decades.

6th grade just finishing working on their large Pop art sculpture projects inspired by Oldenburg. After studying the art of Andy Warhol and Peter Max they are creating 2-D Pop art projects with mixed media techniques. Some students are using their computers to create technology art using patriotic symbols of eagles and the Statue of Liberty.

7th grade finished relief printing techniques followed by scratch art etchings and charcoal drawings. Currently they are working on their giant insect sculptures.

8th grade and High School students have been working on improving their drawing skills by using pencil to complete black and white photographs. This study of photo-realism helps each student build confidence in their drawing abilities. Their drawings will be on display for parent teacher conferences.

Middle school and High School art students are currently working on 3-D insects. After studying the Pop art style of Claes Oldenburg, they drew sketches and then enlarged their ideas. They are using a variety of materials including styrofoam and wire for their sculptures. We are hoping to display some of these outdoors in the springtime in the backyard garden

Art to Remember

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder, I will be mailing the checks in next week for our annual art fundraiser. You may return the order form with your check if you would like for me to mail it or you may order online by using the personal order code on the back of your order form. If you order online please do so next week, that way you will receive the items in December with our group order. You may order later online but the items may not arrive with the group order and there may be additional shipping charges.

Also, a few parents asked if they could order from previous years. I called the company and found out that you can do so, if you are interested. The company can make quilt blocks and a couple parents wanted to order them so they can make quilts with their children’s artwork from the last few years.

The company will also accept additional artwork that your child creates at home if you scan and email it to them. Then you can have it put on any of the items included in the order form and the proceeds will go to The Summit’s Art Department.

If you have trouble locating past artwork or have any questions about scanning new artwork you can call Art to Remember. 800-895-8777.

Art students, Beginners though High School, have been working on our annual art fundraising activity called ART TO REMEMBER. Students created original artwork that was sent to a company so their images could be printed on a variety of objects. Parents have the opportunity to purchase their children’s artwork on items such as mugs, cell phone cases, tote bags, greeting cards, etc. The proceeds will go towards art supplies for this school year.
The personalized order forms were sent home last week and should be sent back to school by Monday, October 28. You may also order online at using your personalized online order code on your order form. The items will be delivered to The Summit in about a month and will be given to the students to take home.

Art to Remember is an annual favorite of students as well as parents. It is empowering for the students to see their own artwork printed professionally on objects. Parents are able to purchase these items for themselves or give these items as presents to grandparents and relatives. These are truly special gifts that provide an opportunity to show off each child’s artistic and creative talents. My own children participated in a fundraiser like this when they were in school and I cherish those special keepsakes. As my mother always said “We are making memories!”

Thank you for supporting ART at The Summit!!!

Lisa Murphy


The NATURE ART CLUB has been focusing on BIRDS during the first after school enrichment session. There were 11 students in the class and each learned a unique bird call for their favorite bird. We went outside and practiced while they sketched the birds in The Summit’s BIG BACKYARD. Students were very excited to have three LIVE BIRDS visit our class from the DICKERSON PARK ZOO, a Sussex Chicken, a Screech Owl and a New Guinea Cockatoo. A new class will start in a few weeks with a new theme and we plan to feature another ZOO animal visit.

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Gala Project 7th Grade Art

The 7th grade students had a blast working with Mrs. Swinney and the alcohol inks to create their Gala Galaxy designs. They loved seeing their colors mix and change as they used the straws to blow the ink. They were able to apply what they had learned in art by mixing primary to create secondary colors. A BIG thank you to Mrs. Swinney for helping the 7th grade students with their gala art project. Each student made two paintings that will be used for the class collage. The group work will be mounted and framed for the Gala Art Auction. The next art project for 7th grade will be relief printing.

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Art Club:  Nature Art   
First class starts  Monday, August 26
After School from 3:30-4:30     


MONDAYS  for 6 Weeks
 Grades: 1st-5th
Instructor: Mrs. Murphy
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Students will use science and art to create 2-D and 3-D art projects. The Dickerson Park Zoo will visit our class for a presentation one day after school and bring LIVE BIRDS. We will go outside to our BIG BACKYARD to do some bird watching and even learn some bird calls.
    *Art history: Learn about John James Audubon, ornithologist and painter. View images of his illustrations of birds in their natural habitat for inspiration.
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WEDNESDAYS for six weeks
Acting Club: Introduction to Music and Movement
Grades: 1st-5th
First class starts Wednesday, August 28
Musical Theatre
Located in the ART ROOM
After School from 3:30-4:30
Instructor: Mrs. Murphy
Students will learn about set design, costumes, and choreography. After watching performances of several famous musicals they will learn about movement, rhythm and blocking. Then we will create our own original production number. Mainly the will have fun performing to music!!!
* Each club is $80 per student and runs for a total of six (6) weeks.
If you are interested, sign up on The Summit website.
Class size is limited.

