Wow! February flew by and now we're embarking on the third trimester. Here's what's happening during art class:
 
Kindergarten students are reading and illustrating Eric Carle's Rooster's Off To See The World. In this counting book, Rooster meets several animal friends along the way. The students are enjoying illustrating the animals and talking about this preposterous story.
 
First grade students are making paper puppet animals and creatures of all sorts. 
 
Second grade students completed self-portraits and winter landscapes inspired by The Snowy Day. It seems like our dreams of a real snowy day will have to wait until next winter. 
 
Third grade students viewed whimsical art by Marc Chagall. His art is based on memories, folklore, religion and his life. Students are now drawing their homes, memories and dreams. 
 
Fourth grade students are drawing unique symmetrical creatures. Every drawing has a hidden name times two.
 
Fifth grade students used irregular shapes to draw unusual creatures, plants, objects and whatever their imagination conjured up. Now they are trading their pencils, pens and markers for colorful wire. Most students haven't worked with sculptural wire so as they create, they are also problem solving, experimenting and revising. 
 
Sixth grade students have been introduced to the ancient temple architecture of Greece and Rome. They've learned how these temples influenced the earliest churches and how we can still see these elements in churches today. As students continue to learn about architectural styles, they are adding elements of each style to their own church designs. Every completed church design will feature examples of Ancient Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
 
Seventh grade students are designing optical illusions. Additionally, they are collaborating on a seventh grade city illustration that will be auctioned during the Titan Madness Event. 
 
Each eighth grade student chose one of Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations from his book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. The students are using Van Allsburg's detailed, sometimes surrealistic drawings as inspiration for their own illustrations and stories.