Welcome to Art at The Summit


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Dear Summit Parents,

I am looking forward to another CREATIVE year of teaching ART to your children!!!
 This is my 6th year of teaching ART at The Summit. I am part-time so I teach M,W,F and half day on Tuesdays. Art classes meet two days per week and I teach all ages of students, Beginners through High School. My goal as an art educator has been to create an integrated art program that correlates art to all subjects across the curriculum.
I truly love getting to know all of the students at our school each year and teaching all of the various ages levels, 3 year olds through high school. It is wonderful to have this consistency and be able to work with the students year after year. It allows me an opportunity to get to know each individual student, along with their families, siblings, parents and grandparents too! If you are new to The Summit, I look forward to getting to know you and your children. They will be able to join our returning students as we take up where we left off and continue an educational journey through art. I enjoy teaching and it is very rewarding to see each student grow as they become one of our creative talented Summit Artists.
I also teach art, musical theatre and acting classes in The Summit’s after school enrichment program on Mondays and Wednesdays. In my spare time, I serve as President of the Branson Regional Arts Council, Education Adviser and Producer for the BRAC Community Theatre plays and musicals at the Historic Owen Theatre. My own children are grown and currently living on each coast so The Summit helps fill that void. The Summit Community has become my extended family and I am so proud of our students. I am truly thankful that I found this little gem of educational excellence here in the Ozarks!
Please see the attached art supply list for each grade level and remember to stop by the ART ROOM on the 1st FLOOR to visit. I would love to meet you and show off our creative art space. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!
Lisa Murphy
Art Teacher
Beginners and Pre-K:
one package of baby wipes
and a drawing sketchbook 8.5 x 11
 (spiral bound)
Kindergarten and 1st Grade and 2nd Grade:
 Crayola washable watercolors
  (16 assorted colors)
  and a drawing sketchbook 8.5 x 11 
  (spiral bound)
3rd Grade:
one package of colored sharpies
(assorted colors/fine point)
and a drawing sketchbook 8.5 x 11 
 (spiral bound)
4th Grade:
 Clorox wipes
 and a drawing sketchbook 8.5 x 11
  (spiral bound)
5th Grade:
one package of 8 1/2″ x 11 colored copy paper or colored cardstock paper
and a drawing sketchbook 8.5 x 11 
(spiral bound)
6th -12th Grade:
 one set of acrylic paints (assorted colors in tubes)
 and a drawing sketchbook 8.5 x 11 
 (spiral bound)


           2019 Math Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following Summit art students for placing in the southwest regional math art competition.

Geometric Designs:


Alia Schippert – 1st Place

1st Grade: 

 Vivien Black – 5th Place

3rd Grade: 

Avery Reed – 1st Place

Brooklyn Landrum – 2nd Place

Alyssa Newman – 6th Place

Lucas Reed – 10th Place

4th Grade:

Anna Schippert – 2nd Place

Ryleigh Renner – 3rd Place

Greta Ebbrecht- 10th place

6th Grade:

Hannah Lee – 5th Place

7th Grade:

Chloe Stenger: 6th Place

Technology/Computer Generated Art:

3rd Grade:

Madilyn Brown: 2nd Grade

Whit Gelner: 6th Place



Ember Murray: 1st Place

Brylee Stranckmeyer: 5th Place

Irelyn Arft: 10th Place

1st Grade:

Deacon Arthur: 10th Place

2nd Grade:

Jasper Kimmons: 2nd Place

Savannah Coring: 5th Place

Amelie Altrup: 6th Place

6th Grade:

Kaydence Wroten: 7th Place

7th Grade:

Denae Lyddon: 1st Place

Zane Keeper: 7th Place

Darla Bauer: 8th Place



These students attended the art opening.

The following Summit students will have their art on display until April 28th at the Springfield Art Museum. 

Kindergarten:  Dani Lindley

1st grade:  Matt Breckner

2nd grade:  Savannah Coring and  Easton Isley

3rd grade:  Brooklyn Landrum

4th grade:  Andres Garcia and Journey Hill

5th grade:  Hudson Messenger and Evelyn Nelson

Middle School:  Izzie Keech and Isabella Garcia and Maren Beall

 High School:  Kaitlyn Nielson

Springfield Art Museum: All School Exhibition

Springfield Art Museum

Exhibit runs from March 2 to April 28

 The following students from The Summit will have their art on display in this exhibit:

 Kindergarten:  Dani Lindley

1st grade:  Matt Breckner

 2nd grade:  Savannah Coring

                            Easton Isley

 3rd grade:  Brooklyn Landrum

 4th grade:  Andres Garcia

                           Journey Hill

  5th grade:  Hudson Messenger

                            Evelyn Nelson

    Middle School:  Izzie Keech

                                        Isabella Garcia

                                        Maren Beall

      High School:  Kaitlyn Nielson

Every March, the Museum invites student artists from across our community, in kindergarten through twelfth grades, to exhibit outstanding artwork in the All School Exhibition. A celebration of Youth Art Month, this highly anticipated show is the Museum’s longest running exhibition. Please join us for this colorful exhibition that the Springfield News-Leader has described as “what it must be like to be inside a kaleidoscope.”

The exhibit runs from March 2 – April 28.

Museum Hours:

Tuesday – Wednesday: 10:00 – 6:00

Thursday: 10:00- 8:00

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 – 6:00

Sunday: 1:00-5:00

*Note the Museum is closed on Mondays*

Springfield Art Museum

1111 East Brookside Drive

Springfield, MO 65807

Phone: 417-837-5700

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